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Nonstick cookware can provide you with plenty of benefits – it’s easy to clean, the food doesn’t stick to the pan, and can be cooked using less oil or butter. In the other way, it can be said that – nonstick cookware is not only smart but also a healthier option as well, compared to other types of cookware.
While they are easy to use, they are easy to damage as well. Hence, it is important that you know, how to use this specific cookware in the proper way, and how to maintain them properly – so that they last for years to come.
Nonstick cookware is usually made from aluminum or stainless steel with a nonporous chemical coating over the interior, which is slick and nonreactive that doesn’t allow the food to stick to the pan. You have to replace your nonstick cookware if chips or scratches appear on the nonstick surface.
Different brands might provide you with different instructions for using and maintaining their cookware, but today we will discuss over the general which more or less applies to all of them.
Proper instruction on cooking with Nonstick Cookware
It is important to season your nonstick cookware properly with a little bit of vegetable oil when you use the pan for the first time. Many manufacturers recommend this conditioning procedure so that the cooking quality and its longevity increases.
For the pre-seasoning procedure simply wash the pan with water and completely dry it. Then use a paper towel or a brush to rub about a teaspoon if the vegetable or any other type of oil around the pan. Try to re-season the pan each time before using the pan if possible.
Using nonstick cooking spray is not a wise option while using nonstick cookware. It is better to use oil or butter. Use of nonstick cooking spray can cause a sticky buildup on your nonstick cookware; which occurs due to lecithin in nonstick cooking spray.
Preheating an empty pan is definitely not a good idea. Heating an empty pan can damage it very quickly since most of the nonstick cookware is made from aluminum and they heat faster than other materials. You should avoid using high-heating as well. High heat can deteriorate the nonstick surface of your cookware. Also, some of the nonstick cookware gives off toxic vapors when exposed to extreme heat.
Try to use low or medium heat and preheat the pan for only a few seconds that too with the seasoning procedure mentioned above. Also, check the instruction manual to see if your cookware is oven safe or not. Not all nonstick cookware is oven safe, and they have recommended oven temperature as well.
Metal utensils must be avoided when you are cooking with nonstick cookware. Using metal objects can easily scratch the surface which will make the cookware obsolete. It is better to use wooden or nylon spoons, or utensils coated with plastic or silicone.
Proper instruction on caring for Nonstick Cookware
With proper care, it is possible to use your nonstick cookware for three to four years or more. You just have to keep some simple things in mind and that will do.
Using the dishwasher to clean your nonstick cookware might not be a good idea. Even if the manufacturer claims that their product is dishwasher safe, it is better not to use the dishwasher. The abrasive procedure with hot water and harsh detergent can slowly degrade the nonstick coating over time. It is better to wash them by hand. It will ensure that your cookware lasts longer.
You must avoid using steel wool or other abrasive materials while cleaning. Try to use soft sponges or a wet cloth with warm water and mild detergent.
Stacking your nonstick cookware can scratch and chip the nonstick surface. Hence it’s better to hang them or separately place them. If you are worried about this taking up too much space, then you can use paper towels to form a layer between each stacking pan.
Following this basic guideline for cooking and maintaining can definitely help you to increase the longevity of your cookware. Using the same set of cookware can save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run. In beginning, it might be a little bit of hassle for you to go through all these maintain procedures, but it will become a habit soon, and you wouldn’t have to worry anymore.