Non-stick pans are some of the best cookware that you can have in your kitchen.
The coating on the interior prevents food from sticking to the surface when you are cooking and this simplifies your cooking process further.
You can prepare your meals with less oil and this makes non-stick pans ideal if you are trying to implement a healthy lifestyle.
With food particles not sticking to the surface when you are cooking, cleaning up the pans later is easy as well.
Such pans, however, are quite delicate and for you to be able to use them for a long time, there are a few things that you need to do to maintain them in the best condition.
I use non-stick pans in my kitchen and over time, I have learned valuable tips that will help the first time user make better use of their pans and make cooking more enjoyable.
7 Tips On How To Care For Nonstick Pans
Here are some of the rules that you need to follow if you want your pans to last longer and to enhance your cooking experience;
1. Do Not Use Metal On Your Pans
This is one of the most important rules when it comes to using non-stick pans.
Unless your pans have a diamond-crusted coating, then metals utensils will easily scratch the surface and ruin your lovely pans.
This means that you shouldn’t cut food on your non-stick pans using metals knives or even pizza cutters.
You should also avoid using metal spatulas to turn your pancakes or using metal whisks to stir your vegetable blends or gravies.
You should instead use scratch-friendly cooking materials made of either wood, nylon, plastic, silicone, or rubber.
2. Avoid Rapid Temperature Changes
Subjecting your pans to rapid temperature changes can cause your pans to warp.
Taking a hot pan and pouring cold water to it immediately is one way of subjecting it to a rapid temperature change and this is one way of ruining your non-stick pans.
A warped pan is not able to distribute heat effectively. This will create hot spots which will result in the undercooking or overcooking of your meals on different parts.
This can be quite annoying and that is why you should avoid subjecting your pans to rapid temperature changes if you want to use them for long.
3. Use Scratch-proof Scouring Pads To Clean Your Pans
This is another rule that you have to adhere to if you want to maintain your non-stick pans in the best condition for long.
Non-stick pans are sensitive to steel wool and other sharp scrapers like metal scouring pads.
You may be tempted to use such sharp scrapers to remove stubborn stains. Don’t. The best thing to do would be to soak the pans up for a little while for the stains to soften up.
Metal scouring pads eat into the non-stick coating and in no time, the coating will have worn off and your pans will not be non-stick anymore.
The scouring pads that you use should be scratch-proof and a stiff sponge is one of the non-stick safe pads that you can choose for your pans.
4. Store The Pans Properly
Storing your pans properly also goes a long way in maintaining your pans in the best possible condition for long.
The best way to store your non-stick pans is to hang them freely with a lot of space between the pans but most people don’t have this luxury.
The next best alternative is to stack them up but make sure that they are as far away as possible from corners and sharp objects.
Arrange the pans in a manner such that you can easily access the top pan without having to scratch the pan that is at the bottom.
5. Clean And Dry The Pans After Use
Hand-wash and dry your pans immediately you are done using them.
Waiting for long to clean your pans increase the chances of leftover oils baking into the surface of the pans.
Baked oil and grease spots are hard to clean and you may find yourself opting for sharper scouring pads to clean your pans. Such pads remove the non-stick coating on your pans after prolonged use.
When you are done washing your pans, dry them immediately so as to prevent the formation of rust.
6. Avoid High Heat When Cooking Meals On Your Non-stick Pans
Most manufacturers indicate how much heat the pans can handle comfortably and this is something you must adhere to if you want to keep your pans in the best condition.
Exceeding the heat limit will result in the non-stick coating coming off and this can be a health hazard since the coating peels will end up in your food.
7. Use Softer Detergents When Cleaning Your Pans
This is another thing that you have to adhere to so as to maintain the quality of your non-stick pans.
The detergent that you use to clean your pans should be soft so as not to ruin the non-stick coating.
Most hand wash detergents are considered to be soft. Dishwasher detergents, like Ajax, and bleach are some of the hard detergents that should avoid.
May Your Pans Cook As Long As You
Non-stick cookware is great for any kitchen. They prevent food from sticking to the surface of the pots when you are cooking and this allows you to prepare your meals with less oil.
Cleaning the pans is easy as well and in this piece, I have shared tips on how to care for nonstick pans.
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