Do you want your nonstick cookware to last a lifetime?
Do you want to get the most out of your nonstick cookware?
Nonstick cookware is the new face of cooking healthy. Nonstick cookware sets are becoming more and more popular every day. Their strength lies in low-fat cooking and ease of cleanup. And, cooking enthusiasts are also updating their kitchen arsenal with nonstick cookware sets from time to time.
Why wouldn’t they?
With most nonstick cookware sets, you wouldn’t have to worry about scratched surface. You can just whip up delicious, low-fat meals with few skills in any nonstick pan.
However, with great ease comes with great care!
It turns out that most people use nonstick cookware wrong all along. If used incorrectly, it’s likely you will end up damaging it and all out ruining it. Many people do damage their nonstick cookware sets after handling them roughly.
So, what can you do?
You do want to make your investment on nonstick cookware a solid one. You do want them to stand the test of time, don’t you?
In this article, I explored the 5 common, yet serious mistakes you must avoid if you want to enhance the longevity of your nonstick cookware. Let’s find out what they are:
1. Using Metallic Utensils: the grave mistake people make when cutting or stirring food in the pan is that using metallic utensils. Sharp metallic utensils, such as serving spoons and knives, can damage the nonstick coating. Using sharp metal cooking objects ruined my previous nonstick pan. So, what did I do for the new pan? Experts share:
#Pro Tip: use wooden spoons and silicone cooking tools to prevent scratching or scraping on the cooking surface. Do not use any metallic (silverware, tongs) tools on the pan’s interior.
2. Cooking on High Temperature: cooking over high heat is a big no-no when working with nonstick cookware. That’s because higher temperatures are damaging for the nonstick coating on the cookware. Prolonged exposure to high heat will deteriorate the surface. The surface may show signs of being blistered, peeled or chipped if used constantly on high temperatures. Also, preheating the pan for over a couple of minutes with no food in it can also damage the coating.
#Pro Tip: try cooking over low and medium heat and do not pre-heat the pan for more 1-2 minutes.
3. Using Cooking Spray: most people who use use cooking spray don’t realize that the pan will develop a sticky buildup after some time. The buildup doesn’t go easily. Nor does it burn off while cooking. This scenario is more prevalent around the sides of the pan. Scrubbing the sticky buildup off requires much effort and may further damage the cooking surface. So, how should you prevent this? Experts suggest:
#Pro Tip: use butter or oil instead of cooking spray.
4. Not Properly Cleaning: don’t procrastinate on cleaning up your nonstick cookware properly. After cooking on a nonstick pan, you leave food particles and small grease. If you do not wash the pan properly, they will carbonize on the surface, thereby causing food to stick. You bought a nonstick pan, so that food doesn’t stick, didn’t you? However, washing it improperly will result in food being stuck. So, how to wash nonstick cookware properly? Here’s what our cooking expert has to say:
#Pro Tip: wash your nonstick cookware every time you finish cooking on it. When washing, use a liquid dish soap with grease repellents. Make sure you sweep the entire surface to keep it free from all grease and food residue.
#Baking Soda Treatment: Quite a lot of times, pans begin to show a dark build-up that can’t be removed with soapy water. If your pan shows such signs, consider using baking soda treatment. Scrubbing your pan using baking soda and water solution can help you remove the dark build-up in your pan!
5. Using the Wrong Type of Oil: if you have purchased a nonstick pan, it isn’t necessary to use oil when cooking. If you do need to use oil, make sure you use it at the right temperature.
#For Example: do not use olive oil at temperatures exceeding low heat. That’s because using olive oil above low heat will cause it to carbonize on the pan’s surface. Then, it will some serious elbow grease to remove it.
Bottom Line – nonstick cookware sets are quite essential tools in the kitchen. If used and stored properly, they can add much value to cooking and eating healthy. But, to ensure their longevity, you need to take good care of them. Most importantly you should avoid the mistakes that could damage them in the long run. This article contains 5 common mistakes that you must avoid for their durability.