How to Keep Your Nonstick Pans Looking Good
Nonstick pans are terrific to use. They do not require a lot of oil and can help keep down the amount of calories and fat in a recipe. I have tossed out many pans, from what I thought was over use, but now I know it was improper use, that wore away the nonstick surface. Here are a few ideas to ensure that you keep your nonstick pots and pans looking new and working well.
Use a rubber or silicone spatula to portion and serve from your nonstick bake ware. A metal knife can scratch the surface of the pan, cutting into the coating and leaving marks that eventually will make it very difficult to keep clean.
Also, refrain from using any metal utensils to stir, turn food or mix ingredients directly in the pan. Even using a dinner fork to turn a cutlet in the pan can scratch your pan. Best Nonstick Pan Try having a large selection of utensils, made from wood, plastic or silicone, easily at hand on the counter. This will help avoid the temptation of just grabbing any utensil to do the job.
It is best to wash your nonstick pans by hand. Allow your pan to soak in warm water for a few minutes to loosen any baked on food. Then wash with warm water and a mild dish soap. Remember to always use plastic scourers or soft sponges. Do not use harsh cleaners that will cause the coating on your pans to wear off.
Although the dishwasher is a huge convenience, most dishwasher detergents are too harsh for nonstick kitchenware and will eventually cause the finish to wear off. Hand washing and drying your nonstick utensils and cookware will increase its lifespan.
Most nonstick cookware is meant to be used for low and medium heat cooking. Cooking on a very high heat can cause the pan to eventually warp. Warping will change the heat distribution to the pan and effect the way the recipe cooks. Remember to follow the manufacturer recommendations regarding cooking heat.