As is the case with most of the cookware, the quality of the pans too is based on its weight – the more the weight, the better the pan. Nonetheless, don’t spend a lot of money on non-stick cookware since every single layer of it, in the long run, will wear out. Here are the ways to expand your non-stick cookware’s life.
- Before using it for the first time, tenderly clean the pan. It is preferable if it’s cleaned with hand to make it free from any residue and debris.
- Don’t use cooking sprays which consist of lecithin as this may cause a sticky build-up on the cookware. Grease up the dish with oil very lightly.
- Don’t let the cookware reach a temperature of more than 500°F (medium to medium-high, based on your stove). Don’t let them go through extreme or sudden temperature changes, which will damage the non-stick material. Damage can also be caused if you let the hot pan run under your tap with cool water.
- Empty non-stick cookware should not be heated for long.
- To avert scratching, utilize silicone, plastic, elastic, or wooden utensils, which are not sharp.
- Gently hand-wash non-stick cookware as opposed to using the dishwasher. Keep away from grating cleaners, steel scouring pads or steel wool. To get rid of any stubborn residue, fill the pan with water to the half of its capacity and let it boil for 5 minutes, and wash. Or on the other hand, immerse the pan completely in a solution prepared with one cup of water to one Tbs. of dishwashing gel or liquid.
- Hang pots next to each other as opposed to heaping them on top of each other which can lead to scratches on the non-stick surface.
- Replace non-stick cookware when foods start sticking to the surface or when the pan hints at unreasonable scratching, flaking, chipping or peeling.