Ways You Are Destroying Your Nonstick Cookware

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Nonstick Cookware

Have you ever used a frying pan to fry your eggs, and they get stuck at the bottom of the pan? So much so you end up turning the whole thing into scrambled eggs!

Whether you are a restaurateur or a homemaker, a nonstick pan is a dream to use. It saves time and is so much less messy. Less time in the kitchen means more time to enjoy those delicious meals prepared with your fabulous nonstick pan.

Check out the info below to see how well you are taking care of your nonstick cookware.

9. Incorrect Cooking Utensils

Cooking Utensils

If you are serious about your non-stick cookware, you need to know the tools that go well with them to keep them in good shape. First of all, no metal utensils should touch the interior of your nonstick pans. Metal may scrape off the surface of the pan and cause the coating to get into your food. Wooden or silicone utensils are best!

8. You Add Oil At The Wrong Time

Oil Pan

The oil must go into the pan before turning on the stove! That’s the nonstick procedure. If you have heat your pan before adding the oil, it is time for a change. There are two reasons why it is different from nonstick.

First of all, oil enhances the effect of the cookware. This only happens when it is added before your food can soak up any oil. Secondly, some nonstick pans can produce fumes that are unhealthy when heated without a lubricant.

7. You Are Using Cooking Spray

Cooking Spray

Put away your cooking spray immediately! You may be attempting to reduce calories in the dish you are preparing, but the cooking spray is not compatible with your prized nonstick cookware.

The spray builds up over time and will be almost impossible to remove. You can use a small amount of your favorite oil or butter to lubricate. If it is important to you to cut calories, be careful with the amount you use.

6. Cooking Acidic Foods In Your Non-Stick

Nonstick Pan Food

Highly acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus are best cooked in a regular cast iron pot. If cooked in the nonstick, you will speed up the aging process. The acid in these foods will cause blisters to the non-stick surface.

5. Too Much Heat

Flame Heat Cooking

If your pot is smoking, the heat is too high! You will need to open your windows or put on your fan. Although the fumes are not deadly, they can make you feel sick at the moment. Remember, nonstick is not for searing or to char. It’s more for eggs and pancakes or slow cooking with a low flame.

Keep the heat at a minimum to protect your nonstick. And if you need to use it in the oven, be sure to consult your manufacturer’s guide. You need to know how much heat the pan can sustain without getting warped or threatening safety.

4. You Wash Improperly

Washing Pan Nonstick

When it’s time to wash, do not use abrasive materials such as steel wool and scouring pads. It is best to use sponges, microfiber cloths and soft brushes with dishwashing liquid. All-Clad instructs that you wash with baking soda and water to remove any build-up of residue.

Some companies, however, advise that their nonstick cookware is dishwasher-friendly. It’s a good idea to check your manual to see if there are specific instructions on cleaning. We recommend, however, that you hand wash. This is to protect the surface and have your pan serving longer.

3. Used For Storing Food

Leftover Storing Food

It’s a bad idea to store the leftovers in your nonstick. You will only be adding to the wear and tear of the pan. Transfer your foods to containers designed to handle leftovers and put them in the refrigerator. Similarly, don’t soak overnight in water. Just wash after using and store in a dry place.

2. Waiting Too Long To Replace

Old Nonstick Pan

It is recommended that you change your nonstick cookware every five years. As soon as there are signs of peeling or wear and tear, that pan must go. The New York State Department of Health advised that it is more likely that the pans will release toxins when they are being used with peeled or chipped surfaces.

1. Tossing When It Loses Some Slickness

Cooking Nonstick

Although the recommendation is that you change your non-stick every five years, there is a trick to help it serve longer. Since they are not as durable as other pots and pans, the non-stick is only a thin layer.

If your nonstick loses its “nonstick” factor, you can put the pan on low heat for about 30 seconds, then pour in a bit of canola or vegetable oil. Rub this all over the surface of the pot and remove excess with a dishcloth. You will need to repeat this process when it starts to be sticky again.

A nonstick pot or skillet can make life in the kitchen easier. It is important to take good care of your kitchen aids so they will serve you longer. Give yours some of that tender loving care, as you understand more fully what you need to do to halt damage you are making to your non-stick cookware.