Nonstick cookware makes your cooking easier and tastier. But you must understand how to handle this cookware in order to let them serve for a longer lifespan. A lot goes into cooking, handling, cleaning and storing these utensils. If you are still nervous and clueless on how to deal with this, listed below are few tips on what you must and must not do while you cook with a non-stick pan.
1. Storing food –
Your non-stick pan is not a storage container to store the leftovers. It might be excruciating at times to store the leftovers in a storage to refrigerate before going to bed wherein you might simply store in your pan. That is a bad idea as storage in the pan might gradually break the surface texture and this might also change the taste of your food when it is kept in the pan the entire night.
2. Temperature –
Cooking in extreme temperatures in a non-stick cookware might damage the wear and tear texture of the pan. So it is advised to heat in a low or medium temperature. Besides this, do not wash off with water soon after you remove the pan from the stove as that might create a dent on the surface of the pan if it is of low quality.
3. Cleaning methods –
If you find the food particles very hard to dispose of, slowly exfoliate using your hands and the softer side of the brush. Do not use any hard steel wool, rough chemical based detergents, or other hard scrubs to clean your non-stick cookware as this might shorten its lifespan.
4. Utensil materials –
When you cook using a non-stick cookware, you need to take care in protecting the top layer of it. Avoid using sharp-edged knives, metal utensils or spoon that are rough and could damage the top layer. Instead use bamboos, plastics or wooden utensils to cook.
5. Storage –
There might be no place in your kitchen at times wherein you will be forced to place all the utensils in a heap thereby making it look disorderly. When you place another vessel on top of your pan, chances are, you are ruining the non-stick surface quality. Either cover it with a towel and place it or hang it separately.
Additionally, you must also remember the following techniques to protect your non-stick cookware –
- Go for pans that weigh high so it doesn’t get heated fast and lasts longer.
- Don’t roast or sear the meat on non-stick pans directly as such cooking process requires a temperature above the non-stick cookware capacity.
- Turn on the ventilator in order to stay away from excess fumes
- Ensure you don’t preheat an empty lightweight pan as it might quickly raise to a temperature which might ruin the top layer.
- Pour a small amount of oil or fat over the pan before you switch on to preheat it. This is just to boost the cooking process.
Image source – pexels, flickr, pixabay