How to Protect Your Non-Stick Cookware and Bakeware

You may have nonstick cookware or bakeware, but do you know how to protect them? Nonstick coatings offer healthier cooking because they use less oil and make the cleaning job relatively easily. However, if you use them improperly, you may ruin the finish on them, making the foods stick and making the cleaning much more difficult, thus reduce the lifespan. The following useful tips can help you know how to protect them and you can enjoy your nonstick pans for many years which can save your money for the new one.

Don’t use a Scouring Cleanser Pad to clean

nonstick-cookwareThe coating may be worn off if you use scouring products which have harsh cleansers or are metal based. Soft sponges or plastic scourers are the best choices. You also can make your pan soak for a moment, which is helpful to loosen foods, and then you can clean it with mild soap, warm water and a soft cloth.

Store pans properly

Don’t store pans haphazardly along with other metal implements, or the coating may be scratched by these implements. You should store them properly and don’t let any other metal implements sit inside your pans. If you really want to do that to save space, make sure the edges of these implements are smooth – not sharp.

Don’t use a metal knife or utensil to cut meatloaf or desserts in the pan

The coating of your pan is very thin and anything sharp can pierce the coating. Once the coating is pierced, your pans will become unsightly and foods are prone to sticking. Therefore, don’t use sharp tools like a metal knife or utensil to do the cutting job. You can use silicone or rubber spatulas to cut desserts and meatloaf.

Not allow drastic water temperature changes

If you place a very hot non-stick in to cold water, what will happen? Of course, your pan will become warped, making the heat distribution and cooking abilities reduced and even you need to buy a new one. Therefore, before you want to wash the pan, make sure it is cooled completely and naturally.

Don’t wash your pans in the dishwasher

Nonstick pans are not washed in the dishwasher because dishwasher detergents usually are too harsh for most nonstick pans and these harsh detergents can cause the finish to wear off. Bakeware with some scratchers may not dry completely, thus rusting. Therefore, you should handwash your nonstick pans and dry completely before storing.

Metal spatulas, whisks or tongs are not allowed to use

If you want to turn food, stir, scrape food residue or blends foods in the non-stick, any Metal Spatula, Whisk or Tong are not allowed to use. The best utensils are plastic, silicon or wood. Many manufacturers provide silicone whisks which are perfect for quick blending.

Don’t store foods in the nonstick cookware

If you want to store the pans, make sure it is empty, cleaned and dry enough. Any food is allowed to be stored in the pans, because foods can decay and make the air wet. If your pan has scratches, the wet air will make your pan rust.

Don’t cook on high heat

nonstick-cookware-warpedMost nonstick cookware is designed to cook on a low and medium heat. If you make it cook on high heat, the finish can be worn down and blistered, even making pans warped. Following the instructions about cooking heat can really increase the pan’s lifespan.

Don’t use a bread pan to bake meats or other high acid foods

If you think you can use your bread pan to bake meats or other high acid foods, you may wrong because these high acid foods may wear off the finish faster, making your pans difficult to clean and easy to rush and finally reducing the lifespan. Stick to one rule – just keep your bread pan for bread.

Don’t cut the Pizza with a cutter

If you have made a pizza in your nonstick pizza pan, don’t cut it with a cutter in the pan. You may think it is convenient to do that, but it may hurt the finish. You can slide the pizza out onto a wooden cutting board, and then apportion it.

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