Non stick pots and pans have been a popular sight in kitchens ever since DuPont Teflon was first marketed in 1945. Teflon and other types of coatings keep foods from sticking which makes cooking, as well as clean-up, easier. There are steps you should take to keep these time-saving products in tip-top shape so they serve you well for years to come. Read this informative article and find out how to properly care for your non stick pots and pans.
Note- In order to obtain the best results, read and follow the owner’s manual that came with your cookware. Otherwise, you can follow these general instructions.
1. Seasoning Your Non Stick Cookware
According to kitchensavvy.com, T-Fal USA recommends seasoning their products before their first use, after every 10 washings in a dishwasher, and if they’re overheated during cooking. To do this, wash your non stick pots and pans in a sudsy mix of dishwashing detergent and water, rinse well and dry. Then, pour a little cooking oil on a paper towel and coat the entire insides.
On the flip side, DuPont doesn’t recommend seasoning their cookware.
2. Using Cooking Sprays, Oil and Other Fats
When you cook with non stick cookware, you don’t need to spray it first, or add any type of lubricant, unless you’re adding it to enhance the flavor of the food.
3. Cooking Temperatures
To properly care for your non stick pots and pans, use low or medium heat when you’re cooking to avoid overheating them. And, don’t use metal or sharp utensils to avoid scratching the coatings. Use plastic, nylon or wood utensils instead.
4. Cleaning Non Stick Cookware
Since food doesn’t normally stick, wash your pots and pans in hot, soapy dish water with a non-abrasive sponge (that’s suitable for non-stick cookware) or dishcloth. Rinse each piece with clean water and dry.
To remove grease build-up or other stubborn residue, use a non-abrasive pad and a nonabrasive cleaner like Bon Ami.
5. Proper Storage
To help prevent scratches on your non stick pots and pans, the best way to store them is on a hanging rack. If you store them in a cupboard, place a paper towel inside each one before you stack them together.