How to Protect Your Non-Stick Cookware

Woman Hand Washing Cookware

Cooking for yourself is a great way to ensure that you're eating real foods that are not loaded with added sugars, salt or preservatives. But, for someone new to the kitchen, there are "tricks of the trade" that you may not know about. Concerning the preservation of non-stick pans, many people try to keep them lubricated with cooking sprays. Although cooking sprays may work great to keep food from sticking when your pan is brand new, there is a better way to prevent your pans from becoming wrecked.

A substance called soy lecithin found in aerosol spray-on oils causes the spray substance to accumulate. Then, a sticky film starts to appear. This, of course, defeats the purpose of trying to cook in what was supposed to be a pan that does not cause food to stick. To remedy this, using a natural oil and wiping it onto the pan with a paper towel or using a pastry brush to spread it on the pan is best. When you've finished cooking, you should be able to wipe the pan clean. If not, wash by hand to keep your cookware cooking great. Note: Avoid the temptation of putting coated pots and pans in the dishwasher.

Increase the Life Expectancy of Your Cookware

These additional tips will also help you increase your pan’s life span:

  • Rinse the pan and dry it before applying the cooking oil.
  • When possible, cook your food on medium heat to prevent cracking.
  • Do not use any metal utensil to turn over or stir your food.
  • Hand-wash non-tstick cookware instead of using a dishwasher.
  • Do not throw cold water onto a warm pan, or it could warp.
  • Use a plastic not metal wool scrubbing device.
  • Do not cook acidic foods (i.e. anything with tomatoes) in non-stick pans.
  • Store your pans in places where they won’t be ruined by sharp objects.
  • Clean and dry your non-stick pans right after you use them.
  • Use only soft detergent to clean your non-stick pans – no harsh chemicals.
  • Baking soda is an acceptable cleaning abrasive for your non-stick cookware.

No matter how careful you are with your non-stick pans, natural wear and tear will occur. However, you can extend the life of your cookware when you follow the above tips as consistently as possible.


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