The first thing that comes to mind when I think of stick cooking utensils is cooking in low oil.
Sometimes even when you buy the best and most expensive I stick cookware, it quickly becomes useless. The reason is that we forget about its maintenance and cleaning.
Read below to learn 10 smart tricks to improve the life of your non-stick cookware.
1. Avoid using cooking spray
When using cooking spray on an already heated pot, it will stick to the surface, it will be difficult to remove and I’re sticky coating’, which can cause damage.
2. Heat properly
Generally, non-stick pans are suitable for low or medium heat. Using them for cooking over high heat can damage its coating and put it at risk of mixing with food.
To check the correct temperature, you can use the butter test, according to which if the bubble appears, the pan heats up properly and if the butter itself turns brown, you need to reduce the heat.
3. Cooking oil
When using non-stick pans for the first time, rinse in running water, wipe and add cooking oil. Then heat for a minute and wipe the ‘oil with a paper towel.
This process removes all kinds of product residues and makes the pan suitable for cooking.
4. Clean properly
First, rinse the pan with a soft sponge and soapy water using warm water.
Use a mixture of baking soda and water to remove the greasy oil. After each cleaning, soak a paper towel in oil and polish the pan, this process extends its life.
5. Dry after each use
Even if the company says ‘dishwasher is safe’, avoid it. Also, after each use, to prevent rust formation, as mentioned above, wash the pan and dry with a soft cloth.
6. Avoid cooking acid foods
I stick coating, very brittle, foods like tomatoes and lemons, which are naturally high in acidity, when heated, I can peel off the stick coat. Avoid cooking all kinds of acidic foods to increase the shelf life of the pans.
7. Store properly
Always keep the pans hanging ‘leaving plenty of space in between so they don’t stick to other utensils’.
Also, I keep them away from sharp objects so as not to cause any damage to the stick coating.
8. Never store food in a container
Non-stick pans are for shallow cooking and not for storing food. Storing food for a long time in a non-stick container will cause spoilage in the pan and food.
9. Allow to cool before rinsing
A sudden change in temperature can permanently affect the pan and make it unsuitable for future cooking. So allow to cool before washing.
10. Avoid metal cooking spoons
When cooking in non-stick pans, avoid using sharp and heavy objects such as metal spoons and knives. Wood, plastic or silicone spoons are ideal for non-stick utensils.