Tools, appliances, accessories, everything we use in our daily life need care and maintenance. So does cookware. We all use cookware for cooking purposes. They vary in brands, constructions, performance and prices. It doesn’t matter how expensive or what brands they belong to, if they are in use, they will need right care and maintenance. For longevity and optimal cooking performance, you have to ensure their appropriate maintenance. Different approaches may be needed, depending upon the material a cookware set is made out of. Here in this article, we will restrict our discussion on cookware care exclusively on nonstick cookware.
To be able to take good care of your nonstick cookware, you need to know what the term nonstick exactly means. Nonstick is a coating applied on the cooking surface of your pots and pans to make the surface more slippery. The reason being, foods cannot stick on a slick or slippery surface.
The coating not being the core material of the cookware may lose its nonstick feature if not properly taken care of. Many of us use nonstick cookware but don’t know how to maintain them in the right way. Problems could be twofold: First, you lose the nonstick feature of your cookware set sooner than you have to. Second, you risk your health by mishandling your nonstick cookware set.
For durability, desired performance, and best cooking experience, we recommend you adhere to the following tips:
Nonstick Cookware Care Tips:
- 1: Read the instruction manual or care guide provided with your cookware sets, carefully and stick with their advices. It’s important to know that each manufacturer takes utmost care to provide their consumers with the best possible guidelines on the individual cookware set . So knowing and following their tips are beneficial.
- 2: Use only non-metal utensils like nylon, plastic, silicon or wooden ones for your cookware sets. Metal ones may damage the coating used for the nonstick.
- 3: Do not throw your nonstick cookware set in the dishwasher. Though some manufacturers claim their pots and pans set to be dishwasher safe, wash them manually for their longevity. Use sponge and soapy water. For cleaning hard food residue, soak your cookware in warm water for sometime for the hard particles to loosen up.
- 4: Cook in your nonstick pan in a low to medium heat. Overheating your nonstick pans can damage the nonstick surface and release harmful fumes. It is to be noted here that this fumes emitted from your pans are fatal for pets and other birds and animals and detrimental to human health.
- 5: Season your nonstick pans for the first time around before you start cooking. Don’t preheat your pans on a high flame. Most nonstick pans have superior heat conductivity. So you don’t have to use high flame.
- 6: If coatings of your pans get scratched, damaged, or chipped, you should immediately replace your pans. You don’t have to worry, of course, if your pans are PFOA-free. Among the cookware sets we reviewed, Stoneline Stone Cookware nonstick cookware set is certified to be one hundred percent PFOA-free.
- 7: Fewer uses of your nonstick cookware will certainly increase the lifetime of the cookware. So use your nonstick for food that are likely to stick. You can also use your cookware sets by rotation if you have multiple sets. That way no one single cooking pan will be required to use too frequently.
- 8: Improper stacking often cause damage to your pans. Therefore, be careful of storing your frying pan on top of each other. Frequent rubbing with other metal surfaces may weaken the nonstick feature of your cooking pans. Hanging the fry pans could be a good solution to this issue.
- 9: Do not throw your heated cookware in the water. Doing so badly harms your cookware. Allow them to cool down first before you soak them in water. This rule more or less applies to all cookware regardless of brands, materials, prices, and other features.
PFOA: PFOA stands for Perfluorooctanoic acid. It’s a synthetic chemical that is considered to be harmful to human health. It even poses a great threat to pets and birds. It’s used in the nonstick coating technology to hold the coating to the pots and pans to be made nonstick. It’s found in Teflon, which is otherwise known as PTFE(Polytetrafluoroethylene).