How To Preserve Your Nonstick Cookware
One of the benefits of investing in nonstick ceramic coated cookware is that you do not need to season it like cast iron. It should be ready for use right out of the packaging. Unfortunately, many people become dissatisfied with their pots and pans as the nonstick quality degrades overtime.
Here are the best ways to make your nonstick ceramic coated cookware last longer:
A Little Oil Goes A Long Way: I know what you are thinking. “I bought a nonstick pan so I wouldn’t have to use oil!” But hear me out. Nonstick pans, no matter how good the technology, are still prone to wear and tear. Adding a little oil helps coat the nonstick surface, and improves the cooking process. Don't worry! Clean-up will still be a piece of cake.
Heat With Caution: The most common cause of nonstick degradation is due to overheating. This is especially true with aluminum products. Aluminum is an efficient cookware material because it has high heat conductivity. Thus, aluminum cookware heats up faster and more evenly than cookware made from other materials. On the flip side, this means you cannot leave your pan on a burner turned to high for an extended period of time. While the pan may not warp, you could be damaging the nonstick coating.
Wash After Every Use: This idea may seem simple, but there is a right and wrong way to clean a nonstick pan. First, you should clean after every use because you do not want food to build up on the cooking surface. If food gets burnt on, then you are no longer cooking on a nonstick surface, you are cooking on a burnt food surface. Second, do not use a hard abrasive to clean. This will create scratches and remove the nonstick surface. Lastly, while most products say dishwasher safe, it is always wiser to clean your pots and pans by hand washing with warm, soapy water.
For A Stuck On Mess: If you pull a kitchen-fail and burn food onto the pan, the best solution is to add boiling water. Adding boiling water lifts the burnt-on residue and allows you to clean the pan properly.
Store With Care: Always use towels or pan protectors when nesting your cookware. Your pans can get friendly, but they shouldn’t get intimate.
Following these instructions should increase the lifespan of your nonstick ceramic cookware. Of course, baking soda and vinegar cleaning tricks are welcome, but they shouldn’t be necessary. If treated correctly, your cookware can retain its nonstick properties for a long time.
- Greg Gamarra