I am the worst when it comes to taking care of our nonstick pans. I have an attitude that because they cost the most, they need the least care. Honestly Dr. B is better than I am when it comes to cleaning and caring for our nonstick pans….I really can care less. I pretty much just stick them in the dishwasher and press clean. I knew I was negligent, I just didn’t realize just how horribly negligent I was until I read the NY Times article, How Not to Wreck a Nonstick Pan.
You can read the entire article, but here are the highlights:
- Preseason the pan first (I thought you only preseason woks). According to the article you should was and rinse the pan, then rub it with a paper towel saturated with oil.
- Don’t put them in the dishwasher. The high heat and detergents will ruin the coating….oops 😦
- Run a teaspoon of butter or oil on the cold pan every time you use it. (I use the pour and slosh around method, which the author says is a no no).
- Avoid using nonstick sprays. The soy lecithin in the spray can build up and become sticky and pasty.
- Use lower temperatures when cooking. High heat can cause the coating to crack.
- Don’t use sharp or metal object to turn food, as this will pierce the coating (this is the one tip I did know).
Who new, nonstick cookware needed so much care. Any other good tips out there for caring for cookware? BTW, what’s a dutch oven I saw one and I think I should be using one, but I’m not sure how to use it 🙂
- Q&A: Do I have to spend a lot for cookware that sizzles? (blogs.consumerreports.org)
- Bialetti’s New Aeternum Non-Stick Cookware Make Perfect Christmas Gifts This Holiday Season (prweb.com)
- CR’s Good-Better-Best Gift Guide: Cookware (blogs.consumerreports.org)