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What not to do with non-stick cookware

What not to do with non-stick cookware
By BergHOFF 18 July 2019

No kitchen is complete without a couple of non-stick cookware items because, let’s be honest, it just makes cooking and cleaning up afterwards a lot easier. However, non-stick pots and pans need a different treatment from other cookware so it’s best to avoid the following 5 no-go’s if you want to ensure the longevity of your non-stick cookware.

1. Don’t use sharp or metal utensils during cooking.

Probably the most important rule is not to use any knives, metal utensils or other sharp-edged objects in your non-stick cookware since they will scratch the non-stick surface. So don’t go stirring your sauces with a metal whisk, flipping pancakes or omelettes with a metal spatula or cutting food in the pan with a metal knife. Instead, stick to kitchen utensils made of wood, rubber, silicone or nylon.

2. Don’t overheat your pan.

When you’re cooking with non-stick cookware it’s best to do so over low to medium heat. Cooking over high heat will deteriorate the non-stick surface over time and shorten your cookware’s lifespan.

3. Don’t use scouring pads, sharp scrapers or harsh cleaning detergents to clean non-stick cookware.

These can wear off the non-stick coating. While most non-stick cookware is dishwasher safe, we still recommend handwashing these pots and pans with a dishcloth or soft sponge and a soft detergent since the harsh dishwasher detergents combined with the high heat can shorten the lifespan of your non-stick pan or pot. Any stubborn food residue can easily be removed by covering the bottom of the pan with water and letting it soak off while gently heating it at low temperature (no need to let the water boil).

4. Don’t stack non-stick pots and pans carelessly on top of one another.

If you want to save storage space by stacking your cookware, make sure to place a dish towel or a layer of paper towel inside each pan to shield the interior surface. This way the bottom of a pan won’t scrape the coating of the one beneath it.

5. Don’t store food in your non-stick cookware.

Although it might be tempting after a night of cooking to just leave the leftover food in the pot or pan and store the whole thing in the fridge, this is never a good idea with non-stick cookware. It could deteriorate the non-stick surface and alter your food’s flavour. Instead, take a few extra minutes to store your leftovers in a practical food container.