Its stylish appearance and distinct properties have made non-stick cookware a hot favourite in recent times. Almost every kitchen is likely to have a non-stick pan, tawa or idli-maker.
Non-stick cookware has multiple benefits, but requires extra care. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. With these simple care tips, you will be able to keep your non-stick pots and pans in top condition and extend their lifespan.
1) While Cooking
Do not preheat a non-stick pan. Add a few drops of oil to form a thin layer on the pan. Heat the pan a few seconds after adding the grease. If it’s heated before adding the oil, the coating can break down. This can also release toxic fumes that could be dangerous to your health. Always remember that non-stick cookware requires less oil than regular cookware. Also, avoid drastic flame fluctuations; use low-to-moderate heat settings instead.
Avoid non-stick sprays as these can make the surface of your non-stick cookware sticky over time. Choose vegetable oil instead.
Avoid using metal spoons on a non-stick cooking surface. Opt for wooden spatulas, and nylon or silicon-coated utensils. This will protect the non-stick surface from nicks and scratches.
Avoid Acidic Food
Avoid cooking acidic foods like tomatoes and lemons in your non-stick cookware. This can cause the coating to flake.
2) While Cleaning
Let it Cool Before You Clean
Before cleaning, always let your non-stick cookware cool to room temperature.
Avoid Abrasive Cleaning Pads
Use the solution and a scrubbing pad to clean your non-stick cookware. Avoid abrasive cleaning pads, especially metal ones, as they can damage the coating.
3) While Caring
Wash As Soon As Possible
Don’t leave your non-stick cookware unwashed for a long time after use. This can cause brownish grease stains to form on its surface. Always hand-wash your non-stick cookware as soon as possible, once it has cooled down.
Use a clean cloth to dry your non-stick cookware immediately after washing.
Avoid Storing Food
Avoid storing food in non-stick cookware. It can cause the food to take on a metallic taste or smell.
Use Dishwashing Liquid
Always use a solution of dishwashing liquid to clean your non-stick cookware.
There you go! Keep this guide handy to take good care of your non-stick cookware.