When you buy the best and the most expensive product, it seems to chip off soon and finally you are forced to throw it away as you are aware of the harms of ingesting its non-stick coating. So, here are well known tips to improve the life span of non-stick cookware pans.
Avoid using cooking spray
When you apply cooking spray on the pre-heated pan, it sticks to the surface and later it becomes difficult to remove and as the non-stick coatings are fragile, it might cause damages. So avoid using cooking spray while cooking.
Make proper clean
Wash the pan with a soft sponge and soap liquid using warm water before start cooking. Use a mixture of baking soda and water to remove any burnt oil spots. Soak a paper towel in vegetable oil and after every cleaning and use it to polish the pan. It will increases the lifespan of your pan.
Avoid metal utensils
While cooking in non-stick pans, avoid using sharp and heavy objects like metal spoons and knives. There is a possibility of getting scratches in your pan on using metal objects. The wooden, plastic or silicone utensils are best for non-stick cookware and it is most preferable.
Cool down a pan before washing
The sudden change of temperature could wrap the pan permanently and make it unfit for future cooking. Your pan may loss strength and can damage the surface totally.
Avoid storing foods in the pan
Non-stick pans are used for the purpose of shallow cooking only. You can’t use it for storing the food. Storing food for long hours in the non-stick pan might cause degradation to the pan and food too.
Place it in proper manner
Keep your pan always in hanging position and try to have plenty of space in between so that they don’t cling to other utensils. Keep it away from any sharper objects to avoid any damages or adamant scratches to the non-stick coating.
Cooking acidic food is not advisable
The non-stick coating is very fragile and food items like tomatoes and lemon, that are highly acidic in nature, when heated may result in peeling off the non-stick coat. Avoid cooking all sorts of acidic foods to increase the shelf life of pans.
Dry after every use
Rust will form, if you store the pan without drying after wash. So, after every use, wash the pan and dry with a soft cloth. This act will prevent the non stick pan from formation of rust.
Seasoning with cooking oil
When using the non-stick pans for the first time, wash them with running water, wipe-off and season them with cooking oil. Then heat for a minute and wipe off the oil content with a paper towel. This act removes all sorts of manufacturing residue and makes the pan fit for cooking.
In general, non-stick pans are opt for low or medium heat. Using them for high heat cooking might damage the coating and adulterate the food. To check the correct temperature, you can apply the butter test, according to which if bubble appears, the pan is correctly heated and if the butter turns brown, you need to lower the heat.