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5 common mistakes to avoid when using non-stick cookware

When used and stored properly nonstick cookware is quite a handy tool in the kitchen.  These pans are easy to use (especially for beginner cooks),…

When used and stored properly nonstick cookware is quite a handy tool in the kitchen. 

These pans are easy to use (especially for beginner cooks), and especially easy to clean. When used incorrectly, though, it’s also easy to damage and all out ruin nonstick pans.

From cooking to cleaning, here are five common mistakes with using non-stick cookware, plus our best tips on how to avoid them!

1. Cooking over high heat

Cooking over high heat should be avoided for a few reasons. First, the higher temperatures are bad for the non-stick coating on the cookware. Over time exposure to high heat will deteriorate the surface. Also, depending on the type of non-stick coating on your pan, cooking over high heat can lead to the release of unhealthy, potentially toxic vapors.

→ Follow this tip: Cook over low and medium heat with non-stick cookware.

2. Using non-stick cooking spray

Using non-stick cooking spray on non-stick cookware is a big no-no. Here’s the problem with it – after a while your pan will get a sticky buildup of the spray that doesn’t burn off during cooking. This usually happens around the sides of the pan. Scrubbing this sticky film off takes some serious elbow grease and doesn’t happen very easy.

→ Follow this tip: Use whole fats, like oil or butter, instead of cooking spray.

3. Failing to season your pan

Just like cast iron, it’s helpful to pre-season and re-season your non-stick cookware. Not only will this help your pan last longer, it will also improve the way food cooks in it.

→ Follow this tip: To pre-season your pan, simply rinse and completely dry, then use a paper towel to rub about a teaspoon of oil (any type will do) around the inside of the pan. It’s also a good idea to re-season the pan by rubbing it with a small amount of oil each time before using it.

 (Image credit: Emma Christensen)

4. Using sharp or abrasive objects anywhere near your non-stick pan

This goes for both cooking and cleaning. Using sharp objects like, knives or metal spatulas to stir food or remove it from the pan, along with things like steel wool for cleaning, can scratch and damage the coating on the pan. Once the coating on non-stick pans starts to peel or gets pitted, it’s best to replace them.

→ Follow this tip: For cooking, stick with wooden spoons or silicone spatulas for stirring food. When it comes time to clean, use a soft dishrag or non-metallic sponge or brush.

5. Cleaning nonstick cookware in the dishwasher

True, many non-stick pans claim to be dishwasher safe, but the super-hot water and harsh detergents aren’t good for the non-stick coating. Over time this will cause the pan’s coating to deteriorate much faster than washing by hand.

→ Follow this tip: Wash non-stick cookware by hand. It will help your pans last a lot longer.

Source: thekitchen.com


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