January 29, 2015

Tip # 71: Tips to maintain Non-Stick Cookwares

Using Non stick cookwares regularly is very common nowadays and here are some general tips for the better performance and maintenance of them which I collected from different sources. I compiled them and given under the Smart Samayal Tips...

  • The greatest advantage of nonstick cookware is that it needs no butter or oil to release the food cleanly, but you can certainly add fats for taste and texture. 

  • Never preheat an empty pan

  • It’s a good idea to rub about a teaspoon of oil or butter on a cold pan each time you use it, because despite the name nonstick, most of the cookware needs some kind of lubricant. 

  • The most important rule with nonstick cookware is to never use metal utensils on your nonstick surfaces; they can damage the coating in a split second. Opt instead for materials like wood, nylon, plastic, rubber or silicone, or use specially coated utensils designed for nonstick surfaces. 

  • Use a paste of equal parts baking soda and water to gently scrub the pan, using a non-metallic sponge or brush. Don't forget the sides and other areas where oil residue can build up. Rinse well and dry.

  • High temperatures cause the coating to crack. So cook in medium or low temperature for good results.

  • Lightweight pans generally heat up fastest, so invest in heavier-weight cookware — it’s worth the extra money.

Steps to Clean Non-Stick Pans:

  1. If there is a layer of oil that is difficult to remove, fill the pan with water and add ½ cup of vinegar.

  2. Bring the water/vinegar mixture to a boil.

  3. As the mixture boils, the oil layer will rise to the top.

  4. Remove the oil and dispose of the water.

  5. Wash the pan with warm water and soap using a nylon scrubber.

  6. Rinse completely and dry with a soft cloth.


Steps to Remove Residue:


  1. Sprays and grease can leave a residue on non-stick pans that is difficult to remove.

  2. Start by mixing water and baking soda to make a paste.

  3. Spread the paste on the residue.

  4. Scrub the surface with a nylon scrubber. The baking soda acts as an abrasive to safely remove the residue without damaging the non-stick surface.

  5. Once the residue is removed, wash with soap and water.

  6. Rinse completely before drying with a soft cloth.