Make your Non-stick Cookware last 3x longer: Care and Use Tips
Taking care of the utensils you use to cook your food, is as important as taking care of your health. How long your non-stick cookware lasts, depends entirely on you. There are a lot of mixed signals regarding whether or not to take care of your non-stick cookware. But if you wish to use your non-stick cookware for a longer duration, some basic care is definitely required. Here are some basic non-stick cookware use and care tips:
- Wash before every use
Before using it for the first time, it’s best to wash your nonstick cookware with lukewarm soapy water. This will remove any residues – be it oil or dirt. Rinse well and dry it completely before cooking food in it. Also, one must ensure that the cookware is washed in the same manner after every use. Do not use rough or abrasive tools to wash non-stick cookware like steel wool, stiff brushes, or scorching pads. These tools are harsh on the surface and will ruin your cookware.
- Utensils to be used in non-stick cookware
Unknowingly, a lot of people do not think before using metal utensils in non-stick pans and kadai. In reality, not all metal utensils should be used as they have sharp edges and may peel the coating, damaging your non-stick kadai and pans. Use only safe utensils such as a wooden spatula or heat-resistant silicon spoons in nonstick cookware. Even a small scratch on the coating can lead to peeling- off entire non-stick coating. Using safe utensils help extend the life span of your non-stick cookware. Check out Vinod Cookware Combo Set that has been curated carefully to ensure you get a wide range of different cookware (including non-stick cookware) along with suitable utensils to cook with.
- Oil is essential for cooking in non-stick cookware
Non-stick cookware often carries labels that say no oil or grease is needed. Therefore, health enthusiasts cook food in non-stick cookware without oil or grease. But the truth is, a little oil is definitely essential to cook food in non-stick cookware. It helps to keep the food from sticking to the coated surface. Over a period of time, even the best quality nonstick cookware gets damaged easily because small food residue has marred the coating. Using little oil can help you overcome this problem. Vinod Cookware’s HANOS products are made from thick virgin aluminum which allows for even distribution of heat and minimal use of cooking oil promoting healthier cooking.
- Use optimal flame level to cook food
Most of the non-stick cookwares are coated with a material that cannot withstand high flame. They may be able to handle high flame for a short duration but are not suitable for prolonged exposure to high heat. It is best to cook food on moderate or low flame while using non-stick cookware. Use cookware that have hard annodised surface which makes it resistant to corrosion and high heat damage.
- Ensure proper storage
All the efforts you put to ensure the best use of your non-stick cookware will go to waste if the utensils are not stored properly. Therefore, one cannot emphasize enough on storing non-stick cookware properly. When nesting nonstick cookware, use a paper napkin or a soft cloth between them to prevent any kind of scratching on the coatings. You can opt for storage solutions that minimize contact between two non-stick cookware.
Non-stick cookware are in general affordable, easy to handle, easy to wash, and lightweight. They are more user-friendly than traditional utensils. And your non-stick cookware can help you cook restaurant-quality food if you just take the time and effort to care for it. Do let us know about your easy tips and tricks to take care of non-stick cookware in the comments below.