Uses and Care of a Non-Stick Pan
“ NON STICK COOKWARE”
In today's calorie-conscious world a non-stick pan is one of the kitchen essentials each of us should invest in. It’s low oil consumption and the ability to cook food on medium flame with minimal supervision, makes a non-stick pan an asset. Whether it is fluffy omelettes or pancakes for breakfast, some tossed vegetables with tofu for lunch or savoury crepes, a non-stick pan can be used to create the most varied varieties of cuisines.
Let us answer some of the frequently asked questions related to a non-stick pan.
Do you add oil to a hot or cold non-stick pan ?
In most pots and pans while cooking fats are added to a preheated pan, but in case of a non-stick pan, it’s the other way round. First, add the oil and then switch on the flame, adding oil to a cool surface of the non-stick pan enhances the effects of the pan and also enables the food to cook evenly.
Which is the most suitable oil to use on a non stick pan ?
Different types of oils can be used to lubricate the surface of the non-stick pan, sunflower oil, vegetable oil, peanut oil, canola oil and olive oil are common choices however even butter is used to season the non-stick pan. Cooking spray is the only option which should be avoided as it causes a build-up of oil residue which is practically impossible to remove and damages the non-stick coating.
How should I clean my non-stick pan ?
Cleaning the non-stick pan is as simple as it can get. You need to wait till the pan cools completely only then can you begin by cleaning it with a mild detergent and a soft sponge. Refrain from using a metal scrubber or steel wool to clean the surface of the non-stick pan. Dishwashers are also not the ideal washing environment for a non-stick pan.
In case there are stubborn stains of food which refuse to budge you can soak the non-stick pan in a mixture of baking soda and water for a few minutes to loosen out the burnt food. It is then an effortless process to clean the pan.
How often should you replace your non stick pan ?
There is no fixed duration after which you should dispose of your non-stick pan. If proper care is taken a non-stick pan can last for up to five years. Keep looking at the coating of your non-stick pan for signals if it begins to appear corroded, discoloured, flaked or scratched it's time to replace your nonstick pan.
Common mistakes while using a non-stick pan ?
Overheating destroys the surface of the non-stick pan, it is recommended to use a medium or low flame while using the non-stick pan.
Do not use metal spoons or knives to turn, move or scrape the food in the non-stick pan .
Never store leftovers in a non-stick pan, it is meant for cooking purposes only.
A non-stick pan is the most versatile kitchen utensil one can invest in, low oil consumption and a wide variety of cuisines that it can be used to cook are the main advantages. By keeping in mind a few simple tips you can definitely make sure your non-stick pan lasts for a longer period of time. So get started off on your culinary journey and use your non-stick pan to create the most exotic delicacies ….