Proudly purchased an expensive non-stick pan and dreaming of all the delectable and healthy treats that you will cook there? But just a few days down the line and all your dreams are peeling just like the coating of your cookware! You try to contact the dealer/the manufacturer and who not to replace your pan, but they say they can’t help because warranty is only in material defects? Yes. There is hardly any warranty for non-stick coating. Because how long the coating in your non-stick cookware lasts depends on how you keep your cookware. Treat them with care and they will serve you fabulously forever!
Here are some basics guidelines and tips that will extend the shelf life of your non-stick cookware:
1. Use only utensils that are made and meant for non-stick cookware
Avoid using utensils and accessories (ladles, spatula, turner or whisk) with rough or sharp edges that can scratch the non-stick surface. You are recommended to use plastic, silicone or wooden accessories that will not mar the coating. Here are some safe accessories that you can use to stir, flip, turn or serve your food
2. A little oil can make a huge difference
Even though non-stick cookware are fully capable of helping you enjoy zero oil cooking, a little bit of oil will act like seasoning and increase its lifespan.
> To ensure that you use the slightest amount of oil, you can use Meyer Oil Sprayer.
3. Use only low to moderate heat
Most coatings can’t tolerate the wrath of high heat, in fact, prolonged periods of high heat will start hampering the quality of the coating- it may discolour or lose its non-sticky quality. If heated beyond 500-degree F, the coating may start decomposing and emit fumes. So, only use low to moderate heat while cooking in your non-stick cookware.
4. Don’t store food in your non-stick pan
Your pan is for cooking, not for storing food. As soon as the food is cooked, transfer it to a storage vessel because some food are acidic and can damage the coating when left in the cookware. Here are some premium containers that you can use to store your food
5. Avoid drastic change is temperature
Drastic changes in temperature can trigger warping that will damage the nonstick coating and affect cooking performance. Thus, always allow your nonstick cookware or bakeware to cool completely before exposing it to water.
6. Gently hand wash your non-stick cookware
Though most of the non-stick cookware are labelled safe for dishwashing, but you must note that dishwashing detergent can be harsh for the coating. Hence, it is always recommended to manually wash your nonstick cookware in warm soapy water with a plastic scrub, sponge, or dishcloth. Avoid using scrubbers that have built-in harsh cleansers or detergents.
7. Store your non-stick cookware with care
Proper storage is also an integral part of the overall maintenance of your non-stick cookware or bakeware. When nesting nonstick pans, insert a paper napkin between them to ensure that the bottom of one pan doesn’t scratch the coating of the other.
Tell us if you have any other tips that use to make your nonstick cookware last longer and we will happily add them here!