Tips for Taking Better Care of Your Nonstick Cookware
Nonstick cookware has become popular for a few years due to its advantages. With the advantage of no greasy bottoms and difficult cleaning, nonstick induction cookware has been a favorite of the household. But maintaining your cookware can be a bit difficult. It needs to be appropriately maintained to avoid any damage or rust. Here are a few tips on how to take better care of induction cookware.
- No metal utensils should be used with nonstick cookware:
It is strictly told not to use metal utensils with nonstick induction cookware. Using a metal utensil, like a metal spatula or a fork, can easily ruin the base of a nonstick pan by scratching it. Metal utensils, when used for nonstick cookware, can damage them. To avoid this, use utensils of silicon, wood or other materials that are compatible with nonstick pans and other cookware.
- Avoid water temperature changes:
Allow the nonstick cookware to cool down properly before washing it. A hot pan when comes directly in contact with cold water can damage it, which can result in uneven distribution of heat in the nonstick cookware. Before washing the nonstick pan, let it cool down.
- Use a sponge to clean the nonstick cookware:
Using a metal scouring pad to clean a nonstick pan can result in scratches. Always use a sponge or a scratch proof pad to clean the cookware as it would help in increasing the life of the nonstick cookware.
- Avoid acidic foods:
If the nonstick cookware used is not of a branded company, then cooking acidic food in it can result in removing the coating of the nonstick cookware. Food like lemon, tomatoes when cooked in such nonstick pans, usually result in the removal of the coating due to which food gets stuck to the base and it becomes difficult to cook.
- Aerosol cooking spray should be avoided:
When aerosol sprays are repeatedly used while cooking in nonstick cookware, it builds up a coat in the cookware, which damages it. Though it will not happen at the first time, with repeated use, aerosol sprays can damage the nonstick cookware by building up a coat, which becomes difficult to cook and clean.
- Nonstick cookware should be kept properly:
It is usually recommended to keep the nonstick cookware hanging rather than keeping it along with other utensils. If it is kept with other utensils, there is a chance that the nonstick cookware can get damaged. If it is kept hanging, then there will not be any metal contact, and that would save the cookware from any scratch or damage.
- Cleaning should be appropriately done:
After the use of the nonstick cookware, it should be cleaned properly with a sponge and a cleaning liquid. Keeping it in the basin, for cleaning it later, would rather damage the coating in the nonstick cookware and can damage it. If the coating gets removed, then the nonstick pan is of no use as it would result in difficulty in cooking and would instead work as a normal pan.
- Food should not be stored in the cookware:
Nonstick cookware should not be used for storing food. It is not only good for the cookware but also not for your health. If food is stored in the cookware, then it accumulates a metallic taste, absorbed from the cookware, which can result in food poisoning or other such infection or diseases. It is better to store the food in plastic or another container rather than using a nonstick cookware for it.
- High heat should be avoided while cooking in nonstick cookware:
Most of the nonstick cookware cone with a heat warning label which should not be avoided in any circumstances. Too much heat can result in warping of the nonstick cookware which can result in loss of the nonstick coating of the cookware, making it useless as it would work as a regular pan after that. It is better to use the cookware at a low flame to increase its life rather than causing it to warp due to high heat.
These were some of the tips that must be followed while taking care of the nonstick cookware. These tips can help in keeping the cookware in good condition for a longer time, and one would be able to use it even after some years. Though maintaining your induction cookware can be a bit difficult, but if done properly, then it will give good results and would further be useful while cooking in the nonstick cookware.