Finding the right kitchenware can be a challenge unto itself, especially when it comes to everyday essentials like non-stick pans that are used so often in cooking. The perfect pan can be somewhat of an investment, so it’s important to put an effort into your non-stick pan care to extend the lifespan of your cookware. In need of some pointers? We’ve got the top tips to look after your non-stick pans, as well as dispelling some of the most common myths.
Non-Stick Pan Care
You Should Avoid Using Metal Utensils on your Non Stick Pans
This is true! By scraping food off the pan or attempting to clean your pan with a scourer, abrasive cleaning products can scratch the surface, and remove its ‘non-stick’ qualities. This is the same for Hard Anodised or Enamelled pans too – so ensure you’re always taking care.
You Shouldn’t Use Cooking Sprays on your Pans
Fortunately for the health conscious, this is false. Cooking sprays are perfectly fine to use on pans, however always look out for the brand, finish and material if you’re not 100% sure.
Don’t Put Pans in the Dishwasher
This is both true and false. There’s no specific rule whether you should or shouldn’t put your pan in the dishwasher, again it’s a matter of checking each brand. However, non-stick pans are notoriously simple to wash by hand, so if in doubt, always play it safe.
Avoid Putting Your Pan on a High Heat
This is largely true, however don’t forget these things can change on a brand by brand basis? Generally it’s recommended you should cook with a non-stick pan on a medium heat, whilst it may be slightly more time consuming it stops the food from burning and still retains its nutrients and moisture – basically all of the good stuff.
You Can’t Cook Acidic Food in Non-Stick Pans
False. According to our expert buying team, there’s no reason you can’t cook acidic foods (like tomatoes) in your non-stick pans. So worry not!
You Must Store Your Pans Carefully
True. It’s safe to say many of our pan cupboards are a bit of a mess (guilty, as charged), however you really need to store them carefully in order to avoid any scratching. An investment in some pan protectors could be a smart choice, or simply utilise tea towels or some kitchen rolls to keep your pans separate.
Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Non-Stick Pan
Unfortunately, all things must come to an end – and that’s the same for the life of your non-stick pan. It’s recommended that you should replace your pans approximately every five years, or when the surface is starting to peel.
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Words: Maria Loizou