Tips for Taking Care of Your Cookware

Even the best quality pots and pans, won’t last long if you don’t take good care of them. Follow these practical tips to keep your cookware performing well for years to come.

Non-stick Cookware

With a continued focus on healthy eating, many people are cutting down on the amount of fat that they cook with. A good non-stick cookware set will provide the benefits of traditional pans with the added bonus of an easy cleanup and being able to cook with less fat. Here is how to take care of your non-stick cookware.

Before Use
• Wash your cookware in warm, soapy water then rinse and dry thoroughly
• Add a light coating of cooking oil. Using a paper towel or cloth wipe around the total interior surface of the cookware. Wipe off any excess oil, your cookware is now ready to use. Repeat this step every few months to help maintain the non-stick qualities in the pan.
• Always apply a few drops of oil before cooking to ensure easy flow release

Cooking
• Non-stick cookware should only be used on low to medium temperature. Avoid high heat, unless bringing liquid to the boil
• Avoid metal utensils. While lots of non-stick cookware is safe, using wooden or plastic utensils will prevent your cookware from being scratched.

Cleaning Up
• Let your cookware cool before immersing it in water to prevent the base from warping and damaging non-stick coating
• Wash by hand. While lots of non-stick cookware is safe for dishwasher, it is recommended that you wash by hand to avoid harsh dishwashing detergent. For best results, clean with a soft cloth or sponge.

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel is most commonly used for saucepans, casseroles and stockpots as it is an extremely versatile material. It is designed not to corrode and it treated properly, will last a lifetime of use. Unlike non-stick pans, stainless steel can present some tough cleaning challenges if used improperly.

Before Use
• To prevent sticking, spray pan with non-stick cooking spray or add a small amount of oil, margarine, or butter to a cold pan. Heat on medium temperature for one to two minutes before adding food.

Cooking
• Stainless steel is effective at holding heat, preheating on high might lead to overheating your pan and burning your food.

Cleaning Up
• Let your cookware cool before immersing it in water to prevent the base from warping
• Most stainless steel pans can be placed in the dishwasher. However, to preserve your pans handwashing in warm soapy water is the best option
• Do not use steel wool, scouring pads, oven cleaners, bleach, or strong abrasive cleaners.

Cast Iron

What’s not to love about Cast Iron cooking? Cast iron cookware has exceptional heat retention, a natural non-stick surface and is incredibly durable – so much that cast iron cookware can last forever.

Cast iron cookware needs to be taken care of regularly. The best way to do this is to clean after every use. To maintain your cast iron cookware’s long life, re-season the surface in the same way from time to time, and remember to use wooden rather than metal utenils.

Remember that water contains iron and can make cast iron rust, so don’t leave it soaking in water. Before storing make sure it is as dry as possible.

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