Have you just bought a non-stick frying pan and want to learn how to care for it properly? How can you clean a nonstick skillet to make it last as long as possible? What are the best recommendations to preserve this type of utensil?
Nonstick cookware and equipment are a great investment to save us extra oil, but are you taking care of your nonstick pans in a way that helps them stand the test of time?
The typical lifespan of these tools is typically five years, but with a few recommendations they may be able to last longer.
Avoid the dishwasher
It is somewhat difficult to rewash by hand, but the reality is that it only takes a few seconds after preparing the food.
Read the manufacturer's instructions carefully, as non-stick pans can be made of different materials (ceramic, Teflon, titanium, stainless steel, aluminum, etc.), but it is best to avoid the dishwasher in any case to increase their durability.
Even if it clearly states that it is dishwasher safe, hot temperatures and harsh detergents can affect the surface.
Clean immediately with hot soapy water
It's easy to understand: if you clean your gear as soon as possible, most of the debris will come off easily. The non-stick quality prevents most foods from sticking, but also makes residue do so, if you clean them right away.
Use a mild grease soap, washing the inside and outside of the pan with the help of a microfiche cloth.
Avoid metal utensils
Metal utensils and even plastic scouring pads can also affect the coating on your skillet.
It is an important rule of thumb to avoid using anything metallic on nonstick surfaces.
Use baking soda to remove dirt
As an alternative to traditional cleaners that may contain corrosive acids, you can try an all-natural option. It consists of mixing baking soda with water or olive oil until it has a consistency similar to that of toothpaste. It is a natural alternative that works very well even to eliminate burned fat.
Try a "cleaning cocktail"
You simply need to mix a half cup of vinegar with a cup and a half of water and cook it over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes in your non-stick pan. Let it sit until it cools, then wash the pan with warm water, a mild detergent, and a microfiber cloth.
You can always improve your kitchen appliances with a little lubrication.
With a little oil before and after using the nonstick skillet you can help protect the surface. You need to add half a tablespoon per dose for it to work.
After greasing the pan, dry it completely and store it safely.
If you're stacking the nonstick skillet among other utensils, place a clean or dry washcloth (a kitchen towel or paper towel works, too) between each one. This way you can avoid scratches and other damage to the surface of all your tools.