How to Take Care of Non-stick Pots & Pans
Updated: Jan 26
There are several steps you can take to preserve the non-stick coating on your cookware and keep it in good condition for a long time:
Preheat Your Pan Properly
To properly preheat your non-stick pan, make sure to have food or cooking oil in the pan before turning on the heat. Avoid using cooking sprays as they can build up in the pan and be difficult to remove. It is best to use low to medium heat when cooking with non-stick cookware. If you are using our recommended nonstick pots and pans, keep in mind that these are oven safe up to 500F.
Prevent Thermal Shock
It is important to avoid thermal shock when washing cookware, especially non-stick pans. Thermal shock occurs when a hot pan is placed in cold water, which can cause warping or damage to the non-stick coating. To prevent this, allow the pan to cool completely before washing it. This will help to preserve the life and quality of the pan.
Store Your Non Stick Correctly
To store your non-stick cookware, avoid placing it near metal or abrasive objects that could scratch the surface. To protect the pan and other cookware, place a trivet, towel, cloth napkin, or oven mitt between them when stacking them in a drawer or cupboard.
Avoid the Dishwasher
Wash it by hand. The non-stick coating is not safe for the dishwasher. Most washes can be done quickly using just soap and water and a non-abrasive sponge (do not use steel wool). Remember to clean both the inside and outside, including the bottom, of the cookware to prevent staining.
Use The Right Utensils
It is best to use non-stick safe utensils such as silicone spatulas or wooden spoons. Metal utensils, knives, and other sharp cooking tools can scratch the non-stick surface. When preparing food, be sure to transfer ingredients from the pan to a cutting board or plate before cutting them to avoid damaging the pan.
Don't Store Food in Them
Non-stick cookware is intended for cooking and should not be used for food storage. Acidic foods can damage the non-stick coating if left in the pan for extended periods of time. It is best to use the pan for cooking and designated food storage containers for storing food.