Have you ever cooked food in a non-stick pan and a slight burning smell emanated from it? If so, this article is for you. Here is the simple thing to do to avoid damaging your precious kitchen tool.
Do not spread the oil on the stove
A burnt non-stick pan can be damaged. It remains a delicate object which requires careful handling during use and cleaning. The advice is simple: avoid putting the oil in the pan without distributing it evenly. Pour a small amount of oil in the bottom of the cooking utensil then use a small brush to spread it on the smooth surface of the pan. In this way, you will no longer have to deal with burning problems. Of course, that doesn’t mean leaving the nonstick pan on the heat for too long!
Here are some other common mistakes you should be aware of to avoid damaging your non-stick pans:
Adding oil at the wrong time to the non-stick pan
While it is customary to heat the pan on the kitchen table first before adding oil or butter, this differs for non-stick cookware. In effect, the addition should be done on a surface that is still cold. On the one hand, the non-stick effect of the pan is enhanced by the oil before the food can absorb it. On the other hand, several heated non-stick pans without oil or butter may give off potentially harmful fumes.
Heat the nonstick skillet using high heat
If you want to protect the nonstick surface of the pan, you have to heat it over medium or low heat. It is also advisable to refer to the manufacturer’s manual for the maximum recommended temperature before using the pan or putting it in the oven. This avoids damaging the object and encountering possible incidents. But if you are not sure if the utensil is oven safe, it is better to be careful not to put your non-stick pans on it. For this, opt for stainless steel pans that can go in the oven or even cast iron pans.
Delay in replacing the non-stick pan
Over time, wear and tear on a pan’s adhesive surface is inevitable. Food begins to stick to it more firmly than before as the surface gradually flakes off. If that is the case, don’t wait any longer to replace your stove. At the first signs, you have to get another one.
Indeed, if you use a non-stick pan while it is chipped or chipped, it is more likely to release toxins, says Nicole Papantoniou, director of the Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovations Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. Before we get to that, note that it is advisable to replace your pan once every two years.
Improperly cleaning the non-stick pan
Cleaning the non-stick pan is an important criterion to prolong its life. To clean it properly, use the soft side of the sponge, microfiber cloths and soft brushes with dishwashing liquid. On the other hand, we avoid scouring pads, steel wool sponge and all such abrasive products. It is also recommended to favor hand washing for pans rather than the dishwasher. While the latter can clean them effectively, it also loses their non-stick properties.
Using the wrong cooking utensils when handling the non-stick pan
Some utensils should not touch the nonstick surface of the pan so as not to scratch it. Objects such as silverware and any other objects should therefore be avoided. Stainless steel. So prefer heat-resistant and wooden spoons and spatulas.
By adopting the measures described in the article, you will help to significantly improve the life of your non-stick pan.
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