As I was making breakfast this morning, I took a hard look at my favorite small frying pan. I am pretty disappointed in the way the pan looks as I have been trying to take really good care of this pan. My husband surprised me with a new set of pots and pans for Christmas several years ago. I’ve really tried my best to keep them in immaculate condition; but I use the small fry pan as often as I can because it has a nonstick coating. I’ve always used wood or plastic utensils in the pan and I wash it with hot, soapy water after each meal. It looks like it is time for me to give this cherished pan a really good, careful cleaning. I’ve looked at the research based information as well as the information provided by several top manufacturers of these products. Here are the results of my research:
- Be sure to use wood or plastic utensils to avoid scratching the cookware.
- Also use cleaners designed for these surfaces. Avoid abrasive cleaners or scrubbers. Scrub cooking residue inside pans with baking soda and water.
- Chose a good quality pan that transmits heat evenly; hot spots in the pan can cause damage to the nonstick surface.
- Avoid high heat; choose low or medium-low heat for cooking.
- Never leave these pans unattended, damage can occur if pans boil or cook dry.
- Don’t use aerosol spray oils.
- Don’t put nonstick pans in the dishwasher, the combination of high heat and harsh cleaners can damage the surface.
If you find that food is sticking to the nonstick surface, it may actually be stuck on a residue inside the pan. This residue can form from oils in the food you cook; it may not always come clean when washed. Removing this residue may require soaking in how water with a hand dishwashing detergent and scrubbing with a non-scratching scrubber sponges. You may try Soft Scrub cleaner without bleach. Always consider checking with the manufacturer for tips for your particular pans.
I plan to work on refreshing my small fry pan this weekend, when I have a bit of extra time.