The Complete Guide to Maintaining Your Non Stick Cookware

Ensure your Non Stick Cookware stays non stick by following these tips and tricks.

  • Team Made In
  • Mar 25, 2021
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There’s something beautiful about seeing the fresh coating on a Non Stick Pan as you open the box. Then, a month later, some find that shiny coating to be scratched and food sticking, and they're left wondering why.

Luckily, you can preserve non stick coatings with some simple tips, tricks, and rules to will keep Non Stick Cookware as good as new for a very long time. Follow along with our video below, or read on for our must-have tips and tricks to ensure your Non Stick Pans actually remain non stick.

Preheat Your Pan Properly

An easy way to quickly ruin your non stick coating is to heat an empty Pan. This is why it's incredibly important to always have food or cooking oil in your Non Stick Cookware before turning on the heat. We also recommend steering clear of cooking sprays, as they can create buildup in the pan over time, which is very hard to remove and can ruin your pan.

Since our Non Stick Cookware features a 5-ply Stainless Clad body, we recommend using low to medium heat when cooking with Non Stick. Our Non Stick is also oven safe up to 500F.

Store Your Non Stick Correctly

Placing Non Stick Cookware near other metal or abrasive objects risks scratching your Non Stick surface, and this includes stacking your Cookware in a drawer or the cupboard without protection. We suggest placing a trivet, towel, cloth napkin, or oven mitt between pans to protect the surfaces of your Non Stick and other Cookware.

Avoid the Dishwasher

Like with all of our Cookware, we highly recommend hand washing Non Stick Cookware as the coating is not dishwasher safe. Luckily, most washes can be done in under one minute with just soapy water and a non abrasive sponge (leave the steel wool out of this). Be sure to clean both the interior and exterior, including the bottom, of your Cookware to prevent staining.

We repeat, do not clean your Non Stick Pan in the dishwasher.

Prevent Thermal Shock

It's important for most Cookware, especially Non Stick Pans, to avoid taking a hot pan and placing it in cold water. This causes thermal shock, which can cause warping or degradation of the non stick coating. Instead, wait for the Pan to cool completely before washing it.

Use The Right Utensils

Use Non Stick-safe utensils, like silicone spatulas or Wooden Spoons, to protect and prolong your Non Stick coating. Using metal utensils, knives, or other sharp cooking tools will scratch your Non Stick surface.

Before cutting your food, be sure transfer your ingredients from the Pan to a cutting board or plate.

Don't Store Food in Them

Your Non Stick Cookware is just that—a tool used for cooking, not food storage. While some cooking tools, like Porcelain Bakeware, can be used to both cook and store food, Non Stick is not one of them. Some acidic foods can damage the coating when left in the Pan for extended periods of time, so it's best to let your Pans do the cooking and designated food storage containers do the storing.

Maintaining Non Stick Cookware is an easy step to ensure your pans are well-suited for many meals to come.

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