How to make your non-stick cookware last longer

como-set-3Whether you’ve treated yourself to some gorgeous, hard-wearing, highly functional Chef’s Toolbox non-stick cookware or you’ve chosen to purchase another brand, here are some important tips on how to make your non-stick cookware last longer.

Before cooking

New pans should be washed in hot, soapy water, then rinsed and dried. There is no need to season the pans before use.

Cooking

Heat settings

  • A lower heat setting than usual can be used as como advancedTM conducts heat very efficiently.
  • The correct heat setting should be chosen for the cooking method being used:medium heat for frying, sautéing or stir frying low heat for simmering or warming.
  • When cooking with gas, the flame must not be allowed to extend beyond the stainless steel base of the pan.

Pre-heating

  • The pan should be heated to the desired cooking temperature before adding the food. This will ensure the food cooks as expected from the moment it hits the pan. Due to the heavy gauge alloy base, the pan heats quickly and evenly.
  • The pan should not be overheated to hasten the heating process. Overheating the pan will cause the non-stick coating to deteriorate and turn brown. Overheating voids the warranty.

Oven cooking

como advancedTM is oven-safe to 250°C.

Utensils

Even if your non-stick cookware claims to be resistant to scratches, it is best to use silicone, nylon or wooden tools so that it lasts longer.

spray-bottleOils

As much or as little oil as desired can be used in the pans. That’s the beauty of non-stick.  Any dishes may be cooked with minimal fats for a healthier meal. However, oil or butter can be added for a crisp texture, golden colour and more flavour.

TIP => Aerosol sprays should not be used directly on the pan as they leave a gummy residue that is very difficult to remove. For a lighter coating, the food can be sprayed before adding to the pan, a small amount of oil can be wiped over the surface of the pan, or pure oil in a pump-action spray container can be used, see example at left.

Safety
High heat, long cooking times, and oven cooking may cause the handles to become very hot. Care should be taken. Care must also be taken when carrying a full pan as it will be heavy and hot food may be spilled.

Cleaning

To extend the effectiveness of the non-stick surface, the pan must be cleaned thoroughly after every use. Any build-up of oil or food particles will impede the ability of the non-stick surface to release properly.

It is recommended that:

  • the pan is washed while it is still hot, and
  • the pan is washed with a micro-fibre cloth.
  • Where needed, a non-abrasive cloth can be used on the non-stick surface.

Should food particles stick to the pan, it can be filled with water and bicarbonate of soda and left to soak for 30 minutes. Any food residue should now wash away.

dishwasherDishwasher use

como advancedTM has been treated to withstand occasional dishwasher use. However, we recommend hand cleaning to extend the life of the pan. The dishwasher-safe treatment will withstand 200 cycles in the dishwasher. After this number of cycles, the harsh alkaline agents in dishwasher detergents may begin to damage the hard-anodised surface.

Storage

Pots should not be nested inside each other without protective cloths as hard-anodised surfaces are twice as hard as stainless steel and may scratch the non-stick coating.

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