In this article, you will learn more about how to clean your non-stick pan, something that I’ve dealt with for years.
Cleaning kitchen supplies can be a nightmare. From burning your pan to getting all the dirt out, it can eventually get tiring. However, after some trial and error, you will realize that it is actually really easy.
The Deal with Nonstick Pans
Usually, nonstick pans are easier to use and clean. This is the reason why most beginners choose to start to invest on this one.
However, everyone is prone to making mistakes no matter how careful they can be with their cookware. If not properly taken care of, yours will not even last five years.
How you Might be Damaging your Pans
First of all, you may be cooking over high heat. This is obvious if you ended up with a burnt frying pan.
If you continue doing this mistake, the surface will eventually deteriorate. Overheating can also release unhealthy and possibly toxic vapors.
Using sharp objects can also damage your pan. Buy wooden spoons or spatulas instead, and use these to stir foods.
A nonstick cooking spray can do more harm. If you regularly use these sprays, your pan will eventually get a sticky buildup.
This will be harder to clean and won’t burn off while you cook. You will mostly notice this around the sides of the pan.
With the prevention aside, here are some of the things you can try when you think that enough is enough.
Overtime, too much oil will accumulate in the pan. Though it may not be entirely visible, washing it can be frustrating.
You can actually use vinegar for this. After cooking, just wait for the pan to cool down then fill it with water.
Next, add half cup of vinegar to the pan. For five to ten minutes, allow the water and vinegar mixture in the pan to boil.
As it boils, you will start to see some of the oil and food particles floating up. When this happens, use a bunched up paper towel to lift it completely.
Let your pan cool down for a while before washing. Dry it off. The result is an oil-free pan.
Burnt Food Residue
Probably the most frustrating of them all is when you are stuck with a burnt nonstick pan. Fortunately, baking soda is an easy solution.
Let the pan cool down before grabbing a box of baking soda. Pour in a small amount on burnt areas.
Pour water and let it sit overnight. This will lead to it looking like a paste mixture all over your pan.
The next day, use a soft, nylon sponge to scrub the pan with. You’ll be surprised to see how easily the food will budge. If there are stubborn areas, use a little bit of force to take it off.
Afterwards, wash the pan as you normally would. You should then use a dishtowel to dry it all off.
Caring for your Pans
Now that you have completely cleaned your pans, it pays to learn more about other tips to their good-as-new condition:
To repair the surface, you can use a small amount of vegetable oil. Rub it on the pan and remove the excess.
Don’t use a dishwasher. This will absolutely lessen the lifespan of your pan. The high heat can have a negative effect on the pan.
On a cold pan, pour in a small amount of fat (i.e. butter, oil) before turning on the heat. This can help improve the nonstick layer.
Knowing how to clean a non-stick pan can be useful in the future, even if your pans are still in good condition. I hope this article was able to help and please do comment and share if it did!