There are a lot of things we need to know when it comes to different materials of cookware at home. Once you have invested on your cookware, everybody at home should be reminded that you can extend its lifespan with careful use, meticulous cleaning, and mindful storage. I will be giving you tips on how to clean, take care, and store your stainless, non-stick, and cast iron cookwares at home.
Stainless Steel Cookware
Stainless steel is one of the finest materials available for cookware. But it is also one of the toughest kinds to maintain at the same time. After some time, the outer part and also the inside of cookware can have stains that are hard to remove. One technique that I suggest that restaurants often use is to immediately immerse them in hot, soapy water right after use. Then wash, rinse, and dry. Occasionally, you can also use aluminum/stainless cleaner to make it really spotless.
Another home remedy that can remove burn marks (for example, for being left in a lit burner for too long) is mixing baking soda with a bit of water forming a paste-like consistency. Once the mixture is done, rub the mixture on the burn marks (make sure cookware is dry) using a dry cloth and sponge.
You can store stainless cookware anywhere inside your kitchen. But make sure your ponts and pans are organized because that makes it more efficient.
Non-Stick Teflon Cookware
Nowadays, this is usually the material of cookware we have at home. One very important thing that we need to know in households is: always cool down Teflon material cookwakre before washing it. Immersing a hot teflon cookware in cold water can ruin it. It may change its shape due to high heat or ruin the teflon coating. When cooking, we should always be reminded to use wooden or heat proof spatulas to avoid damaging the coating.
Also keep in mind that you should always use mild cleaning agents when washing teflon cookware and NEVER use chemicals like bleach as it can be absorbed by the teflon. Another mistake is using abrasive sponges when washing or cleaning it. Once the teflon is damaged or scratched, it may lose its non-stick effect.
Make sure to place a soft cloth on the surface of each pan when deciding to stack them in a cabinet for storage. It is highly recommended that you hang them in a hanging rack with plenty of room to avoid scratches.
Cast Iron Cookware
Cast iron is cookware that has excellent heat retention and is very durable that its life span can reach up to 75 years. It is one of the most delicate cookware pieces there is and really has to be taken care of. This kind of material can rust, chip, or crack if not pampered the right way.
Seasoning the cast iron is done to prevent it from rusting and create a non-stick effect.
How to season cast iron cookware:
- Wash the cast iron cookware with hot, soapy water before seasoning it. Rinse and dry with a clean towel.
- Wipe cast iron with vegetable oil using a towel or kitchen tissue inside and outside of the pan evenly.
- Place the cookware in an oven with temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour.
- Let the cookware cool down.
A cast iron pan should not be cleaned like most cookware. Some would just wipe it after every use. What is usually done nowadays is they wash it with hot water, brush out hard sticking particles, wipe it wth a dry towel, and wipe the cast iron pan with oil once again.
Cast iron cookware should be stored in racks with good air circulation or hang them in a hanging rack but make sure it is sturdy enough to hold the cast iron since it is heavy in weight.
Noelle de Vera is a former corporate chef of a group of restaurants focused on Italian and Japanese cuisine and a cafe that serves comfort food. Now a full-time mother of two equally bright boys and a wife to a hardworking husband.
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