How to clean a pan without damaging its non-stick coating?

How to clean a pan

Not all pans are the same and not all cleaning methods are effective or allow their characteristics to be preserved.

 What not to do?

If it is a frying pan with a non-stick coating, it should not suggest cleaning under hot water, because the thermal contrast that comes into contact with cold water will damage the said coating. This is the first rule: wait for it to cool down.

If they are stainless steel pans, which do not have specific layers to prevent adherence. In addition, these types of pans have the additional advantage: embedded dirt can be removed with a metal sponge, something not recommended in pans with a sticky coating.

Scratching with force is ruled out in pans that are not made of steel or iron. The greatest enemy of the latter is moisture, as it can lead to degrading reactions over time, which is why it is always advisable to rub oil on paper as a protective element. 

What things are indicated

The best way to clean a pan with a non-stick coating is with soap and water. When the dirt resists this method, warm vinegar can be used because it acts as a cationic surfactant and helps to remove scale accompanied by a few drops of soap. The same function could be performed by the softener, but its use in devices that come into contact with food is not advisable, given its components.

Baking soda with water is also useful, although not in combination with vinegar. A cloth soaked in vinegar or baking soda can be used to clean the bottoms of stainless steel pots and pans, as well as the backs, to remove dark spots caused by temperature.

Sponges with silicone bristles can be used because they are just as effective and much cleaner than wire ones. Ideally, when buying a frying pan, choose one with a non-ribbed bottom, because they accumulate less dirt.

How to clean aluminum pots and pans

Bring back the shine to your aluminum cookware.

Aluminum is one of the most popular metals for the kitchen. It is affordable, lightweight, and durable. But like other metals, it can get dirty and discolored over time. The next time you notice grease buildup or burnt food on your pots and pans, try this simple method to remove stains and rejuvenate your aluminum cookware.

This is what you will need

  • Agua
  • Dishes soap
  • Sponge
  • wooden spoon (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. cream of tartar, white vinegar, or lemon juice
  • Dishtowel
  • Silver polish (optional)

1. Wash off any dirt or grease

Let your pot or pan cool down. Start by washing off any existing grease or grime with warm water, dish soap, and a sponge. Use the rough side of a sponge to scrub off any burnt-on food debris. You can also use a wooden spoon to scoop out stubborn foods.

2. Make your cleaning solution

Using an acidic solution will reduce any discoloration on your pots and pans due to the oxidation of aluminum (that chalky white stuff you see on your pans). Fill your pot or pan with water. For every liter of water you use, add 2 tbsp. of cream of tartar, white vinegar, or lemon juice. Stir the mixture.

3. Bring the mixture to a boil

Then bring the mixture to a boil in your pot or pan and let it simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and pour the mixture. Your aluminum should be bright and shiny again!

4. Give it one last clean

Use dish soap, warm water, and the rough side of the sponge to remove any remaining discoloration. Do not use steel wool or other abrasive pads as this can scratch your cookware. Rinse out your pot or pan and dry with a kitchen towel.

5. Clean the outside

Use silver polish to clean any discoloration on the outside of your pot and give it one last wash with warm water, dish soap, and a sponge to remove the polish before drying. You should see your reflection in your pan! Washing the pot by hand after each use will help prevent further buildup.

Nancy Myers

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