Care and Use of Nonstick Pans

  1. Before first use, hand wash thoroughly with warm water and soap.  Some manufacturers recommend lightly seasoning the pan by using soft towel or paper towel to rub light coating of oil or shortening over the pan and then wiping clean.
  2. Avoid high heat.  Nonstick cookware should not be used at temperatures higher than 450 degrees Fahrenheit, as higher heat can damage the finish.  Also using a slightly lower temperature than called for when baking can prevent browning too quickly.
  3. Generally it is not a good idea to use a baking spray on nonstick pans; and should not be needed if pans are well maintained.
  4. Be sure to use wood, nylon, or coated utensils on nonstick cookware to avoid scratching or damaging the finish.
  5. While nonstick pans are usually touted as dishwasher safe, the best way to maintain them is to hand wash after each use with mild soap and warm water; using a nylon scrubber or sponge and some baking soda is a good idea for more difficult messes.
  6. Be sure to let pans cool completely before washing.  A hot pan can be warped irreparably by being immersed in cold water.
  7. It is best to store them side-by-side or on a hanging rack if you have that option so the finish is not scraped or scratched; otherwise, placing a napkin or similar item between each pan when storing will help protect the finish.
  8. When your nonstick pans have started to peel or look pitted, it is time to replace them.

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