Home improvemets: for non-stick pans stick to non-stick rules

Using non-stick pans in the kitchen makes for an all-round better cooking experience. They’re easy to clean, and often have a longer lifespan than regular cookware. But they’re not indestructible. Just like any other pan, your non-stick one needs special attention

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Using non-stick pans in the kitchen makes for an all-round better cooking experience. They’re easy to clean, and often have a longer lifespan than regular cookware. But they’re not indestructible. Just like any other pan, your non-stick one needs special attention.

First, and perhaps the most important rule of all, never use metal utensils while cooking. This means investing in rubber or plastic spatulas, ladles and cooking spoons. Avoid using cooking sprays when possible, as this will create build-up on the pan, and will require frequent scrubbing.

When cleaning, gently scrub the pan using warm water, a soft non-metallic sponge or brush, and cleaning liquid. Don’t put pans in the dishwasher, even if they’re labelled dishwasher safe – the high heat and strong detergent will damage the pan over time.

Finally, keep an eye on your pan. While Teflon is a great invention, it can also be toxic if ingested. An average non-stick pan can last for about five years, so pay close attention to the pan’s surface to see if it’s beginning to flake off.

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