19 January 2009

Tip of the Day January 19, 2009

A Non-stick Solution

The advent of non-stick cooking utensils has made food preparation so much easier for the busy cook. Teflon revolutionised milk pans and these days there are any number of different non stick surfaces on pots and pans. Unfortunately they have a tendency to stain quite easily, making them look dirty and dingy before their time. Good quality, non-stick cookware isn't cheap so knowing how to care for it properly will ensure that you get the full life-time out of your pots and pans and enjoy cooking with them.

  • Never use metal utensils in non-stick cookware (and yes, I've seen the ads and read the literature stating that some non-stick surfaces can take metal utensils).There are plenty of soft utensils around, suitable for all kinds of stirring, lifting, whisking etc that won't harm the surface of your non-stick pans.
  • Always wipe out with a soft cloth before washing and then wash in hot, soapy water with a soft cloth. Gently rubbing any stubborn spots with the cloth should shift them quite easily.
  • Remove stains from non-stick pans by sprinkling the surface with bicarb soda. Place a sliced lemon over the bicarb soda in a single layer. Add enough water to just cover the lemons, then simmer until the stain goes away. If the stain proves to be stubborn, remove from heat and allow the pan to soak overnight. Rinse and wipe over, the stain should be gone. If it's not, repeat the process.
  • If you have a non-stick pan that has started to peel - stop using it! The risk of some of the coating getting into your food and through that into your body is too high to chance it.

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