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How to Care for your Cookware – best ways to store and clean.

How to Care for Your Cookware

If you’ve invested in a great set of pots and pans, and you love the great
effect that they’ve had on your cooking, then you’re going to want
that investment to last.  Here
are some tips on how to care for your cookware that will keep your
favorite pots and pans at peak performance for a long time to come.

specific type of care your
cookware needs will depend on the type of pots
and pans you are using.  Most
good cookware sets come with instructions, and you should read these
carefully before using your pans.  For
example, you should never use metal utensils with non-stick pans, and you
should learn how to season a cast iron skillet before use.

lady cookingRecommended
washing methods will also vary depending on the construction of your pots
and pans. 

Some cookware can be safely washed in a dishwasher, while
others should not even be hand-washed when detergent is used. 

Metal scrub pads can scratch aluminum or devastate a non-stick
coating or the seasoning of a cast iron pan. 
Follow your manufacturer’s directions carefully.

good tip to follow is to store your cookware in a pot rack, rather than
stacking it in your cabinets.  Stacking
can cause dents and scratches, significantly decreasing the lifespan of
your cookware. 

If you must
stack your pots and pans, place a soft dishcloth between each one to
protect the surfaces.

pan lids on rack

common mistake that cooks make is to use higher temperatures than
necessary with their pots and pans.  While
high temperatures are sometimes necessary, for boiling water, for example,
prolonged exposure to very high heats can ruin non-stick linings and
weaken aluminum cookware.  Furthermore,
cooking at high heats increases the risk of having stubborn burnt food
stuck to your pans.

any food does stick while cooking, be sure to remove it as soon as
possible to decrease the likelihood of stains. 

following these directions, you can keep your cookware looking great and
functioning well for the longest possible time.