Nonstick pans are great for every day cooking and the nonstick feature makes for an easy clean up. However, when used incorrectly these pans can be damaged and ruined completely. Here are some of the ways you may be ruining yours.
Cooking Spray. Using cooking spray on nonstick pans is a big problem. The spray will build up on the pans over time and it’s near impossible to remove. Stick to using oils or butter to coat the pan.
Heating Before Oil. Although cooks may advise to heat your pan before using oil, doing so on nonstick pans is a hazard. This technique is best for anything but nonstick pans. If you heat up a nonstick pan alone you risk releasing harmful toxins. Add your oil or cooking fats as soon as you start heating the pan.
The Dishwasher. Nonstick pans are not meant to be washed in the dishwasher, even if the label says dishwasher-safe. It may be safe to do so, but the hot water and harsh detergents will wear them down over time. It’s best to wash these pans by hand. Try using baking soda and water instead to scrub away any residue.
High Heat. Exposing your nonstick pans to extreme heats will damage the coating. It also can release harmful toxins found in the pan. If you’re looking to cook some foods with high heat, such as searing meat, use a cast-iron skillet instead. Avoid putting nonstick pans in an oven at all costs.
Metal Utensils. These utensils can scratch your pan. Stick to silicone or wooden utensils to make your cookware last longer.
Sources: House Beautiful