5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using Nonstick Cookware
By: Kayla Brown
Here at Swiss Diamond, we get a lot of questions on how to properly use our nonstick cookware. No matter what type of nonstick cookware you have, these 5 mistakes have the capability of ruining them! If you’re guilty of using metal utensils or cooking on high heat, don’t worry – we won’t scold you. But once you know how to properly take care of nonstick items, your cookware can last a lifetime.
1.Cooking on high heat
With nonstick cookware, you don’t need to use high heat. Nonstick cookware is designed for low to medium heat usage.
Using high heat temperatures will lead to blistering, chipping and peeling of the nonstick coating, so it’s important to use it only on the recommended heat settings. If the pan is preheated for more than a few minutes without any food in it, this can also lead to damage to your cookware!
2.Lack of proper cleaning
By thoroughly cleaning your nonstick pan correctly, you’ll be able to keep it for a lifetime. When you improperly wash a nonstick pan, small grease and food particles will carbonize on the surface, causing food to stick! The exact opposite of what we want from a nonstick pan.
Wash your nonstick cookware thoroughly after each use, using a liquid dish soap with grease fighters. Be sure to wash the entire surface to remove all grease and food residue.
If your pan begins to develop a dark build-up that won’t come off with hot soapy water, try out our easy, at-home treatment to restore your nonstick pan!
Baking Soda Treatment for Nonstick Cookware
- Mix a solution of baking soda and water about the consistency of toothpaste.
- Rub this solution into the pan wherever you see the dark build-up.
- Scrub vigorously with a non-abrasive sponge or dish rag.
- Rinse clean and wash with hot soapy water.
- Repeat as necessary.
3.Washing with abrasive cleaners
One of the worst and most common mistakes people make when owning nonstick cookware is putting the pieces in the dishwasher.
Yes, it’s quick. But honestly, just washing your pan with hot soapy water is quicker! The harsh detergents and super-hot water aren’t good for any nonstick coating – and will cause the pan’s coating to deteriorate. Using caustic soaps and high-powered dishwasher soaps will dry out or bleach the nonstick coating. Basically, a sponge and a little liquid dish soap after each use will go a long way.
4.Using the wrong cooking oil
Using oil in nonstick pans isn’t really necessary, and our Swiss Diamond nonstick cookware is actually designed to be used WITHOUT oil.
If you do choose to use oil, always be sure to use it at the proper temperature. For example, olive oil should never be used above low heat. This is because using oil above its smoke point will cause it to carbonize on the surface of the pan, creating dark colored build up that is really difficult to remove.
Additionally, NONSTICK SPRAY SHOULD NEVER BE USED ON NONSTICK PANS! Ironic, isn’t it? Nonstick pans already have nonstick coating, so let that coating work it’s magic.
5.Cutting food in the pan/using metal utensils
Though nonstick coatings are much stronger than what they once were, no coating is designed to withstand sharp edges of forks and knifes cutting food in the pan, or blades of an immersion blender scraping the sides or bottoms of the pan.
Be sure to use silicone or wooden utensils when cooking in your nonstick pan, and transfer food to a plate before cutting. Use your immersion blender with caution, and don’t let the blades scratch up the sides.
If you want more specific instructions on how to take care of your Swiss Diamond cookware, below are use and care instructions for each of our cookware lines.