How to make non stick pan last longer

How to make non stick pan last longer

Learn how to make a non-stick pan last longer! When it comes to a frying pan, you want something durable that lasts long for daily usage. I’ll show you how to make a non-stick pan last longer.

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How to make non stick pan last longer

How to make non stick pan last longer

What makes it non stick?

“Non-stick” surface could be typically coated with: polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), anodized aluminum, ceramics, silicone, enameled cast iron. The non-stick coating allows food to cook without sticking to the pan, to clean easier, and to require less oil. That’s why it’s very important to know how to make a non-stick pan last longer!


Great for cooking: bacon, egg, crepe, pancake, delicate fish, cheesy dish
Not so good for: acid food, when charring or searing, pan sauces, browning butter


Pre-season it with cooking oil

The pan may be called non-stick, but you must lubricate it – before cooking. Use a paper towel soaked in simple cooking oil, and wipe it around the non-stick coating. To prolong the life of a non-stick pan, keep seasoning it at regular intervals and replace it every 3 to 4 years. Don’t cook without oil just because it’s a non-stick surface.


Don’t use commercial cooking spray

The cooking spray tends to stick to the non-stick pan easily, so don’t use it!


Avoid using metal cooking spoons

Avoid using any sharp objects like metal spoons. The sharp edges might peel off the non-stick coating. Use spoons with wood, plastic, or silicone. I like silicone ones because they typically non-stick and heat resistant that won’t burn it even if you left it in the pan, unlike wood and plastic.


Avoid cooking acidic foods

Cooking acidic foods (like a tomato) in your non-stick pans may peel off the non-stick coat. Foods like tomatoes and lemons tend to loosen a shallow non-stick coating.


Correct heating setting

Most of the non-stick cookware is compatible with low and medium heat cooking. High heat can wear off the finish and cause damages to the non-stick coat.


Clean and dry your nonstick pans after using them

It’s best to hand wash and dry your nonstick pans – soon after using them. Waiting too long to clean your pan or washing it in the dishwasher increases the risk of left-over oils baking onto the coating and outside of the pan. The caramel color stains, which are baked grease and oil spots. They’re tough to remove and cause your food to stick. Hand dry your nonstick pans to prevent rust from forming.


Don’t store your food in the pan

Don’t store your food in the non-stick pan. It might cause degradation to the pan. Additionally, you want to avoid the metallic taste. Always use the right containers for storing your food.


Use the right cleaning method

Wash the cookware with a soft sponge using warm water and dish soap. If there are any burnt spots or oil residues, make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the damaged area and leave it for 15 minutes. After cleaning it, soak a paper towel with vegetable oil and use it to wipe the surface of the non-stick pan. Baking soda with water is better than dish soap.


Don’t use a metal scouring pad

Nonstick surfaces are sensitive to steel wool, metal scouring pads, sharp scrapers, and harsh cleaning detergents (more on detergents later). If your food is really stuck, allow the pan to soak for a bit, or you can deglaze the pan. Not wearing off the coating is a key to make a non-stick pan last longer. Use cleaning pads that say ‘nonstick pan safe’ or a stiff sponge.


Proper storage

Store your pans hanging with plenty of space. If you don’t have that kind of space, store the pans away from sharper objects. You don’t want to scratch them. If you stack them, place paper towels between them to keep the bottom of one from scratching the surface of the other.


Can you resurface Tefron?

Actually, you can. There are some options:

  • Try a non-stick coating replacement spray product to resurface your pan. Just spray it on and allow drying per manufacturer’s directions. The effect should be as good as new. You can buy the spray at “Always Free Shipping” or “Home Trends” websites.

  • Send your cookware to Dupont for professional resurfacing. However, it could be expensive.


Conclusion:  Follow those rules so that you can make your nonstick pan last longer!


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