How to use Kitchen Cookware and Caring Cookware

If you want to buy cookware, Kitchen Cookware Sets Buyer’s Guides will be good for you.

The most versatile cookware can go from the stovetop to the oven to the table, but all cookware is different, so be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions. Read electric smoker guide.

Keep in Mind:

  • Metal utensils can be used on stainless or aluminum surfaces, but non-stick cookware requires plastic, silicone, nylon and wood utensils.
  • Not all handles are “stay cool.” Make sure you check the line you have selected, and if the handles aren’t designed to stay cool.
  • Read the guidelines of dishwasher safety from the manufacturer. A few select lines of cookware claim to be dishwasher safe, however, we recommend that you hand wash your pots and pans. This will help prolong the life of your cookware, help it stay looking new, and protect it from harsh dishwasher detergents. Many lines, such as anodized aluminum, can’t be put in the dishwasher without damaging the surface.
  • Cast iron surfaces should not be cleaned with soap.
  • Don’t soak nonstick cookware, it’s best to clean it right away.

Everything in the kitchen seems a helpful accessory to your cookware. But here are some key items to consider.

Cooking Utensils The right cooking utensils are essential, to make cooking easy-and to protect your cookware. (See manufacturer’s instructions for specific details.)
Non-Scratch Cookware Cleaner Bar Keeper’s Friend can be used on cookware to unstick clinging food without damaging the surface of cookware.
Pot Holders and Oven mitts To avoid burning yourself on handles.
Trivets Protect tables and counters from hot cookware.

General tips:

Never use cookware in the microwave.

Use potholders when removing cookware from the oven. All cookware is oven safe to 350°F. Cookware with stainless steel handles in oven safe to 500°F. NOTE: Some cookware may be safe at other temperatures depending upon the product specifics. See packaging for specifics. Oven use may cause rubberized handles to slightly fade in color but will not affect performance. Glass lids are oven safe to 500°F.

Never place a nonstick pan under the broiler. Cookware with metal handles and no nonstick is broiler-safe.

Do not use metal or sharp-edged utensils in nonstick pans. Metal utensils will scratch both stainless steel and nonstick surfaces. Scratches and peeling due to metal utensil use is not covered under warranty.

Care about nonstick cookware:

Standard care: Use low to medium heat only. Excessive use of high heat will cause pan warping and permanent nonstick coating damage. Use of high heat and resulting nonstick damage is not covered under your warranty.

Nonstick Sprays: Do not use nonstick cooking sprays on nonstick cookware – an invisible buildup will impair the nonstick release system and food will stick in your pan.

Oil: Oil is not needed on nonstick cookware, but if you prefer oil for flavor, olive oil or peanut oil is recommended. Heavy vegetable oils may leave a residue that can affect nonstick performance. Use low heat when heating up oils. Oils can quickly overheat and cause a fire.

Next we will see how to clean cookware.

By Nancy DuPont

Rob and Nancy DuPont have been in the restaurant industry a combined 50+ years, serving in a variety of capacities. Although this is our first venture in Quick Service food, we also own a successful fine dining restaurant in Mundelein, IL.

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