If you want to know how to clean pans and pots so that they are pristine and last much longer, read on. In this article you will find all the keys
If you are cleaning all your pans and pots the same way, you are doing it wrong. How do I wash a nonstick skillet? Can I put it in the dishwasher? We solve all your doubts and give you advice to extend its useful life.
ARE ALL PANS CLEANED THE SAME?
The experts of the firm Tefal clarify it to us: no. Not all pans are cleaned the same. It is true that non-stick coated pans are much easier to clean than any other type of pan, but you also have to take better care of them to extend their useful life.
On the other hand, we would have ceramic coated pans, unlined stainless steel pans or mineral and cast iron . These pans don’t need as much care, but since they don’t have a non-stick coating, cleaning them properly can be more difficult.
HOW DO YOU CLEAN NON-STICK PANS?
Although dishwasher safe, some abrasive detergents can damage the non-stick coating in the long term. For good maintenance it is recommended to let the pan cool down and clean it by hand with a non-abrasive sponge and neutral liquid detergent. This procedure should be repeated each time the pan or pot is used, to remove any film of fat that may remain on the surface. If you simply wipe kitchen paper or rinse it with water, the remnants in the pan will not be completely removed, it could cook the next time it is used and stains could appear.
ARE THE PANS AND POTS DISHWASHER SAFE?
Some parts are dishwasher safe and some are not. If the utensil in question is suitable for the dishwasher, the manufacturer will indicate this in its instructions for use. Use a neutral detergent during cleaning.
- Pots, pans, saucepans and pans: Yes
- Special handles: Yes
- Cooking lid (except magnetic knobs): Yes
- Magnetic-type removable lid knobs: No (could cause rust)
- Airtight storage lid: No (Could cause deformation)
- For non-Tefal brand products, we would have to follow each manufacturer’s recommendation.
WHAT DETERGENTS OR NATURAL FORMULAS ARE THE MOST SUITABLE?
In the case of washing pots and pans in the dishwasher, it is preferable to use liquid or gel detergents , since they are usually less abrasive.
If you wash them by hand , first immerse the pan or pot in hot soapy water and add a pinch of baking soda ; this will facilitate the removal of encrusted food.
WHAT TO DO IF THEY ARE NOT NON-STICK?
If your pans and pots aren’t non-stick, you can indulge in homemade tricks to remove dirt.
IF THEY ARE VERY DIRTY WE HAVE SEVERAL TRICKS:
- Boil water with vinegar for a few minutes. Then add salt and deposit the pans, leaving them to soak until cool. It will be easier to remove the dirt.
- With warm soapy water: pour a little water into the pan and bring it to a heat over medium heat and add a little liquid detergent. Let it boil for a few seconds and turn off the heat. Wash with clean water and a scouring pad. And bye fat!
- With baking soda paste: Put a little water in the pot or pan and heat it in the vitro until it boils. Add two tablespoons of bicarbonate and stir, leaving the solution current for about 10 minutes. Afterwards, clean normally with mild soap and water.
- With vinegar: Put water in until it covers the surface of the pan, put it over medium heat and when it is about to boil, add a tablespoon of vinegar. Then you can clean it with water, detergent and a soft scouring pad.
- With salt : Heat the pan, add three tablespoons of salt and leave until it turns a dark color. Then wash with plenty of water. In addition to removing all traces of grease, this trick will help prevent it from sticking to the nonstick.
HOW TO CLEAN PANS AND POTS: TRICKS TO MAKE THEM SPOTLESS
- Stainless steel is a material that can be colored after each use. To make your utensils made of this material shine, add a few drops of vinegar or lemon juice to the wash water.
- Dry the pans well before storing them.
- When storing pans, it is preferable to use pan protectors to avoid unintentional scratching.
- In the event that pots or pans are not clean in the dishwasher, remove them when it is at maximum temperature, wipe them with a scouring pad and put them back in the dishwasher. The results will improve remarkably.
- Before using the frying pan … Cover a centimeter of its bottom with vinegar and let it rest for an hour. Then clean it well, pat dry and rub with a small amount of oil.
HOW IS IT BETTER TO DRY THEM?
It is very important to dry pans and pots well after cleaning, as this will prevent them from rusting. Tefal’s advice is to dry the pans with a soft cloth or kitchen paper, until not a drop of water remains.
SPECIAL CARE WHEN CLEANING PANS AND POTS
- Avoid metal utensils. Use preferably wooden, silicone or nylon utensils to avoid scratching the surface of pots and pans.
- Avoid cutting food on top of the pan, so as not to damage the coating.
- Do not leave the pan on the fire without supervision. If we heat it for a long time without cooking we could burn it.
- When washing the pans, avoid hard sponges, as they can damage the surface.
HOW TO STORE THEM CORRECTLY
Keep only the cookware that you actually use and is in good condition. Store from largest to smallest, one inside the other, and with their covers in a row, so that each sheep is with its partner. Put non-slip sheets at the bottom of the drawer, they will help keep the pots and others in place.
If you take care of your pans and pots, you will be looking for your health and economy. First, because the containers where it is cooked are proven to affect our body. Second, because investing in a good kitchenware is essential and if you clean and take good care of it, it will last you for years and years, amortizing said outlay.