What is the best way to use and clean your cookware?


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Knowing how to use and properly care for your cookware can do just as much in your food life as knowing how to cook. But keeping the rules about what types of utensils to clean and in what way can feel arbitrary when you don’t understand why. After we’ve studied and learned some of the science behind the different types of cookware – non-stick ceramics, cast iron enamel, and stainless steel – and how they conduct heat, we’ve found it’s a lot easier to understand all of it. Here are the basic tips (we gave you the full version of the lecture on heat shock), along with some of our favorite recipes for when you’re ready to take your favorite skillet on a tour.

Non-stick ceramic

What is that?

Most non-stick sinks are traditionally made with an industrial plastic coating, such as Teflon. But there were a lot of concerns about toxic PFOS getting into the food if the skillet was too hot or if you scraped the paint off with metal utensils.

Fortunately, nonstick ceramics are different. Ceramic is a sand-based paint that is applied to a skillet and then treated to achieve a non-sticky finish. This paint is permanently attached and will not evaporate, crack, or peel off.

How do I use it?

Ceramic is a great conductor of heat, so you don’t need to use more than medium to high heat to do serious cooking. If you use higher heat, try an oil with a higher smoke point, such as avocado, coconut, or sunflower seed oil – it is less likely to burn than oils or fats with lower smoke points. Also, avoid any type of spray oil, be it a sprayer or even a pump sprayer. When you spray the oil, it forms on the surface of the frying pan and can lead to carbonization (combustion). Metal utensils are not recommended, although unlike conventional nonstick, this is not due to potentially toxic elements – they only cause damage to the pan surface over time. If your non-stick ceramic has an oven-safe handle, it should be able to go from hob to oven as well. Other than that, use it as you would normally use non-stick: It’s great for all kinds of everyday cooking projects, and is especially useful for anything sticky or delicate like eggsAnd the Grilled cheese, And the crepe.

How do I clean it?

Before cleaning, allow the pan to cool completely. This will help you avoid heat shock – when you hit a hot frying pan with cold water, which could cause it to become damaged and warped. Then hand washing (while a dishwasher is not inherently unsafe for nonstick ceramics, most detergents are very abrasive and can damage the non-stick coating over time). Use warm, soapy water and a gentle sponge. If properly cared for, ceramic non-stick sinks should last at least five years.

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If you notice that the pan is starting to stick more and there are some stubborn stains on its surface, you may suspect that the coating has deteriorated, but this is actually due to the carbonation. This happens when the pan is heated too high and the oil essentially burns and sticks over the nonstick ceramic layer. You can avoid carbonation by making sure not to use more than medium-high heat and to use oils with a higher smoke point. If the soap and warm water won’t cut it, you can try gently heating some water on a low flame to get some oils off the surface. If that doesn’t work, a melamine sponge should do the trick.

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Cast iron enamel

What is that?

Using cast iron can be a pleasure in cooking. This is probably the best in terms of heat distribution – which means the entire surface of the pan will heat up evenly without the tough hot spots – and retain heat. Plain cast iron is rustic and can look nostalgic or semi-romantic, for example, if you’ve inherited your grandmother’s seasoned and perfectly preserved skillet. Not without challenges though. That layer of spice – which resembles a nonstick material when properly maintained – needs maintenance. The best way to clean cast iron is a source of a lot of controversy – just search Google for it and see how many articles pop up with different advice. Cast iron can take on the flavor of soap if left to soak. Or rust if not properly dried. There are also some acidic foods that will interact with the incomplete iron surface, such as tomatoes, wine, citrus fruits, and vinegar. None of these problems are insurmountable, but commitment does take. If this sounds like a lot to you, there is an easier way: cast iron with enamel paint.

You get all the benefits of cooking with cast iron – heat distribution and retention – without any hassle or guesswork. Better yet, choose cast iron with a matte enamel, such as Staub. Other enamel finishes are smooth and glossy, but the Staub matte finish has developed it that mimics the surface of traditional cast iron, making it ideal for burning. Glossy enamel finishes also tend to show every scratch and can easily smudge – Staub’s matte black finish looks elegant even after years and years of use.

How do I use it?

Similar to non-stick ceramics, cast iron enamel does not require the most extreme temperatures because it is very good at retaining and distributing heat. Medium to Medium – High should get the job done. Moreover, there are many ways to use it. Fast and hot cooking such as grilled or roasted A piece of meat or
Vegetables, Braised Cook, Low and slow EmbersAnd the The wonders of one pot, And dishes from the stove to the oven like Cassoulet They all work well in cast iron enamels. Wooden utensils are preferred to preserve the integrity of the matte enamel surface for as long as possible.

How do I clean it?

Clean enamel cast iron utensils and utensils as you normally would by hand washing anything – with warm soapy water and a non-abrasive sponge. You can soak tough dirt without worrying about rust or the taste of soap in the skillet because the enamel coating protects the cast iron. It is always a good idea to let your cookware cool before washing to avoid thermal shocks, no matter how durable your pieces are. Finally, while Staub cast iron enamel is technically dishwasher safe, this is one of those scenarios just because you can’t – doesn’t mean – you should. Hand washing is a better way to protect and preserve your cast iron enamel cookware.

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There isn’t much to troubleshoot here if you follow the use and care steps listed above. The matte enamel coating removes most of the quirks of traditional cast iron, so you don’t have to worry about maintenance.

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stainless steel

What is that?

High-quality stainless steel sinks usually have an aluminum or copper core – which makes them better conductors of heat. Home cooks and chefs love stainless steel alike because it’s sturdy and durable: you don’t have to worry about chipping or breaking. It is a real work force. It can handle high-heat cooking, though, so again, a good aluminum or copper core will ensure that it conducts good enough heat that it does not need to be pushed far beyond the average height.

How do I use it?

Stainless steel is incredibly versatile – use it to fry vegetables simply like in this one Pasta sauce Or transfer it smoothly from stove to oven when Grilled chicken. It’s not a non-stick surface, but you can get near-non-stick performance by properly heating the oil in the pan before adding the other ingredients and making sure your ingredients are close to room temperature. Cold food will likely stick to a hot skillet.

How do I clean it?

Allow your cookware to cool before washing it with soap and water. You can let heavy dirt soak in warm water or soak it over low heat with water for a few minutes and loosen the sticky parts with a wooden spoon. Stainless steel cookware is usually dishwasher safe, but there is some disagreement among experts about the long-term effects of scraping dishwashing detergent. As a general rule, if your plant says it’s okay (the folks at Brigade Kitchen do!), Then you’re probably fine. However, hand washing does not have any harmful effects on your cooking utensils.

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The problems that tend to arise in stainless steel are cosmetic issues. It’s prone to water marks, chalky calcium buildup, and slight discoloration. In most cases, this can be avoided by drying the cookware right away with a rag rather than drip-drying, and using a gentle detergent like Bar Keepers Friend for troublesome trouble spots.

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