With a luxurious design as well as good heat absorption and safety, stainless steel cookware is the first choice of many families. However, to maximize the performance and increase the life of stainless-steel cookware, you must follow some certain rules.
How to use stainless-steel cookware
1. Notes before using
– Remove the label on the product (if any)
– Before using, soak the new product in hot water with some washing-up liquid, then rinse it with water and let it dry.
– It should be noted that if there are many impurities in the source of domestic water for your family, that will affect the quality of the cookware. The product may be stained or porous.
2. Note while using
– Choose the size of the stainless-steel cookware suitable for the amount of food you will cook. The diameter of the cookware should be equivalent to that of the fire ring, heat ring and circle of the induction hob. That not only saves you gas and electricity but also ensures that the heat is spread evenly throughout the cookware, helping the food to be cooked more quickly and evenly.
– Do not heat the cookware for a long time without food inside. In particular, when you use the induction cooker, the cookware will heat up very quickly, so do not heat the cookware when it is empty of food or water. Always set an average temperature when cooking.
– Put the cookware on the stove not tilted. Adjust the fire ring and heat ring suitable to ensure safety when cooking, while reducing maximum energy waste. If the fire ring and heat ring are too large, that can cause the cookware to turn yellow quickly, affecting the appearance and durability of the cookware. However, the too small fire ring and heat ring may prolong the unnecessary cooking time.
– Only seasoning the food when the water in the cookware is boiling and you need to stir the food quickly. Otherwise, the spice will settle to the bottom of the cookware, causing the bottom of the cookware to corrode.
– Use wooden or plastic cooking utensils to stir the food in the cookware. Do not use sharp objects to avoid scratching the cookware.
– Do not leave leftovers in the cookware for more than 5 hours, especially foods that are salty and sour.
– For stainless steel skillets, before frying food with oil, rub a slice of ginger evenly on the bottom and the pan, then add oil. The combination of ginger and cooking oil will create a smooth film, increasing the anti-stick ability.
3. How to clean stainless-steel cookware
– Immediately after buying the cookware, you should clean the cookware inox with hot water mixed with vinegar, lemon or dishwashing liquid as mentioned above, then wipe the cookware dry and then use. After using, you should wash the stainless-steel cookware immediately. Absolutely do not leave overnight to avoid food adhered to the cookware. That makes it difficult to clean the cookware and also causes damage to the cookware.
– For stubborn stains, yellow stains, burns, do not use a metal brush or rub the cookware with brush. Let the water in and boil the cookware until you see that the stains are removed. Clean it with a soft cloth.
– Pay special attention to the location of the welds and rivets at the straps of the pot, because if not cleaned, the longer the stains are, the deeper they become, causing loss of a good appearance and safety.
– Store the cookware sets only when they are clean and dry. Do not stack the cookware sets together to avoid scratching them.
– To extend the life of your cookware sets, you should not put them in the dishwasher. The detergents in the dishwasher are too strong. If you do that for a long time, your cookware can be destroyed. You should also avoid washing the cookware with wooden handles in the dishwasher as that will dry the wood.
What is the best way to clean pots and pans after cooking?
The best cleaning of utensils after each use is to allow them to cool completely before cleaning. Use hot water with mild soap to clean off all food residues. If you wash them immediately when the stainless-steel pots and pans are hot, they can cause them to expand or warp.
What is the best cooking temperature?
Low to medium temperatures are the best. High temperatures may be used as needed, such as when you boil liquids. Do not set the temperature too high in the pan without food. Always use a cooking zone whose diameter corresponds to the stainless-steel pan you are using. If cooking on a gas grill, do not let the flame extend to the inside of the non-stick pan.
Why does my stainless-steel cookware turn yellow?
Excessive heat or empty pots and pans without food will cause the stainless-steel surface to turn yellow, copper, blue or rainbow. The colored patches are harmless and can be removed by using special detergent for non-abrasive stainless steel.
Why do white spots in stainless-steel cookware appear?
In addition to water, untreated salt can also leave white spots or even create patches under the cookware. The patchy patch does not affect cooking performance but cannot be cleaned. Consumers note that cooking with insoluble salt in the cookware can void the warranty. To avoid any of the above, always add salt after the water has boiled or when the food has reached the suitable cooking temperature.
How do we remove burn marks?
Avoid shaving the cookware or using metal wash pads. Fill the cookware with water, put it on the stove and boil for a few minutes. Let the water cool and wash the cookware normally. For serious stains, you can use a powerful nozzle to remove the stain.
Can stainless-steel cookware be used in the microwave?
Absolutely not. You should only use ceramic or glass pots and dishes for microwaves.
Can stainless steel cookware be used in the oven?
Yes. However, be sure to heat the oven before placing the pan into the oven and never set temperatures higher than 400 ° F / 204 ° C. Moreover, use supportive devices to avoid burns when you remove the pots and pans as they are sure to be very hot.
Can food be stored in the cookware?
Absolutely not! Storing food in a stainless-steel cookware for a long time can cause cracks because it can absorb salt, fat, spices and acids in the food. Storing food may be considered to be an improper use and thus can void the warranty.
Add durability to your stainless-steel cookware and use it more effectively when you use the tips above. If you want to share more experience using and preserving stainless steel cookware, please write your comments in the comment box!