7 Rules to Pay Attention To When Using Non-stick Pans
Non-stick pan is a popular kitchen appliance loved by many amateur cooks because of its PTFE coating on the surface, which can reduce the friction between the ingredients and the pan surface. This can achieve the effect of non-stick. Less oil is needed when cooking with a non-stick pan, comparing with other pans made of stainless steel or cast iron. This makes cooking more healthy and cleaning more convenient. Let us share the correct methods of cleaning non-stick pans with you!
Advantages of non-stick pans
- Easy to use
- Heat transfer is more even
Disadvantages of non-stick pans
- Not good for cooking with strong heat
- May require frequent replacement if poorly maintained
How to choose a safe non-stick pan?
It has been said that the coating material PTFE will release the carcinogenic toxic substance PFOA under high temperature, which makes many people hesitate to buy the easy clean wok. In fact, some reports pointed out that PTFE will decompose and release toxic substances when the temperature is higher than 350°C. Therefore, when the cooking temperature is at around 250°C, it is still safe. Most daily cooking routines such as steaming, sauteing and frying, do not exceed 250°C.
When purchasing a non-stick pan, the public can pay attention to whether the product is listed as “PFOA Free” and whether it has passed some foreign food-grade safety regulations like US FDA, EU Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004, Germany LFGB, etc.
What should I do if the non-stick pan is burnt?
Non-stick pans can be cleaned very easily. You can clean them with a sponge or dishcloth. However, when there are black stains on the bottom, you don’t need to scrub them vigorously. Just pour warm water and boil, and then let it stand to reach room temperature. It can be easily cleaned after doing so.
Non-stick pans maintenance method
If the coating of the non-stick pan is damaged, it may increase the possibility of releasing toxic substances, so you must be careful with the maintenance of the non-stick pan. The following are some rules:
- Non-stick pans are not suitable for cooking with strong heat, and cooking for a long time such as cooking soup is not recommended
- Make sure that there is oil or water in the pan before starting the fire, so as not to dry out the pan by the fire.
- Use a wooden or plastic spatula during cooking to prevent metal spatula from damaging the surface coating.
- Avoid rinsing with hot water immediately after cooking at a high temperature to prevent the coating from peeling off due to thermal expansion.
- Do not use heavy-duty scouring pads and steel wire scourers to clean, so as not to scratch the coating.
- Avoid stacking non-stick pans for storage to avoid scratching the coating.
- If you cook frequently, the life of a non-stick pan is generally about one year. If the coating is peeled or scratched, it will gradually lose its ability to non-sticking. You should replace it with a new non-stick pan as soon as possible.
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