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How to Use and Care for Stainless Steel Cookware

February 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 179

Understanding ways how to use and care for stainless steel cookware is very important in order to keep the cookware maintain its durability. With proper care, your stainless steel cookware will be at its best performance for the years to come.

Wash before first use. Before using stainless pot or pan for the first time, make sure to wash it in soap and hot water with a soft cloth or non-abrasive sponge. After washing, rinse it through hot water thoroughly and wipe it completely with clean dry towels.

Preheat before cooking. It is recommended that the pot or pan be preheated before cooking. Put your pot or pan on medium heat for a few minutes until the base is hot before adding foods.

Frying. Preheat your pan as recommended before adding cooking oil to it. Add enough cooking oil or butter to cover the base of your pan then add the food. After adding the food to pan frying, let your food cooked until it reaches the achieved cooking level without disturbing. As it's cooking, the food's natural sugars caramelized on the cooked surface developed great flavors and lift the food off the cooking surface naturally.

Sticking prevention. To prevent sticking when frying or sauté, the cooking temperature needs to be adjusted accordingly. This will vary depends on what type of stove you're using. When adding your food into frying pan, listen for a sizzling sound when it touches the pan. This indicates that the pan is hot enough and that the food is cooking as it makes contact, and that a natural barrier is created to prevent sticking. If the frying sound is more cracking than sizzling when the food initially in contact with the pan, it indicates that the heat is too high and sticking may occur. High quality stainless steel pan has good heat conduction when preheated, thus it is best to maintain medium or medium-low heat when frying. Also, sticking may occur if your frying pan is not clean. It is recommended to make sure that the pan is clean before using it for frying.

Cooking with salt. Because salt can destroy the protective layer of passivation that protects stainless steel and leave stains on the cookware which diminishes its beauty, it is recommended to add salt after the food has started to cook or bring the liquid to boiling before adding salt and stir well.

Cause of discoloration. Overheating stainless steel cookware might cause brown stains on its surface. Burnt food, if not removed, will cause discoloration when the pot or pan is reheated. Mineral solids in water leave water marks on stainless cookware which will also cause discoloration.

Cleaning. In order to avoid damaging, it is a good practice to never put hot pot or pan directly under cold water. Allow it to cool down before cleaning. Always clean stainless steel cookware after each use with soap and hot/warm water using soft cloth or non-abrasive sponge. After cleaning, rinse the pot or pan thoroughly with hot water and wipe it completely with clean dry towels.

Understanding the proper ways how to use and care for stainless steel cookware would keep it cooking well and maintain its durability and shiny looking. Follow all the instructions when first use your cookware as well as the preparation before cooking, precaution for cause of damage and keeping it clean after each use are important in order to keep stainless steel cookware at its best performance.

Mimi Lou has always been passionate about stainless steel cookware. She currently helps run a stainless steel cookware retailer where they sell stainless steel cookware, and all kinds of stainless steel pan sets, accessories and more! Visit their website to find out more at: http://www.shopstainlesssteel.com

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