The number one benefit ofa non-stick pan is that they make light work of cleaning up after cooking, andreduce the need for the use of oil, making it a healthier choice for many.
After investing your hardearned money in a quality non-stick pan, you want to get the best out of yourcookware, ensuring it will last for years to come. If your pan begins to stickafter only a short time of use, read on for some great tips to bring it back tonew again!
The Nemesis ofNon-stick
Did you know that in mostcases, non-stick pans stop performing not because of an issue with thenon-stick, but due to overheating and a build up of oil and residuein the pan? It could explain why your food was gliding out of yournon-stick pan just months ago, but now it seems that no matter what you do, itsticks.
Food or oil residue canquickly build up on your pan, stopping the non-stick from being as effective.Spray oils in particular are a non-stick no-no, as the tiny particles burnquickly on to the pan, where they build up and are difficult to clean off.
Luckily, with a goodclean, your non-stick can likely be returned to almost new condition. If youuse the below cleaning methods from the moment you unwrap your new pan, yournon-stick will last for years to come.
How do I avoidoverheating my pan?
Overheating your pan withcontinuous or prolonged high-heat exposure will cause permanent damage to thesurface of your non-stick pan, causing it to lose it’s non-stick abilities,absorbing grease and oils, and in severe cases, causing it to peel or lift awayfrom the surface of the pan. Overheating is indicated by the golden/brown toneof the non-stick.
The bases on our cookwareconduct heat very well therefore, less energy is required to achieve optimumperformance. Pre-heat the pan for 1 to 2 minutes before adding food and thenreducing the temperature to a low to medium heat. The base will retain the heatto enable you to brown and sear your food.
How do I clean my pan?
For day to day clean, werecommend washing with hot soapy water and a nylon bristle brush, such as the Circulon CleaningBrush, or a spongeor mesh pad that’s suitable for non-stick. While it may be tempting to justwipe your pan down with a paper towel or cloth (especially when it’s brandnew!), it’s best to clean it properly every time you use it to ensure youremove every last bit of food residue.
It’s also okay to put someoomph into it – many people are worried they will damage the non-stick, but aslong as you’re using a sponge or brush (such as the Circulon cleaningbrush) that is safefor use on non-stick pans, being thorough will actually be better for your pansas all food residue and grease will be removed.
If you find that foodresidue has already built up a little, fear not! We suggest trying thefollowing method:
- Place approximately 1cm of water in the pan and bring it to a simmer
- Once you have reached a simmer, add 1-2 teaspoons of liquid dish washing detergent OR powdered laundry detergent
- Then, using your nylon bristle brush, clean the pan while the water is simmering for 2-3 minutes
- Wait for the pan to cool and then wash it in hot soapy water. Please be careful that you don’t splash hot water onto yourself at any stage of the cleaning process!
- Enjoy cooking your next delicious meal in your refreshed, sparkling non-stick pan
This can be done as oftenas you like to keep your pans looking as fresh as the day you bought them.
What if this doesn’t work?
If you’ve tried the abovemethod two or three times and you’re still having issues with your non-stick,it’s likely that unfortunately the non-stick has deteriorated beyond the pointof repair. In this case, we recommend you contact our Customer Careteam, who will beable to provide further assistance.