Pans coated with a nonstick coating allow you to fry up a batch of eggs without fear that most of the eggs will stick to the pan. The smooth, slippery surface ensures your meal will make it from the pan to your plate intact. Furthermore, this is possible without the copious amounts of butter that may be required on regular pans. Unfortunately, this coating is not flawless. With careless treatment, you may discover that your pans are scratched, your food is sticking to their surfaces, and cleanup is no longer a breeze. The following are 10 tips to help you maintain the slick and polished surfaces on your nonstick pans.
10. Refrain from Preheating
If you have been taught to preheat your pans on the stove before adding food, you will want to retrain yourself to avoid this practice. Never preheat an empty nonstick pan on your stovetop. Most nonstick pans will heat quickly. Leaving an empty pan on the stove may destroy the coating or release noxious chemicals into the air. Instead, add a splash of cooking oil to the pan to lightly coat the surface and warm the pan on the stovetop for a few seconds. Then you can begin adding your meat, eggs, or vegetables.
9. Keep the Heat at Low to Medium
Avoid high temperatures when using nonstick cookware, as high temperatures can break down the nonstick coating and release chemicals into the air or your food. Instead, use low to medium temperatures when using this cookware. The Calphalon company recommends searing, sautéing, frying and making stir-fries at a medium-high temperature. Medium heat is suitable for pancakes, grilled cheese sandwiches, and egg dishes. Low is appropriate for simmering soups, keeping food warm, and making sauces.