8. Avoid Using Aerosolized Cooking Sprays

Cooking Sprays

As tempting as it is to give your nonstick pan a quick spritz with a can of aerosolized cooking spray, keep these sprays far away from your nonstick cookware. In addition to oil, these sprays contain added chemicals that can be destructive to your pans. According to Bob Vila, cooking spray can react with nonstick surfaces to create a gummy, sticky buildup that destroys the surface and ruins the nonstick effect. Instead, use a dab of olive oil to lubricate your pan before cooking. This will add to the nonstick effect of your cookware and protect the finish.

7. Watch Out for Acidic Foods

Acidic Foods

Acidic foods like tomato, wine, or lemon juice can erode the surface of your nonstick cookware. This also destroys the finish and can cause chemicals to leach into your food. When cooking heavily acidic dishes, stick to enamel, ceramic, or nonreactive stainless steel pots and pans. Save your nonstick cookware for boiling water, making vegetable stir-fries, toasting bread, or frying up an omelet.

6. Stick to Wooden or Silicon Utensils

Silicon Utensils

To protect the smooth surface of your nonstick cookware, avoid using metal utensils that can scrape or scratch the finish. Use wooden or silicon spoons to stir your soups or stews. Purchase a silicon whisk to prevent destroying the finish of your nonstick pots while whipping up gravies or sauces. Use a nylon or silicone spatula to flip pancakes or omelets while cooking. Even tongs can be found with a silicon coating that will keep your nonstick surfaces smooth and pristine. Never use a knife to cut food while it is still in the pan.

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