5. Transfer Food to Storage Containers

Storage Containers

It may be tempting to take your cookware straight from the stovetop to the table then to the fridge. However, exposing your nonstick pots and pans to extreme temperatures, such as those of the refrigerator, can damage their smooth finish. Instead, transfer leftovers to tightly lidded storage containers before placing them in the fridge. This will keep your chow fresher, hold bacteria at bay, and provide a barrier against odors from other foods. Additionally, this will help keep the linings of your pots and pans smooth and free from damage.

4. Avoid Soaking Your Pans Overnight

Soaking Your Pan

After slaving over a stove making dinner, it can be tempting to toss your pans into a sink of soapy water. You may long to let them soak overnight while you relax and unwind from a busy day. However, this practice does you no favors, as exposing your cookware to water for long periods of time can degrade the finish. Instead, take a few minutes to give your pots and pans a good cleaning after using them. Then you can relax and enjoy a sparkling clean kitchen as well as beautiful, functional, nonstick pots and pans ready for the next meal.

3. Properly Clean Your Pots and Pans

Clean Pans

Keep your nonstick cookware sparkling clean, super-smooth, and ready for your next use by cleaning it properly. Avoid placing nonstick pots and pans in the dishwasher, as the high temperatures and abrasive detergents can destroy the nonstick finish. Instead, fill up your sink with hot, soapy water while you are cooking. Then, wash your cooking utensils as you go. Once your pot or pan has cooled to room temperature, wash it by hand in the sudsy water with a soft dishcloth. Be sure to dry your cookware with a soft dish towel to prevent any damage from excess moisture.

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2. Store Nonstick Cookware Properly

Store Nonstick Cookware

Prevent causing damage to your cookware by properly storing it. If you have the space, keep your pots and pans from banging against each other by hanging them from hooks overhead. If this is not an option, pots and pans can be safely stacked in kitchen cabinets with cloth or felt dividers between them to prevent scratching. You don’t need to run out and buy special pads in order to keep your cookware safe from scrapes and scratches. A soft cloth or layers of paper towels can also be used to prevent damage to stacked pots and pans.

1. Replace Scratched or Peeling Pans

Replace Scratched

If you haven’t treated your nonstick pots and pans with tender loving care, you may notice the surfaces have become scratched or eroded. If this occurs, you will want to discard your cookware and replace it with new, intact items. As the nonstick surfaces become degraded, they can release chemicals or flakes of the lining into your food. Not only will this destroy the flavor of your food, but it can also have negative effects on your health. Treat your pots and pans right, and they can provide lasting value for many years.

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