When it comes to buying new products for your commercial or residential kitchen, there is one “go-to” that makes the cut every time: Non-Stick Cookware. Non-stick cookware is a revolutionary addition to the foodservice industry and has transformed the way we cook. Though these items are generally more expensive than your normal cookware products, they are regarded as favorites because they make cooking a breeze, less oil is needed in the process, and clean-up is a carefree task. However, with every piece of non-stick cookware you purchase there are a few important things that need to be remembered. No Metal Utensils One of the biggest things to remember when cooking with your non-stick pans is to avoid using metal utensils. Why? This is because metal can easily nick the coating and scratch up the surface, damaging your pan and causing flaking and rusting over time. Pieces that flake off can contaminate your food and be detrimental to your health if consumed. So remember not to use metal utensils with your non-stick products; opt for silicone, rubber, plastic, or wooden utensils instead! Be Careful When Cleaning Never stick a searing hot, non-stick product directly into a sink of lukewarm water. You run the risk of warping the coating, which in turn hinders proper heat distribution. Let your pan cool completely before washing and it will last much longer. It is also best to wash and dry your non-stick cookware by hand instead of in a dishwasher. The strong chemical detergents that make up a dishwasher’s cycle are too harsh and can damage the coating that makes these products so desirable. Try using warm water, mild soap, a soft sponge and a cloth to properly clean and care for these items. Avoid Extreme Temperatures Interestingly, most non-stick cookware is not compatible with high heat temperatures (400 degrees or higher). It is crafted to work optimally with a low to medium heat. If you want to prolong the lifespan of your non-stick cookware, make sure not to blast the pan with intense heat. If you want cooking at home or in your commercial kitchen to be more enjoyable remember to invest in quality products and to take care of them accordingly. If you have any further questions on how to care for your non-stick products or any other kitchen items, email us for more information!