Ever wonder why non-stick pans wear out so fast? Wish you could make your non-stick pans last longer and work better? I recently bought some non-stick pans and actually read the care instructions. This is unusual for me since I can be a bit of a know it all. Of course, I’m also a bit of a perfectionist and since we just moved into our new house, I want everything to be perfect.
Oh, I Know.
I don’t expect everything to be perfect, I just want it to be perfect. I digress. Some of the instructions I was familiar with but one thing really surprised me. No wonder my non-stick pans wear out so quickly. I’ve apparently been neglecting them. Here’s how you are supposed to care for non-stick pans, if you want them to last longer and work better. Who knew?
Wash Them First
Well, this one didn’t really surprise me. I knew you had to wash non-stick pans before using them. I just threw that in here because some people may not know that and it’s quite important. In fact, you should always wash everything you buy before using it. Who knows what happens to it at the factory? Also, non-stick pans and other dishes can poison you if you don’t wash them before use. Also, just an FYI, old school non-stick pans are hazardous to your health. Make sure you buy the ones that aren’t. They cost more, but it’s worth it to protect your family.
Wash Them By Hand
OK, I knew this too. Although, I have to admit to throwing my non-stick pans in the dishwasher before. Not any more though. This time I want my non-stick pans to last longer and work better so I don’t have to pay for more anytime soon. Plus, I don’t want to tarnish my Suzy Homemaker image in my new house. Might want to hang them up and show them off like the real cooks do. What? It could happen. Plus there is that mortgage to pay. Wouldn’t want to get foreclosed over buying too many non-stick pans.
Wash Them Well
You know those ugly marks and stains on the bottom of all your non-stick pans? Well, believe it or not, you can keep those from happening. All you have to do is consistently and meticulously clean them when they first happen. Imagine that! OK, I already knew that too, I just never did it. I just put that in for all the Moms all over the world who spend countless hours telling their kids to clean up their messes when they happen. Why? Because I’m one of those Moms. I need to take my own advice if I want to make my new non-stick pans last longer and work better.
Coat Them With Oil
Ta-da! That’s the big surprise. After you wash your new non-stick pans, you are supposed to coat them lightly with oil. Every time you wash them. In other words, you treat them just like those old heavy iron pans from back in the day. Except you don’t have to bake the oil in. Plus, you actually do wash them, which makes me feel better right away. Yes, I know people still use those iron pans. Yes, I know they’re good for your health. Yes, I know they’re supposed to be every bit as non-stick as my non-stick pans. Guess what? They’re not. I’ve used them. Been there, done that. That’s why I’m taking the time to learn to make my non-stick pans last longer and work better. I love my new non-stick pans. I love my new house. Not trading either for anything in the world.