How to Care for Nonstick Cookware

How to Care for Nonstick Cookware

Nonstick cookware is an asset in the kitchen for many reasons. For one, the nonstick coating reduces the amount of fat you use in cooking, which means healthier meals. Furthermore, the special coating also makes cleaning your pots and pans quicker and easier, reducing the amount of time spent cleaning up. However, improper care can ruin nonstick coating, causing food to stick, making cleaning more difficult, and reducing the lifespan of your cookware. Follow our handy tips to give your nonstick pots and pans the care they deserve.

A set of black nonstick cookware in a kitchen with food in the pots.

Be Mindful of Temperature

Nonstick pots and pans are designed for cooking over low and medium heat. High heat can break down the nonstick coating, so use other types of cookware for broiling and searing.


Never Use Metal Utensils

Use only wood, plastic, or silicone cooking utensils. Metal tools can scratch the surface of your nonstick cookware.


Be Cautious When Cleaning

A little care when cleaning will go a long way in maintaining and extending the life of your nonstick cookware.

  1. Allow your pots and pans to cool before washing them. This prevents you from damaging the coating and your pans from warping.
  2. Once they are cool, submerge your cookware in hot, soapy water.
  3. Use a non-abrasive sponge to clean your cookware. If food particles are stubborn and hard to remove, switch the sponge for a plastic mesh scrubber. Do not use abrasive scrubbers or harsh cleaners on your nonstick pots and pans.
  4. Rinse thoroughly, making sure there is no soapy residue left behind.
  5. Dry carefully to avoid water spots and to prevent your cookware from sticking to other items in your cupboard.


Store Cookware Carefully

Store your nonstick skillets, pots, and pans carefully and with similar items. Even the best and most expensive cookware can be scratched and have its nonstick finish damaged. Consider purchasing a hanging pot rack to safely store your cookware and minimize friction.


Replace When Damaged

If the nonstick coating is chipped or scratched on your pots and pans, then it’s best to replace them. When the coating is damaged, your cookware releases toxic, odorless fumes when heated. For food safety and your health, watch for chips and scratches and discard when needed. Most nonstick cookware will last from three to five years if cared for properly.

by Cindy Bouwhuis Home Specialist
NOVEMBER 8, 2016

Cindy loves her home to be organized and is always looking for ways to stay on top of things. When she’s not tidying up her house, Cindy likes to spend time with her family and research her next vacation.