From the Calphalon Kitchen: Learn to Cook on Nonstick

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Article By: Calphalon Team
Originally Published: 7/8/2013

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Nonstick pans require a slightly different set of cooking techniques than stainless steel or hard-anodized aluminum pans. Whether your goal is the perfect fluffy omelette or a fresh vegetable stir-fry, learning how to get the most from your nonstick pans will yield results you can be proud to serve. Want to learn more? Here are some essential facts and suggestions, straight from the Calphalon Kitchen.

NONSTICK COOKWARE BENEFITS

Easy food release. It’s the number one reason that people choose nonstick cookware. Reliable release makes it easy to get the results you want – even with delicate or sticky foods – and it’s a great way to build confidence in the kitchen, too.

Cook with less oil. Because foods will "slide" on the pan surface, you don’t need to add extra butter, fat or oil. It’s a great way to make your favorite recipes a little bit healthier.

Effortless cleanup. Because most foods will lift from the pan, cleanup is extra quick – in fact, hot, soapy water and a sponge are generally all you need to keep your Calphalon nonstick clean. Some Calphalon nonstick cookware is dishwasher safe, too.

5 TIPS FOR COOKING SUCCESS

• Never use cooking spray. Aerosol cooking spray leaves a gummy residue that is difficult to remove, and that residue will cause food to stick. Instead, use an oil mister filled with olive or vegetable oil, or dab a bit of oil on a paper towel and carefully wipe the interior of the pan.

• Use the correct heat setting. Use low heat for warming, simmering and preparing sauces; use medium heat for frying, grilling, sautéing, searing or stir-frying; use high heat for boiling or reducing liquids.

• Preheat the pan. Nonstick cookware can take a minute or two longer to preheat compared to aluminum or stainless steel cookware. For best results, make sure your nonstick pan is heated to the proper temperature before adding food. If you put food in a pan before its hot, the food will start cooking at a very low temperature, then at a medium temperature, and finally at the correct temperature. This can toughen food unnecessarily and cause it to lose some of its natural juices.

Nonstick Cookware• Use the recommended utensils. Be sure to read the Use & Care instructions for your cookware, and always use the right utensils for your pan. Nylon, silicone, coated or wooden utensils will help keep your nonstick cookware in great shape.

• Keep your cookware thoroughly clean. After each use, hand wash the interior nonstick surface of the pan with a liquid dishwashing detergent (such as Dawn®) and a non-abrasive sponge (such as a Scotch-Brite™ Dobie™ or blue Scotch-Brite™ scrub sponge) or soft bristle brush. To remove difficult residues, use Soft Scrub® liquid cleanser then hand wash in hot, sudsy water. If your cookware is stamped Dishwasher Safe on the bottom of the pan or above the long handle, it is safe to clean in the dishwasher.

Dawn® is a registered trademark of Procter & Gamble. Dobie and Scotch-Brite are trademarks of 3M.

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