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Take Care of Your New Pan - Pan Cleaning and Pan Utensil Guide

Article by About Chef Austin Chef Austin 


How do you clean your pans? How do you clean stainless steel? What about how to clean cast iron pans? How should you clean non-stick pans? Here is a quick guide to properly clean your pans and the correct utensils to use with each so that they will last as long as possible. 

 


Copper Pans


 

Cleaning: Soap & water for stainless steel coating, Copper cleaner for the copper exterior. Avoid abrasive cleaners and tools for the outside of the copper pan.

Cooking Tools: Any tool is suitable for the very durable stainless steel interior of a copper pan. This includes wood, silicone, nylon, metal cooking tools.

 


Stainless Steel Pans


 

Cleaning: Soap and water, stainless steel scouring pad for getting burnt-on food, stainless steel cleaner to help remove stains and heat discoloration.

Cooking Tools: Any tool is suitable for the very durable stainless steel pan. This includes wood, silicone, nylon, metal cooking tools.

 


Non-stick Pans


 

Cleaning: Wash with soap & water. Avoid the dishwasher and never use abrasive cleaners like stainless steel scouring pads on non-stick cookware. 

Cooking Tools: Use wood, silicone, or nylon cooking tools with non-stick pans. Avoid using metal utensils as they can scratch and diminishes the non-stick surface.



Cast Iron & Carbon Steel Pans


 

Cleaning: Never use soap. Use a wooden spoon to scrape our burnt bits, run under hot water and wipe out the pan. Dry immediately and add a teaspoon of vegetable oil and rub down with a paper towel then store.

For tough burnt on food, heat skillet till smoking and add lots of kosher salt to coat the bottom of the pan. With an old large rag, scrub the salt around to remove burnt on foods, be careful as salt will be hot. Throw away salt and add a teaspoon of vegetable oil and rub down with a paper towel and store.

Cooking Tools: Any tool is suitable for cast iron and carbon steel pans. This includes wood, silicone, nylon, metal cooking tools.

 


Enameled Cast Iron Pans


 

Cleaning: Wash with soap and water. Scrape out stuck on food with a wooden spoon on nylon scraper. For deep cleaning, use enamel cleaner to help remove stains and heat discoloration. Avoid stainless steel scouring pad as it will scratch and damage the enamel.

Cooking Tools: Stick with wooden, silicone, or nylon utensils. Never use metal tools as they can scratch the enamel and damage your pan.  

 


 

About Chef Austin

About the Author: 

Chef Austin Merath is Everything Kitchen's Culinary Wizard, Kitchen-Gadget Reviewer, and New-Product Tester. He studied under chefs in College of the Ozarks' Culinary Program. It's his job to make sure you choose the kitchen tools that are right for you by testing the best we have to offer. When not cooking, Austin is tinkering with computers or exploring the Ozarks with his wife Amy. Click here for his full bio.