How to Get the Most Out of Your Stainless Steel Cookware

Get the Most Out of Your Stainless Steel Cookware A set of stainless steel cookware is a delightful addition to any kitchen. In fact, if you take the time to learn how to use it properly, it might just be the...

Get the Most Out of Your Stainless Steel Cookware
Get the Most Out of Your Stainless Steel Cookware

A set of stainless steel cookware is a delightful addition to any kitchen. In fact, if you take the time to learn how to use it properly, it might just be the only cookware you'll ever need. Keep reading to learn how to get the most out of your stainless steel pots and pans.

Wash Before First Use

Even though it's tempting to just grab your new pots and pans right out of the box and start using them, don't do it. It has always been the advice of manufacturing companies for you to thoroughly clean your stainless steel before using for the first time. Warm water and a bit of soap is about all you'll need to get the job done. Then once you've rinsed off all the soap, just be sure to dry the pots and pans before using them.

Refrain From Using High Heat

When using cookware made of stainless steel, you'll want to refrain from using high heat. That's because cooking at high temperatures will cause the food to stick to your stainless steel. So instead, try cooking with low to medium-high heat. It might take a bit longer for the pots and pans to preheat this way, but in the end you'll have cookware that's actually nonstick.

Give the Fat Time to Heat Up Before Adding Other Ingredients

For best results with your stainless steel cookware, be sure to grease it up with some butter or oil before cooking the food. More importantly, make sure you give the fat or grease of your choice plenty of time to heat up before adding other ingredients to your pot or pan. After all, it's another crucial step in making sure that the food doesn't end up stuck to the cookware.

Stay Safe With Oven Mitts

Safety is important when it comes to cooking. If you've never cooked with stainless steel before, you might be surprised to find out just how hot the cookware can get. So don't take any chances. Keep oven mitts nearby to safely hold the handles on the stainless steel. It's an easy way for you to prevent burning yourself while cooking in the kitchen.

Wait Until the Cookware's Cool to the Touch Before Cleaning

After you're done cooking your meal, make sure you give the cookware adequate time to become cool to the touch before cleaning it for its next use. Not only is it unsafe to clean cookware that's still hot, but in the case of stainless steel, you're likely to warp the cookware when running it under water while it's still hot. So perhaps wait until after you've finished your meal before cleaning the pots and pans.

Hand Wash Whenever Possible

Even though it's usually safe to place stainless steel into the dishwasher, you're actually much better off washing the pots and pans by hand. That's because the dishwasher will leave water spots on your stainless steel and it will prevent your cookware from having its lustrous shine. The good news is that washing stainless steel by hand is pretty easy. All you really need is hand dishwashing soap, water,  and a sponge or dishwashing cloth. Once you're done washing the cookware, just use a clean piece of cloth to dry away the water. Taking the time to wipe the stainless steel dry is a key step in preventing water spots from forming on your cookware and it's a relatively quick and easy thing to do. However, don't worry if you forget to dry the cookware one day and end up with water spots on the stainless steel. You can easily get rid of the water spots by using Bar Keeper's Friend. To learn more about cooking with stainless steel, contact us today.