How to Cook & Clean Stainless Steel Pans
How to Cook & Clean Stainless Steel Pans
Cooking with Stainless Steel Pots & Pans is the go-to cookware for many at home cooks and professional chefs. I have been using them for years when I replaced all my Teflon pans. Not only are they beautiful, but they also offer great durability and fantastic performance that is perfect for searing, sautéing, braising and more. Typically, I like to use them for light frying, searing and sautéing. When it comes to making eggs, I always go to my ceramic coated fry pan. It’s just easier for me, but I have seen many cooks/chefs use stainless steel to achieve this with good results...
It is important to clean your stainless steel cookware properly to ensure its longevity, and to make sure food does not stick from any food residue. Stainless steel is very durable but there is a certain amount of care and cleaning that is needed.
Below are a few tips on the proper way to use your stainless steel cookware and the proper techniques on how to clean your stainless steel cookware... Especially the difficult problems like burned or caked on foods.
Cooking with Stainless Steel
1. Choose high quality stainless steel cookware. The majority of quality stainless steel cookware available has a sandwiched layer of aluminum or copper between the stainless steel that acts as a conductor of heat. To ensure even cooking, look for 18/10 ratios.
2. Preheat pan on medium to low heat for 2 to 3 minutes. This is a very important step that will make all the difference in the world ensuring your food will not stick. Do not overheat the pan. If it is too hot simply take it off the heat until the temperature drops to medium.
*To avoid sticking issues, do not put cold food into the hot pan. Take food out of the refrigerator about ½ hour before cooking.
3. Add a small amount of butter or oil to the pan and let it heat for 20 to 30 seconds. You don’t need to go crazy here. Put the food in the pan and give it a quick shake, then do nothing! The food will grip the pan and then naturally release its grip. Let the food cook for the desired doneness without moving… then you can flip.
*Do not use cooking sprays.
4. Don’t overcrowd the pan. Allow the food to have room to receive the heat from the pan. Overcrowding can lower the heat, which might cause the food to stick.
Cooking with your stainless steel cookware may take a few practice runs, but it really isn’t that difficult. Once you have it down, you will enjoy years of cooking like a pro!
Cleaning Stainless Steel
Hand wash with hot soapy water. Use a soft sponge or dishrag to clean the pan, while using a mild detergent. Do not use a harsh detergent, bleach, steel wool or steel-scouring pad. These will damage your stainless steel cookware.
*Dishwasher use is not recommended
Removing burned or caked on foods. If you are doing some serious searing or if you just flat out forgot you were cooking and burned your food, the following cleaning ideas will get your pan looking brand new. There are a couple of techniques I like to use here.
1. The first is simply adding water to the pan and putting it back on the stove. Bring it to a boil and let it boil for about 10 minutes. Take it off the stove and let it sit for an hour or so. The pan should be easy to clean with a mild detergent, baking soda and a sponge.
2. If you have really done a number to your pan and need a drastic technique, this might be for you. Unfortunately, I have been in this position and I tried it with success. Add Cola to the pan for 24 hours. That’s it… let it sit in the pot or pan to do its magic. The next day the stain came out easily.
Dry immediately after washing.
To remove periodic build up of food, calcium or oil residue, wipe with lemon juice or vinegar. If this doesn’t do the trick, soak in vinegar overnight.
Always use protective potholders or oven mitts when handling hot cookware
Store pans properly. We recommend pan protectors. You can find them under Kitchen Organization Products
Warning: If you are allergic to nickel, avoid using stainless steel pans.
If you already have stainless steel cookware, we hope this blog helps you with some great techniques and tips. If you are on the fence about stainless steel, we urge you to give it a try. It may seem like a lot of information about the use and care of a pan, but it is very simple. Read a few reviews and go on YouTube to watch a few videos. You’ll see that the benefits outweigh the negatives!
As always, we welcome your opinions and valued tips!