A great nonstick pan will spare you frustration in the kitchen. For certain foods that are prone to sticking, like fresh fish and fried eggs, a nonstick pan can be the difference between transferring your seared flounder filet to your plate in one piece, and ending up with a pile of flaked fish scraps. Although a good pour of olive oil a pre-heated pan will also help reduce sticking, but you can’t underestimate the power of a good nonstick for stick-less cooking.
How to choose a nonstick pan
There are a few factors to consider to ensure when selecting your ideal pan. First, consider the size that you’ll need. Think about what you’ll be cooking in it and how many people you’ll be serving. A larger pan can prevent overcrowding when cooking bigger meals. Next, choose the type of nonstick coating that you’d like. There are two main types: ceramic and PTFE. Ceramic coatings are generally more environmentally friendly, while PTFE coatings are more durable and heat-resistant. Finally, consider the handle. Make sure it’s comfortable to grip and securely attached to the pan.
How to care for a nonstick pan
To keep your pan in great condition and prolong its lifespan, it’s essential to know how to care for it properly. Avoid using metal utensils on the nonstick surface as they can scratch the coating and compromise its nonstick properties. Instead, opt for wooden or silicone utensils. Harsh detergents or scouring pads can also damage the nonstick coating. Instead of these, use a gentle soap and a soft sponge to clean the pan. During storage, avoid stacking heavy items on top of the pan. Proper care and maintenance of your pan will ensure that it lasts for years and continues to perform at its best. If the nonstick surface becomes cracked or chipped, it’s time to discard the pan. A scratched pan won’t work as well, and may contaminate your food.
Find the perfect nonstick pan for your home at the Blue Apron market.