Do you feel like you are not getting the most from your nonstick fry pan? If so, then you are definitely not alone. While these type of cookware are very common these days, it is surprising that a lot of home cooks are not doing things that will make them maximize the nonstick feature of these modern cookware.
If you happen to be one of these home cooks, we have here 7 tried and tested cooking tips that will definitely change how you work with your nonstick fry pans and other nonstick cookware.
Always pre-season your pan before heating it
Applying a thin coat of oil or butter on your pan will bolster its nonstick coating, making it last longer. This thin extra coat of oil soaks in and covers any invisible cracks that your pan may already have. Last, pre-seasoning your pan prevents your food from absorbing excessive amounts of oil while you are cooking. Thus, allowing you to prepare healthier food at home.
Avoid crowding your fry pan
When frying, make sure that there is about an inch between meat cuts. An inch between the food and the sides of the fry pan should also be observed. Crowding your fry pan will decrease your cooking oil's temperature. This results in oil seeping into your food, making it soggy. Try to cook in batches. Better yet, invest in a bigger fry pan.
Did you know that Cleverona has added a new fry pan in its range of products? This new item still has everything you love about your Cleverona Essentials Nonstick Fry Pan but this one is bigger being 11-inches wide.
Choose your cooking oil wisely
According to an article by WebMD, healthy cooking oils are those that are made of polyunsaturated fats (e.g. soy bean oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, and corn oil) and monounsaturated fats (e.g. olive oil, safflower oil, peanut oil). These are good fats which help regulate cholesterol levels in your blood.
Another consideration when choosing cooking oil is the "smoke point." The "smoke point" is the temperature in which the cooking oil starts to disintegrate and produce harmful compounds. The higher the smoke point the better. Cooking oils with high smoke points include canola oil, sunflower oil, palm oil and soy bean oil.
Prevent oil from bursting
Even when you will be cooking with less oil using your nonstick fry pan, water from your food may still get in contact with the little amount of oil in it. Water and oil in high temperatures makes a dangerous pair. Always pat-dry fish and meat prior to frying. Do not forget to drain excess water from your vegetables before you toss them into your pan when you make stir-fry dishes.
Use a lid no matter what you are cooking
A lid keeps heat inside your cookware, making your food cook faster. Achieving the tricky well-done steak is also easier when you cover your cookware with a lid. This is because by keeping heat in the cookware, the inside of your meat cooks in almost the same pace as the outside.
Looking for a decent cookware lid? Check out Cleverona's Universal Pot Pan Lid with Tempered Glass and Silicone Rim. Because this is a universal cookware lid, it will not only fit your Cleverona fry pan. It also fits any cookware with a 9.5”, 10” & 11” (24cm, 26cm & 28cm) diameter rim. Plus, it has an elevated cool-touch handle which stays cool even when you are cooking. This makes it a super safe lid to use because you will not burn yourself.
No oven? No problem. Cooking with the lid on allows you to mimic your favorite oven-cooked food. Because heat is trapped inside the cookware, you can make casseroles, melted-cheese topped dishes and even baked goods such as quiche and cakes using your nonstick pan.
Always regulate cooking temperatures
Nonstick cookware is best for making food in low to medium temperatures. It is important to note that even when cooking with a nonstick pan, food can still burn on the outside. So keeping your temperatures in check will also help you make food that is evenly cooked.
Practice proper nonstick cookware care
Cooking does not end on the stove top. It ends when the dishes and the cookware are washed. When cleaning nonstick cookware, never use abrasive tools and agents. If you have to remove stubborn food residue (e.g. caramelized sugar) fill the cookware with warm soapy water. Soak until the residue comes off when scrubbed with a sponge.
Did you know that you also need to season your nonstick cookware like you would with your cast iron pans? Apply your choice of cooking oil on your fry pan's cooking surface. Heat it in the oven at 300°F or 150°C for an hour.
On the average, a nonstick cookware can last up to 5 years. Of course, proper care will extend your cookware's life. Now if you think your kitchen can use a nonstick cookware upgrade, you better get your 10.25-inch Cleverona Essentials Non Stick Fry Pan with the Universal Pot Pan Lid as a set.