10 Ways You Shorten the Lifespan of Your Nonstick Pans

Investing in quality nonstick cookware is a good move to save money, but it does not stop there. You must also use it well so that it lasts. Avoid making the following mistakes to maintain the efficacy of your pans.

1. You do not season it before the first use.
Like cast iron skillets, it is a must to season your nonstick pan with oil or butter before first using it. This keeps the food from sticking to it and helps your pan stay in good shape.

2. You add it to the dishwasher.
While it is convenient, the dishwasher is not the best place for your nonstick cookware. It will deteriorate fast. Handwashing with a gentle soap will extend the life of your pans.

3. You clean it with abrasives.
The best way to clean your nonstick pan is to let it cool first, then use soap and a non-abrasive sponge to clean it.

4. You use cooking spray.
Cooking spray does not go well with nonstick cookware. Overtime, a build-up of the spray that did not burn off during cooking will be visible. It turns sticky and just gross.

5. You stick it inside the oven.
Some nonstick cookware are oven-safe but others are not. Check the manufacturer’s instruction first. To avoid any accidents, buy a set of nonstick cookware that are able to withstand high heat.

6. You cook with metal tools.
Metal will damage the coating of your pan really quickly. Skip any metal spatula, tongs, forks, spoons, or any metal tool while cooking with nonstick pans. Wood or high-heat silicone ones are better.

7. You store them incorrectly.
Avoid storing the pans where the bottom of one pan comes in contact with the nonstick surface of another pan. The metal exterior of the pan on top can damage the coating and ruin it.

8. You cook the wrong foods.
Of course, you can add anything to your nonstick pan but it is not ideal for everything. For example, searing vegetables or meat ends up better in a stainless cooking surface. A nonstick coating creates somewhat of a steaming effect which prevents your food from browning.

9. You cook acidic foods.
In the same vein, acidic foods can disrupt the fluoropolymer coating of nonstick pans. You can see this damage as blister formations on the coating of the pan.

10. You add it in the broiler.
Again, too much heat can ruin your nonstick cookware. The broiler can reach up to 500 degrees and this is too hot for even the most oven-friendly nonstick pan

Ian Schindler