Tips for Cleaning your Non-Stick Cookware

calphalon-one-nonstick-chefs-skillet-13-inchAlthough non-stick pots and pans are much easier to use for cooking, they can be a challenge to keep clean. The non-stick layer is generally thin and easily damaged. Once scratches start appearing in the pan, the non-stick coating can start to flake away until you lose all of the benefits of the non-stick layer. Here are some tips for cleaning your non-stick cookware that will help preserve its usefulness.

How to Clean Non-Stick Cookware:

  • Wash pans immediately after use. If this is not possible, soak the pans in plain water. Leaving food in the pan increases your risk of discoloration, which can be difficult to remove.
  • Do not let cookware soak for long periods of time in sudsy water, or the non-stick coating could pick up the soapy flavor.
  • Never use metal utensils or metal scouring pads with non-stick pots and pans. Nylon brushes or scrubbing sponges should be used with care. A soft cloth works best.
  • Do not wash non-stick cookware in the dishwasher.
  • If food does burn into your cookware, let a solution of equal parts of water and baking soda soak in the bottom of the pan. This should loosen the food without the need for heavy scrubbing.
  • Be sure to remove all oil from the pan after using. These oils can soak into the pores of the pan, reducing the effectiveness of the non-stick coating.
  • Dry thoroughly after cleaning with a soft cloth, to avoid staining.

Cooking With T- Fal & Jamie Oliver Thermo-Spot Cookware

t-fal-thermo-spot-125-pan1T-Fal cookware such as this T-Fal Ultimate Hard Enamel Fry Pan- Black(12.5″) has the unique Thermo-Spot indicator that lets you know when your pan is perfectly preheated and ready to seal in the flavor of your food.

How often have you ended up with stewed, stringy meat and soggy potatoes simply because the pan wasn’t hot enough to sear the meat and seal in the juices.

When the pan is cold the Thermo-spot pattern is visible in the dark red spot in the middle of the pan.

The pan is perfectly pre-heated and ready for use when the spot turns solid red at approximately 190 degrees.

The non-stick interior gives durable performance for extra heavy use and the Non-stick exterior allows for easy clean up.

For those of you who follow this blog will be aware of the fact that I am a great fan of Jamie Oliver cookware. and have recently purchased the saute pan, breakfast pan and dutch oven.

Jamie Oliver has his own series of TV shows and is the author of The Naked Chef among other great cookbooks.Jamie designed his range of cookware with Tefal to ensure that his followers received


the very best in quality and design.

I wouldn’t be without my Jamie Oliver Cookware.

This  T-Fal Giant 13.5″ Family Fry Pan has:

  • the patented thermospot
  • non stick interior and  exterior
  • handle helper
  • patented metal-safe nonstick coating.

Jamie Oliver Tefal Non-Stick Frypan

I recently brought a Jamie Oliver Professional Series, non-stick Tefal frypan and so far I am delighted with the performance.

I read a number of reviews before I settled on my final choice and considering I was spending around $200 I wanted to be sure I purchased the best my money could buy.

Apart from the obvious choice of the frypan being non-stick there were other features that I was looking for. The pan had to have nice deep sides and the whole frypan including the handle had to be both stove and ovenproof safe.

Some of the features of the Jamie Oliver frypan include:

  • The frypan is made from 18/10 stainless-steel so it resists scratching and warping
  • The metal does not react with foods
  • The pan has a heavy-gauge aluminum core base for superior heat distribution
  • And the metal-safe nonstick coating is safe to use with metal utensils, although I still use my nylon spatula and tongs
  • The frypan has an easy to hold stainless-steel handle

The pan also has a ThermoSpot, whick is Tefal’s unique heat indicator that lets you know when the pan is preheated for cooking.

The frypan is dishwasher-safe and easy to clean and as an added bonus the frypan and handle are oven-safe to 260°C/500°F.

I have read how the non-stick coating can be harmful but this is only if you cook at very high temperatures for any length of time and your food will be well and truly burnt to a crisp by the time your frypan coating starts to release any harmful fumes.

Like most followers of Jamie, I feel he can be trusted and the fact that he has had a great deal of input into his range of cookware makes me feel confident in my choice. He uses his cookware on his current television series and subjects them to some amazing things including putting them in his outdoor oven. He also quite happily uses metal utensils on the non-stick coating.

Since I am so happy with the frypan I am considering buying the skillet.