Today’s home kitchens have more options than they’ve ever had when supplying cooking needs, but with all these options a lot of questions arise about how to clean and maintain your new items. Lets take a look at some popular cookware materials and how to take care of them.
Cast Iron cookware has been around for hundreds of years. The proper seasoning of your cast iron is one of the most important things to remember. It has a great effect on how cooking and clean-up is made easier. Seasoning your skillet is done by heating it up on the stove top until its smoking hot, then rubbing it down with oil or bacon grease then let it cool. Each time you us your skillet you will maintain the seasoning process. Cast Iron can rust so hand wash and use a stiff scrubber if necessary and dry immediately. Reapply a thin coat of oil to prevent rust and continue the seasoning process.
Copper cookware has a good distribution of heat and heats up very quickly. Since copper isn’t food safe in its natural state of protective layer of stainless steel or nickel is usually applied. Being coated means avoid abrasive cleansers and sponges. Copper being a very good conductor of heat a good rule of thumb is to reduce heat when cooking. Preventing food from sticking will make for easier clean-up.
Stainless steel is very popular in the kitchen because it doesn’t rust. They are also very versatile because they can go right from stove top to the oven. Stainless steel is a non-stick surface preheating the cookware before adding oil can prevent your food from sticking. Cleaning your stainless steel may require a soaking in warm soapy water before scrubbing with non-abrasive cleaners.
Ceramic cookware has coatings made from inorganic non-metallic film layers or hard materials to create a non-stick surface that are for the most part resistant to scratching. Some consumers may prefer ceramic because they can be safer than other non-stick cookware. Durability being a positive benefit of ceramic cookware it still requires some caution to keep it performing well. Use only plastic, silicone, nylon or wooden tools when cooking with ceramic. Being a non-stick surface applying a small amount of butter or oil will increase the longevity of the non-stick feature. In caring for your ceramic cookware hand washing in soap and water will keep it good as new.