If you are a passionate cooker, you must have used bakewares to bake cakes, muffins, bread, etc., delicious baked food items. Some people love to buy useful utensils for their kitchen, but some don’t know when to replace any utensils. Using anything for a long time, especially nonstick ones is not suitable for health.
Bake wares are specially designed for use in the oven. There are several types of bakewares with different features, styles, and sizes. You can find round, square, oval, and many other different shaped cake pans of various sizes. There are also sheet pans, cookie sheets, swiss roll tins, pie pans, angel food cake pan, pizza pans, wonder pots, roaster pans, etc. These Bakewares have made baking fun and easy. Nowadays, baking a cake, pizza, biscuits, or bread is so easy that people don’t like to buy them outside rather than prepare them at home. Now the materials of bakewares are considerable. You can find aluminum, glass, tin, stainless steel, or nonstick bakewares in the market. But the nonstick bakewares are commonly used as it’s easy to clean and the baking is also perfect. The most appreciable thing is nonstick bakewares don’t allow foods to stick to its surface. Usually, nonstick bakewares have a lifetime of 4 or 5 years. But If you don’t maintain it properly, it will ruin it before time.
Ways to stop ruining your Nonstick bakewares
The surface of the nonstick bakewares is delicate and can get scratches quickly. If you let it get scratched, it will not make your baking smoothly as the body is specially made for that reason. So, you need to be careful about the surface of it.
- Storing: If you keep your bakewares with other bakewares or cookware in your kitchen, use paper or towels between them to prevent surface scratches.
- Avoid metallic tools: Instead of metal spoons, spatulas use wooden, rubber, or silicone ones. Metalic tools will quickly ruin the surface of your nonstick bakewares.
- Don’t overheat: Nonstick pans are not designed for high heat. Temperature above 480-degree Celcius can cause smaller chemicals breakdowns from the coating; because of this chemical breakdown, polymer fumes emit, which causes several health problems, including headache, fever, and lung problems. So, never overheat your nonstick bakewares. Always use medium heat for cooking or baking.
- Don’t use the cooking spray: Always avoid the cooking spray; it affects the nonstick pans’ surface. It creates sticky residue, which is hard to clean.
- Never soak hot bakewares in cold water: Most of the time, we put cookwares under flowing water right after cooking. Most of the pans have multiple metal layers with nonstick coating. We know metal expands as it is heated and shrinks when it gets gradually relaxed. When we soak hot pans into the water, the sudden temperature change affects the pans’ layers and nonstick coating. So it will be best if you wait to cool down the pan first and then do the washing.
- Never store food in the pan: Nonstick pans are not suitable for storing food. This can affect the smell of the food and also can damage the nonstick coating. So, you should replace the cooked food with another bowl after finishing cooking.
- Don’t put oil or butter when it is hot: brushing oil or butter in nonstick pans can damage its coating. That,s why try to put them before the pan is heated.
Cleaning tips of nonstick bakewares
- Let the pan cool down first.
- Avoid using metallic or brassy dishwares. Instead, use a soft cloth or sponge to clean the pans.
- Use mild soapy water instead of a strong basal or acidic dishwasher.
- Soak the pan in warm water before washing. It will make washing easier.
- Don’t force to remove burnt food from it.
- Make it dry after washing. Remove water with a dry soft napkin. Otherwise, it will get oxidized, and the coating will start decaying soon.
- A little amount of mild vinegar will help to remove stains from the surface quickly.
Cleaning burnt food from nonstick bakeware:
- With vinegar: Place the pan onto the stove filled with warm water and turn the burner on high heat. Add ½ cup of white vinegar to it and let the liquid be boiled. You will notice that the dirty residue will gradually start to float to the surface of the boiling water. Now remove the pan from heat, throw out the liquids, and wash it with warm soapy water very carefully.
- With Baking soda: Spread some baking soda on the burnt area and pour a tablespoon of water onto the baking soda. Tet the pan sit overnight. The baking soda will soften the stuck food and it will make it easier to wash the surface.
- With saltwater: Fill the pot with hot water and add 3 tablespoon salt to it. Let it rest for a few hours. After that place it onto the stove and turn the burner on high flame. Let the saltwater boil for few minutes. Then dump out the dirty water and clean it with warm mildly soapy water.
Signs to Throw Away Your Nonstick Bakeware
If you are using nonstick bakewares be aware of using them for many years. Normally nonstick pans should not be used for more than 5 years. There are also some signs which will tell you when to replace your nonstick bakewares with new ones.
Warped bakewares don’t cause any health problem but it affects the quality of food. When bakeware gets warped the food doesn’t cook evenly because of its uneven cooking surface. Overuse, overheat, can cause the pan to be warped. But, usually when we soak hot nonstick pans in cold water sudden temperature change affects the metallic layers of the pan. If you concern about the shape and quality of your food then you should replace your warped pans.
If you are a regular nonstick cookware user you must know how sensitive the coating is. Frequent use and carelessness cause scratch to the surface of the pan. If the surface of your nonstick bakewares is scratched or scraped be aware of using this. Because it can start peeling off the nonstick coating and land up in food. As a result, the food with strange black bits becomes unattractive and uneatable. It also causes several health problems. As you are eating a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid which can be the reason for tumors, toxic effects on the immune system, liver, and endocrine system. Perfluorooctanoic acid is a toxic chemical that was used previously for nonstick coating. This chemical is now banned, as it causes several health problems including cancer. So, you need to get rid of this harmful stuff as soon as possible.
3) Dark Discoloration:
The dark discoloration is a sign of damaged nonstick coating. If you cook in a dark discolored pan you will notice that the food will not come out easily rather than stick to the surface of the pan. It is completely against the property of nonstick pots and pans. So, if your nonstick bakewares start discoloring it would be better to replace it with a new one.
Moreover, if your nonstick bakewares start tarnishing too roughly. You should change that. Also if any part of the bakeware is damaged or broken, if the food starts to stick to the bakeware, and also if the baking is not evenly done, foods are discolored and dark, then you have to change your bakeware as soon as possible.
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