Unlike pans with nonstick coatings, stainless steel cookware is prone to becoming rather messy after the cooking is over. If you ever tried to fry steak or even make some scrambled eggs, you will understand the meaning of this. Fortunately, there is a very simple and gentle method that will help you remove even the most persistent burnt bits of food. Read on to find out how to care for your stainless steel cookware.
For the purpose of this article we will assume that you have just finished frying something and are ready to clean up. First things first, never ever put cold water onto a hot pan, because it will cause the metal to warp. Instead, begin by placing a piece of paper towel inside the pan. Using your spatula, push the kitchen towel around to let it soak up as much grease as possible. You may even find that some burn chunks of food loosen up. At any case, you do not have to worry about scrubbing so do not try to force things to come off. Throw away the paper towel and the loose bits once you are done.
Now put your pan back on the stove and begin heating it on a low setting. Whilst doing so, pour some hot (this is very important) water into the pan so that it covers the greasy area completely. Gently stir the water as it heats up. You will find that burnt chunks will loosen up and come off without you having to scrub even a little bit. When you feel that you have made the most of this process, pour the water out and let the pan cool. Most likely, you will still be left with a faint discoloration that marks the place of burnt food. In the next step, we will tell you how to deal with it.
Many people put their stainless steel into the dishwasher. However, there are some problems with this. As you may have noticed, if you ever did this before, stainless steel will come out of the dishwasher having a rainbow-like discoloration, usually with a purple and green hue. If you want to have a set of stainless steel cookware that looks good as new, we recommend to hand wash.
Wet your stainless steel cookware slightly. With your favorite stainless steel detergent (we will not endorse any brands here), gently rub the surface of the pan and then wash off with cool water. Wipe dry with a clean kitchen towel and observe just how perfect the end result turned out to be.
We appreciate that you take the time to research more about how to clean stainless steel cookware. It shows that you are really interested in caring for your kitchen equipment. We now invite you to take a look at our reviews of some great stainless steel cookware.