Caring for your nonstick bakeware

Nonstick bakeware is a wonderful tool in the kitchen, but if you’re not familiar with it, you may wonder how to get the most out of your investment. We’ve gathered a few tips to keep your nonstick bakeware in top condition so that you can enjoy it in your kitchen for years to come.

Baking

Before using your new nonstick bakeware, wash it thoroughly in hot, soapy water and dry it well. When baking, though the finish is nonstick, most pans benefit from a very light greasing to easily release foods from the surface. Never use metal utensils that will scratch the nonstick coating. Instead use plastic, rubber or silicon.

Nonstick bakeware often performs better at slightly lower temperatures than their shiny counterparts. The first time you try a recipe with your new nonstick pan, reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit, and check for doneness before the the suggested time. Pretty soon you’ll know just how to adjust recipes to your new pan, and you’ll enjoy the shorter baking times and easy clean up!

Cleaning

Though some nonstick cookware and bakeware is dishwasher safe, others will have have their warranty voided if you wash them in the high heat of the dishwasher. Nonstick finishes are so quick and easy to clean by hand, that I prefer to save the room in my dishwasher for those sticky mixing bowls! Regular dish detergent and at most, a dish brush or soft nylon scrubbing pad are sufficient to remove any stubborn, baked-on residue.

Storage

Stacked or nested pans should have some sort of cushion between them to protect the nonstick surface from scratches. Your options are endless here, and you can probably find something around your house: dish towels, cloth napkins, paper towels, bubble wrap, squares of felt. If you have the space in your cabinet, an inexpensive dividing rack is the perfect way to store your cookie sheets and baking pans upright.

 

Melissa Jerves writes about food, family and 21st century home economics on her blog, Home Baked.

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