Back in the old days, kitchenware was not valued as they were cheap and could not last long. Things have changed and people are acquiring high-quality cookware. And for this reason, the time has come for people to learn how to take care of the kitchen products. This will help the cookware to last longer and work optimally for long.
There is numerous variety of cookware and no single tip can be enough to take care of them all. For this reason, we will describe various tips so as to have a near-perfect article.
Tips for aluminum cookware
Aluminum cookware is known to be one of the best heat conductors. This is the main reason they are mostly preferred for baking and stove top cooking. However, they react to acid foods which can be unhealthy. The following are helpful tips to ensure aluminum cookware last longer and function optimally.
- Only use non-abrasive pads and mild dish detergent to clean. Do not use alkaline detergent or add any chemical in the washing water.
- Soak the pan in water immediately after cooking and never leave any food standing in this cookware.
- Discolored aluminum cookware can be brightened by heating and simmering a solution of vinegar in the pan.
Tips for copper cookware
Copper is known to be the best heat conductor (heat and cool instantly). Kitchen products made from copper are usually of high quality and this is the reason they are preferred by professional chefs. To ensure copper cookware remain in perfect condition the following tips must be considered
- Never put copper cookware (pans or pots) in dish water.
- Abrasive cleaners should never be used on these cookware exteriors. They scratch the surface and degrade the cookware.
- Commercial copper cleaners (nonabrasive), should be used to clean the outside. Alternatively, use a paste of vinegar and salt mixture. Always rinse and dry after washing.
Tips for non-stick cookware
They allow cooking of food using very little oil. Mostly referred to as ‘interior coating’, they keep evolving due to the changing methods of coating used. To ensure all non-stick kitchenware remain in good condition, the following things should be considered;
- For older non-stick kitchenware, wash in soapy water (hot), rinse and dry. Warm 1tablespoon of oil on a pan, rub with a soft brush. In an oven preheat to 350 degrees F, heat the pan for 10 minutes then wipe it clean. If you have a new nonstick pan, read and follow the instruction given by the manufacturer.
- Always wash them in dish detergent. Rinse them and dry.
- Removing stains: boil a mixture of water and baking soda in the pan.
Tips for cooling rack
If you are planning to be a baker, one of the most important kitchen tools will be a cooling rack. You need to learn to take care of a cooling rack so as to get the best out of it. Of all the kitchen cleanliness requirements one of the most ignored is the cooling rack. Today we help you with the best tips to get you rack in perfect condition.
- Rim a baking sheet, pour dish soap in it then fill with warm water. Invert the cooling rack in the water, let it soak until all the food particles loosen. Then scrub the cooling rack gently and carefully in the direction its wire runs and clockwise on its top. Scrub it lengthwise on the underside. Rinse and dry.
Tips for electric griddle
An electric griddle is an essential part of a modern kitchen. They are portable and avail extra surface for cooking in the kitchen. Our kitchen tips will help you learn why cleaning an electric griddle should not be difficult. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions to confirm whether your griddle is dishwasher safe. If you can lift the cooking surface out the housing, then most probably the griddle is dishwasher friendly.
- Unplug the griddle from the power source and let it cool down. Draw out the drip pan and clean it separately. Absorb any extra oil in the griddle by wiping with a paper towel. Use a nonabrasive sponge, dip in warm water (wring out water) and carefully scrub all the surfaces of the griddle. Use extra detergent to all the stained areas.
Tips for microwave
Many people deem cleaning the microwave a hard task. But this not as difficult as perceived and the following are a few microwave cleaning tips;
- Pour half cup of water in a bowl, add freshly squeezed lemon juice and heat in the microwave for 3 minutes on high power. Let it stand in the microwave for 5 minutes. This will trap the steam inside thereby loosening all the stuck foods. Remove the bowl and carefully wipe the inside of the microwave. Dip a washcloth and wipe all the stubborn area and do not forget to wipe the door.
Tips for pressure cooker
Like any other piece of quality cookware, a pressure cooker should be cleaned thoroughly. This will help it last longer and deliver optimally when in use.
- Separate the gasket and the cover. Wash the gasket in a mixture of warm water and mild soap, use a piece of wash cloth or sponge. Wash the other parts (cooker cover, pot) in a mixture of water and dishwashing soap, using a nonabrasive sponge. Rinse and dry all the parts using a towel. When clean and dry reposition the gasket