Good cookware is a must-have in any kitchen.
With good pots and pans, it will be easy to prepare the meals that you love and this will give your home and warm and inviting feel.
Top-quality cookware, however, is not cheap and you will pay a little bit more to have them in your kitchen.
As you use the pots and pans to prepare your meals, they will deteriorate and lose some of their quality.
Your non-stick pans will lose their non-stick finish while those made of metallic surfaces will rust. The pans will also collect grease and all manner of grim and this will make them a health hazard.
When your precious pots and pans get to this state, you don’t have to panic and get rid of them.
With some clever tactics, you will be able to rejuvenate your cookware and use them again. In this article, we highlight some of the things that you need to do to get your cookware looking like new once again.
Useful tips to rejuvenate your cookware
Below are some of the tips that cookware experts recommend for restoring worn out pots and pans;
1. Invest in top-quality cookware
You will not have to go through the trouble of restoring worn out cookware if you invested in good cookware in the first place.
Top quality cookware is resistant to wear and tear since they have a reliable structure that makes them resistant to sudden temperature changes and collisions.
The non-stick coating is also firmly fixed to the surface and this will ensure that it doesn’t peel off even when they come into contact with harsh cleaning agents and metallic utensils.
Top quality sets also have their surface properly treated to prevent rusting. They will, therefore, not corrode when they are exposed to water and this will greatly increase their lifespan.
I have a decent cooking set in my kitchen and I can say that my cooking experience has been better ever since I acquired it. Other than the regular maintenance, I have not had to perform major repairs on them and this shows just how important it is to invest in top quality cookware for your kitchen.
2. Thorough cleaning to remove dirt
Your pots and pans collect dirt over time and you are, therefore, advised to clean them thoroughly once in a while so as to remove all the dirt that can contaminate your meals as you cook them.
The accumulated dirt is also responsible for the stickiness that you experience when preparing your meals.
To thoroughly clean your cookware, you will need water, vinegar, and baking soda.
Add one cup of water, half a cup of vinegar and two 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the pan. Heat the mixture on a stovetop until it boils.
Let the pan cool for a while and then pour the vinegar solution in the sink.
Wash the pan with soap and a gentle scrubber to remove all the dirt on the pan. Make sure you are not using an aggressive scrubber like steel wool that can scratch the surface of your non-stick pans.
Dry the pan with a soft cloth and hang it to dry. Your precious pots are now clean and ready for the next cooking adventure.
3. Seasoning with oil
When you use your non-stick pans for a long period of time, they gradually lose their non-stick finish. You will have to rejuvenate them to be able to cook your meals without food particles sticking to the surface and here is how to do that.
Preheat your oven to 300F.
As the oven preheats, place your pan on a stovetop and heat it until it feels warm. Brush some vegetable oil on the pan’s surface with a pastry brush.
Once the entire surface has been covered with oil, let it sit on the stovetop for a while until ripples form on the surface of the pan. Get a clean rag and wipe all the excess oils.
Place the pan in the preheated oven for 40 – 60 minutes. Remove the pan and let it cool.
This exercise opens the pan’s pores and fills them up with oil thus helping restore its non-stick finish.
Your meals will, therefore, not stick to the surface any more as you cook them. This cookware rejuvenation method should, however, only be used with the pots and pans that have been labeled as oven-safe.
4. Removing the rust
Rust could also develop on your precious pots and pans when they are exposed to water for a long time. When you notice that your pans are deteriorating as a result of rust, here is what you need to do to restore them;
Get steel wool and gently scrub away all the rust on the surface. If it is difficult to remove the rust with steel wool, wet the cookware and use sandpaper to remove the rust.
Next, get a potato slice and scour the surface of your rusty cookware. Dip the slice of potato in scouring powder and scrub the surface clean.
Wash the pan with warm water and dry it with a piece of cloth or paper towel. Treat the surface with vegetable oil as explained in point 3 above to add a non-stick finish to your cookware.
Your pans will deteriorate with time but this does not mean that you get rid of them and buy new ones. You are still able to rejuvenate them and restore their functionality and above are some practical tips on how to do that.