Is It Time to Give Your Pan the Boot?

Toss It or Keep It?

How to know if that broken, stained or otherwise messed-up object can be saved or if it’s a goner. Second in a series from HGTV Magazine, November 2017.

Dilemma: It’s your go-to pan for cooking your favorite recipes but, the nonstick surface is scratched. Can you still use it or should you send it to the culinary heaven?

A Scratched-Up Nonstick Pan

A Scratched-Up Nonstick Pan Toss or Keep“If you can feel the scratches or see metal, a pan’s nonstick quality will be compromised,” according to the Research and Development team at Calphalon. If you still want to cook with a beat-up favorite, it’s not considered a health hazard (though experts say to avoid overheating it). But you’ll have to grease it with oil or butter. To avoid scratching your nonstick pans in the future, it’s generally best to use wooden or heat-resistant silicone utensils instead of metal ones.

Nonstick vs. Stainless Steel

comment_2Are you a loyal fan of nonstick cookware or does classic stainless steel reign supreme? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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