The stainless steel pots in your kitchen are there for a reason: you love cooking with them. A big part of the reason for this love is the multi-purpose functionality of these pots. Stainless steel pots are non-reactive, meaning that they don’t interfere with the chemical structure of whichever food you’re cooking.
Once a pot heats up, it retains that heat for a while. The fact that they resist discoloration over time and can be used even with an induction stove, mean that they’re in your kitchen for the long run. For these reasons, it’s important that you give your stainless steel pots the tender loving care they deserve. Here are some key tips to doing exactly that:
1. Don’t Overheat
When you’re cooking with your stainless steel pots, never rush the preheating process by using high heat. The high heat setting should only be used when you’re boiling liquids; otherwise medium high heat and medium heat are the settings that should be used.
2. Avoid Sticking
It’s suggested that you remove the food from your refrigerator ten minutes before you plan on cooking because cold food is more likely to stick to your pan– the more times you abuse your pan, the less likely it will look as new as when you used it that first time.
3. Cool ‘Em Off
First of all, it’s always recommended to allow your pan to cool completely before washing because immersing a hot pan in cold water will lead to warping.
4. Get Your Hands Dirty
Next, hand washing as opposed to throwing it in the dishwasher is recommended to preserve the luster of the stainless steel. You can hand wash your pots by using a liquid dish-washing detergent and a non-abrasive sponge. However, do not use any abrasive cleaning pads or caustic cleaning solution such as bleach, because these types of cleaners will damage the finish on your pot.
5. Shine ‘Em Up
Lastly, to restore the shine to the stainless steel, you may also any polish that’s made especially for stainless steel and a non-abrasive sponge again (Bon Ami/ Bartender’s Keep)