Friday, February 5, 2010

Coated Pan Care

I am badly in need of a new coated pan because the previous two have already "retired". And getting a quality coated pan comes with a high price tag too. Luckily for me, I didn't have to pay any euro because I bought it with Hubby's travel miles. Oh yeah, this is just some of the perks of being a member of a frequent flyer program such as Miles and More.

My new Fissler coated pan, which arrived yesterday.
It is 26 inches in diameter, has a Thermo Tech Plus base and
of course, Made in Germany.

But anyway, since its new and it would take some time before I buy any more cookware, I know that I should use it properly. So here's some of the tips that I thought would be worth sharing especially to those of you who love to cook! Follow these simple instructions to ensure an optimal useful life of your cookware.

As you may already know, coated or non-stick pans are used for careful frying. They are particularly suitable for foods which tend to stick, such as fish, fried potatoes, egg dishes and breaded foods. And because they are especially prone to overheating, you should never use it for deep frying, lest it may be damaged. I stand guilty on this and so I vow not to make the same mistake again. Not with my new pan. :D

Using your pan for the first time:
So you have a brand new pan. What do you do? Before using your pan for the first time, wash it thoroughly. Then boil hot water in it for two minutes and finally dry it well. Rub fat evenly into your pan and then set on a low heat setting for two minutes. Your pan is now ready for use.

When using again:
1. Rub a little fat/oil onto the pan (pour 3-4 drops onto a paper towel).
2. Heat the pan on a medium setting, which is 2/3 of your hob's maximum capacity. Place the food to be fried in the pan, and brown on all sides. Remember not to overheat the pan as any overheating will impair its non-stick effect, and may result in the coating being burnt and smoke developing.

You already know this but I have to reiterate: Never cut food in the pan and never use sharp-edged objects.

Cleaning Instructions:
In order to enjoy your pan for a long time to come, wash it by hand in warm water, using dishwashing liquid and a soft sponge. Never use abrasive or scouring cleaning agents. The functionality of the non-stick seal may be damaged if it is washed in the dishwasher.

That's it! I hope this helps you optimize the use of your cookware. After all, we need to save what little money that we can because every little helps.


Tetcha said...

Thanks for sharing these very helpful tips. I'll keep them in mind when I buy a new cookware set.

VanillaSeven said...

Congratz on your new pan kikamz :)
Hope this one last long. Thanks for the tips!

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