How to Clean Stainless Steel Cookware

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How to Clean and Care for Your Stainless Steel Cookware

Cookware made from stainless steel is popular. Stainless steel makes for fine cookware as it is able to conduct, distribute, and maintain heat efficiently. Stainless steel pots and pans are attractive, hard-wearing, and durable.

If you are to keep your cookware for a long time, you need to know how to clean stainless steel cookware.

Take note of the following stainless steel cookware care essentials:

Removing Burnt-on Food Particles

What do you do to remove food bits that burn and stubbornly stick on the pan?

Soak the pan in warm soapy water to soften the food particles. You may need several hours of soaking to do this.

Drain the water. Use a scouring pad to remove the burnt-on food. Do not use scrubbing pads made from copper or steel wool. Although they may easily remove the food that is stuck on the pan, they are also likely to scuff the surface of your pans. Rinse the pan.

You can also make a paste from baking soda and a small amount of water. Scrub on the paste on the pan and leave it there for a while. Rinse the pan to remove the particles.

What do you do if baking soda or soap fails to remove the burnt-on food?

You can cook off the burnt-on hard-to-remove food particles.

Put enough water in the pan to cover the particles. Allow the water to boil. Put a couple of tablespoonfuls of salt in the pan. Remove the pan from the stove top.

Let the pan sit for a few hours. Throw the water out and scrub the particles off using a scouring pad. If you are not able to remove all the burnt-on particles, do the same thing all over again.

Make sure you add the salt to BOILING water. Adding salt to cold water in a stainless steel pan may result in small but lasting pockmarks or pits.

Instead of salt, you can also use white vinegar, pure tomato juice, or lemon juice. The natural acidity of these liquids will help get rid of the stains.

Removing Burn Marks

Leaving your pan on the lit burner longer than necessary may result in burn marks on the bottom of the pan. How do you remove such marks?

Wash the pan. Dry it off completely. Then put a liberal sprinkling of baking soda over the area that needs to be cleaned. Use a small amount of water to make the baking soda paste-like in consistency. This will make it easier for you to rub it onto the surface using a sponge or a thick, sturdy wash cloth. Give the pan a thorough rinsing to remove the grime.

Removing Water Spots

Learning how to clean stainless steel cookware includes knowing how to get rid of water spots.

Do you live in an area where compounds like fluoride and calcium have been added to the water?

Mineral-rich water tends to leave water marks on cookware. How do you deal with these marks?

Use club soda to remove the marks. Swish it around the pan. Then rinse the club soda off and wipe the pan dry using a soft clean cloth.

As an alternative, you can also soak the pan in vinegar. Then, wash the pan thoroughly. Use a mild detergent and a soft wash cloth.

It pays to invest in premium cookware. The finest cookware can last you a lifetime if you learn how to clean stainless steel cookware properly.