I switched to all stainless steel pots and pans a few years back when the news came out about the fumes from scratched non stick pans was potentially caustic. It took some getting used to cooking wise. I kept having stuff stick and I had a hard time cleaning the pots and pans. The scrubbers made specifically for the stainless steel pots and pans were costly and did not last.
i have been switching to SS for a long time & I found some wonderful SS pots & pans. Look for viking cookware on the net. Things just do not stick to these pans. They are 7ply & made really well. I have used many different brands & these are the best. I have burnt on grease & other stuff that is usually really tough to get off. These pans, I just soak in dish water for a while & it all comes off with the same sort of pad you use to clean teflon with. The only problem is they are rather expensive, but I will have to leave them to my kids when I go, cause they will last forever.
If you heat the pan on medium heat before adding meat or eggs, you will not have a "sticking" problem. However, olive oil will cause sticking. We bought the very expensive pans that you see at the fair (could have probably gotten something just as nice at Famous or Dillards for less) but the salesman told us that stainless steel should be heated first. If I ever do have a problem with food sticking, I just soak it in water for a few minutes and the food comes right off. Barkeepers Friend is a "must" for stainless.
I finally bought Emerilware SS, and I love it! Noella is right. If you pre-heat the pans first they don't stick. Also, I never fry on high heat with my new cookware. (it's recommended not to). If I ever have a sticking problem, which is rare, I just add enough hot water to cover the bottom of the pan, and set it back on the burner for about 5-10 minutes on simmer. Once my dishes are all done, the pan is ready to be cleaned with no effort at all. Just make sure you submerge the pan first for a few seconds so you don't get burned by the hot water and residue left in the pan. It works for me, and I've been doing that for years with all my pots and pans. Hope it works for you, too!!
I have copper bottom cook ware also. You have to spray Pam cooking spray on it to help to keep it from burning. Also I have found and you will love this just as much as I do after spending the money on this cookware, that if you burn it it warps. Surprise! I know I sure was and yes my skillets are warped.Great huh?! So know I will be buying new non copper bottom ones. I can not imagine how my mom never ever burnt hers? They are to this day perfect.And you can use a plain paper towel and comet to get all the burned food off.
However if you use dawn with the degreaser it helps with the grease part and also as soon as you take your skillet off the heat with hot water from the tap you can scrape a out of the food off while it is still hot and use the comet for what is left. But it still warps. Then make sure you wash it really well. Lot's of Luck I know how you feel. Darlene, P.S My husband sends his condolences also, he's not happy either!
We recently threw away our last few pans that were teflon coated-will never buy them again. I started slowly phasing out the horrible T-fal ware with Iron cast cookware, though we still needed stainless steel for cooking other foods. My husband was eyeing the cookware at a huge local store & then he started picking them up & shaking them holding the handle. The only one that didn't warble was Rachel Rays. So we bought the set & I had to teach my husband that just like the cast iron, the pan should be heated first, and lightly spraying with non-stick product usually keeps things from sticking. But he wanted to see what it would do without that advice. He helped to create heating stains as he did in our other stainless steel pans. I got them back to brand new condition with Borax. Cleaning the pan immediately while it is still hot cleans it quicker. If you don't have time, put water in the pan later, put it on the stove & let it heat up until all the food bubbles off of the surface just as it will with cast iron. I never have to use more than a nylon brush and/or sponge. I've found that Borax works great for making your silverware sparkly again, too. I also use Borax for clothes. It's a great all around cleaner when baking soda just isn't enough for that squeaky extra sparkling-see-your-reflection-in-the-pan shine.
I have no problems with Teflon cookware -- I've had one large frying pan for 21 years (was a gift from my brother when I got my first apartment) and I still use it -- with NO scratches. You just have to remember not to use metal utensils when cooking with it.
Besides, I know how Teflon is applied to pans, and I'm very skeptical of the rumor about fumes.
My stainless looks brand new and I have had some of it for 15 years. I clean it with Easy Off when it needs it. That is all I use and I also put it in the dishwasher. Some of it gets put in there every day. I have the kind with stainless handles. The heat will not bother it because after all, it goes on the stove at higher temps than the dishwasher.
As well as cleaning up the SS ware, the baking soda works great for removing tea and coffee stains from cups and saucers, too.
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