I am only an average cook. I didn't know that having a decent set of pots and pans makes a HUGE difference in your cooking skills.
Because I Am a Recovering Slob, we sold (or threw out) almost everything we owned when we moved to Florida six years ago. As part of my "recovery program" I invested in a good set of pots, pans, and bake ware when we started over.
One of the first things I noticed when I bought my pots, was a little note inside one of them that said, "Not Recommended for Dishwasher".
I did a little research and turns out that it really is better for your cookware if you hand wash it. It took a little getting used to, but because we were forming all new habits with our move, it wasn't too bad. Now, six years later, I am happy to say that my pots are in GREAT shape and my bake ware hasn't rusted.
Hand washing, along with these pots and pans cleaning and storage tips have been the key:
Storing Pots and Pans
|How to store your pots and pans|
I also try not to stack my pots. I keep them with their lids.
I store my baking pans in much the same way.
Cleaning Stainless Steel Pots
If you have hard water, cook a lot of rice, or boil eggs often, your pots may begin to look like this:
Don't be tempted to throw them into the dishwasher, it doesn't help. Just spray them with vinegar, let it sit for a few moments, and wipe/wash as usual.
Good as New! It works for the outside also, but you may have to scrub more.
Now here's a tip for cleaning the outside of your pans.
When I looked at the photo of my pots and pans, I noticed that my small pan had some yucky stains on it.
After I cleaned the pots with vinegar, I thought I'd try it on the red pan.
It didn't work. Neither did BarKeeper's Friend, or Citrosolve, or Simple Green, or Rubbing Alcohol, or dish detergent, or a Brillo Pad, or stainless steel cleaner. Or anything else under the kitchen sink.
But I got it off!
Want to know what worked? Good old elbow grease! To be specific, my fingernail. I felt so dumb. So simple. A scrub brush didn't get it off, but with a little scraping under warm water it was easy.
What are your cleaning or organizing tips for your pots and pans?
Leave me a comment, I'd love to know!
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