How to Prevent Damaging Your Expensive Kitchenware
Your kitchen is home to some of the most expensive and most important appliances you own. From your oven to your slow cooker, these kitchen tools can make or break a meal. However, they are also likely some of the most fragile items in your home.
It's not uncommon for pots and pans to warp or crack and knives to dull in a matter of weeks if you don't take care of them properly. Similarly, appliances can break or develop problems if you're not careful, and these issues can be extremely costly to remedy.
Avoiding damage is a must for homeowners who want to ensure that they get their money's worth out of kitchenware.
At Luxio®, we are passionate about helping you extend the life of your cookware. In this article, we will take a look at the importance of caring for kitchenware correctly and give some tips on preventative measures.
The Importance of Taking Care of Your Kitchenware
Kitchen utensils and equipment can be one of the top investments you make in your home, especially if you love to cook. This is why it's so important to take care of them properly! If taken care of, a good set of knives or pots and pans can last a lifetime.
Most damage to kitchenware results from using them for purposes they were not intended for, which is why taking a few precautions will go a long way. The better you care for your kitchenware, the longer it will last.
How to Avoid Damaging Expensive Kitchenware
When it comes to kitchenware, some things just cannot hold up to heavy-duty use. To avoid damaging your expensive pots and pans or dulling your knives, try using these methods:
1. Use the Proper Utensils for the Job
Different utensils are meant for different tasks, so it's important to use the correct ones when cooking.
For example, a metal spoon may cause scratches in non-stick pots and pans, while a wooden spoon can't be used on a hot burner.
Knives should only be used to cut soft foods like cheese or vegetables because they're not strong enough to handle harder foods like meats. It's also best not to use metal utensils on non-stick cookware or cut on hard surfaces like glass and granite.
2. Use the Proper Cleaning Techniques
Cleaning utensils and equipment is just as important as taking care of them while they're in use.
Dishwashers, while convenient, can be too harsh for certain materials and wear away the protective coatings of pots, pans, knives, and other kitchenware. For this reason, it's best to hand wash everything with hot water and mild soap after each use - especially products that are hard-anodized like the Cuisinart 2-Quart Cook and Pour Saucepan.
It can also help invest in soft cleaning utensils like nylon-bristled brushes or sponge scrubbers to avoid scratching the surface.
3. Store Kitchenware Correctly
Where you store kitchenware can be just as important as how you use and clean them. Placing items in cabinets, drawers, and on countertops should be done carefully, so they don't get nicked or scratched while being moved around.
It's best to place thin and lightweight items on the top shelf while storing larger, heavier items in kitchen cabinets. Knife blocks or storage containers should be used to keep knives safe and clean while stored for long periods of time.
4. Use a Protective Coating
Products like Pam and olive oil sprays can provide a thin, protective coating that prevents sticking and corrosion of pots, pans, and utensils. This is especially important for non-stick cookware to preserve the non-stick coating on cookware.
Better yet, invest in products that are naturally protected, such as the Cuisinart 630-30 Chef's Classic Nonstick Grill Pan.
5. Replace Your Kitchenware
If your kitchenware gets too scratched or dinged up, it may be time to replace it with something new. If you've been using the same pots and pans for a few years, chances are they won't last much longer!
6. Maintain Appliances Appropriately
Finally, if your appliances are on their last leg, consider replacing them. A new dishwasher with more wash cycles or a stove with self-cleaning options can make all the difference in how often you use your kitchenware.
Make sure to read and follow the recommended guidelines for your specific kitchenware and appliances to keep them in proper working condition. And be sure to avoid using your utensils and equipment for purposes other than what they're intended for!
Unique Features That Make a Difference When Choosing Cookware
When you want to avoid damaging expensive kitchenware, you have to be picky about what types of pots and pans you buy. Here are a few features that can determine how long your cookware lasts!
Non-Stick Coating: Non-stick coatings come in a variety of ways, from a coating on the inside of pots and pans or an infused surface on the pan itself. Scratches to the surface can cause food to stick, which is why it's important to buy pots and pans with a good quality non-stick coating.
Aluminum Construction: Aluminum cookware conducts heat quickly and evenly across the entire cooking surface. This means that foods won't burn on hot spots and can be cooked faster and with less energy!
Comfortable Grip: Handles that fit in your hand securely are important because they play a large role in how easy it is to lift pots and pans. If the handle doesn't feel comfortable, it's probably time for a new set of cookware!
Price: Of course, price is always a factor when buying anything, but when you pay a good price for something, it's likely to last longer. It also means the materials used in construction are higher-quality and won't wear out.
One of the best ways to ensure that your kitchenware lasts for years is to invest in a set of high-quality ps. Luxio® offers a wide variety of kitchen tools for every household at affordable prices!
Our cookware is made from the finest materials and manufactured by today's top brands. Built to last and easy to clean, Luxio’s products will help you stay cooking in the kitchen for years to come!