Revive Your Cooking Pans with These Easy Tips

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Saucepans are no match for the wear and tear of cooking. They quickly lose their shine after all that boiling and burnt-on food. But fear not, we've got you covered with these savvy tips to make your pans look as good as new.

Slick Fix: Season Your Non-Stick Pans

Experts suggest seasoning your new non-stick pan to protect it and make cooking easier. Simply lightly rub it with cooking oil, then heat it on the hob for a few minutes. Once it cools, wipe away the oil with kitchen roll. This method also works wonders in restoring a pan's non-stick surface.

Cook with Care: Prep and Cook Smart

Give cold foods, like chicken, 15 minutes to sit at room temperature before cooking. Just-out-of-the-fridge foods are more likely to stick when cooked. Make sure to pre-heat your pan and add oil, then wait until it's hot before cooking. This will provide added protection for your pan. And when stirring, whisking, or mashing, use plastic or wooden tools to avoid marking the pan.

Spot the Difference: Say Goodbye to Water Marks

To tackle water marks or the white film caused by hard water on stainless steel pans, create a mixture of one part vinegar to three parts water in a pan. Bring it to a boil, let it cool, and then wash with soap and water. Good as new!

Steel Yourself: Battle Burnt-On Foods

For stubborn burnt-on foods on stainless steel pans, arm yourself with rubber gloves, vinegar, and bicarbonate of soda. Add equal parts water and vinegar to the pan and bring it to a boil. Then, add two tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda. Let it soak for 15 minutes and see if the burnt bits lift away.

Gently Does It: Clean Non-Stick Pans with Care

With non-stick pans, a different approach is needed. Start by soaking the pan for a few hours, then scrub it as clean as you can with a non-scratch sponge. For any remaining stains, create a paste with bicarbonate of soda and water, and gently scrub with the sponge.

Remember, these helpful tips will have your cooking pans looking as good as new in no time. Happy cooking!

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