If you are health-conscious, you probably avoid greasing your cooking surfaces with fats like butter and cooking spray. Cooking on stick surfaces, however, creates a mess, when more of your meal clings to the sides of your stick pans than the insides of your stomach.
Non stick cookware
is manufactured with a slick surface, allowing you to cook even the stickiest foods, like fish or eggs, without the mess or the saturated fats. Non stick pans require slightly different care than stainless steel or cast iron. For example, using abrasive tools, such as metal spatulas and other metal utensils, can harm non stick pans, compromising the non stick coating.
To preserve the quality of your
non stick cookware,
use kitchen utensils made from the following materials.
Wooden spoons, feature rounded edges and are comfortable to grip. These tools are soft enough that they won't harm your non stick pans but sturdy enough that they last a lifetime. Some cooks, however, prefer using alternatives to wood because wooden utensils are generally not dishwasher safe and because perfecting the pancake flip with a wooden spatula can be tricky.
A favorite of many chefs, silicone utensils are dishwasher safe and safe under high heat, as they do not melt or leach harmful chemicals. They never scratch non stick surfaces and are thin enough to flip food easily. Due to the material's flexibility, however, silicone is not sturdy enough to deal with heavy foods.
Nylon utensils are sturdier than silicone and they're dishwasher safe. Best of all, they won't scratch non stick surfaces. Nylon utensils, however, will melt.
Whether you choose wood, silicone or nylon utensils, these non stick-safe utensils will preserve your non stick cooking tools for life.