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How to make nonstick cooking pans last longer

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Nonstick pans make cooking easier, but they seem to need replacement a little too often.

During the FOX8 Morning News at 9:00, FOX8 On Your Side's Melissa Painter will show us how to make the pans last longer.

Here are her tips:

  1. Be careful about cooking on high heat.  The higher temperatures on your stovetop can cause the nonstick coating to crack.  Nonstick cookware is made to be used on low to medium heat.  Do the butter test, heat the pan on medium-high and when the rim is hot to the touch, add a pat of butter.  If it bubbles, the heat is right and if it browns quickly and burns, you need to use a lower heat setting.
  2. It may say nonstick, but most of this cookware needs some lubricant.  But you shouldn't just pour butter or oil in the pan because that gets absorbed into your food.  Instead pre-season it each time you use it by pouring some oil onto a paper towel and wiping down the nonstick coating.
  3. Don't use a cooking spray because it will tend to build up on the pan causing it to become sticky.
  4. When it's time to clean your nonstick pan, don't use the dishwasher because it's too abrasive.  Instead, fill the pan halfway with water, add a half cup of vinegar and bring it to a boil.
  5. Never use metal utensils on your nonstick cookware.