While nonstick pans are great and easy to use, they can become a nuisance when they nonstick component erodes with time. The easy to wash pan suddenly becomes a nuisance to handle. Fortunately, an old nonstick pan should not be thrown just because it is decaying. Read on to discover how to restore it.
Season with peanut oil
Nonstick pans can be restored in so many different ways. One of the most effective techniques is to use peanut oil. If you love peanut oil, then you may go with this procedure. Consider the steps outlined below.
- Before seasoning, ensure you clean and remove any dirt. This can be achieved by adding two tablespoons of baking soda, water, and half a cup of white vinegar to the pan.
- Heat the pan with this mixture for ten to fifteen minutes. You can then wash the pan clean and wipe it dry. Do not use harsh tools and cleaning detergents as this will damage the surface.
- Once the pan is clean, apply a thin layer of peanut oil. Use enough of it to cover all the pores to activate the nonstick elements.
- Once oiled, heat the pan for about 60 seconds to 120 seconds.
- Cool the pan and wipe off excess dripping oil.
- Next, use a soft material, like a cleaning sponge to wash the seasoned pan.
Following the steps above guarantees that your pan will be in good shape for the next six months. Once this period elapses, consider seasoning it again. However, if you clean your dishes, the pan includes a dishwasher, and you may have to redo this after a short while. Four months will be appropriate in such a case. This is because the dishwasher tends to strip the pan of the nonstick elements faster than ordinary washing does.
Coconut oil seasoning
If you do not love the smell or taste of peanut oil, you should try coconut oil. Follow the steps below.
- Start by applying heat at the bottom of the eroded nonstick pan. However, be careful not to use too much heat. It is advisable to allow the pan to heat slightly on the stovetop.
- While the pan is heating on the stove, preheat the oven at 300 up to 350 degrees.
- Apply coconut oil on the pan’s surface sparingly.
- Your oil application should be such that all the pores are filled. Even so, be careful not to do a very thick layer. Keep it at around 1.27 inches high only.
- Once the oil application is appropriately made, place the pan in the preheated oven for not less than 2 hours.
- This heat is necessary as it bakes the coconut oil, which in turn coats the pan. However, take caution not to use heat levels that are too high. The effects of doing this could be dangerous because of the nonstick material used.
- Once two hours elapse, switch off the oven and leave the pan inside. Keep the pan in the oven overnight to allow it to dry completely. If you can, leave it all day long and remove it when you want to use it.
The steps above ensure that your pan is ready for use for a long time. Just make sure to redo the procedure when the pot begins to show deterioration signs again.
Use the Oven
An oven can be a great remedy when seasoning nonstick pans. The secret, however, lies in the temperature controls. Before you use the pan, consider the following tips:
- Choose the correct temperature levels before you can pop the pan or pot inside
- Always preheat the oven prior to using it
- Use a good seasoning oil, one with higher smoking points to avoid any damages to your oven and pan.
- Settle for a DIY spray coating procedure or professional assistance, if seasoning with the oils and heat is not your thing.
It would help if you stuck to certain heat levels to avoid damaging the pan. Just be careful not to put the heat over 500 degrees. Keep track of the time as the pan should stay in the over for not less than an hour. The pan should also last less than 2 hours in the oven.
Choose appropriate oils for the seasoning, excluding olive oil. Note that olive has a low smoking point. This means that when exposed to heat, it can damage the pan. The olive oil begins to smoke under excess heat and could lead to both your oven and pan getting damaged. It would be best if you also stayed away from butter and oils with low smoking points.
Peanut oil is a perfect choice as it has a higher heating point. Apart from using these oils, you can choose to use an easier method. Select the right sprayers for the pan and add a nonstick coating. Once applied, give it a few hours to dry before you can use the pan or pot. Alternatively, it would help if you considered using a professional to apply the recoat.
The process of seasoning an excellent nonstick pan involves the use of vegetable oils and heat. Whether you are seasoning it with oven-heat or stovetop heat, make sure that you are using appropriate heat levels. If you fix it by recoating using a nonstick spray, remember that the nonstick pot also deteriorates with time.