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Home Cookware Cleaning Tips

By Homarr Clomish

You own a great home cookware set and you want to see the difference it makes to your cooking by asking your friends over for dinner. Your friends thank you for the meal and the great time you spent with them. As soon as they start leaving, you are faced with the problem of cleaning your great and expensive home cookware set.

Whatever the material is, you need to know a few tips about cleaning your home cookware. It could be aluminum, cast-iron, clay and enamel or copper.

1. Taking care for all sorts of cookware begins with reading the manufacturer’s instructions.

2. You need to wash all pots and pans thoroughly inside and out after using them.

3. Baked-on food might make it necessary for washing the pans in soapsuds. Just make sure to dry the pans thoroughly after washing them over a warm burner. It would also help to rub vegetable oil into the pan with paper towel.

4. Keep gas flames low while cooking to prevent heat stains from licking the outside of your pans.

5. Do not expose cookware to sudden temperature changes. Before washing or soaking, allow cookware to cool.

For an aluminum cookware set, you need to watch out for discoloration. To protect aluminum cookware from discoloration, do not wash it in a dishwasher or let it soak in soapy water for long periods of time. If there are already signs of interior discoloration, fill the pan with water, add 1 tablespoon cream of tartar or 1 tablespoon lemon juice per quart of water, and simmer until the discoloration is gone. Complete the process by wiping the pan with steel-wool soap pad. Make sure to wear rubber gloves.

For cast-iron cookware, wash them with hot sudsy water and then dry thoroughly. Make sure you store in a dry cupboard without its lid in place. Do not wash cast-iron cookware in the dishwasher, it will remove the seasoning on the cookware and cause rust.

Never put hot clay cookware on a cold surface or it could crack. Soak the top and bottom and scrub well with a stiff brush to remove clay dust. Before using clay cookware for the first time, they need to be soaked in water first for about half an hour.

Always let enamel cookware cool before washing. Sudden changes in temperature will cause the enamel coating to crack. Enamelware can be washed safely in the dishwasher. Use synthetic and not steel cleansers to scrub stubborn oil.

Homarr Clomish is a leading consultant on home cookware for 15 years. You can get tips from his top website at aluminum cookware set.

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