JANUARY 19, 2021
HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR KITCHEN UTENSlLS
The kitchen is one of the most interesting places in the home. It is the perfect place to let your imagination run wild and create some spectacular dishes. However, in this workspace it’s not only important to look after the chef’s attire but also to take special care of the utensils you use. In this article, we share some useful recommendations.
There are lots of accessories used in everyday kitchen tasks… paella pans, frying pans, pots, griddles, and so on. But do you know how to take care of them to make them last longer? Read on!
First and foremost, clean
As a general rule, we recommend that before you use these utensils for the first time, you wash them with a liquid dishwasher detergent. This will disinfect them ready for use. And the first step of care is to always clean everything right after using them.
Receptacles: paella pans, frying pans, pots, griddles…
This is the most difficult set of kitchen accessories to clean. In addition, they are the ones that need the most care.
First of all, do some research into the materials from which they are manufactured.
Polished steel, as any good Valencian knows, must be cleaned and dried thoroughly and then a thin coating of oil should be applied to prevent it from rusting. Ideally, for this type of steel, the pan should be kept in a plastic bag in a cool, dry place. This does not apply to enamelled steel, as the enamel coating prevents rusting.
In the case of more delicate materials, such as cast iron pans, care must be taken not to remove the layer that gives the food its flavour. We therefore recommend that after cooking you apply a layer of oil and exfoliate with a handful of kosher salt and a cloth. The salt will absorb the dirt and the pan will remain properly seasoned. Remove the salt, wipe with a cloth, and then store the pan.
Take care not to scratch them!
When it comes to looking after frying pans, we recommend you use wooden or heat-resistant plastic spatulas to avoid scratching the surfaces. In addition, never heat paella pans and frying pans when they are empty, or cut food directly inside them.
When it comes to cleaning, avoid the use of metal scouring pads and abrasive products. When storing, it is best not to stack pans inside each other, as the one on top could damage the surface of the one underneath.
And don’t forget that each product is designed for a different type of hob or flame. You should always check this before use. How can you find out? Here’s a guide showing the meaning of the different icons that appear on each product.
And how do you take care of your kitchen utensils? Share your advice and tips in our comments section!