Gadget guide: nonstick skillets
When you follow Slimming World’s eating plan, called Food Optimizing, you’ll discover easy, doable changes to the way you shop, cook, and eat for healthy weight loss.
One of our top cooking tips is to use nonstick pans, which reduces the need to cook with oil or butter—a few light sprays of cooking spray in a nonstick pan is all it takes to make everything from morning scrambled eggs to skillet lasagna or spicy shrimp stir-fry.
A versatile nonstick skillet is a great investment for your kitchen and only requires a little TLC to keep it in good shape. Here are five tips on how to find, use, and care for your skillet.
- Choose the skillet for you. Many nonstick skillets are treated with a chemical called PTFE, which makes the surface non-adhesive. While PTFE is safe on the stovetop, these pans aren’t recommended to be heated above 500°F. If you’re looking for a skillet that you can pop into the oven, go for a porcelain enamel nonstick one. Both nonstick and porcelain enamel skillets start around $20 to $30.
- Steer clear of metal utensils and high heat. Nonstick skillets last longest when handled with care. Using a metal spatula or spoon can scratch the nonstick coating. Opt instead for silicon or wooden cooking tools, and avoid cooking over high heat.
- Let it cool naturally. Running a hot pan under water can cause it to warp, so allow your skillet to cool for a few minutes before washing.
- Clean with care. A metal scouring pad or a run in the dishwasher may cause your skillet’s nonstick coating to wear off over time. Instead, use a regular sponge that’s labeled nonstick-safe to hand wash and dry.
- Stack smart. Scratches and grooves can lessen the effectiveness of nonstick coating. While hanging your pans for storage is best, you can also use a pan rack or slide paper towels between stacked skillets to help keep them scratch-free.