Discover Simple Tricks to Leave Your Pans Like New

· October 17, 2016
These tricks can be very useful if your pans aren’t too scratched to prevent them from further deterioration. Otherwise, to avoid problems it's best to get rid of them

Your skillets and pans are your best friends in the kitchen. But regular use can cause them to deteriorate, little by little.

Foods burn and get stuck, the pans get scratched, and all this affects the quality of the food you prepare.

It doesn’t matter if they’re made of clay, ceramic, Teflon, or cast iron. All pans have a shelf life based on how you treat them and how you care for them.

You also need to remember that if a pan is badly damaged it could be leaching toxins into the food you’re cooking.

It’s important that you pay attention to them while you use them.

Nevertheless, it never hurts to know a few tricks you can use to keep them in good shape.

It’s no big deal if a little sauce burns or you notice after cooking rice that some of it has stuck to the pan.

With a good cleaning and adequate care you can keep your pans looking like new. Let us explain.

Pans as good as new with the salt and potato trick

This might surprise many of you, but in order to clean a burned pan all you need is salt and a potato.

We’ve talked before about the many uses of salt for household cleaning. It’s an amazing product.

In addition to being inexpensive, it’s able to remove dirt and moisture while disinfecting and renewing various types of surfaces.

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When it comes to potato for cleaning pans, it’s no accident. Potatoes when combined with salt act as excellent “exfoliators,” capable of renewing the surface of the cookware itself. Fat comes right off and everything is clean.

Pay attention to what you should do.

2-potato-cleaningWhat you need

  • 1 tablespoon of coarse salt (12 g)
  • 1 teaspoon of oil (5 g)
  • 1 potato

How do you do it?

  • First you choose your potato (pick one that’s turning “ugly” in the cupboard) and cut it in half.
  • Wipe the pan to remove any food or sauce and add the tablespoon of coarse salt.
  • Now using the half of the potato start to scrub the entire surface of the pan in a circular motion.
  • Then rinse your pot or pan and let it dry.
  • Finally, use that teaspoon of olive oil to protect the surface until its next use. This never fails!

How to clean a cast iron skillet

Experts in cooking tell us that the more a cast iron skillet is used, the better your food will come out.

Continuous use, however, will eventually cause food to stick to it. Even worse, this is the kind of utensil that cleaning with soap and water usually won’t work.

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The moisture that’s left on the pan after conventional washing makes your food no longer taste the same.

Next up, we’ll share a good trick to clean your precious cast iron skillet that you use to make your favorite dishes.

3-foil-cleaningWhat you need

  • Foil
  • 1 tablespoon of coarse salt (12 g)

What do you do?

  • The procedure is similar to the previous one with the potato. Only this time, the foil will help you put greater force on the surface of the pan without damaging it in any way.
  • Just scrub the surface with the help of the foil and salt for a few minutes until it’s completely covered. Finally, rinse the pan and remove all traces of salt.

The results are amazing.

Clean your pan with vinegar and baking soda

This is an old classic. As you know, when it comes to household cleaning both vinegar and baking soda are essential elements.

They can disinfect, eliminate grease, remove dirt, and baking soda even helps absorb moisture.

Pay attention to how to perform this simple trick.

4-baking-soda-cleaningWhat you need

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda (10 g)
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar (20 ml)
  • 1 cup of warm water (200 ml)

What do you do?

  • The first thing you need to do is heat the cup of water. The amount you use will depend on the size of your pan.
  • Once it’s hot, pour it into the pan followed by the two tablespoons of white vinegar. Let this stand for five minutes.
  • At this time, remove some of the water, leaving a little less than half.
  • Next add the baking soda and use a brush to scrub away some of the toughest grease.
  • Finally you’ll pour out the dirty water and baking soda, and wash your pan normally with soap and water.

You’ll see it comes out perfectly.

To conclude, remember that if your pans and skillets are badly burned or damaged, it’s best to get rid of them and buy new ones.

Otherwise you run the risk of transferring toxins and other hazardous elements to the food you cook.