If you're new to cooking with Cuisinart stainless cookware, there are some things you should know about how best to use your new pots and pans. In this article, I'll discuss how to cook with Cuisinart stainless steel cookware, so you can make the most of your new set.
1.) Do you need to preseason your Cuisinart Stainless Steel Cookware?
While preseasoning your stainless steel pots and pans is not absolutely necessary, it does help to prevent food from sticking. Stainless steel cookware does not have a non-stick interior, like many of the pots and pans you can buy. The steel is very porous, and there before it's easy for food to get "stuck" within these pores. Seasoning the cookware helps to seal up these pores and prevent sticking.
To season your stainless steel pan, cover the bottom of the pan with oil and salt. You'll want to pour in about 1/2 "to 3/4" of oil. Place the pan on your stove burner, and heat it up until the oil begins smoking. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool, until it is safe to touch and discard the oil and salt. Next, take a soft cloth and wipe out any remaining oil and salt. Your pan is now ready to use!
Now remember the porous nature of the pan I mentioned previously? This also means that whenever you wash the pan in hot water, those pores will open back up, and the oil used to season will be washed away. Therefore, you'll probably want to repeat this process after washing your pan. Again, the preseasoning is not necessary, but it does help to eliminate a lot of food sticking problems caused by not having a non-stick interior.
2.) Use a lower heat setting
You'll find that you do not need to use as much heat as your used to, when you cook with Cuisinart stainless steel cookware. Due to how the pots are constructed, they tend to heat up very quickly. Start with a lower temperature than you think you'll need and gradually increase your temperature until you get used to how the pans heat up.
3.) Prevent food sticking
There are a few things you can do (between seasoning) that can help prevent food from sticking to your pans. First, always make sure that your oil is hot before adding any food. You'll want to preheat your pan, then add the oil and allow that to heat up, and only then you add your food.
Do not try put too much food in the pot at one time. If necessary, cook up smaller batches of food.
What if you get burnt on or stuck on food? Try some vinegar and baking soda to scrub away tough food spots. Another trick is to use a product called Barkeeper's Helper, or a cleaner specifically made for stainless steel cookware.
By following these tips for how to cook with Cuisinart stainless steel cookware, you'll not only enjoy cooking more, but you'll also be ensuring that your pots and pans will last for a long time.