The pan should be properly maintained and cleaned always to prolong its life span. The different material types of pans differ in their attention. Carbon steel pan requires more care than the other materials due to high tendency to rust.
After purchasing a pan you should remove the company label by heating it slightly to make it easier to peel off without leaving marks. Then wash it with warm soapy water to remove the varnish. Dry it and its safe for use. Carbon steel pan should be seasoned before first use by baking in oven until the oil browns.re-oil after every use. Enamelled and stainless steel pan do not require seasoning.
Maintenance during use
To maintain cooking pan does not require special skills since it’s very simple and requires just paying close attention to them while cooking.
You should never leave an empty pan on direct heat since it may get black spot which are hard to clean. It also affect its coating and can get damaged and wear out easily. When in use regulate heat well and never use it in microwave oven. When using an oven, don’t expose the pan to high heat temperatures and use wooden or metallic spoons.
Always remove stains made by spices immediately it may accumulate and harden if left for a long time. If you leave it to clean later, it will be difficult to be removed and can destroy the aesthetic quality of the pan. Don’t use the pan in a dishwasher.
Soak the pan in warm soapy water to make cleaning easy. Before cleaning you should have soap, paper towel, dry cotton towel, scrubbing sponge and a steel wire ready. Carbon steel pan should not be soaked in water since they rust so fast and in case they rust, use a steel wire to clean. Enamelled and stainless steel pans can be left in water longer. Clean the pan using a soft –scrub sponge and warm soapy water to clean off all the residues. Then dry them with the cotton towel and apply vegetable oil to prevent moisture which causes rusting. Water stains can form easily if not dried well.
Don’t use steel wire on stainless steel and enamelled pan, as it may leave scratches on it. Use good quality bar or liquid soap to clean detergent soap is not good to use. Put hot water in the pan if it gets difficult to remove burnt food and leave it for some time. To clean coloured deposits on stainless steel pan, boil water with salt and alcohol to remove them all.
Keep the pan in clean, dry place free from dust and moist. You should put ranks in the kitchen to hang the pans these will create more space for the other utensils. Store them separately from other items such as knifes since it will protect you from being injured .these will also be easier to trace the equipment you want to use. A well arranged kitchen looks more spacious and appealing to all individuals. If it’s for occasional use, you keep it in a clean carton to create space in kitchen and to prevent dust accumulation for a long time.
In storing utensils, you should follow the following instructions to avoid damage.
• Keep them away from reach by children as they may get injured if they handle them inappropriately.
• Your storage space should be free from water to avoid rust and bacteria growth which is harmful to human health. Dry the utensils using paper towel.
• Keep every type of utensils such as cutlery separately and arrange them well.
• Avoid keeping utensils on the floor. If your kitchen does not have cabinets, make a cheap one to ensure perfect arrangement.
• Avoid overcrowding. They may fall off causing accident and breakage. It can also be a bleeding site for rats and cockroaches and will make the kitchen dirty and untidy.