We’re all guilty of doing things with our kitchen equipment that we probably shouldn’t. When it comes to the rules of the kitchen, some rules are more important than others. Here are a few kitchen guidelines that you should stick to in order to ensure that your cooking essentials stay in good shape for years to come.
Scoring pads and cast iron don’t mix
Metal pads and metal pans a recipe for disaster. Metal scouring pads can strip your cast iron pan of its seasoning and damage your pan. Instead, use a coarse sea salt to remove stuck on food. Next time, try rinsing the pan with hot water right after you use it to make sure you don’t end up with a difficult situation later on.
Protect your non-stick pans
Likewise, your non-stick pans hate being scraped with metal spatulas and forks. Use plastic to prevent damage and keep them going much longer.
You’ll also want to keep cooking spray off your pans. Even if a recipe calls for it, you don’t need it with the pans coating. Using it can cause build up on your pan and get pretty gross long term.
Keep knives out of the dishwasher
Your good knives hate the dishwasher. The hard water and abrasive cleaners might be great for getting rid of left over crumbs on your plates, but they can do some serious damage to your good blades, ultimately making them duller faster. Take the time to hand wash your favorite cutting utensils to ensure they stay sharp for years to come.
And get a knife rack. There’s nothing worse than reaching into a drawer and coming out with a bloody hand because you grabbed a stray knife. Instead of thrown in a drawer, purchase a knife block to keep your knifes safe an sound.
Never start cooking with a cold pan, preheat your pan to make sure you get the perfect cook.
Give food space
When you do cook in a pan, make sure you give your food space to cook. Crowding too much food in a pan can cause it to cook unevenly, and nobody wants that.
Likewise, make sure you leave enough room in the food processor when you load it up with goodies. You can always do two runs through the processor if you have a ton of food.
Read the Instructions
Yeah, we know you know how to do it already. Whenever you get a new piece of equipment it’s always a good idea to read the instruction manual. Even if it’s very similar to something you already know how to use, the instruction manual can give you information about your new gadget that you might not know!