10 Things You Shouldn’t do to Your Cooking EquipmentDecember 2, 2015 by: King
While every cook needs to know some kitchen basics before attempting anything in the kitchen, there are some things that many people might overlook. Here are the 10 things you shouldn’t do to your cooking equipment.
Caring for Knives – Don’t Put Knives in the Dishwasher
While many knives have the “dishwasher safe” phrase written on them, it’s still not a good idea to put them in the dishwasher. The harsh chemicals from the dishwasher can ruin your knives. Further, if you are not careful, you are at risk of cutting yourself when you grab a knife from the dishwasher.
Don’t Store Knives Loosely in a Drawer
If you have a knife rack, be sure to utilize it or buy one if you don’t. Knife racks will protect your knives as well a your hands. If your knives are haphazardly tossed into a drawer, they risk being damaged. In addition, you risk hurting yourself each time you try to grab a knife.
Non-Stick Cookware – Don’t Use Sharp Objects on Non-Stick Cookware
Pots and pans that are non-stick can be easily damaged by sharp kitchen tools such as forks, knives, and metal spatulas. To keep your non-stick cookware protected, use wooden spoons or plastic spatulas.
Don’t Use Cooking Spray on Non-Stick Pans
Cooking sprays have ingredients that are sometimes harsh on non-stick cookware and might damage them. If you need to use something, use oil or butter.
Cooking Equipment Limits – Don’t Overfill Your Pan
If you are cooking and overfill your pan, you may not get the consistency you need. You will end up with a cooked meal, but it won’t be the color and crispiness that you want for that particular dish.
Don’t Overfill Your Blender
When you see a line on your blender that indicates how far to fill it, follow that line. If you overfill your blender, your ingredients might not process well. Further, you will have one big mess on your hand since you blender will most likely leak from the top.
Before You Start Cooking – Heat Your Pans Before Placing Food
Heating pans ahead of time will allow the food to cook better and provide a good consistency to the dish.
Always Read the Instructions Manual
Read all the information that comes with your cooking equipment. This will provide you with a guide on proper usage as well as proper cleaning methods.
Cleaning Wooden Spoons and Cast Iron – Don’t Soak Wooden Spoons
Wooden spoons tend to swell and wrap if soaked for too long. Thus, after you finish cooking, be sure to wash your wooden spoons right away and put on a rack to dry.
Keep Soap and Metal Away From Cast Iron
Cast iron cookware can’t handle soap or harsh metals. Therefore, when you are cleaning them, wash with water instead and then wipe with a hand towel.