So – you’ve just got yourself a nice set of non-stick cookware and now you’re wondering what the best cooking utensils for nonstick cookware are? You want to make sure you don’t damage the non-stick surface so that expensive pan lasts as long as possible. We’re here to help!
Non-stick pans allow food to brown without sticking to the surface. Most modern cookware manufacturers do this by coating the pan with a chemical called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The most famous of these being Teflon, which is much easier to say. In order to keep the coating, you need to make sure that you’re not using utensils that scratch it off or wear it down.
What type of utensils can you use on non-stick pans?
First of all, metal utensils are a definite no. Even nylon utensils can be damaging. We recommend using wooden utensils (preferably bamboo) or silicone utensils. These materials are soft enough to ensure the coating is not scratched or worn.
If you like to cook at high temperatures silicone utensils are a great option as they have a high tolerance for heat. Even if you accidentally leave a silicone item in a pan it should still survive. Silicone is also stain resistant, unlike wood or other materials.
Wooden or bamboo utensils are normally the softest there are and are inexpensive. This means you can use them on your non-stick pan without worrying about damaging that all important PTSE surface. You’re able to get all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours in wood so you can be confident you can pickup the tool you need. As mentioned above, wood is prone to staining. For that reason, we’d suggest getting bamboo utensils.
Non-stick cookware can be expensive so you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible. As long as you follow our advice and stick to wood/bamboo or silicone you should have no problem maintaining the non-stick surface.