When you buy or are gifted a nice new set of stainless steel pans your first thought is probably: “what are the best utensils for stainless steel cookware so that I don’t damage them?”. You want to make sure that your new cookware lasts as long as possible.
What type of utensils can you use on stainless steel?
The good news is that you have got yourself a sturdy piece of hardware. You are able to use pretty much any utensil you want and it should do no lasting damage. Metal utensils may scratch your cookware but the damage is cosmetic only. Avoid metal if this bothers you. It is also worth noting that you can cook on a very high heat with stainless steel cookware. Plastics and nylons may melt if the temperature is too high. If you like cooking in a high heat, consider buying heat resistant materials such as treated silicone or wood/bamboo.
Silicone utensils are a great option due to their resistance to high heat. Accidentally leave your silicone utensil in the pan? No problem, it shouldn’t melt. Another benefit of silicone utensils is the fact that they are stain resistant. Soups and sauces will not discolour them as they would with other materials, such as wood.
Wooden or bamboo utensils are inexpensive and are generally the softest materials available, so no scratches. They come in a variety of shapes so you can get the right tool for you, whether that’s a spoon or a spatula. Wood is prone to staining, so we’d recommend buying bamboo utensils if your budget allows it.
It really does not matter which utensils you use, it should not damage your cookware. However, avoiding metals will avoid scratches that will make your pan look worn over time. Silicone or bamboo utensils should keep your cookware looking newer for longer.