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Different cookware types have different structure and are made of a range of different materials: Stainless Steel, Copper, Aluminium, Clay and etc. This means that each of them react different to heat and have their distinct features, benefits and thus purpose.

This article has specific information on Stainless Steel pots, focusing on how to prevent foods from sticking to your Tramontina Stainless Steel pots and Care Instructions.

Stainless steel cookware with a label of 18/10 (chromium steel/nickel steel) is the best type of cookware. To find out if a cookware body is 18/10, simply place a magnet onto it. If the magnet sticks to the pot body, this cookware is not 18/10. Sometimes you may experience the magnet force towards the metal, but it should not stick to it if you let the magnet go out of your hand.

Select a model with a 3 ply, sandwiched metal base consisting of layers of S/S + Aluminium + S/S, or SS+copper+SS. This heat distributing base works by absorbing and spreading the heat evenly over the entire base of the pan. Differently from a plain one-ply cookware, the 3ply base helps you avoid hot spots that burn food.

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Pot handles vary from Bakelite to Silicone coated or plain Stainless Steel, among others. If you wish your Stainless Steel pot to be able to be used in the ove, choose a plain stainless steel handle and body, with no other material additions.

HOW TO AVOID FOODS FROM STICKING TO STAINLESS STEEL COOKWARE

The big secret of non-stick cooking without the non-stick coat is knowing how each cookware reacts to heat.

In order to avoid foods sticking to Stainless Steel Cookware, you must also pre-heat your pot before start cooking any foods.

Professionals already know this trick, and they use it to brown, sauté and cook foods in Stainless steel cookware without food sticking or burning.

That means clean up is easier than before, and unlike most non-stick pans, stainless steel can be washed in the dishwasher.

To begin, start with a well heated, triply bottom, heavy pot. Add some drops of water and wait until the drops of water dance across the hot surface, then add a bit of oil. Just a tablespoon or a small amount to cover the bottom of the pan with a thin film of oil. Now wait until the oil is very hot. That's the most important step in helping your foods not to stick on the stainless steel pot. Extra care must be taken during the whole cooking process with any product to avoid any injury. Keep all your cookware and sharp objects away from kids at all times. It is recommended that you never keep children in the kitchen whilst cooking or performing food preparation.

Although this tip can help you achieve great non-stick results with Stainless Steel Cookware, results may vary.

Always read specific instructions on your cookware model before using or applying any of these recommendations.

STAINLESS STEEL COOKWARE CLEANING

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Stainless Steel is known for its ability to be a clean surface that resists corrosion and rust. Because of this stainless steel is a popular choice in kitchens. Dirt, dust and grime, however, put stainless steel at risk for corrosion and rust. Luckily, it responds well to cleaning, as long as certain rules are followed. If you’ve invested the money to upgrade your appliances, sink, and cookware to stainless steel, make sure you invest the time and energy into keeping it clean and polished, so you will be able to enjoy its beauty for many years to come. In general, you want to start with the basics, and work your way up from there as needed.

1. Water & Cloth
Routine cleaning can be accomplished by using warm water and a cloth. This is the least risky option for cleaning stainless steel, and honestly just plain water works to clean in most situations. Dry with a towel or cloth to prevent water spots. This is really important, since minerals in water can leave marks on stainless steel. Wipe in the directions of the polish lines for best and most beautiful results. Microfiber cleaning cloths can be a great option to use when cleaning stainless steel because they do a great job of absorbing all of the water without scratching the surface.

2. Mild detergent, Warm Water & Cloth
For cleaning that needs more power, mild detergent and warm water can do a great job without damaging your stainless steel. A drop of mild dish detergent and warm water is often all you need to get tougher dirt off of your stainless steel. You can start with a small sink of warm water with a few drops of dish soap. You can also have a small drop of dish soap on a cloth. Add warm water to the cloth and rub the dish soap to suds up your cleaning cloth. Wipe down the dirty area. After you've finished washing away the dirt, make sure you rinse the surface thoroughly to prevent staining and spotting. It is important to towel dry to prevent water spots which can be caused by minerals in water.

3. Soft Boil with & Warm Water & Cloth
If you have caked-on food in the bottom of your pan or if your pan has burn marks, but no food chunks, put about 2 cups of water in your pan and put it back on the stove. Once it starts to boil, add 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Allow the liquid to simmer (which means very lightly boiling) for 30 minutes, adding more water so it never goes dry. If there are any chunks of food caked-on in the bottom of the pan, use a plastic or wooden spatula to scrape the bottom of the pan. Continue this process until all the food chunks have released. If the inside of the pot only has burn marks, remove the excess of liquid remaining from the boil and simply rub some baking soda with a soft cloth until marks are removed. Rinse the pan with clean water and throughly dry the surface immediately. If burn marks remain after this procedure, use a Stainless Steel Cleaning paste to remove marks and regain shine.

4. Stainless Steel Cleaning Paste
If you have had staining or scratching, or need to polish your stainless steel, a stainless steel cleaner may be a good option. Some of these cleaners and polishes can help minimize scratching and remove stains. They also can polish surfaces nicely. Read the directions on the stainless steel cleaner and test in an inconspicuous spot. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and towel dry. The Tramontina Cleaning paste is available for purchase at Tramontina Website (ref.60900/000) - www.tramontina.com.au

* All information on this page are suggestions and tips only. Results may vary even when following these tips and recommendations.