Investing in tri-ply stainless steel cookware from American Kitchen is a smart choice, considering its heating performance, conductivity, attractiveness and durability. Make your cookware last with our use and care tips, aimed at helping you clean, maintain, and cook with stainless steel, to get the most out of this high-performing cookware.
Wash your new stainless steel cookware in warm, soapy water with ¼ cup of vinegar to remove any traces of manufacturing oils. Rinse thoroughly, then dry with a soft towel.
For nonstick stainless steel cookware, condition prior to initial use with 1 tsp (5 ml) of vegetable oil. Simply wipe the oil over the interior gently using a soft cloth. Repeat the conditioning process every 2 to 3 months, or if food begins to stick to the pan.
Pro tip: Avoid using nonstick sprays on nonstick pans. Over time, they cause an invisible buildup that impairs the nonstick release system, thereby actually causing food to stick to the nonstick pan.
For nonstick stainless steel cookware, you should try to solely use low to medium heat. The center layer of our tri-ply construction is aluminum, which conducts heat extremely well. Scorching food, discoloring the pan, or damaging nonstick coating can be avoided by starting your recipes at a lower temperature. The stainless steel layers surrounding the tri-ply will hold heat consistently at your desired level. When using our stainless steel cookware, be sure to preheat the pans completely on low to medium heat before adding your food. To check the temperature, add a few water droplets to the surface. Once they slip easily along the pan without bubbling or evaporating, you’re ready to cook. While it is acceptable to cook with oil, you may not need it in our cookware. Meat or poultry will initially stick, but will loosen as their juices are released, enabling you to turn and cook the other side. Adjust the heat as needed, and cook until done.
Metal utensils can be used on stainless steel cookware, but it’s always best to use silicone, wood, or plastic utensils on nonstick stainless steel cookware. While Eterna non-stick coating is extremely durable, sharp utensils may damage the interior of the cookware over time. Additionally, no carving or cutting should be done inside the pans.
“Can I put stainless steel in the dishwasher?” We often hear this question, and yes, our stainless steel cookware is dishwasher safe. However, to extend the look and performance of your cookware, we recommend the following:
• Allow cookware to cool to room temperature before cleaning. Sudden changes in temperature may cause metal to warp, resulting in an uneven base. Avoid putting cold water or frozen food in a hot pan or plunging a hot pan into cold water.
• Rinse pan with water then wash in soapy water to remove stains or stuck-on food.
• For stubborn stains or discoloration cause by excessive heat, make a paste of water and a non-abrasive, non-chlorine stainless steel cleanser such as Barkeeper’s Friend, then rub paste in a circular motion using a damp paper towel. Wash paste away with warm, soapy water, rinse thoroughly and dry.
Pro tip: All of our stainless steel cookware is dishwasher safe, however, we recommend hand washing to preserve the beautiful finish.
Yes! And you’ll love this feature for braising or keeping food warm in our skillets, sauté pans and casserole dishes. Stainless steel is oven-safe up to 500 degrees (260° C) and our nonstick frying pans are oven-safe up to 400 degrees (204° C). Stainless steel stay-cool handles are designed to remain cool-to-the-touch under most stovetop cooking conditions. However, all handles may get hot under extended stovetop use or when using the cookware in the oven. Make sure to always use pot holders when handling hot pans or covers.
Helpful Tips for Maintaining Glass Covers:
• Do not place glass covers on a burner, in a toaster oven, under a broiler, or in the microwave oven. The heat will weaken the cover.
• Be careful not to strike the glass cover when cooking, storing, cleaning or serving.
• Do not use covers that are chipped, cracked, or severely scratched. Immediately replace damaged lids .
• Do not attempt to repair covers that are chipped or broken, and never reverse the glass covers when storing as the knobs may damage the nonstick interior.