Keep every piece of stainless steel cookware and cast aluminum cookware working flawlessly and looking as good as new for many years to come. This guide will get you there, from prep to stovetop cooking, to cleanup!
Understanding how to cook with stainless steel cookware will allow you to get those great results you dreamt of when you first unboxed your new pots and pans.
For most cooking, you will only ever need Low to Medium heat. The center layer of the tri-ply construction is aluminum, which conducts heat extremely well. Starting your recipes at a lower temperature will prevent the high heat from scorching or burning your food, discoloring the pan, or damaging the nonstick coating. The stainless steel layers will hold the heat at the level you choose.
For stainless steel skillets, preheat the pan thoroughly on a low to medium heat – until water drops slip easily across the surface (not bubble or evaporate). Then add your food. In many cases, additional oils are not necessary. Your meat or poultry may initially stick to the pan, but will loosen as the juices are released. You can then turn the meat or poultry to continue browning and cooking until your food reaches the point where you feel it’s done.
Best utensils for stainless steel and nonstick cast aluminum cookware: Metal utensils can be used on stainless steel. It is always best to use silicone, wood, or plastic on nonstick surfaces, but Eterna® non-stick coating is extremely durable, so using metal tools should not affect the nonstick properties of your cookware. Sharp utensils can damage the interior of your cookware, so all cutting or carving should be done on a cutting board.
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.
Uncoated stainless steel is oven-safe up to 500 degrees F (260⁰ C). Our nonstick cookware and glass covers are oven-safe up to 400 degrees F (204⁰ C). Handles and knobs on the cast aluminum products (phenolic) are oven-safe up to 350⁰F (177⁰C). For your safety, you should never place cookware in the microwave or put a non-stick pan, tempered glass cover, or phenolic handle/knob under a broiler.
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 coking, storing, cleaning or serving and do not use them if chipped, cracked, or severely scratched. Do not attempt to repair them if chipped or broken and never reverse the glass covers when storing as the knobs may damage the nonstick interior.
Knowing how to clean your stainless steel cookware will keep your investment functioning (and looking) like new for years to come!
Your cookware is dishwasher safe; however, we recommend hand washing to preserve the beautiful finish. Remember always to allow cookware to cool to room temperature before cleaning* and follow these guidelines:
Prior to the first use of your new cast aluminum cookware, wash it in warm, soapy water with ¼ cup of vinegar. Any remaining traces of manufacturing oils will be removed in this process. Then, rinse fully and towel dry.
Condition your cast aluminum cookware before your first use with 1 tsp (5 ml) of vegetable oil. Using a soft cloth, wipe the oil gently around the interior. Be sure to repeat this conditioning step every couple of months, or if food begins to stick to the surface when cooking.
Pro tip: Invisible buildup can occur when nonstick sprays are used on nonstick surfaces. These sprays can impair the nonstick release system, causing food to adhere to the surface. Avoid using nonstick sprays if possible.
Our thick cast aluminum construction retains heat evenly, providing an environment for even cooking at all heat settings, and transfers easily between the oven and stove top giving you extra versatility with one pan. Even sticky foods will lose their grip on our PFOA-free Eterna nonstick coating, which means you can use less oil when cooking.