Mom's Kitchen

You are not a good cook if you don’t do this

Did you know that you should not wash your frying pans /woks/skillets ? Sounds weird ? I know it does but that’s something we all have been doing wrong.

Way 1 :

These pans just have to be sprinkled with little things , wipe off and you are done . But it is not that simple as it sounds . This process is time consuming and at times can take almost half the day. So, hold on your breathe and follow the below steps

  1. Spread a good amount of rock salt, cracked pepper corns, chopped ginger, scallions and crushed/chopped garlic all over the pan.
  2. Add a good glug of cooking oil.
  3. Heat the pan at the highest heat setting and rub the above mixture all over such that it covers the entire surface. Keep it on until it’s smoking.
  4. Remove from heat, wipe with kitchen tissue/towel and allow to cool.

Tada ! Its done . Now you are good to go with the next round of cooking


Way 2 :

Quick Tip : Always use a “Non-abrasive nylon scrubber”  for cleaning non-stick pans

Now there can be excessive grease on the pan or good amount of residue. In both the cases , it needs to be cleaned differently.

a . To remove oil stains / grease :

  1. If there is a layer of oil that is difficult to remove, fill the pan with water and add ½ cup of vinegar.
  2. Bring the water/vinegar mixture to a boil.
  3. As the mixture boils, the oil layer will rise to the top.
  4. Remove the oil and dispose of the water.
  5. Wash the pan with warm water and soap using a nylon scrubber.
  6. Rinse completely and dry with a soft cloth.

b. To remove residue :

The advantage of this method is that the pan can be cleaned both inside and outside with this method . Oil / grease can leave residue that is difficult to remove and harsh scrubbing is a big “ No No” for  non-stick pans as it can lead to removal of the non-stick coating. So read carefully to have a safe and smart cleaning next time.

  1. Start by mixing water and baking soda to make a paste.
  2. Spread the paste on the residue.
  3. Scrub the surface with a nylon scrubber. The baking soda acts as an abrasive to safely remove the residue without damaging the non-stick surface.
  4. Once the residue is removed, wash with detergent and water.
  5. Rinse completely before drying with a soft cloth.
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