By Ethan Gibble
You invest a lot of time and money to ensure that you have the perfect cookware for your restaurant, so it only makes sense to put the same energy into caring for it. Let's face it; these items do much of a kitchen's "grunt work," so they are going to take a beating over time. Listed below are 9 easy ways to keep your cookware looking great and highly functional far into the future.
- First using cookware: Remove all labels and wash to remove manufacturing lubricants.
- Cleaning cookware: Allow cookware to cool so as to prevent warping, EXCEPT cast iron cookware which should be cleansed while still hot.
- Leave empty cookware on heat source: This would cause it to become extremely hot, and could cause personal injury or damage to your cookware or stove.
- Store certain items in cookware: Certain items commonly stored or used in cookware can cause corrosion. These include salt solutions, acidic products like tomatoes, disinfectants, and bleaches.
- Wash by hand: Wash your cookware by hand as much as possible so that it lasts longer and looks better. Remember to scrub in the direction of the material grain and allow to air dry.
- Use proper utensils: Use plastic, wooden, or silicone utensils when possible to help avoid scratching and scuffing your cookware.
- White film: If your cookware develops a white film caused by starch or water minerals, scrub it with a sponge that has been dipped in lemon juice or vinegar and then wash in hot, soapy water.
- Burnt food: To remove burnt food from the bottom of your cookware, boil a mild solution of vinegar and water for 10 minutes to dislodge food particles.
- Aluminum discoloration: Aluminum can be prone to discoloration. Remove these stains by boiling a solution of tablespoons of cream of tartar to each quart of water in the cookware for ten minutes.