How do I care for my CALDERO?
Durability, flavor preservation, heat transfer ability, appearance, and recyclable are all reasons why Pujols Kitchen’s stainless steel cookware is considered quality cookware. Used in households and by professional chefs all over the world, a stainless steel pan is the workhorse that goes from your stovetop to a sink full of water for easy cleanup. Here are some tips for using your Pujols Kitchen caldero and cookware.
To prevent foods from sticking, heat your pan until hot before adding oil, then add the food. When a stainless steel pan gets hot, the material expands but when the heated pan comes into contact with a cooler temperature, it contracts. This is when foods are more likely to stick to the surface. You can prevent this by adding oil to your pan when it’s hot, when the steel becomes static, creating a temporary nonstick surface.
If you live in an area with hard water, chalky white spots, a calcium buildup from hard water, can occur. To remove chalky white spots from your stainless pans, boil a solution of 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water in your pan. Allow the pan to cool completely, then wash and dry as normal.
Combat dried, stuck bits of food by filling your pan with enough soapy water to submerge the caked-on bits of food. Bring water to a boil and scrape bits away with a spatula. When the water has cooled, the dried bits of food will be easier to wash off.
Prevent pitting and rusting by only salting water after it’s come to a boil. At boiling temperature there’s not enough oxygen in the water for the chemical reaction that causes rusting or pitting to occur.
What about those rainbow-like hue stains that appear to be embedded in the surface over time? Discoloration is often the result of overheating. While non-abrasive cleaners designed to restore stainless steel pans will work, you can also cook high-acid foods like tomato sauce or wash your pan with vinegar.
Water spots are harmless stains but if they bother you, consider drying your pans immediately after washing them. For stubborn water spots, dampen the surface of your pan, sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge, rub your pan’s surface until it’s clean, and then rinse.
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