Cooking equipments are a must in every kitchen whether you are a great cook or not. These equipments help to make life much convenient and simpler while operating in the kitchen. There are different types of cooking equipment and their various uses.
Caring for these equipments are essential for their durability and effectiveness. Most good kitchen equipments may become unusable due to misuse, negligence, abuse, and misapplication.
It is imperative to know how best to use these products in the way it is supposed to. They generally come with instructions and warranty manuals. These manuals highlights the best ways of caring and using the cooking tools and utensils. There are certain things that you need to avoid in order to exact maximum and best performance of your kitchenware.
1. Washing knives in the dish water could harm you as you reach in to retrieve it later. Knives are also bound to become blunt and dull with constant force and harsh detergents. Never store your knives loosely in the drawer to avoid accidents. Keep them neatly in a knife rack.
2. Avoid scrapping your non-stick cookware with metal spatula, knife or a wire whisk. These can scrape off the chemical coating on the pan and bake ware.
3. For the similar reason as above, avoid scrubbing cast iron cookware with metal scrapers and harsh detergents. The non-stick properties of cast iron can wear off so rinse them in hot, soapy water and dry off with a soft cloth.
4. Soaking wooden tools and boards is to be avoided. If these are kept in water for too long the wood will damage and the glue on the cutting board will come loose. Give them a quick wash and dry off immediately.
5. If you need to spray a pan for a recipe, then use a small amount of olive oil or butter. The chemical in cooking spray over repeated duration will cause gummy coating and discoloration. Buy your own spray mister and fill it with your own oil rather than using cooking spray. Avoid heating up your nonstick pans as this will damage the coating. Always heat on low or medium heat.
6. Overloading food processors and blenders will cause messy spills and uneven processed ingredients. Measure out required amount of food as instructed on the manual for better processed results.
7. Heat uncoated stainless steel pans with a little oil for a few minutes before adding the vegetables and meat. The oil creates a natural stick resistant surface enabling the browning of food without burning them.
8. Crowding in too much food in a pan for sauteing will only cause steam rather than a browning effect. So use a big pan if you require to saute a large amount of food.
9. Pay attention to the instruction manuals that comes along with your cookery, as they give valuable tips and features on how to care for your equipment. Keep your manuals safely in one convenient space for easy reference whenever the need arises.