Calphalon pots and pans are not inexpensive and need to be properly cared for to ensure they stay in the best condition and last.
In this article we’ll learn the best way to clean burnt on food on Calphalon pans so when you get distracted while cooking you can restore your cookware and bakeware back to near new condition.
Calphalon makes several types of cookware and bakeware products. Stainless steel, hard anodized aluminum, and non stick. Each of which needs to be cared for in different ways.
Stainless steel and hard anodized aluminum are much more forgiving when exposed to high heat.
Non stick doesn’t react well to temperatures much above 400 degrees. You’ll need Soft Scrub, Dawn Dishwashing Soap and Scotch-Brite Pads for cleaning non stick pans since the surface is more delicate.
For the more durable stainless steel or hard anodized aluminum you’ll need some Bar Keepers Friend and Scotch-Brite Pads.
Continue reading to learn about how to take care of each and the best methods for cleaning them when they get burnt on food buildup.
Non stick cookware is coated with Teflon which should not be used with high heat. If you have burnt on food that can not be removed with the above recommended steps or your Teflon non stick coating is peeling off you will most likely need to replace your cookware.
Never use Teflon at temperatures above 400 degrees as it can emit harmful fumes. This is especially true if you have any pet birds as the fumes can easily kill them. If your food preparation requires high heat use an alternative cookware that doesn’t have a Teflon coating.
It’s not recommended because Teflon can flake off and get into your food while cooking. While Teflon can emit harmful fumes at high temperatures, it should pass through your system safely. It is still wise to avoid it and having flakes of Teflon in your food is obviously less than idea.
Non stick Calphalon pans are coated with PTFE which is the non brand name for Teflon. They don’t use the actual Teflon brand of non stick PTFE from DuPont.
No, not unless you have a specific allergy to stainless steel. Scratches or pits in stainless steel can allow chromium or nickel to leach into your food in small amounts but these elements are not toxic.
The best method for cleaning Calphalon pans with burnt on food depends on the type of Calphalon pan you’re dealing with.
In general, Barkeepers Friend should get you a long way toward your goal of a clean pan but vinegar and/or baking soda plus some heat should get you the rest of the way there in most cases if Barkeepers Friend doesn’t completely do the trick.
Scotch Brite pads are a great tool for cleaning some cookware and bakeware but not everything.
Follow Calphalon’s instructions on how best to clean each type of cookware and you should be covered under most circumstances. Good luck and happy scrubbing.
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