My first blog post. Sigh….
One of the many small marks I would like to leave on this world is this: To stop the needless harming of non-stick cookware everywhere. If you like your nonstick cookware, STOP TORTURING IT WITH COOKING SPRAY. I always give the following advice (usually unsolicited) when I see someone spraying their cookware. If you are a cooking spray junkie and cannot imagine giving it up, then nonstick cookware and bakeware are not for you. If you really do love nonstick cookware, it is imperative that you stop spraying it. To be clear, I am not anti cooking spray. If you were to open my cabinets, you would see plenty of cans. Cooking spray with flour/olive oil spray/traditional sprays/so on and so on. Cooking sprays are great for stainless steel pans, glass bakeware, ceramic bakeware, etc. It is not, however, good for nonstick surfaces (cookware AND bakeware). In using the sprays you are actually making it stickier. Essentially, overtime a buildup of the sprayed oil prevents the nonstick properties of the pan from doing their job. The unfortunate news, is that typically once you have sprayed your pans, it’s done. There isn’t any going back. For new cookware and bakeware, let your nonstick pans do the job you intended it to do and you will be shocked. Cookies will slide right off your cookie sheets and eggs right out of your fry pans. You can also put a tiny bit of oil or butter on a paper towel and wipe a thin coating over the pan if you absolutely think that you need to have a buffer between your food and the pan. So, in closing, I ask all of you to take your can of cooking spray in your right hand, hold it high in the air and repeat after me ‘I pledge to set my non stick pans free.’ Happy cooking and baking everyone! Until next time….