Nonstick pans are super easy to clean. The problem is that Teflon can deteriorate over time, especially if the pan is not treated and cleaned properly. Scratches and smudges make the non-stick surface sticky and less effective, which can be extremely frustrating for someone who has spent money on a more expensive skillet. The good news is that you can restore your skillet's non-stick properties by cleaning it and “seasoning” with oil to fill in scratches and strengthen the Teflon. Seasoning a non-stick skillet is easy, quick, and much cheaper than buying a new one.
Method 1 of 4: Deep Cleaning a Nonstick Frying Pan
Step 1. Put water, baking soda and vinegar in the skillet
Before you season your nonstick skillet, clean it to get rid of any stains or residue that might be causing the food to stick to the Teflon. Start by placing one cup (235 ml) of water, two dessert spoons (30 ml) of baking soda, and ½ cup (120 ml) of white wine vinegar into the skillet.
Step 2. Leave it over medium heat until it boils
Heat the skillet to medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil. This should take about ten minutes. Then remove the skillet from the heat.
Step 3. Wash the skillet
After removing it from the heat, turn the mixture in the sink and wash the pan normally with a mild detergent. Do not use a steel sponge or any other abrasive utensils that could further scratch the pan.
Step 4. Dry the pan
After washing it, dry it with a soft, dry cloth. The skillet needs to be very dry before being tempered so that the oil can penetrate the Teflon.
Method 2 of 4: Seasoning the Pan with Vegetable Oil
Step 1. Heat the skillet over low heat
Once you've finished washing it, you can start to season the skillet to recover the non-stick material. Place the skillet on a low heat and heat it until it is warm.
Step 2. Preheat the oven to 150 ºC
While the skillet is on the fire, preheat the oven to 150 ºC. To cover the Teflon gaps, it is necessary to roast the oil in the skillet.
Step 3. Cover the skillet with vegetable oil
Put unsalted vegetable oil in the skillet. Use enough to cover the entire bottom of the pan and up to 1 cm to 1.5 cm from the sides.
Step 4. Heat the skillet in the oven for two hours
After putting the oil in the skillet, put it in the oven and leave it there for two hours. The heat will help the vegetable oil penetrate the teflon, creating a new coating for the bottom of the pan.
- This method should only be used on oven resistant pans.
- The oven does not need to be completely heated up before you put the skillet in it.
Step 5. Turn off the heat and let the pan sleep in the oven
After two hours, turn off the oven, but don't take the pan out of it. Let her spend the night in there so she gets really warm and dry properly.
Step 6. Take the skillet out of the oven and use it
The next day, take the skillet out of the oven. It should be fully recovered and ready to use.
Method 3 of 4: Seasoning the skillet with coconut oil
Step 1. Heat the skillet over medium heat for three minutes
If you're not sure whether or not your frying pan can be baked, you can spice it up on the stove. Start by heating the dry skillet over medium heat for about three minutes.
Step 2. Place two tablespoons of coconut oil in the skillet
After it is heated, add two tablespoons (30 ml) of coconut oil to the skillet and allow to melt. This should take around two minutes.
You can also use vegetable oil if you prefer or if you don't have coconut oil
Step 3. Stir the pan to spread the oil
After the coconut oil has melted, lift the skillet and shake it in a circular motion to spread the oil across the Teflon.
Step 4. Heat the oil until smoke comes out
After spreading the oil over the Teflon, put the pan back on the fire and leave it there until the coconut oil smokes. This means the oil is getting hot and starting to penetrate the Teflon.
Step 5. Allow the pan to cool
When you notice smoke coming out of the oil, take the pan off the heat and set it aside until it's at room temperature. Do not remove the oil from the pan.
Step 6. Rub the oil into the skillet
Once the skillet is cold, you should still be able to see a little coconut oil at the bottom. With a piece of paper towel, rub the oil into the skillet until it penetrates the Teflon. The pressure will cause the oil to fill gaps in the material while the paper towel will absorb the excess. Ready. The skillet is already seasoned and ready to use.
Method 4 of 4: Grinding a skillet before cooking
Step 1. Wash and dry the pan
Even if you've treated your non-stick skillet with vegetable oil or coconut oil, it's always a good idea to give it a quick temper before using it to lubricate and protect the Teflon. Remember that the skillet must be clean and dry before it is seasoned.
Step 2. Moisten a sheet of paper towels with oil
Turn two teaspoons (10 ml) of some neutral oil, such as canola or vegetable oil, onto a sheet of paper towel. You can also use butter if you prefer. Just put a little butter inside the skillet.
Since you only need a little oil, it's best to use it to moisten the paper towel instead of turning it over straight into the pan
Step 3. Rub the oil or butter into the skillet
Use a paper towel to rub the oil or butter into the bottom of the pan, absorbing the excess so it doesn't affect the recipe you're about to prepare. Now, just use the skillet normally.
- Be careful to use your non-stick skillet correctly. Do not use metal spoons or spatulas on it and avoid abrasive cleaning utensils such as steel sponges.
- If your frying pan is shedding small pieces of plastic, it might be time to buy a new one. It's better than risking ingesting toxic materials.