Lemon juice paste is an easy way to polish the tarnish and rust. Lemons and baking soda are a staple in most kitchens and can be mixed together into a paste to clean up your copper pots and pans. Apply your paste to the tarnished spot or the entire pan and buff in a circular motion with a sponge or dish cloth. Rinse, done and rust be-gone!
First and foremost, like our copper pots and pans, avoid using metal cooking utensils with your non-stick cookware. Your non-stick cookware is most likely just aluminum or stainless steel pots and pans with a slick coating on the inside surface. Scratching this surface could cause the coating to lift and could be toxic if ingested. As I said in my 1st post, wooden spoons are my favorite way to go and silicone will do fine as well!
My #1 tip to cleaning your enamel Dutch oven is soak it! Soaking your Dutch oven in warm water with a little soap will more than likely take any residue off easy-peasy. After it has soaked, take a sponge to get off any stubborn spots until it’s squeaky clean.
Dare I say, the kitchen holy grail? I scratched the surface on cast irons in my Fall Kitchen Accessories post, but there is so much more for us to learn about this heavy-duty cookware. First off, unlike our other cookware’s today, you actually can use metal utensils with your cast iron! It’s one of the most durable cookware’s out there and thanks to the polymer science behind the seasoning process, you can cook as much as you’d like with your metal spatula. If the seasoning gets a little scraped, simply set aside some time one day for it to be seasoned again.
Once your cast iron is 100% dry, grab a paper towel or cloth and coat the entire cast iron: inside the pan, the sides, the bottom and the handle. If you’re using a high-heat oil, you can preheat your oven between 350-450. If you’re using a milder oil like vegetable oil, olive oil. etc., I would suggest preheating to 350 and no higher to avoid smoke smells. Place a baking sheet on the bottom rack and place your cast iron upside down on the top rack and bake for 1 hour. The baking sheet will catch any excess oil in the case it’s heavily coated.