Why is food sticking to my stainless steel pan?

Why is food sticking to my stainless steel pan?

Food can stick on stainless steel product if proper cooking techniques are not followed. This is especially true with delicate foods like pancakes or eggs. 

For excellent cooking results follow these guidelines:

  • Allow foods to come to room temperature (10-15 minutes) before adding them to the pan. 
    • Placing chilled food in a heated pan causes sticking, even in stick-resistant pans.
  • Preheat the pan.
    • Preheat the pan on low to medium temperature setting.  Do not preheat on high temperatures in order to heat the pan faster.
  • Add oil or butter.
    • A small amount of oil, butter or margarine is all you need for easy food release.  It is important to heat the butter or oil to the right temperature. Add oil or butter and allow to heat one minute before adding food. Preheating brings the oil or butter to the right temperature so the food surface sears immediately.

We do not recommend the use of aerosol cooking sprays directly on your nonstick coating. Cooking sprays leave a gummy residue that is difficult to remove. This residue causes food to stick, even in nonstick product.

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