There are few things as frustrating as buying a new pan or a special piece of cookware and then finding out — after you wash it for the first time — that it requires special care.accidentally damaged one of your pots and pans with soap, water, or a scouring pad — and, if not, you probably know someone who has.
Despite their differences, the various types of cookware are all relatively easy to clean — you just need to know which method is best for your particular pots and pans. When you purchase a new piece of cookware it generally comes with detailed cleaning instructions — defer to the manufacturer’s instructions if you have them. If not, try this handy guide — it will help you clean seven common types of cookware.
Need to remove a stain from your aluminum cookware? Make a cleaning solution by mixing two teaspoons of white vinegar with two cups of water. Pour the solution into the pot, bring it to a boil for two minutes, and then rinse the pot with lukewarm water.
Need to remove stuck-on pieces of food? Try boiling a small amount of water in your cast-iron cookware before cleaning it.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.