When to Use Stainless Steel and Non Stick Cookware

29/04/2013 14:24

I like to use both stainless steel and non-stick cookware as each of them serves a different purpose. As the stainless steel cookware set is able to transfer heat easily, I mostly use it to cook meat, frying eggs and frying fish because you can lose a lot of time by cooking them in a non-stick cookware. (Find out here)

Stainless steel seems to be the best cookware to use when you are cooking meat because it cooks faster and it bring out more flavors to the food. But the disadvantage of it is you need to thoroughly clean the cookware after that.

So, here are the ways to clean the stainless steel cookware efficiently. 

How to Clean Stainless Steel Pots and Pans

"What You Need

Bar Keepers Friend (a non-abrasive and non-bleach cleaner which only cost around $2 in most hardware stores)
Scrubbing pad (a Dobie pad  or non-abrasive sponge is ideal to minimize scratches)
Rubber gloves (optional, but recommended)


  1. Pour a very small amount of water into the pot, then add a few generous shakes of Bar Keepers Friend.
  2. Mix the water and powder together. (My mixture was more watery, but you can use less water for more of a paste texture, too.)
  3. Using a sponge, spread the mixture up the sides and all around the pot.
  4. Now apply some vigorous elbow grease and scrub away at the stains! This could take you anywhere from 5 - 10 minutes. Add more Bar Keepers Friend to your sponge for determined stains.
  5. Repeat for the outside of the pot.
  6. Rinse and dry!.."

For non stick cookware, I use it mostly to stir fry vegetables or cook soup in it because they won't leave any residue sticking at the bottom of the pot and vegetables are easily cooked in it. Since the non stick pan has some health issues if high heat is applied when it is cooking, I have no problem cooking vegetables in them using medium heat. But it wouldn't be same for cooking meat under medium heat because it will seem to take forever for the meat to be cooked. (More: https://www.thekitchn.com/5-common-mistakes-to-avoid-when-using-nonstick-cookware)