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This Might Be Why Your Nonstick Pans Turn Sticky

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There are a few rules when it comes to caring for a nonstick pan. After all, you want it to last for as long as possible. One of the rules, though, might surprise you.

Cooking spray could be damaging your non-stick pan, and it might be time to say goodbye to the common ingredient.

While cooking sprays might seem like a totally fine alternative to more traditional oils, they often contain an emulsifier called lecithin. When used on a non-stick pan, lecithin adheres to the surface, and it’s difficult to remove. Over time, the emulsifier builds up on the surface and turns that non-stick sticky.

Puzmug Oil Sprayer for Cooking

Grab a refillable dispenser for olive oil instead of using cooking spray.

Instead, you should stick with pure cooking oils like olive oil or butter. When cooking, you should also be sure not to cook on too high of a heat setting. Nonstick pans aren’t great at withstanding high temps, and it could result in additional damage.

If, like me, you tend to have a heavy pour when it comes to oils, you don’t have to give up sprays altogether. You can always purchase a refillable oil sprayer or opt for cooking sprays that don’t contain lecithin.

Cookware already struggling? Check out these tips on finding the perfect set if you’re in need of more.

[Via First For Women]

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