3 Ways You and Your Gas Stove Are Killing Your Cookware

By Cynthia B. Johnson | Blog

Jul 24
Ways You and Your Gas Stove Are Killing Your Cookware

No one ever notices that but using the cookware in a wrong way can kill it within a short period of time. While I do agree there are plenty of sets made of cheap materials today, even the cheapest one can serve you for up to 5 years.

When reading the feedback of cookware, you’ve probably paid attention to positive and negative feedback and wondered how it’s possible that one person likes the set and the other tells that it’s terrible. The thing is, the one who likes it is using cookware the right way, while another one was slowly killing it. What about you? Are you ruining your cookware while cooking on a gas stove? Here are a few signs to watch out for.

1. You’re cooking on a high flame all the time

Time is precious so the last thing you want to spend your time on is cooking. Cooking on a high flame can speed up your cooking process, but it can cause your cookware to scorch. If your pots and pans are made of budget-friendly materials, forget about high flames. Even the most expensive cookware is prone to burn marks, which are hard to get rid of.

Try to cook on a lower flame if you want your cookware last. If you need or like to cook on a high flame, then invest in cast iron pots and pans. They’re generally black in color so burn marks won’t be a problem anymore.

2. You don’t adjust your air intake valve

I was guilty of it too. When you turn on your gas stove, do you notice the color of the flame? Yep, that’s an important thing. A yellow color occurring towards the end of the flame can cause discoloration of your cookware. Moreover, it can also lead to burn marks.

Always check the color of your gas flame and make sure it’s blue when cooking. You can achieve the blue color of the flame by adjusting your air intake valve. If you can’t do it, try cooking so that yellow flame doesn’t touch the bottom of the pots and pans.

3. You clean it all wrongly

Finally, the most overlooked way you (this time, not your gas stove) are killing your cookware is cleaning it incorrectly. Not all gas stove cookware is dishwasher-friendly, but many of us forget to check this information before loading a dishwasher. If your cookware is made of low cost material, it’s better to wash it by your hands without using too harsh cleaners.

Also, be careful with scrapers. Use a wooden spoon instead of a scraper, especially when cleaning nonstick cookware. Don’t clean hot pots and pans, either. Let them cool and soak for an hour if they’re too dirty.

The way you take care of your gas stove cookware set can determine how long they will serve you. Be extra careful when cooking and washing and even the cheapest pan or pot will serve you forever. Misusing your gas stove and dishwasher can kill your cookware in a couple of months for sure.