Calphalon is one of the leading brands in the cookware and bakeware industry. At some point, many chefs and cooks might get to hold a Calphalon pan.
There are many rules when it comes to cooking. For one, certain pieces of cookware need special attention. They’re not all handled and cleaned in the same way. With that, you might be worried about your Calphalon pieces. Well, allow us to help you with that cookware cleaning concern!
7 Steps to Cleaning Calphalon Pans
Step 1: Let It Cool Down
Let your Calphalon pans cool down before you start cleaning them. Not only is dealing with a hot pan dangerous, but it could also be damaging to your pans. You could end up with a warped pan like this one:
Step 2: Water It Down
After your pan has cooled down, place it under running water.
That’s right, we won’t be using the dishwasher. Your Calphalon pans might have been labeled dishwasher-safe, but we’re skipping that. We will discuss this matter further, and there are reasons to consider not using the dishwasher for your pan.
Even though you’ve let your pan cool down, it’s still recommended to use hot water for cleaning.
A little pressure would also be good to loosen any food stuck on it.
Step 3: Soak It
Next, if there is still some food stuck in your pan, you might want to soak it. You could use plain hot water for this step. However, if you’d like, you can also add some dishwashing soap in there.
This step helps with stains and further loosens the stuck-on food on your pan.
Step 4: Scrubbing
After that, it’s time to clean thoroughly. However, it’s important to be gentle to avoid scratching or damaging your pan.
Consider using a mild dishwashing liquid such as Dawn. Additionally, it could be beneficial to use soft cleaning materials like a sponge. It’s often recommended to steer clear of strong cleaning agents and abrasive materials.
Step 5: Rinsing Your Pans
Rinse your pan thoroughly. If you used high water pressure earlier, it’s not necessary now. Hopefully, you’ve gotten rid of all the food stuck on your pan in the previous steps. You can lessen the pressure by now.
Step 6: Drying
For this step, use a kitchen towel. Use it to lightly wipe the pan and then allow it to air dry.
While it might seem like the pan is ready for storage after wiping, it’s recommended to ensure the pan is completely dry before putting it away. Keeping them in storage while slightly moist could potentially result in rust or mold development.
Step 7: Storing
There are many great ways to store your pans. However, one of the common ways would be stacking them. After all, not everyone has enough space for dozens and dozens of cookware!
Stacking is a-okay as long as you remember to use some kind of lining in between pans. It might seem like extra work, but it can do wonders if you want to lengthen the lifespan of your pans.
What to Do If Your Pans Are Stained?
If your pans are stained and you want them to look brand new, you don’t have to worry. Here is a way you could deep clean your pans.
For the inside, consider using baking soda. Simply mix some baking soda with water until you get a paste-like texture. Spread this mixture on the affected areas on your pan, and let them sit for some time. An hour or two should be enough. After letting them sit in the mixture, gently scrub your pans, then rinse.
If you’re dealing with the exterior, you can use more elbow grease. You still need to be careful and gentle, but technically, some scratches on the outside of your pan will not be detrimental to it. You can use the same method with a little bit more force.
Other Cookware Cleaning Tips
You now know how to clean your Calphalon pans. However, allow us to share a few other cleaning tips to keep your kitchen sparkly.
Check with the Manual
Many don’t give cookware and bakeware manuals a second glance. That’s understandable. Often, cookware and bakeware are straightforward, after all. That is especially true if you’ve been in the field for some time already.
However, it would be good practice to read them thoroughly. It’s one of the best places to see what could or could not work with your pans.
Inquire and Research
When you’re dealing with a new piece in the kitchen, you might want to try and do a quick search on how to use and care for it before putting it into action.
It goes for many other things, but we can say for sure that when it comes to cookware, inquiring and researching is always a good idea, even if you think you already know how to deal with the matter. You might just be surprised from time to time.
Avoid the Dishwasher
Tons of dishwasher-safe cookware have been coming out. However, it is not ideal to put your cookware in the dishwasher. Not only could it shorten the life of your cookware, but sometimes, it could also be dangerous.
Generally, if you want your cookware to last, you want to avoid chucking them in the dishwasher and hand wash them instead.
However, as we’ve said before, sometimes it could be dangerous. If you have any non-stick pans, we highly suggest skipping the dishwasher. As you might already know, dishwashers can be harsh on your pans, and you want to protect the non-stick coating. Otherwise, they would not only become ineffective at their job, but they could also be dangerous.
You should be gentle with your Calphalon pans. In fact, it’s good practice to handle all cookware and bakeware gently, regardless of their material, to maintain their appearance and longevity.
Cleaning Calphalon pans is easy, as demonstrated in the 7 steps above!
The cleaning process might not be desirable for many, but it doesn’t mean it has to be that hard. We hope this little guide was able to be of help to you! If you need any more help around your kitchen, you might want to check out our other guides. See you!
Michael Johnson is the founder of The Pan Handler, Inspired by his blacksmith grandfather’s legacy has a deep appreciation for hand-crafted pots and pans, he provides invaluable guides, reviews, and recipes to enhance your culinary journey.