Calphalon is one of the leading brands in the cookware and bakeware industry. At some point, it seems every chef and cook will get to hold a Calphalon pan. Today, that cook might be you!
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. You might ask: how to clean Calphalon pans?
Well, allow us to help you with that cookware cleaning concern!
6 Steps to Cleaning Calphalon Pans
Step 1: Let It Cool Down
If you’re like me, you might want the cleaning done as soon as possible. However, you might want to hold it right there!
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 you’ve let your pan cool down, it’s time to put it under the water.
Yes, you’ve read that right. We are not going to use the dishwasher. Your Calphalon pans might have been labeled dishwasher-safe, but we’re skipping that. We will talk more about this matter later, but trust us, you don’t want to use it for your pan.
Also, it would be best to use hot water! Even if you’ve let your pan cool down, it would be best to opt for hot water when cleaning it to make sure it doesn’t warp.
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 to 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. It should be enough, but if not, we’ll show you some other things you can do to make your pans look brand new.
Step 4: Scrubbing
After that, it’s time to scrub, scrub, scrub! However, you don’t want to use too much elbow grease. That might scratch and ruin your pan.
You might want to go for a gentle dishwasher like Dawn. To add, you might also like to go for soft cleaning materials like a sponge. Generally, try to avoid harsh cleaning agents and tough materials.
Step 5: Rinsing Your Pans
Here, we do the rinsing.
Rinse your pan as you would other cookware. If you used high water pressure before, that should not be necessary by 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.
Once you’re done rinsing, you might also want to give your pan a good look to make sure you’ve gotten everything. In case you’ve missed anything, you might want to go over that again. If you don’t and put it off for later, that could be a big problem for you and your pan later on.
Step 6: Drying
Surprise, surprise! We are almost done. That wasn’t so hard, was it?
In this step, you want to get a kitchen towel. Gently wipe your pan with it and leave it to air dry.
It might be tempting to store your pans immediately after this. You’ve already wiped them, after all. However, you want to be extra sure that your pans are dry before storing them. Again, it could be a problem later on if you don’t
Step 7: Storing
Here we are to the last step – 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.
My Pans Are Stained!
If your pans are stained and you want them to look brand new, you don’t have to worry. There is a way to do that.
Now, the steps you would have to take would depend on whether you’re dealing with the interior or exterior of your pan. If it’s the inside, you’d want to be more careful, more gentle. If you’re dealing with the outside, you could be a little rougher.
Here is a way you could deep clean your pans.
For the inside, you might want to grab your trusty 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.
Now, if you’re dealing with the exterior, you can use more elbow grease. You still want 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 pretty 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. I know I still get surprised every now and then.
Avoid the Dishwasher
Tons of dishwasher-safe cookware have been coming out. However, it is not ideal putting 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. If you’re not particular about lengthening the lifespan of your cookware, you might think of skipping having to exert some extra elbow grease.
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, the dishwasher can’t be gentle with your pans, and you want to be considerate and protect the non-stick coating of your non-stick pans. Otherwise, they would not only become ineffective at their job, but they could also be dangerous.
Not Every Pan is the Same
Calphalon pans are one of the easier pans to clean. However, you can’t say that for all types of pans. When buying new pots and pans, you might also want to take a good look at how you should clean and maintain them.
Some pans might be phenomenal on the stove (or oven), but they’re not the easiest things to clean. Now, it doesn’t mean you should tick these pans off the list. However, cleaning and maintaining is definitely one thing you might want to weigh on when considering any cookware.
You want to be gentle with your Calphalon pans. However, even if most cookware and bakeware are made of metal, you want to be gentle with all of them as much as possible if you want to keep them looking brand new and lengthen their lifespan.
With that, prevention is a must. Try to deal with stains and such as soon as possible so they won’t have to be a bigger problem later on.
How to clean Calphalon pans? As you’ve seen, it is easy and will only take you 6 steps!
Making a mess in the kitchen is unavoidable, and sometimes, it could also be fun. Cleaning? Well, we sure would like to avoid it! It is rarely fun. However, messes are inevitable, and having a clean kitchen is fun.
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!