We’re so used to following the rules around us that we sometimes forget that the things we use every single day have their own specific set of rules that need to be kept in mind if we want to keep them in good shape. The utensils, pots and pans, plates, cutting boards, and other kitchenware that we have in our kitchens all require a certain amount of care that not everyone knows about. If you want to cut back on how much money you spend on kitchenware, take a look at these helpful suggestions.
Bright Side has collected 11 mistakes that many people make in the kitchen.
1. Temperature contrast
The glass lid you can see in the photo might look like this for many different reasons. It’s possible that the handle is screwed on too tightly or maybe there were cracks in it that are invisible to the eye. However, there is one thing that many people do that actually causes it to crack and that’s washing the lid with cold water and then covering a hot pan with it.
Usually, pots and pans (and lids) don’t react well to temperature contrasts. The habits that are listed below can cause your pots, pans, and lids to fall apart:
- Pouring cold liquids on a hot pan;
- Heating a dish on the stove right after taking it out of the fridge;
- Washing hot dishes with cold water.
2. Trial by fire
The influence of overheating on dishes made of different material:
- Stainless steel gets covered in “rainbow” stains but will still be effective.
- A non-stick surface can’t be used after this as pieces of the cover will peel off.
3. Misuse of kitchenware
Improvisation in the kitchen is great but not for all kinds of kitchenware. There are rules that should not be broken:
- A regular kitchen knife can’t be used as a can opener;
- Plastic containers that are used only to store the food get deformed in a microwave oven;
- And you can see why cutting boards shouldn’t be used as lids in the photo above.
4. A rock cutting board isn’t good for sharp knives.
Cutting boards made of marble are durable and look great. However, they are not good for knives. You don’t have to give up such cutting boards but be prepared to change your knives more often than you’d like to.
5. Storing and drying dishes together.
Drying dishes the way you can see in the photo above isn’t a good idea. Wooden cutting boards can’t dry properly if they’re in contact with anything that’s wet. Also, when trying to find a piece you need in such a “clean” pile, you can easily drop a plate and break it.
6. Trial by smell
1. Kitchenware has a bad smell if there’s no fresh air. Simple rules can help you avoid such a problem:
- Store kitchenware in a ventilated place. Be especially careful with ceramic plates as they absorb smells really well.
- Don’t dry kitchenware on towels.
2. Throw away sponges and cloths more often.
3. Don’t leave any food in your dishes for too long. If you do, the material can absorb the smell and there will be no way to get rid of it.
7. Washing cast iron dishes
Cast iron skillets are like superheroes that are scared of water. The thing is, the grease layer protects the skillet. It prevents the appearance of rust and doesn’t let the food burn.
Don’t leave cast-iron dishes in the water for too long and be careful not to wash them too vigorously as the rust can be removed without damaging the protective layer.
Leaving a wooden cutting board in the water for a long time causes stains, cracks, and the spreading of germs.
9. Acid attacks
Water + vinegar = a descaling solution. In fact, it’s so effective that it can damage the enamel if you leave it in the kettle for too long. You can see the result in the photo above.
10. Where scratches come from
Here are some things that can scratch a non-stick surface:
- Small bones.
- Spatulas and spoons of low quality. Utensils made of plastic should be your main choice but you should also be careful when choosing them. The edge should be even so that it doesn’t damage the surface.
- Other accidental things in sponges. For example, coffee leftovers can “hide” in a sponge and damage the surface of your dishes.
11. Turning a dishwasher into a torture device.
If only dishes could speak… They would definitely tell us that they hate dishwasher. Lye-based detergents and aggressive temperatures are bad for many kinds of dishes. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Silver fades;
- Crystal dishes have cracks;
- Wooden cutting boards get ruined because of the long contact with water;
- Cast iron skillets get rusty;
- Consider the water rigidity when washing the glass;
- Aluminum plates become dark.
Do you have any tips to take care of your kitchenware? Share what you know in the comments section below!