So, you’ve decided to treat yourself to some new Circulon Saucepans & Frying Pans. Congratulations! We hope you’re looking forward to a lifetime of great cooking with your new purchase. Here are our top tips to take Care of Your Circulon Pans for decades of use!
How long do Circulon Pots & Pans last?
As pioneers of Non-Stick, we proudly offer a lifetime guarantee on all of our Circulon products - that's how confident we are in our durability. However, it's also important that you know how to look after your Frying Pans, Skillets Saucepans, Woks and Cookware in the best way possible - if you know how to look after your cookware, it will look after you.
We’re sure you’re already planning which delicious recipes you’re going to be using them for. But before you do that, take a look at these tips to ensure that you get the best out of your pans, each and every time.
Season Your Pan Every Few Months
Before you start cooking with your new pans, it’s a good idea to season them and repeat every few months.
How do you season a pan?
First, pre-heat your pan on a medium-high heat. Then, pour a tablespoon of oil onto the pan’s surface, and swirl it around so it gets into every nook and cranny. Continue to heat the pan for 30 - 60 seconds until the oil starts to smoke, then remove from the heat and let it cool. Once cool, use a paper towel to wipe off any excess oil.
The idea is to bolster the nonstick surface by adding a layer of fat. The oil adds an extra layer of protection against oxidation. Do this once and you can use them to cook delicious, oil-free meals again and again and again.
Choose your tools wisely
Knives have a lot of uses, but cooking is not one of them. Cutting your food when it’s in the pan can damage the non-stick coating.
For best results, switch to wooden or silicone utensils. Using these will help to extend the life of your cookware ensuring you get the best out of it for years to come.
One exception to this is our SteelShield™ range. The SteelShield™ range is metal utensil safe thanks to the steel rings which protect the nonstick. However, we'd still recommend avoiding using knives in the pan, as they can still scratch the nonstick if they slip between the steel rings. To look after these pans, check out our guide to maximising your SteelShield™ Cookware.
Banish cooking sprays
You may love your cooking spray, but sadly, it doesn’t love your nonstick pans. While they contain oil, many of them also contain lecithin, an emulsifier which builds up on the surface of your pan and can become impossible to remove.
As an alternative, try an oil mister, or dip a paper towel into your cooking oil of choice and rub it over the (cold) surface of the pan prior to cooking.
Turn down the heat
Your Circulon pans don’t need as much heat as you think they do. Not only do they cook 20% faster, but also more evenly. Therefore, we recommend using the low and medium settings on your hob to ensure that you get an exceptional cooking performance every time.
Using a lower heat will also help to prolong the life of your pans. When the heat’s turned up too high, food deposits on your pan will eventually carbonise and form a layer which covers the non-stick coating and will prevent it from working effectively.
How to clean Circulon pans
Cleaning your pans properly is essential if you want to keep them looking impeccable for longer. But are Circulon pans dishwasher safe? You can can absolutely put your pans in the dishwasher, however to keep them lasting a liftetime we do recommend handwashing for the best results.
How to clean a non stick pan:
We've written a complete guide on how to clean a non stick pan, but in brief:
First, allow the pan to cool (if only so you don’t burn your fingers!). Then using warm soapy water, clean around the pan in a circular motion using a brush or nylon sponge. Because of the superior quality of our non-stick, cleaning is effortless and there won’t be the need to use any abrasive pads which can deteriorate and damage the interior of the pan if used regularly.
This is the same process for how to clean stainless steel pans (and is also the best way to clean a burnt pan effectively).
How to look after your Circulon SteelShield™ Pans
Are you looking for a guide on maximising your SteelShield™ cookware? We've got a use and care guide, complete with videos, to help ensure your pans last a lifetime.
Have you treated yourself to a new set of Circulon frying pans or saucepans recently? We’d love to hear what you think - and see what you’ve cooking up! Tag @CirculonUK in your pictures on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed.