I have a love hate relationship with non-stick pans! I love them because they make life so much easier when I'm cooking and I hate them because they should't be put in the dishwasher...how archaic is that!!!! Also I hate that I have to replace them so often. I've tried using cheaper pans in an attempt to ease my guilt because I'm constantly on replacing them. Unfortunately, they are usually terrible quality and are never heavy enough so everything just burns. Not to mention most of the time they are so ugly I can't imagine looking at them in my kitchen. Needless to say, I'm always on the hunt for reasonably priced, good quality, nice looking non-stick pans. You can imagine my excitement when I found these La Sera beauties at Homesense! They're so pretty, a good weight and are slippery little suckers, all things I look for in a non-stick pan. The best part is I only paid $25 for the large one and $20 for the smaller one.....total score!!!!!
Care tips to help get the most longevity from your non-stick pans:
1. Do not put in the dishwasher!!! I know it stinks but always hand wash, they will last exponentially longer.
2. As ugly as they are it's always best to use plastic utensils in your nonstick pans. Bamboo and wood can sometimes scratch. I personally can't stand plastic so I still use wood and I've just made my peace with the fact that I'll be replacing my pans more often.
3. Always store you pans with something in between them. I use a folded up cloth napkin but you could just use a paper napkin or a piece of cardboard. This helps them from getting scratched when they aren't being used.
4. NEVER use any kind of scrubby pad on them, not even the plastic ones. If something is a little stuck, simply fill the pan halfway with some water, baking soda and a drop of vinegar and it should lift right off. If its particularly stubborn you can simmer the baking soda water in the pan and you should be able to scoop it off with a rubber spatula.