How to *Not* Ruin a Nonstick Pan

If you’re like me, your nonstick skillet makes its way from storage to stovetop on a frequent basis—the efficient go-to for creamy scrambled eggs, crispy salmon skin, and fluffy pancakes on the regular. With all that use comes a sense of responsibility…

If you’re like me, your nonstick skillet makes its way from storage to stovetop on a frequent basis—the efficient go-to for creamy scrambled eggs, crispy salmon skin, and fluffy pancakes on the regular. With all that use comes a sense of responsibility, because if my nonstick is showing signs of misuse, it’s hard to pass the blame—the culprit is very clearly: me. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned about nonstick cookware over the years, it is that it’s among my most trusted helpers in the kitchen, but not without a little TLC.

I’ve certainly experienced the dreaded signs of misuse—peeling, flaking, warping, and a less-than-perfectly-slick surface—and I imagine that many of you have, too. Unfortunately, those often mean our pans are approaching retirement. Luckily, though, there are a number of simple tips that one can follow to keep that at bay for as long as possible, so they can keep sliding out omelettes to perfection, year after year after year.

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The Material of Your Sponge Matters More Than You Think

You likely already know that your sponge is a reservoir of all sorts of contamination, and that letting one linger for too long by the kitchen sink can do more harm than good. If you’re like many, you’ve found a solution in tossing your sponges on a re…

You likely already know that your sponge is a reservoir of all sorts of contamination, and that letting one linger for too long by the kitchen sink can do more harm than good. If you’re like many, you’ve found a solution in tossing your sponges on a regular basis—even as often as once a week. Alternately, you may be sanitizing them with visits to the microwave, and parting ways every month or two.

If you’re like most, you probably haven’t taken the time to consider the material of your sponge, because let’s be honest—it’s a sponge. But the reality is that regularly disposing of synthetic sponges can do a real number on the environment, clogging landfills, even releasing harmful chemicals. Of course, this goes for any kitchen product, but there are few we replace as frequently as that less-than-trusty sponge.

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The Cookware That Wants to Make Your Life Much *Much* Easier

Cookware doesn’t get much better-looking than Hestan NanoBond. With clean, modern lines and a sleek silver finish, it’s easy to see that these pots and pans mean business. But, the collection’s appeal can quickly take an intimidating turn. One moment y…

Cookware doesn’t get much better-looking than Hestan NanoBond. With clean, modern lines and a sleek silver finish, it’s easy to see that these pots and pans mean business. But, the collection’s appeal can quickly take an intimidating turn. One moment you’re admiring its elegance, and the next you’re self-assessing, internally posing questions like, “Is my grimy stove top really worthy such beauty?” and—perhaps more pressingly—“Can I actually afford this?”

The truth is, the Hestan NanoBond cookware will make a dent in your pocket. With individual pieces like an 81/2-inch open skillet starting at $150, the price laps most well-made stainless steel cookware—which means that, if you’re like most home cooks out there, purchasing one of these will be a big investment. And if you’re going to invest in something, you ought to at least do your research first, right?

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The Color of Fall 2019 Is Here—& We’re Obsessed

As we reluctantly part ways with summer and begin to brace ourselves for the colder, darker months we know so well, we return to our autumnal habits. We sip hot lattes and hearty soups; we coordinate our time outdoors with the amber glow of a sleepier …

As we reluctantly part ways with summer and begin to brace ourselves for the colder, darker months we know so well, we return to our autumnal habits. We sip hot lattes and hearty soups; we coordinate our time outdoors with the amber glow of a sleepier sun; we loaf around the house while cloaked in a cozy blanket. We are creatures of warmth, and during this time of year, we cling to it like there’s no tomorrow.

No surprise, then, that we’re grabbing onto orange—a color that mimics nature’s October palette and evokes just that: warmth.

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