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Non Stick Spray - Non Stick Pan

I heard that you shouldn't use non stick cooking spray in a non stick pan, is this true? Should i just use oil or only a little bit of spray. HELP!! I'm a new cook and i don't want to ruin my new pans.

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  1. You can use butter or oil, but not non-stick spray. It will discolor the pan.

    1. Never use spray. It will gunk up a pan sooner or latter. Use some oil ( I use canola )spread it around with a paper towel - then discard the paper towel or use it for a spoon rest . This has served me well for many years.

      1. I ruined several non-stick pans before I knew. Unless the manufacturer says otherwise, do not use a non-stick spray on non-stick pans. It appears to ruin the non-stick properties of the pan, unless you can get the residue off without damaging the pan.

        Now, there are newer non-stick sprays on the market, and these may be different, I don't know. They are supposed to not form that impenetrable brown goo at high heat. I haven't tried them. I would not risk a pan on it without solid, excellent proof. They are called high heat sprays. I think the PAM brand calls it "professional".

        I use my muffin pan without anything on it at all. I just dump in the muffin batter and bake. It releases reasonably well, but leaves a thin layer of yummy brown in there. I'd use butter if needed. Or, on a cake recipe, the good old generously butter and flour the pan deal. You can also line a regular square cake pan with parchment paper that has been folded, spray that (I said regular cake pan), and lift the entire cake out by the edges of the paper when you are done. This requires a stiff batter, I'd think, but it works well.

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        1. re: saltwater

          Thanks a lot for all the feed back. i appreciate the help. i will keep it all in mind. i would rather be safe than sorry.

        2. I use it all the time and do not believe that it has caused any harm other than slight discoloration which is easily removed by Bar Keeper's Friend. I know that everyone says that it is a no-no, but that has not been my experience. However I must say that I only have two non-stick pans that are both Calphalon One, and that I only use them for eggs or omelettes, both of which I tend to cook on low to medium heat on a gas stove. I previously used the regular Pam, but now use the high-heat Professional Pam. I use the pans perhaps twice/week and have done so for years with nothing more than this minimal and easily removed staining.

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          1. re: josephnl

            Most of the sprays use corn oil
            corn oil = no no with any cookware . Just google it

            1. re: blade

              LOL...yeah, I forgot about that. The cornholios in corn oil will attack any cracks in the pan and next thing you know...well, best not to go there.


          2. Sounds like an urban myth to me.

            I switched to spray for just about everything 15+ years ago when a family member had a heart attack. I don't use much oil (a liter of EV Olive oil every couple of years and maybe a few ounces of flavor oils in that same time-frame); for day-to-day cooking it's all pam/equivalent.

            I've never seen a problem. Not with old lousy Teflon coatings, the hard modern stuff, or anything in between. The pans last a long time. The food doesn't stick.

            I've recently fallen for induction cooking so I've given away all my aluminum (mostly non-stick) cookware -- I have one non-stick pan left plus the appliances e.g. indoor grills -- but the old non-stick pans were fine and I gave them to people who are happily using them today. I now have more cast iron and spray works fine on that too.

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            1. re: gimmeflavor

              Absolutely agree that is sounds like an "urban myth". Whatever residue remains on the non-stick is easily removed with Bar Keeper's Friend (which is by the way, I think a terrific product for cleaning all pots & pans).

              Can you use stainless non-stick pans on an induction range?

              1. re: josephnl

                You cannot use bar keepers friend on the interior of a Calphalon One non-stick pan, according to their directions. They specifically tell you to only use it on the exterior. It lets you use it outside, where there is only the infused anodized aluminum. I have the directions from Calphalon One right here in front of me. I just got a new pan from them this week.

                Interestingly, they have a sample of Bar Keeper's friend in the box with the pan, but they tell you not to use it on the non-stick. Unless someone reads the directions, they will probably violate the cleaning instructions and hence void the warranty, I assume. I happen to be obsessive about directions, having been burned before, so I read them.

                This is why I said that the problem can be removing the residue without damaging the non-stick. I agree that Bar Keeper's Friend may well remove the residue.

                Note: only some Calphalon One is non-stick.

                Additional note: the directions do say you can use the spray on the food itself: "If you prefer using aerosol sprays, we recommend that you spray the food, not the pan. These sprays cause residue build-up that is difficult to remove from cookware."

                1. re: josephnl

                  Use this to clean a non stick pan ----------- too late the damage has been done. LOL

                  1. re: josephnl

                    Some stainless (bare or non-stick) is fine. It has to be magnetic though. The non-stick pan I have left is carbon steel w/ aluminum plating on the outside and non-stick inside. I have some stainless pans that work, and a few (e.g. Cameron's stove-top smoker) do not.

                2. The problem may be that the spray gets on parts of the pan that don't come in contact with the food, and do not get real hot. That thin layer of oil can polymerize, and turn into a sticky layer - the gunk that develops around the edges of a larger pan.

                  I'm not sure why oil spread with a paper towel is better. Maybe the layer isn't quite so thin.

                  1. From what I hear cooking sprays put too thin of an oil layer down on a non-stick surface. The end result is that the surface ends up overheating the entire works thus can cause the non stick coating to blister.

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                    1. re: RShea78

                      Perhaps...it just hasn't happened to me, or anyone I know. Has this happened to any CH?

                      1. re: josephnl

                        So are you saying that you never had to toss away any non-stick pans because of blistering?

                        I mean the pans I use for everyday will have to be replaced in a few years or so, reguardless in how well I treat them.

                        1. re: RShea78

                          Perhaps years ago I had an early "teflon coated" non-stick pan which blistered some, but this has never happened to me with a modern pan such as the Calphalon One pans which I own. But keep in mind, I only use non-stick for cooking eggs, and I always cook eggs/omelettes at a low to medium heat. I'm chuckling about saltwaters statement that the instructions that come with Cal One recommends spraying the food rather than the pan with the aerosol spray. Do they tell you how to do this with eggs??!! I use regular Calphalon One for essentially all other cooking...and also have two LeCreuset Dutch ovens which I like a lot.

                          I have been using Bar Keeper's Friend on my Calphalon One non-stick pans (two which I own), only when necessary which is about every two or three months without any apparent ill effects. Yes, when I purchased the two pans a few years back they came with a sample of BKF. I am sure I did not read the directions, and assumed that it was ok to use it on the pans. As I say, I have used it on all surfaces with no apparent damaging effects.

                          1. re: josephnl

                            I thought the idea of spraying an egg or omelette before cooking was humorous as well. :-) I guess they figure we bought the non-stick to sauté juicy, flavorful, boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

                            1. re: saltwater

                              Perhaps if you spray the eggs before cracking the shells they will stick less...that's just the sort of question our government (Food and Drug Administration) should commission a study to answer!

                            2. re: josephnl

                              ""I'm chuckling about saltwaters statement that the instructions that come with Cal One recommends spraying the food rather than the pan with the aerosol spray. Do they tell you how to do this with eggs??!!""

                              You mean the way a blond would cook eggs? They spray the egg before they crack it... LOL