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Apr 24, 2010 08:16 PM

What Cooking Utensils to Use on Stainless Steel?

I am a very lucky bride who just received a 10-piece set of All-Clad stainless steel pots from my registry for my shower (hurrah!). I have a few questions as I have never really cooked with stainless steel before.

What kind of cooking utensils can I use on them? All of mine are plastic, since all my pots and pans were non-stick. Do I need to buy metal ones?

Can I use non-stick cooking spray on them? Will it be impossible to get the food off, or to get the spray off when I wash the pan?

Thanks for the help! I want to sort this out asap so I can get to using them! :-)

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  1. Congratulation Dainish. The great thing about stainless steel cookware is that you are not limited to the types of utensils. Unlike nonstick cookware or enameled cast iron cookware, you can use anything on a stainless steel cookware. Wood, plastic nylon, bamboo, stainless steel utensils... are all fine. You don't have to buy new utensils if you are happy with yours. Some do like stainless steel metal utensils because they can tolerant very high heat, easy to clean, and can be made very thin, but you should use whatever you are most comfortable with. I have heard it is a bad idea to use carbon steel or cast iron utensils on stainless steel cookware. However, I doubt you will find these limitations are all that limiting.

    You can use nonstick cooking spray if you like. Afterall, I believe nonstick cooking spray is invented to target stainless steel cookware, where foods have readily stick to them. Best regards.

    1. You are one lucky bride. I love my All-Clad stainless steel pans, and the best thing about such high quality cookware is that you can use virtually ANYTHING on them in terms of utensils.

      As for cooking spray, I have a mini personal vendetta against it, especially in sautee pans (baking is another story.) Just make sure you use enough oil to coat the pan, and pre-heat it, before you sautee. Also, make sure to let whatever you are cooking to get a nice sear before you try to go moving it around, and you shouldn't experience any sticking problems.

      Good luck!