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Kristiec1 Jan 1, 2013 11:37 AM

I'm new to using stainless cookware, I received a nice set for a gift. I used a nylon/plastic flipper and it left "skid marks" on my new skillet.....had to scrub and scrub get it off. I thought I was doing right by using something other than metal. I'm not going to baby the set, since it was an inexpensive Cuisinart set from SAMs club, but I don't want to melt all my utensils and or eat plastic with my food. I was using a med heat on a gas range. Was it too hot or are my tools cheap? LOL can you use an abrasive cleaner on SS?

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  1. sunshine842 RE: Kristiec1 Jan 1, 2013 11:47 AM

    Your tools are cheap -- and it's possible you had the heat too high. Other than stir fries or bringing things to a boil, there's not often a reason to turn the heat under your burners to full-on hot.

    Tefal makes good ones that won't melt.

    Yes, you can scrub the melted plastic off -- or let it cool completely then use a scraper - it should pop right off.

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      masha RE: Kristiec1 Jan 1, 2013 11:57 AM

      Look for silicon utensils, which are more resistant to heat than plastic.

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        taos RE: masha Jan 1, 2013 04:22 PM

        Silcone, not silicon.

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          sunshine842 RE: taos Jan 2, 2013 01:15 AM

          (ahem) silicone

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        kseiverd RE: Kristiec1 Jan 1, 2013 02:07 PM

        Had simiilar happen with a brush... thought it was natural bristle? Had cleaned up a new/found cast iron skillet. Got it screaming hot on top of stove and added a dab of bacon grease. The instant I tried to swirl it around in the pan with brush... bristles pretty much disappeared!?!

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          mikie RE: Kristiec1 Jan 1, 2013 02:14 PM

          There are alot of different plastics used in utensils and in fact there are quite a few different nylons that could be used. Nylon 6 melts at a little over 200 C while nylon 6/6 is closer to 240 C. So you can easily melt a plastic utensile if you leave it in contact with the surface of a hot pan for very long.

          You don't need plastic utensils for SS cookware.

          1. Chemicalkinetics RE: Kristiec1 Jan 1, 2013 03:20 PM

            I am not quiet sure what you were saying in your original post. I am guessing that you said something about plastic utensils melting, and then something about stainless steel utensils.

            <I was using a med heat on a gas range>

            It really isn't the power, but the temperature melts the plastic. You can set the gas range on high heat, and a pot of boiling water won't melt your plastic utensils, or you can set the gas range on medium heat for an empty pan, and it will attend a temperature level hot enough to melt the plastic. Obviously, in your case, the plastic melted, so that's that.

            You don't have to use plastic utensils on stainless steel cookware. You can use meal utensils. Yes, you can use an abrasive cleaner on stainless steel cookware.

            1. tanuki soup RE: Kristiec1 Jan 1, 2013 07:36 PM

              Even though you can use metal utensils on SS cookware, I generally prefer to use silicone or wood (especially bamboo).

              BTW, many silicone and plastic utensils have a temperature rating on the package or even molded into the utensil itself. Since most cooking oils start to smoke at around 450 F (230 C), you should be fine with any utensil with a temperature rating higher than that.

              PS. Barkeeper's Friend is great for keeping stainless steel cookware nice and shiny.

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                Kristiec1 RE: tanuki soup Jan 1, 2013 07:50 PM

                Thank you for your reply!

              2. Patrincia RE: Kristiec1 Jan 1, 2013 08:55 PM

                Sounds like poor quality utensils to me. Go for wood, bamboo, stainless, silicone, and fiberglass.

                Yes, you can definitely use an abrasive cleaner on your SS. I usually make a paste of baking soda and water. If that's not strong enough, I use liquid Bar Keeper's Friend. If necessary, I'll break out a brillo or sos scouring pad. I've had some of my SS for 20 years and I don't mind the marks and scratches - I think of all the meals I've cooked for my friends and family.

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