Non-Stick: What Utensils are Good?


As a place where people get the latest and greatest in kitchen wares I encounter a lot of questions as to the posterity of non-stick. As a vendor of non-stick I expect these questions, my general response is that as long as you are nice to it non-stick pans will be nice to you. This means approaching them with the right tools and caring for them well. Hand wash your pans gently in warm, soapy water and never use abrasive cleaners or rough sponges. With the right kind of care your favorite non-stick pan will last you a good long while.

So let’s talk about what to use in your new non-stick pan.

Silicone. Silicone utensils are your new BFF these tools are incredibly gentle and won’t put a lot of unnecessary wear on your pan – letting the nonstick coating last for a good long while. And hey, silicone utensils come in SO.MANY.COLORS.

Wooden. Wooden tools are great for your new pan – spoons, spatulas, knives, you name it. Wooden utensils have soft rounded edges that aren’t going to be harsh on your pan and are elegant as well. I love and shape of the size of Jonathan’s Lazy spoons.

Wood Composite. Here at Local Root we carry a great pressed wood fiber brand called Epicurean – these pieces are all Made in the US, are durable enough for everyday, and won’t damage your nonstick surfaces.

Nylon. Nylon utensils won’t damage your pan but I tend to not carry them because the quality is a bit suspect overall. I find nylon melts a bit too easily and I pretty much always forget and abandon it resting on a pan – which is sad for me, the pan, and the tool.

So there you have it. Do you have a favorite pan or non-stick friendly tool you can’t live without? Let us know in the comments!