How to resurface no-stick cookware

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How to resurface no-stick cookware
No-stick pans can be resurfaced to prolong their use. (pan of onions image by jimcox40 from

No-stick cookware is often used in low-fat cooking because foods can be cooked in little or no oil. The surface of no-stick pans has been coated with a permanent substance that prevents food from clinging to its surface. This non-stick substance can, however, wear off over time. You don't have to throw those scratched pans out, though. Resurfacing the pan will save you money and allow you to get more use out of your no-stick cookware.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Dish detergent
  • Water
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • Non-stick surface repair spray

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  1. 1

    Wash your cookware thoroughly. For cooked-on food, allow the pan to soak long enough that it can be washed off with a soft cloth. Avoid using abrasive scouring pads, which can further damage your no-stick coating.

  2. 2

    Fill the pan with water and a tablespoon of vinegar. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for five minutes. This will remove any built up residue left from cooking oil and sprays. Wash the cookware again in warm soapy water and rinse thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Dry your cookware with a soft towel and allow it to air dry for several hours. The pan should be completely free of moisture before resurfacing it.

  4. 4

    Spray the cooking surface of your pan evenly with a non-stick surface repair spray. These sprays are available online or in kitchen supply stores. Allow the pan to air dry for 30 minutes while heating your oven to 260 degrees Celsius.

  5. 5

    Place the no-stick cookware in the 500-degree oven and bake for 45 minutes to allow the resurfaced non-stick coating to set up. Remember to remove any plastic handles on your pan first to avoid melting them. Let the pan cool to room temperature once it is removed from the oven. Wash the pan again before use.

Tips and warnings

  • Wash your no-stick cookware by hand. Dishwashers can scratch the surface.
  • Use only wooden utensils to prevent damage during cooking.
  • Avoid cooking at high temperatures, which can cause decomposition of some non-stick surfaces.

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