Last Updated on March 21, 2024 by Faisal Khan

Stainless steel utensils are used worldwide as the most popular cookware. Stainless steel has many pros, making it the most comfortable cookware material. 

These utensils are primarily used because of their non-toxic material, which is not harmful to human health and hygiene. Stainless Steel material also helps with better cooking as it can tolerate a higher amount of heat without damaging the cookware, making cooking easier and effortless. 

Like every other material, stainless steel needs proper maintenance as well. These utensils can quickly get a stain, and the challenge lies in understanding how to deal with different pigments differently. 

The oversized utensils are the most difficult to clean. You may check How To Clean Kadai At Home In 7 Easy Ways to get the easiest and the most efficient ways to clean your stainless steel or any other material’s Kadai in a few easy steps.

In this article, we will guide you about everything you need to know to maintain your Stainless Steel utensils in the best way possible!

How to Cook with Stainless Steel Kitchenware

The film of these utensils might get damaged even if they are very adaptable so we must use them the correct way!

  • The stove should not be smaller or bigger than the base of the pot as it will not allow the heat to be evenly distributed.
  • Always preheat the vessel and then add cooking oil which will cover the surface, and then add the food.  
  • Never add salt to an empty stainless steel utensil as it might give stains due to its acidic nature.

Next, let’s examine different stains and how to eliminate them.

1. Brown Stains

These stains are prevalent and happen due to overheating or excessive use. The easiest way to get rid of these is to soak the utensils in hot water. Add baking soda and let the mixture sit for a few hours.  

2. Calcium build-up

This is seen when water is boiled in these utensils very often. To get rid of the calcium build-up, take ⅓ or ¼  of vinegar and three or four parts of water to it. Keep this mixture in the utensil for some time, and then rinse it away with soap water. Keeping vinegar in contact with stainless steel for a long is not advised, so you should not keep the mixture in the utensil for a very long period. 

3. Burnt Food stains

Burnt food stains make the utensils look unhygienic and old. These happen when the food is left for long without stirring while cooking.

The most common way of removing burnt food stains is with the help of boiling water. All you need to do is to pour boiling water into the utensil and let it sit till it cools down to room temperature. Then, add some utensil cleaning soap into warm water and wash the utensil with it.  The hot water makes the burnt food come loose and makes your vessel look new again!

4. Watermarks

All cookware that is washed with water may get watermarks, but Stainless steel utensils show these watermarks more than any other type of cookware as they have a very shining and neat surface. The best and most efficient way to prevent these watermarks is to not let the utensils sit in moisture for long. As soon as you wash them, dry them off with a soft cloth.

Keep in mind that although stains appear, it doesn’t make the kitchenware poor quality or unhygienic because they can be produced by salt, water or substances contained in food, among other things. But yes, all these stains might make your utensils look dull and old while also degrading the life of the kitchenware.