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4 reasons to replace my frying pan

A frying pan doesn't last forever. The non-stick coating becomes damaged, which causes ingredients to stick to the pan and burn. If you have a 5-year-old Teflon pan, it's smart to replace it. Are you getting a new cooktop? Your current pans may no longer be suitable. In this article, I'll go through 4 reasons to replace your frying pan.

1. The non-stick coating is damaged or has come off

Prepare vegetables in non-stick coating pan

If the non-stick coating is damaged or if it comes off, it's time to replace your frying pan. The non-stick coating won't work properly anymore, which causes the ingredients to stick to the pan and burn. How quickly a non-stick coating becomes damaged depends on your use. Do you clean the pan in the dishwasher and use spatulas made of hard material? The coating will damage quickly. We recommend you always clean a frying pan manually and only use wooden or silicone spatulas.

2. The handle of my pan came loose

Handle of the frying pan

Does the handle of your frying pan move about and does it feel loose when you lift the pan? Try to tighten the screw in the handle right away. If this doesn't solve the problem, it's best to replace the pan. This prevents dangerous situations during cooking. If you continue to use a pan with loose screws, the mechanism becomes further damaged and the handle may fall off completely.

3. My Teflon pan is older than 5 years

Tefal Thermo-spot non-stick coating

Do you still use pans with a Teflon non-stick coating that you bought before 2015? It's a good idea to replace these pans. In 2015, toxic substances were discovered in Teflon. Since then, no more Teflon pans with this toxic substance have been available. That's because these products have been legally banned. If you still have a Teflon pan that you bought 5 years ago or before that, make sure you replace it with a new one.

4. I'm switching to an induction or ceramic cooktop

Induction cooktop with pans

Switching to an induction or ceramic cooktop? It's a good idea to check if your current pans are still suitable. If you want to cook on induction, it's important that the bottom of your pan is magnetic. Otherwise, the cooktop won't work. Did you cook on gas before? There's a good chance that the bottom of the pan has become slightly crooked, so the pan no longer makes proper contact with the cooktop.

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