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If you don’t want to use Teflon or ceramic pans, it’s easy to turn a stainless steel pan into a nonstick by seasoning it.

Seasoning is an old-fashioned process that creates a semi-permanent oiled surface on the pan. Heating the pan causes the molecules in the metal to expand and bond with the oil molecules. The surface will stay slick as long as you don’t wash it with soap.

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Hot water will do the trick, especially since food won’t be stuck on. Plus heating the pan during cooking kills germs.


Here’s what you do:

  • Heat pan over high heat for two minutes
  • Add oil to pan and get it hot enough so it smokes
  • Once the oil is smoking, turn off burner and let it cool
  • Wipe out oil cabinet

When the pan is reflective like a mirror, you’ve got a seasoned pan.

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Watch to see how it’s done and to see how well it works.

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