So, you've joined the Brigade. Welcome and Congrats! Great quality cookware, without the financial commitment, it's a win-win. To keep that rush throughout all the test recipes and culinary adventures within the confines of your own kitchen, read up on some best practices, care and some emergency fixes when you get a little too excited to "pressure test" your cookware.
When dealing with stainless steel cookware, there are a few cardinal rules:
Add oil after the pan has heated up. A hot stainless steel pan plus oil creates a natural and non toxic non-stick surface, making your life that much easier
Salt your water after it has come to a boil. Salting water before the boil will allow the sodium to set on the metal, creating a cloudy appearance
Let your food get to room temperature before adding to the pan. Adding cold food to your stainless cookware will cause the steel to contract, bonding itself with your food
Use non abrasive cleaners and sponges. Coarse cleansers and sponges will damage the beautifully crafted brushed finish
- Always wait for the pan to cool down before cleaning. Adding cold water to a hot pan is no-go (although we understand the ASMR reaction to the sizzle)
These guidelines will help your Brigade Cookware retain it’s shine and brilliance. However, we do understand things can get out of hand in the kitchen, leaving you with a scorched pan and dinner. We’re here to help...
Got a little heat-happy?
It happens to all of us on the quest for the perfect sear. If your pan gets scorched, follow the below steps to get it shining like new.
- Fill the bottom of your Brigade Pan with water
- Add 1 Cup of Vinegar and Bring to a Boil
- Remove from heat and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- Empty the pan and Scrub
If that seems like it may be too much work, do yourself a favor and pick up a can of Barkeepers Friend. Amazing all around steel cleaner and sure to remove even the toughest stains.
Discoloration has you down?
You will see a rainbow discoloration when cooking on too high of heat. To fix this, cook a high acidic food like tomato sauce, or wash your pan with vinegar.
For cloudy appearance, which is a result of calcium build up from salt, bring a 1:3 ratio of water:vinegar to a boil. Empty the pan and wash as normal.
Long story short, vinegar & your Brigade cookware is the new odd couple in your kitchen.
Enjoy, and for any other questions email us at firstname.lastname@example.org