- Advice for using Lagostina cookware
Never use bleach or chlorine based products on your pans as it is extremely corrosive to stainless steel, even when diluted. It will cause tiny pits to appear in the surface of the steel which may be unsightly and will affect the cooking performance.
Do not allow to boil dry as this may cause discoloration, damage to the pan and/or failure of the base. Avoid using your pans to store acidic, salty or fatty foods before or after cooking.
Always add salt to boiling water or hot liquid. Dissolve the salt by mixing the liquid or other ingredients.
The following may occur:
- The salt grains added to cold water could damage the steel and cause little stains or, sometimes, white or reddish dots. The stains do not reduce the quality and functionality of the pan.
- By exposing the pan to intense heat, little white limescale stains may appear on the base as a consequence of a natural occurrence due to the level of water hardness. Bluish rings due to starch contained in some foods such as pasta and rice may appear too.These stains are easily removed by rubbing the cookware with a soft cloth soaked with lemon juice, white vinegar or special cleaner for stainless steel pans.
- Additional advice for using stainless steel cookware
The coating on your Lagostina cookware is the product of many years of research and industrial experience. It is for that reason that they are now metal kitchen tool safe. However, knives, whisks and all utensils with cutting edges are to be avoided. Never cut food directly in the pan. The slight scratches and abrasions that may appear with use do not change the coating’s non-stick performance.
By following this safety advice, you will avoid emissions from overheated cookware which may be dangerous to animals with particularly sensitive respiratory systems, such as birds. We recommend that bird owners keep their animals out of the kitchen.
- Cleaning your Lagostina cookware
After each use, wash your pan with hot water, liquid detergent and a sponge. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Do not use metal scouring pads, abrasive wire wool or harsh scouring powder. Never put cold water into a hot pan. Sudden changes of temperature may cause metal to warp, resulting in an uneven base. If you burn food in your pan, fill it with warm water and dish soap then leave to soak for about an hour. Afterwards wash it with liquid soap and a sponge. If soaking is not enough, scrub with a non-metallic scouring pad suitable for the purpose. If you have a non-stick pan, wipe it again with a clean cloth moistened with cooking oil to maintain all of its non-stick properties.
Your stainless steel Lagostina pans can be washed in the dishwasher. Hand washing is recommended, however, as some detergents are very harsh and corrosive for aluminum. Therefore, to maintain the aesthetic qualities of your products, we recommend not putting them in the dishwasher. Do not leave your cookware in the dishwasher after the cycle has finished. It is recommended to dry your pan thoroughly, immediately after washing.
Use energy efficient cooking methods
- Pans should cover the burner as close to the base diameter as possible.
- The use of the lid when cooking considerably reduces energy consumption.
- Use the minimum amount of water in pans and bring to a boil quickly before reducing to a simmer.
- If using a gas burner do not allow the flames to show around the sides of the pan.
- Ensure suitability for your stovetop by referring to the symbols displayed on the packaging.
- Always dry the base of your cookware before cooking, especially if using it on a ceramic, halogen or induction stovetop, otherwise the pan may stick to the burner.
- Depending on your stovetop type, the base of your pan may become marked or scratched. This is normal.
- Small pans may need careful placement on the support legs of gas burners.
Use of ceramic and halogen stovetops
- On a ceramic stovetop, take care that your burner and the base of the pan/pot are perfectly clean (to avoid anything getting trapped between the pan and the burner, thereby scratching the stovetop surface).
- Never drag pans across the surface - always lift the pans off.
Use of induction hobs
- Induction is a heating method, which is much faster and more powerful than other heat sources.
- You should also consult the operating instructions for your induction cooktop.
- Yellowing is normal, use soap and an abrasive sponge only on the stainless steel base to restore its appearance.
- The efficiency of the pan may be affected by the diameter and power of your cooktop.
Handles, knobs and lids
- After washing, allow sufficient time for knobs and handles to drain.Lagostina cookware is equipped with stainless steel handles and can be used in an oven up to a maximum temperature of 480°F (250°C).
- Knobs and handles made with plastic can be used in an oven up to a maximum temperature of 350°F (180°C) for a maximum of one hour.
- Only use your pan in an oven if it states on the packaging that it is suitable for oven use and do not exceed the recommended temperature.
- Lagostina cookware complies with regulations covering materials in contact with food. Depending on the range of your cookware, the claimed dimensions may be either the diameter taken from the inner or outer side walls at the top of the rim or just before the rolled lip.