Gotham Steel pans have been designed to make your life in the kitchen as simple as it can be, and that puts them well ahead of most other common pans, no matter what material they are crafted from. Unlike my experience with other non-stick cookware, my experience with them has proven this to be true, especially compared to the stainless-steel pots I’d been using.
They start with a titanium steel core that helps to ensure the cooking surface for these pans heat evenly. Even heating means even cooking and that means, no burned bits to spoil the taste and the look of your creations. It also means foods cook more evenly and faster too. I especially like the way my dishes don’t get dried out, even without using oils or butter.
The core is covered in a specially formulated ceramic coating that ensures food does not stick. Besides looking great, It ensures that the surface is extremely scratch-resistant so the non-stick qualities of the pan last.
Because these pans are safe on both cooktops and in the oven, there are all sorts of opportunities to prepare one-pot or one-pan meals too and that makes your life in the kitchen even easier. One of my favorites is my one-pot beef stew where I can start by browning the meat and then adding all of the ingredients for a nice long simmer on the stove.
The extraordinary non-stick qualities of the Gotham Steel pots and pans also allow you to cook without butter, oil, or other fats, and as someone that has been told to get better control of my cholesterol, this is a real help. I’ve been very successful at bringing my bad cholesterol levels down since I started using these pots and pans and stopped using the butter and oils I used to cook with.
Finally, the handles on all of the Gotham Steel pots and pans are designed to remain cool on the cooktop and that means you can handle them with confidence.
How To Clean A Gotham Steel Pan
Cleaning is really simple as long as you follow some simple guidelines.
- I don’t use any abrasives to clean my Gotham Steel pots and pans and you will want to take the same precautions. While the surfaces are extremely scratch resistant, they are not impenetrable. I’m sure abrasives, used constantly and aggressively, will eventually damage the surface and reduce the non-stick qualities of these pots and pans. The fact is, they aren’t needed to clean these.
- Start by wiping away any mess with a soft sponge or rag. I normally use the same sponge that I use to clean my glasses and plates. You will find that the remaining bits of your foods simply slide off and away. You can also use a paper towel to wipe away any mess, something I sometimes do when making different dishes for the same meal. I just wipe the residue of the first away before starting the next.
- You can then wash the pots and pans with any standard dish soap. I normally use Dawn but anything that is safe and effective on your dishes will be equally safe and effective on these pots and pans.
- All of the Gotham pots and pans come with tempered glass lids that are vented to help control spillover. While it isn’t likely to be necessary, you can clean these a bit more aggressively if food gets stuck to them. I haven’t had the need though to do anything more than what I do for the pot and pans.
- Alternatively, you can place these in the dishwasher without the least bit of worry. They will come out sparkling clean and totally disinfected given the high temperature most dishwashers use. Just be sure to stack them well so they aren’t banging against each other under the high-pressure of the water jets.
- Dry your pots and pans thoroughly and store them with care. They are designed to be nested and stacked. This both saves storage space and helps protect the non-stick surface. Stacking them randomly so they will scrape against each other will eventually cause damage so be sure to stack them intended by their design. I typically store the lids separately, using a dish rack I placed inside my cabinet so the lids stand nicely, and are easy to get a hold of when I need them.
- I did get some carbon buildup on one of my Gotham Steel frying pans. I took it with us on a camping trip so we were cooking over an open wood fire. I was pretty upset about it at the time but that proved to be an over-reaction. When we got home, I remembered how I used to clean up when I was using my old frying pan and wondered if it would work with these pans too. It is a simple mix of baking soda and vinegar and sure enough, it worked beautifully this time too. I just wiped the mixture on the stained area and let it sit until the foaming action stopped. Then I simply rinsed and wiped and the bottom of that frying pan looked as good as new.
- Also, and please don’t tell my doctor, I like the flavor that butter adds to some dishes, especially when I’m making my favorite pancakes so I do still cook with it at times. What I like about these pans is the butter doesn’t tend to burn quite as easily as it did with my old pans. This means my pancakes come out golden brown rather than blotchy as the result of the blacken butter. And, clean up is still a breeze. There is absolutely no greasy buildup from the butter to worry about when it’s time to clean up.
- I have found that when I need to simmer something over an extended period, I don’t need to turn up the heat quite as high as I used to. It seems that the even heating of these pots and pans also help hold that heat more consistently. At least, I think that’s why I now turn the burner down one notch.
- I’ve also noticed that my sauces thicken a bit faster and that means they can dry out quicker. In fact, I burned one of the first reductions I made with my 10-inch Gotham Steel skillet. It only happened to me once and the mess was easy to clean up but it took a bit of getting used to working with these much better pans.
In short, I love these pots and pans. They make me feel like a real professional in the kitchen. Everything I make with the set seems to taste better, look better, and leave us feeling better. That continues right through the cleanup.
I have never owned any pot that is as easy to clean and care for as these are and after a good long while using them, they are still a non-stick joy to work with. They are just as good today as they were the first time I cooked with them.
Just apply a bit of commonsense and zero elbow-grease when cleaning and you’ll be just as happy as I am with these Gotham Steel pots and pans.