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How to prevent pitting on your Stainless Steel Cookware

21 Jun 2024

Stainless steel cookware is one of the most well-loved cookware materials. They are good to go in the oven (we recommend reading the manual thoroughly first), they can be washed in a dishwasher, and they are non-reactive so you need not worry about cooking high-acidic food. They are extremely durable, and therefore you will find our stainless-steel cookware being used in even professional kitchens. Needless to say, they are a staple in modern kitchens due to its durability, sleek appearance, and excellent cooking performance. 


While you are happily cooking your soups, stews, and curries, you may notice some small spots or round corrosion spots that look out of place on your sleek stainless-steel cookware. That is called pitting. Stainless steel can sometimes develop small pits or corrosion spots, which can affect its appearance and functionality. Understanding how to prevent pitting on your stainless-steel cookware will help you maintain its quality and extend its lifespan. 


Understanding Pitting

Pitting is a form of localized corrosion that occurs on stainless steel surfaces. It manifests as small, round depressions or holes and is usually caused by exposure to chloride ions found in salt, hard water, and some cleaning agents. Common causes of pitting include: 


  • Cuts, scrapes & chips on the cookware;
  • Non-uniform protective coating or cracks in the protective coating
  • Defective metal
  • Protective coating undergoing unfavourable chemical reaction.


Pitting can compromise the integrity of your cookware, making it less effective and aesthetically unpleasing.



  • Choose High-Quality Stainless-Steel Cookware


Investing in high-quality stainless-steel cookware can significantly reduce the likelihood of pitting. High-grade stainless steel, such as the type used in Vinod Cookware products, is more resistant to corrosion. Vinod’s Platinum Triply Stainless Steel Kadai is an excellent choice, offering superior durability and resistance to pitting.



  • Avoid Prolonged Exposure to Salty or Acidic Foods


Chloride ions in salt can cause pitting if left on the stainless-steel surface for extended periods. To prevent this, avoid storing salty or acidic foods in your stainless-steel cookware for long durations. Instead, transfer such foods to glass or plastic containers for storage. Don’t let your used stainless-steel pans and pots sit in the basin for a long duration, especially on days when you have cooked salty or acidic food. If you are too tired to clean-up, simply clean it under running water with your hands or a soft brush and clear away left-over acidic food from the pan / pot.



  • Clean Your Cookware Properly


Proper cleaning is crucial in preventing pitting. Here are some cleaning tips to keep your stainless-steel cookware in top shape:


  • Rinse Immediately: We reiterate. After cooking, rinse your cookware immediately to remove any food residues, especially those containing salt or acids.
  • Use Mild Detergents: Avoid harsh cleaners that can damage the stainless-steel surface. As a rule, always opt for mild dish soap.
  • Soft Scrubbing: Use a soft sponge or cloth to clean your cookware. Avoid abrasive scrubbers that can scratch the surface and make it more susceptible to pitting.
  • Thorough Drying: Dry your cookware thoroughly with a soft cloth to prevent water spots and potential pitting from mineral deposits in hard water.



  • Avoid Using High Heat


The key to cooking in stainless steel cookware is low to medium flame. Using excessively high heat can cause discoloration and damage to the stainless-steel surface, making it more prone to pitting. 



  • Use the Right Cooking Utensils


Using metal utensils can scratch the surface of stainless-steel cookware, making it more vulnerable to pitting. Opt for wooden, silicone, or plastic utensils to protect your cookware’s surface. Vinod’s stainless-steel products are designed to be compatible with various utensils, but using softer materials can extend their life even further.


Vinod Cookware’s range of stainless-steel cookware offers excellent durability and resistance to pitting, making it a smart investment for any modern kitchen. Keeping your stainless-steel cookware in pristine condition is possible with some knowledge and care. By following these tips and incorporating Vinod’s superior cookware into your routine, you can enjoy beautiful, long-lasting kitchenware that enhances your cooking experience. Visit Vinod Cookware to explore their extensive collection and find the perfect pieces for your home.

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