When to Replace a Saucepan

Saucepan on wood countertop

If your favourite saucepan is looking a little worse for wear, you may be thinking that it’s about time to replace that saucepan. When is the best time to replace a saucepan?

When is the right time to send it off to that great kitchen in the sky? Well, let’s find out.

Non-stick and traditional saucepans do wear out at different rates but don’t worry, we’ve included when to replace both below.


When to Replace a Non-Stick Saucepan

Most people who know a lot about saucepans say that you can enjoy five years of use out of a non-stick saucepan.

Of course, five years of a saucepan’s life can vary greatly depending on the household it is being used in.

For example, if someone only has one saucepan that they use for every cooking tasks, while someone splits cooking tasks among three saucepans, the first saucepan in this scenario is going to have a much harder life.

So, generally speaking, a non-stick saucepan should be replaced when the non-stick surface has started to peel or you notice any pitting on the surface.

When a non-stick saucepan begins to peel, the coating ends up in your food. Medically, that isn’t great for you, and it certainly doesn’t do much for your pasta sauce either!

Non-stick coatings can peel because of heavy use. However, typically, a non-stick coating of a saucepan will begin to deteriorate because of the use of metal utensil or scrubbing with Brillo pads, for example.

If you care for your saucepans, don’t get them too hot without water or sauce in them, don’t use metal utensils and are careful when cleaning them. You can achieve this magical five-year lifespan.


When to Replace a Traditional Saucepan

A traditional saucepan without a non-stick coating is a bit different. If you season a saucepan and keep topping up this seasoning, it will likely last a lot longer than five years.

If you notice sauces sticking to your saucepan, you can, of course, top up the seasoning.

In extreme cases, you can also remove the old seasoning all together and start from scratch again. Plus, if you use a traditional saucepan exclusively for boiling, you may never need to worry about seasoning it. You’ll have to take extra care when boiling rice in this case though.

So, a traditional saucepan will only need to be replaced if there are large dents or heavy scratches from metal utensils.

Of course, the best things about a saucepan without a non-stick coating is that you can use metal utensils and don’t need to be as careful. However, if these scratches are really deep, replacement may be your only option. The seasoning may not be able to penetrate into the scratches enough to create a non-stick layer in this case.

We hope this look at replacing saucepans has been helpful. In general, a good quality, non-stick saucepan that is looked after will last about five years.

A traditional saucepan with the same amount of care will last perhaps 10 years or more in the right kitchen. Still, if your non-stick coating is peeling or your seasoning is failing to do the job it once did, and you’ve tried to re-season the pan without success, a new saucepan is your best bet.

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