Why my mom thinks I don’t cook: secret weapon to keep pots and pans looking brand new

My mom came and stayed with me when I had my first baby.  She’s a great cook so she spent a good amount of time cooking yummy foods for me in my kitchen.  This was our conversation:

Mom: You bought a new set of cookware.

Me: No mom, I bought these when we got married 10 years ago.

Mom, giving me a disapproving look: You don’t cook much, do you?  Cooking at home is healthier and you save more money.

Me: I do cook!

The fact is that I do cook quite a bit, but my mom still doesn’t believe that I do.  Maybe it’s because my pots and pans look brand spanking new.

All Clad 12″ frying pan with lid

This frying pan is the newest addition to my original set of pots and pans, which are over 13 years old.  When you buy good quality cookware and take good care of them, they will last a very long time.  This pan is generously sized and comes with a lid.  I use it to cook fish, pork chops, and make egg scrambles and banana pancakes.

Years ago, I practically ruined a new frying pan.  I accidentally left the heat on a pan with leftover cooking sauce.  The pan was a complete mess and was covered with a crusted black burned layer that could not be scrubbed off.  I wandered into William Sonoma in search of a new pan and happened to ask an associate if she had any advice on rescuing a ruined frying pan.  She told me to make a paste with Bar Keeper’s Friend and cover the pan with the paste overnight.  To my amazement, I was able to scrub the mess off the next morning and the pan looked brand new!

Bar Keeper’s Friend: how I keep my pots and pans new looking

Bar Keeper’s Friend is a non abrasive powder that removes rust and hard water stains from stainless steel, copper, brass, and porcelain.  Back then, I had to go to Smart and Final to buy Bar Keeper’s Friend, but nowadays, you can find it at Target or buy it on-line on

Give it a try and let me know what you think!  The worst thing that could happen is that your friends and family might think that you never cook.

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