Care & Maintenance
These simple care instructions will help keep your Lifetime cookware looking its best for a lifetime of cooking pleasure.
Before you Begin
Before using the first time, wash each piece of your new your Lifetime cookware, including the detachable long handles, in warm soapy water to which you have added 1/2 cup of vinegar per gallon of water. This removes all traces of manufacturing oils and polishing compounds. Rinse in clear, warm water and dry thoroughly with a clean, soft towel.
Clean after Each Use
To maintain the attractive appearance and cooking efficiency of your cookware it is important that it be cleaned after each use. Food films left on the cooking surface will cause the cookware to discolor when heated. Always allow cookware to cool completely before cleaning. NEVER use abrasive cleaners and scouring pads, oven cleaners or cleaners containing chlorine bleach.
Remove detachable long handles. Use warm soapy water with a sponge, dishcloth, and nylon net or plastic pad. Rinse thoroughly with clear warm water and dry immediately to avoid water spots. Do not use harsh souring powders, or a cleaner that contains chlorine bleach as they will harm the stainless steel.
Removing the detachable long handles will allow extra room in the dishwasher. To prevent scratching of cookware, carefully place the cookware onto the dishwasher rack, so it does not touch other objects/dishes. Use a chlorine free detergent with a rinse agent to help prevent spotting. Please note that handles may become discolored from dishwasher detergents. The dishwasher will not remove heat or food stains. Use a non-abrasive cleaner for stain removal. We recommend hand washing for best results.
Using Cookware in the Oven
Your cookware can be used in the oven at temperatures up to 350°F/177°C. It is recommended that you remove the detachable long handles. If you put your cookware in an oven that exceeds these temperatures or use your cookware in the oven when the broiler unit is on, you will damage your handles and knobs. Before placing your cookware in the oven, be sure the oven is preheated to the desired temperature and place the oven rack on the lowest possible position to provide even heat circulation. Do not place cookware in the oven while it is preheating or under the broiler.
Tips for Using Salt
Although stainless steel is very durable, it is not indestructible. Pitting may result if undissolved salt is allowed to remain in the bottom of a utensil. These spots do not affect the performance or usefulness of the cooking utensil, nor are they a failure in the metal or workmanship. Salt should always be added to boiling liquid, and then stirred to completely dissolve the salt. Do not allow acidic foods or foods that have been seasoned to remain in your utensils for long periods of time.
For Lasting Beauty
It is recommended that you use plastic, rubber, wooden or smooth-edged metal kitchen tools with your cookware. Avoid hitting metal kitchen tools against the rim of utensils, and do not cut or chop food on the stainless steel surface with a knife or other sharp-edged tool.