Care

Cookware

Gentle Warnings

The aluminum core of Potluck cookware conducts heat very efficiently, and we recommend low to medium-high heat for most cooking. You generally don’t need to use our pans over high heat. Don’t leave empty pans over a hot burner for extended periods of time--this could damage the pan and your stovetop. Always be sure to use an oven mitt or potholder when removing pans from the oven.

Before You Use for the First Time

Give your pans a wash (with dish soap), rinse thoroughly, and dry off with a towel—or toss them into your dishwasher.

Regular Maintenance

After each use, soak your pans by filling them with water and a touch of dish soap. Let the pans cool until they’re safe to handle. Don’t use steel wool or scouring pads, as they can scratch the stainless steel surface. Scratches are cosmetic and won’t affect the pans’ performance or durability. Potluck cookware is dishwasher-safe, but be careful about loading them into your machine, as other pieces may bump and scratch the pans.

Removing Stains

Hard water might leave rainbow-colored stains, which will clean up easily with some vinegar. Stubborn stains can be taken care of with the help of Barkeeper’s Friend or other similar cleaning products. Food burned inside the pan can be loosened by bringing equal parts water and vinegar to a boil, and then lowering to a simmer for 15 minutes. You can use oven cleaner if stains form on the outside bottom of your pans, from your burner. Always give your pans a rinse after applying cleaning products.

Knives

Before You Use for the First Time

Wash your knives with dish soap. Rinse thoroughly and dry off with a towel.

Regular Maintenance

Rinse your knives under running water after each use. Salty or acidic residue can lead to stains if left for a long time. If rust or stains do appear on your knife, soak the blade in vinegar for 5 minutes and rise thoroughly. Potluck knives are dishwasher-safe, but other items in your machine might ding the blades during washing. We recommend washing by hand to be safe.

Sharpening

You can extend for how long a knife stays sharp with help from a honing steel. But eventually, you’ll have to resharpen your knives. Sharpening knives can be done at home with a sharpener or with a whetstone. Grocery stores, butcher shops, and kitchenware stores also might be able to sharpen your knives for you. Keep your knives sharp by storing them so the blades don’t bump into each other or other utensils. We like magnetic strips and knife guards, ourselves.

Utensils

Before You Use for the First Time

Wash your utensils with dish soap. Rinse thoroughly and leave to dry.

Regular Maintenance

All pieces of the Utensil Set should be washed with each use. All pieces except for the wooden spoon and the fish spatula are dishwasher-safe.