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If you are not sure whether or not you can use your pan on an induction stove, there is a quick, easy test you can do. All you need is a magnet. Put it on the bottom of your pan. If the magnet sticks to it, your pan is induction-compatible.

Do not place your cooking utensils directly on a hot hob in order to avoid thermal shock (which means that the bottom may shift and warp). BEKA pans can withstand extreme temperatures at both ends of the spectrum, but sudden, extreme changes can shorten their working life. We therefore recommend that you heat up your cookware slowly: start with a low heat and increase to a medium heat.

 

It is also best to avoid exposing your pans to a shock at the other extreme. Allow cookware to cool completely before running cold water over the surface

 

As the core of BEKA cookware conducts heat very efficiently, we recommend that you use these pans on a low to medium heat. In general, you do not need to use our pans on high heat.

 

Do not leave empty pots standing over a hot hob for a long time - this can damage the pan, the non-stick coating and even your cooker.

Not all BEKA items can go into the oven. This depends on what they are made of. If, for example, your pan has a Bakelite or wood handle, you should not put it in the oven. 

Check out the following overview to see whether your pan is ovenproof. Instructions for use in the oven or dishwasher can be found on our website’s product page, the packaging and in some cases on the bottom of the product.

 

oven suitability

Not all BEKA products can go in the dishwasher. This depends on what they are made of. We recommend that you do not put any BEKA items with non-stick coating or a wooden handle in the dishwasher.
Check out the following overview to see if your pan can be put in the dishwasher. Instructions for use in the oven or dishwasher can be found on our website’s product page, the packaging and in some cases on the bottom of the product.

 

dishwasher

Not all pans need to be seasoned as not all materials require it. The only part of the BEKA range that requires seasoning is the Nomad collection because it is made of carbon steel. Seasoning a carbon steel pan creates a natural non-stick coating without any chemicals. On our blog there is a step-by-step plan for seasoning your pan and a few handy tips for use and maintenance.

When we talk about the diameter of the pan, we always mean the diameter measured at the top of the pan. This way you also know what size the matching lid should be.

In principle, you can place a larger pan on a smaller hob. But, naturally, the more closely your hob corresponds to the base of the pan, the better.
Please note that the diameter indicated in the commercial name is the diameter measured at the top of the pan, which is not always the same as the diameter of the cooking hob.

Pans with non-stick coating are useful for frying more delicate ingredients. Non-stick coating ensures perfect frying results using a minimum of fat. This is perfect for preparing omelettes, vegetables, soft fish fillets or meat in breadcrumbs.

Pans without non-stick coating are usually made of stainless steel. They can take higher temperatures than an aluminium pan. Pans without non-stick coating are perfect for frying meat, grilling or stir-frying.

Aluminium pans always have non-stick coating. For this reason, frying on low to medium heat is recommended. They are perfect for preparing fish or other protein-rich ingredients such as eggs, breaded chicken or schnitzels.

Pans with non-stick coating are useful for frying more delicate ingredients. Non-stick coating ensures perfect frying results using a minimum of fat. This is perfect for preparing omelettes, vegetables, soft fish fillets or meat in breadcrumbs.

No, none of BEKA’s items contain PFOA.

BEKA guarantees that all BEKA products are free of PFOA.  All our non-stick coatings comply with strict European food safety regulations. Therefore, there is no need to worry about this.

Non-stick coating can come off if it has scratches, dents or is overheated. Accidentally eating solid pieces of Teflon, PTFE or ceramic is not dangerous for your health and they will leave your body in the normal way.

However, there is usually aluminium under non-stick coating. Direct contact between your food and aluminium is harmful to your health. We advise that you replace your non-stick pan as soon as the layer under the non-stick coating becomes visible. 

Over time, the non-stick properties of your non-stick pan can deteriorate, due to overheating, use of the dishwasher or wear-and-tear. Less effective non-stick coating is not actually harmful, but you will have to use more fat to prevent burning. However, you must be alert if any non-stick coating comes off, revealing the aluminium layer underneath. If this happens, you must replace your pan. Take it to the container park so that it can be recycled.

Your pan’s non-stick properties will deteriorate if it is not used correctly: overheating, sharp objects or the chemicals in your dishwasher will have a detrimental effect on its non-stick properties. Find more information on the best way to handle your non-stick pans below.

  • Do not put non-stick pans in the dishwasher. The chemical mix in dishwasher tablets will damage its non-stick properties. We strongly recommend that you hand-wash non-stick pans with a soft cloth or sponge. Fortunately, non-stick pans are very easy to handwash.
  • To make your non-stick pans last as long as possible, we recommend that you only use them on a low to medium heat. Too high temperatures also wear down non-stick coating.
  • Do not use sharp objects when cooking with or cleaning a non-stick pan.
    It is safe to use wooden, silicone, plastic or nylon utensils on your non-stick pans. Utensils with rough, sharp edges can damage non-stick coating and should therefore be avoided.

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