The nonstick pan is a kitchen staple. It’s useful, convenient, and easy to clean. But after a few months of use, it always seems like food starts to stick to it and “easy to clean” becomes a thing of the past. The life span of nonstick cookware is generally supposed to be about five years, depending on use, but as many can attest, that rarely seems to be the case under real-world conditions. However, there are steps that you can take to significantly extend the life of your nonstick cookware. If your nonstick cookware is starting to show signs of wear, you can repair existing damage — as long as that damage is minor, such as small scratches or blemishes. Using a 50/50 mix of baking soda and water, gently scrub the surface of the pan with a cloth or sponge. This helps even out imperfections. Rinse and dry. Then, wipe a small amount of cooking oil over the surface of the pan, wiping away any excess. Repeat this seasoning process regularly for even better results! If your nonstick cookware is flaking or chipping, it’s time to replace it. Those flakes and particles will get into your food and your body. While modern nonstick surfaces, such as Teflon, are technically considered safe, Teflon flakes are, of course, unappetizing in all situations. How to Extend the Life of Your Nonstick Cookware
Another way to extend the life of nonstick cookware is to avoid using cooking spray. These sprays often contain additives that cling to nonstick surfaces, even after washing. Instead, use a purer form of fat, such as butter or coconut oil — or don’t use anything at all! And during cooking, always use soft utensils, such as wood, plastic, or silicone. Never use metal utensils, which will scratch nonstick surfaces. Another tip is to keep nonstick cookware off of high heat. High heat shortens the life span of nonstick surfaces. Save this cookware for low and medium heat only. For high- heat cooking, rely on stainless steel or cast iron. When it comes to cleaning your nonstick cookware, skip the dishwasher. While many nonstick pots and pans are labeled “dishwasher safe,” regular exposure to scalding hot water and detergent will shorten the life of the cookware. To keep your pans in good shape, hand wash them using dish soap, warm water, and a soft brush or sponge. Following these simple steps will keep your nonstick cookware looking great for years to come!
The History of Mobile Homes A LEGACY OF OPPORTUNITY Mobile homes and the parks that house them are deeply interwoven in the history of our country. From the whims Enter the Automobile Fast-forward to the United States in the 1920s. Henry Ford succeeded in making cars affordable to the middle class, and our nation was suddenly more interconnected than ever before. With this newfound mobility came the rise of car camping as more and more Americans traveled for recreation and employment. The foundations of the first mobile home parks would be laid during this time. Car-camping communities sprang up across the U.S., and the first live-in trailers were developed.
of vacationing families to the needs of wartime production, trailers and manufactured homes have played a vital role in the
Wartime Needs When the U.S. entered World War II, there was ample need to bring workers to military manufacturing centers. The mobile home was an ideal way to house the influx of workers quickly and affordably. Trailer parks sprang up from coast to coast as our nation came together to fight fascism. A Lasting Legacy The post-war boom saw the adoption of mobile homes and campers by many elderly “snowbirds” who traveled south for long winter vacations. Soon enough, the first permanent luxury mobile home parks opened in Florida, California, and other popular sunny destinations. Today, mobile home communities come in all shapes and sizes and are made up of folks from all walks of life. Each is connected to a shared legacy of dreamers who crisscrossed the country looking for brighter opportunities. We look forward to delving into the people, innovations, and events that shaped this unique part of the American experience.
American experience. In future editions, we’ll delve into the innovations and trends that were a part of this rich history, but seeing as this is our first edition, we want to start by looking at the big picture. The First Mobile Home Identifying the first mobile home largely depends on your definition of what constitutes a “mobile home.” Some historians consider the wagons used by the Romani people in the 19th century to be the earliest historical precursors to the modern trailer. These “vardos” or “living wagons” featured beds to sleep on and built-in chimneys to combat harsh European winters. However, the intricate woodcarving and the fact that vardos were drawn by horses made them very different from what we think of as mobile homes today.
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