Care of Cuisinart Stainless Cookware

Carl and Shirley Sontheimer founded Cuisinart in 1971 and began importing and selling an exclusive line of stainless steel cookware. They introduced the first food processor to the United States and soon had culinary giants Julia Child, James Beard and Jacques Pepin touting the Cuisinart name to top chefs and the home cook. Cuisinart now has a diverse portfolio of kitchen appliances, bakeware, cookbooks and cooking tools, but its top-quality stainless cookware continues to be the heart of the company.

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Daily Maintenance

Wash your cookware with warm soap and water before the first use, or run it through the dishwasher. Rinse to remove all soap residue and dry it with a soft towel. Cuisinart recommends using a non-lemon detergent to preserve the integrity of the finish.

After cooking with a Cuisinart stainless steel pot or pan, fill it with hot water and detergent and let it stand until the water has turned lukewarm. Use a sponge to clean the pot or pan, rinse and wipe dry with a soft cloth. Although you can clean your Cuisinart cookware in the dishwasher, frequent dishwasher cleaning will scratch the finish.

Stains and Residue

Calcium-rich foods, such as dairy products, salmon, broccoli or peas, may stain your cookware. Warm some vinegar, apply to a dry cloth and wipe the stains until they disappear. Foods like pasta and oatmeal can leave your cookware with a cloudy residue. Use a cleaning product like Bon-Ami or Cameo with a soft, damp cloth to remove it.

Food that burns in the pan may leave a black residue that seems impossible to remove. Soak the pan in warm water with a little detergent, then wipe with a sponge. If the black residue will not come off, add 1 inch of warm water to the pan with 1 tbsp. of a non-lemon dishwater detergent. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and let it simmer for approximately 15 minutes. Allow the water to cool in the pan, rinse under cool water and let it drain. Use a sponge or plastic spatula to remove the remaining residue. You may need to repeat this step one to two more times.

The burner on your stove may stain the outside bottom of your pans. Use an oven cleaner to remove the stains. Follow the manufacturer's directions for using the cleaner. If the directions call for a warm oven, heat the pan before using the cleaner on it.

Cooking Temperatures

Cuisinart stainless steel cookware has an encapsulated base that allows even heat distribution and conductivity. Do not use high heat on your Cuisinart cookware, as the temperatures can ruin the pan and damage your stove top. Use low to medium heat for most cooking preparations, except for boiling liquids where medium-high heat should be sufficient. Cuisinart cookware is oven-safe up to a temperature of 550 degrees F.


Cuisinart recommends using plastic or wooden utensils when possible. Metal spoons or other utensils may scratch the interior of the cookware, but should not make a difference in its performance.

Exercise caution when using Cuisinart stainless steel cookware on a gas stove. Some gas burners may overheat and burn foods on even the lowest setting. A flame-tamer, available at most hardware stores, sits between the pan and the burner to prevent overheating problems. You must be careful when using a gas stove to make sure that the flame touches only the bottom of the pan, to prevent permanent discoloration.