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By Damilola Faustino

Many people stress over how dark their pots get after cooking and how stressful it is to restore the pot to its original shiny state when washing it. But it does not always have to happen this way. Here are basic cooking tips to prevent your pot from burning underneath when you are cooking:

Cook with quality cookware

A major reason that pots burn food is that the pots are not made of quality and heavy materials thus making it susceptible to burns. So, when pots are too thin, the food in them can easily get burned. Also, low-quality pots can lead to unequal heat distribution.

Avoid adding food to a cold pot 

Not heating your pot for a few minutes before adding food is another reason why your pot keeps burning. Food added to a cold pot is more likely to stick and subsequently burn, than when it is added to a pot already heated. In addition, heat your pot with vegetable oil.

Ensure your stove or gas is clean

In many cases, the burning of a pot happens not on the inside, but on the outside. You must always clean your stove or gas before use, otherwise, any food particles or residue can burn between the stove and your pot, causing damage to your pot as well as the food.

Don’t forget to stir

Many foods, especially sauces and soups, do not heat evenly in a pot. The contents at the bottom of the pot are necessarily hotter than the contents at the top, as they are closer to the stove. Regular stirring of food will help them to heat evenly, preventing burning.

Rotate the pot intermittently

Some burners may not distribute heat evenly, especially if you are using an old stove cooker. As such, rotating your cookware prevents high heat from focusing on a particular spot for too long.

Clean pot after use

The truth is no matter the efforts you make in preventing pot burn, you may still end up burning food from time to time. You can reduce the likelihood of this food burning your pots by cleaning the cookware immediately after you finish cooking. Remove your used pot from the gas or stove while it is still hot, add a cup of cold water to the pot, return the pot to the stove and heat the water over medium heat. This will make it easier to get rid of the burnt food.

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