Even if it came from a parent, teacher, boss, or older sibling, some advice just doesn’t hold up over time. While you might have been employing the following five moves in the kitchen, you shouldn’t. Follow these tips instead.
Lining the oven with foil
Placing aluminum foil directly on the bottom of your oven can trap heat and throw off oven performance, and might even void the manufacturer’s warranty. The foil can also melt, which can damage the oven or even cause a fire.
Relying on pop-up thermometers
They are calibrated to pop at 180° F, past the ideal cooking temperature for turkey.
Leaving mats in the sink
A rubber mat provides a cushion when you’re washing glasses and dishes, but leaving it in a stainless-steel sink can trap water underneath and cause rust and pitting. Similarly, steel wool can scratch the surface and leave steel particles, which will rust, in the sink’s surface.
Using cooking spray on nonstick pans
Cooking spray can damage the coating on nonstick pans, which could cause food to stick. Very high heat can also break down the coating.
Washing certain plastics in the dishwasher
High heat can degrade polycarbonate, a hard, translucent plastic that was commonly used in food containers, baby bottles, and sippy cups. That can cause bisphenol A, or BPA, to leach into food and drinks. Some studies have linked BPA exposure to health problems.
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