Is Scratched Stainless Steel Cookware Safe?

Is Scratched Stainless Steel Cookware Safe?

Stainless steel cookware is considered good choice of cookware for the kitchen and the most popular cookware in North America.  It is heavy-duty, durable, corrosive resistant and easy for maintenance.  However, it does get scratched if not being used and cared for properly.  Is it safe using scratched stainless steel cookware?

Stainless steel cookware is made of iron, chromium and nickel.  When abrasive material is being used frequently to clean the pot or pan, it will cause the scratch thus release a small amount of iron, chromium and nickel.  Consume a large amount of iron or chromium can be poisonous, but iron or chromium released from cookware provides less than the percentage of total daily intake so it would not be hazardous. Consume small amount of nickel is not poisonous as well.  Cooking with nickel containing stainless cookware will not add significant amounts of nickel to the diet.   However, people who are sensitive to nickel might provoke allergic reaction.  It is recommended that people allergic to nickel should avoid using nickel containing in stainless steel pot and pan.

Is Scratched Stainless Steel Cookware Safe?

Because of its poor heat conductivity, high quality stainless steel pot or pan usually has aluminium or copper-coated bottom to enhance heat conduction.  It is important to realize that, if being scoured, the coated copper coating can lose its protective layer.

Furthermore, if the stainless cookware severely damaged with deep scratches, it is recommended the cookware be discarded as it is uncertain of the amount of iron, chromium and nickel be released when cooking.

Is Scratched Stainless Steel Cookware Safe?

It is a good practice to only use soft dish washcloth or non-abrasive pad with soap when cleaning to avoid scratching stainless cookware.  Proper use and care certainly will prevent causing damages to the pot or pan and therefore enhance its durability and lifetime.