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Cooking Spray and Nonstick Cookware

al b. darned | Jul 12, 2012 12:56 PM

There are lots of things that can make a nonstick surface of a pan non-nonstick. Most of these I can understand: automatic dishwashers, abrasive cleaners, etc. But one thing that is on most of the lists that I don't understand is cooking sprays.

Why would spraying oil on the pan cause it to get a grip, where pouring oil in doesn't? Is it the lecithin? (There isn't much else in there.) Why doesn't this get washed out when you clean the pan? I need help from you chemistry experts out there.

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