Okay, before I start, just, please forgive me. I've always, always loved the look, of stainless steel pots and finally gave in, and purchased a expensive set at BB&B.
I already understand, that it's a big change from Non-Stick, but, I've always hated my semi-expensive, "Aluminum Anodized" (I really have no idea what that means) pans. And, I'm fine, with things sticking from time to time, and using oil or butter beforehand.
My Question is in, Maintaining Them. I noticed there "Dishwasher Safe", and would like to sparingly put them in there, from time to time, just to kill off any bacteria, and to prevent any build up of anything.
My first Question is, what's the safest Dishwasher Detergent? I know the Gel is probably a big no-no because they contain Bleach, is there anything else, I should avoid? Also, Heated Dry, Yay or Nay?
I actually called Cascade, earlier, and was told there little "Complete Packets" should be safe. But, in all honesty, I'd just rather hear from actual people here, who have similar, sets of pans and experience.
Like I said, I really plan to hand-wash them as much as possible, but, I'd like to prevent any greasy buildup, and any nasty crap, during Flu Season.
Another Thing. My set already seems to have some scratching (or what looks like it) in some of the pans. Is this Common? I've never cooked with Stainless Steel before, but, I've never really seen noticeable scratching on Friends Sets, either.
I wonder, if you could even polish it out to a degree?
There's also a small place, on two of them, that looks like a Black scratch of sort. Although, looking really close up, it's almost like a stain. Although, it's not really removeable, with my fingers.
I really, like all the shiny-ness of the set, and, I just wanna keep it looking great. I know I probably sound, weird to a degree, but, I'm just, scared I'm gonna ruin them.
Anyone with any Advice, I'd really appreciate it.