They are made from aluminum that has gone through a treatment process that makes them very durable and somewhat nonstick. Look for pans labeled as anodized aluminum to get the durability and semi-nonstick surface.
I love my glass baking pans because they don't dent or rust. Glass pans are also the best choice when you're baking acidic things like lemon curd or tomato-based casserole.
If you're cooking quickly at high temperatures, though, like when using the broil setting, metal is a better bet. Wooden items should be hand washed quickly with a mild detergent in warm water.
As with wood, natural stones for pizza should also be hand washed to prevent cracking and damage from harsh detergents. Blanche Costly / Moment / Getty Images Knives pack a triple no-no whammy in the dishwasher.
First, the edges can nick the protective coating on racks and baskets causing rust to form. Finally, the harsh dishwasher detergent can dull edges and cause wooden handles to loosen and split.
Adam Fault / Jo Images Any kitchen tool with sharp edges should not be placed in the dishwasher. Graters and sieves can nick the plastic coating on the racks and rust will begin to form.
And if you crowd items with small holes into the dishwasher, it is nearly impossible for the water stream to remove all the food particles. Sufi/ E+/ Getty Images Cast iron skillets and pans have been around for centuries, and they can last nearly forever if they are cared for properly.
To keep cast iron from rusting and food from sticking, it must be seasoned with oil. Even if your pan is covered with black crud on the outside and you think the dishwasher is an easy way to get it clean, resist the urge.
Mark Weiss / Photo disc / Getty Images If you've ever put a shiny disposable aluminum pie plate in the dishwasher, you've seen what happens. If you want to remove the discoloration and spots, make a paste of cream of tartar and warm water.
The harsh chemicals in dishwasher detergent will immediately dull the finish and can be corrosive and cause the copper to pit. The action of a dishwasher can force small particles of food into the valves and vents and cause the cooker to malfunction (explode).
When the nonstick surface is scratched, chipped or flaking, it can release dangerous toxins into the food. A ceramic coating can be applied to cast iron, aluminum, copper, or stainless steel.
Lightweight, non-breakable acrylic or melamine dishware is very popular due to the bright colors and patterns. Unfortunately, the high water and drying temperatures and harsh dishwasher detergents can ruin the dishes.
Aaron Davidson / Getty Images Entertainment Plastic and metal insulated cups, tumblers and containers are great for keeping hot things hot and cold things cold. If you decide to place one in the dishwasher, opt for the top rack and skip the high heat of the drying cycle that can cause the seal to break and water to enter the airspace.
To remove coffee stains from the interior of your travel mug, make a paste of baking soda and water. Thelma Vantage / Eye / Getty Images The techniques for commercial printing on glassware have improved, but they are not always infallible in the dishwasher.
That harsh detergent and the force of the water spray can remove the paint in just one or two washes. If you save every butter tub and deli container to use for storage, be prepared to lose a few if you place them in the dishwasher.
When you place them in the dishwasher, use the top rack only and skip the high heat drying cycle. Porcelain and fine china are dishwasher safe unless they have gold metallic trim or images.
The harsh detergent and the strong water action of the jets can cause the metallic work to flake away. The high heat and harsh detergents will cause the adhesives used to weaken and you may lose any small pieces.
If you decide to use the dishwasher, use the top rack and place the glasses between the tines, not over them, to help avoid breakage. Remember, some lead crystal will become cloudy and pitted after being etched by the harsh detergents.
Dszc / E+ / Getty Images Sterling silver flatware goes through a dishwasher just as well as stainless steel, with one exception: Many sterling silver knives have a hollow handle and the heat of the dishwasher can cause the glue that holds the blade to the handle to melt and separate. Place stainless steel, glass, ceramic, and nylon cooking utensils in the dishwasher.
Using a non-abrasive cloth or pad, hand-wash all aluminum products, including cookware and utensils. To deep clean hard-to-remove food stains or build-up on your Pampered Chef cookware, mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 3 tablespoons of water.
Pampered Chef offers a wide variety of cookware products designed to help you manage your kitchen. Pampered Chef includes a set of Product Use and Care instructions in the item's original packaging.
This handy Mini Fry Basket is great for preparing a variety of fried foods, side dishes, appetizers, and even small entrées like popcorn shrimp or chicken tenders. Specially designed for deep-frying, blanching, and for serving individual portions of food, the mesh basket has a wire handle and stainless steel design.
Please note that only your first vote will be counted. This handy Mini Fry Basket is great for preparing a variety of fried foods, side dishes, appetizers, and even small entrées like popcorn shrimp or chicken tenders.