Can I Rescue a Nonstick Pan That Has Lost Its Coating?

published May 16, 2011
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Q: I inherited a nonstick frying pan that has lost most of its nonstick coating. The surface has rust spots where the coating is gone.

It’s a solid, heavy pan and I’d like to rescue it if I can. Do you have any ideas?

Sent by Julie

Editor: Julie, we’re going to go the conservative route on this one. Let the pan go. You just don’t want to deal with flaking nonstick coating in your food, or a rusty taste from the metal beneath. It’s best to just recycle the pan and find yourself a good new one.

Readers, what do you think? Agree? Disagree?

(Image: Reader Nathaniel via email)