Stainless steel cookware is renowned for its durability and resistance to scratches, but metal utensils can still cause small scratches on the surface. Heat-resistant silicone spatulas and other tools are the best way to prevent this. Conversely, a scratch on the stainless steel will not affect the pan or the cooking process. Most manufacturers smooth the surface and apply a primer that allows the enamel to adhere to the metal.
This makes stainless steel cookware a great choice for those who want to pass it down from generation to generation. However, it's important to remember that metal utensils should be avoided when cooking with stainless steel pots and pans. Using metal spatulas, beaters, or tongs can damage the non-stick coating that prevents food from sticking to pans and shorten their longevity. Cooks and bakers who are more practical prefer stainless steel or plastic tools because of their durability and ease of cleaning, respectively.
It's also important to note that using metal utensils on non-stick cookware can cause aluminum to leach into your food, giving it a strong metallic aftertaste. This is especially true when there is sourness in ingredients such as tomatoes or lemons. Of course, stainless steel utensils can be used in stainless steel pots and pans; otherwise, the restaurant industry would stop. However, it's always best to use silicone, wood, or plastic utensils in stainless steel non-stick cookware.
This will help protect your beloved kitchen utensils and ensure that they last for years to come.