What is nonstick coating material made of?

MAXIM® nonstick cookware is made using DuPont® Teflon® nonstick which is resistant to wear yet promotes better heat conductivity. Nonstick coating is applied to increase the useful life and quality of MAXIM® cookware.

What is Teflon®?

Teflon is a brand of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a solid polymer that is known to be one of the world's most slippery substances. Accidentally invented in 1938 a laboratory in Deepwater, New Jersey, in the United States, Teflon® has applications in a wide range of areas, including cookware interior. Teflon® is produced DuPont®.

Why buy Teflon® coated cookware?

All products that has the Teflon® seal has been certified to have met all quality control and live up to the Teflon®'s brand promise of easier cooking and cleanup. MAXIM® nonstick cookware also promise a healthier lifestyle as less oil is needed to cook food.

What is the difference between Teflon® Classic, Teflon® Xtra, Teflon® Select and Teflon® Platinum and which is the right one for me?

Teflo®n has these four tier of quality nonstick coating. The wide availability of coating gives the consumer a better fit according to their needs.

Teflon® Classic is the entry level coating for families that do not need high performing cookware. Typically, they do not cook everyday hence Teflon® Classic will be able to provide them with quality cookware that fit into their budget.

Teflon® Xtra has three layers of coating which increases the durability of Teflon® Classic by 100%. It is perfect choice for families who have enjoyed the convenience of Teflon® Classic but looks to upgrade their cookware so it lasts longer.

Teflon® Select is for families who prepares delicious meal everyday and needs a cookware which they can count on to do the job. With enhanced performance, Teflon® Select will delight its users with its constant reliability.

For the serious cook or professional chefs who 'abuse' their cookware, Teflon® Platinum is created to suit their kitchen habits. It is highly scratch resistant and can withstand metal utensils.

Is nonstick coating safe?

The nonstick coating of MAXIM® cookware is safe for consumer use. MAXIM® cookware uses DuPont Teflon nonstick coating that has fifty years of consumer usage. It has undergone and complies with all the necessary food contact surface tests, including the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food contact surfaces test.

What is PFOA or C8?

PFOA stands for Perfluorooctanoic acid; it is a stable synthetic of perfluorinated carboxylic acid and fluorosurfactant. PFOA is used as a catalyst to bond the nonstick coating of the cookware's interior and it will evaporate when the product is finished from the production line.

Can MAXIM® nonstick coatings chip or peel?

Under normal use, the nonstick coating of MAXIM® coating should not chip or peel. For more information on how to properly care for your cookware please refer to our Use and Care.

I have been using MAXIM® cookware for many years and the interior is peeling, is this normal and is it still safe to use?

As with most products, Teflon® do not last especially after rigorous daily usage. Typically, Teflon® Platinum last the longest. If the nonstick do peel off, it is still safe to use as ingestion of it will be passed out of our digestive system just like other fibers we eat. For more information on the safety of Teflon® products, please refer to their official website here.

I have a flat stovetop; which MAXIM®cookware is right for me?

Most MAXIM® cookware is suitable for a flat stovetop. An ideal cookware should be stainless steel or hard anodized. Copper based cookware is not recommended to be used on such stove. Cookware which does not have flat round bottom such as ridged grill pan or rounded bottom wok should not be used. When handling cookware, do not drag it across the stove; instead lift it up, to prevent scratches on the stove top.

Can I use aerosol cooking sprays cooking on my MAXIM®cookware?

We recommend that you use cooking spray only on MAXIM® Stainless Steel or Enamelware cookware without nonstick. To ensure that the useful life of nonstick cookware is maintained, we do not recommend cooking spray as it contains chemical propellant that tends to burn and carbonize easily unto nonstick cookware. If you wish to use less oil in your cooking, you can try wiping a paper towel with a bit of oil unto the cookware.

Why does food sometimes stick in my nonstick pan?

Usually this is caused by leftover food residue from previous use of the pan. This residue formed from the natural oils in the food and to remove it, let the pan to soak for some time in hot water with liquid dishwashing detergent and then scrub the cookware with a mild dishwashing detergent and toweling it dry.

Can foods react with the nonstick cooking surface?

Nonstick surfaces are chemically inert; thus, most food which reacts with metal cooking surfaces will not react with nonstick. We recommend that you use nonstick cookware if you regularly cook dishes that are high in acids, alkali, salts, vinegar, tomatoes, etc.

I have heard that pet birds should not be exposed to nonstick cookware fumes. Is this true?

We do not recommend heating up your cookware up to the directed temperature setting. In addition, preheating pans on high heat or boiling dry cookware as it will damage the interior of the cookware. If you own a pet bird, we recommend that you follow additional safety procedures. Birds are known to have delicate respiratory system. They are susceptible to cigarette smoke, steam and also grease fumes from normal cooking. We suggest that you keep your pet birds out of the cooking area; do not leave cookware on the hob unattended; do not overheat cookware and ensure that kitchen is properly ventilated when cooking.

Can induction be used with MAXIM® cookware?

Currently, only Our MAXIM® Stainless Steel cookware and Maxim IH Star are induction stove ready. However, we are actively developing more cookware that can be used on induction stoves.

How high can I heat my MAXIM® cookware on open flame?

We recommend that you use medium to low heat setting just as you would do for nonstick cookware to prolong the life of the cookware.

Is it safe to use MAXIM® cookware in an oven?

Unless otherwise stated, most cookware are oven friendly only up to 160°C as most MAXIM® cookware has bakelite handle which cannot withstand high heat. Only our MAXIM® Duranium is oven safe up to 230°C (446°F). However, we recommend you not to put the glass lid cover into the oven.

Can metal utensils be used when using my pan?

Wooden utensils are recommended as they will not scratch the interior coating of the pan; thus extending the useful life of your cookware.

How do I clean my pan?

Allow the pan to cool down after cooking before washing to avoid damaging the pan. Use a sponge or soft cloth along with soapy water to remove food particles. Do not use steel wool or other metal pads as they are abrasive and will leave coarse scratches on pan.

Is MAXIM® cookware dishwasher safe?

All of our MAXIM® series, EXCEPT for the Priority are dishwasher safe. It is strongly advisable that you use mild detergent only, as it will prolong the lifetime of the nonstick property. More importantly, by using mild detergent you will promote the reduction of alkaline residue in our domestic waste. Nevertheless, we highly recommend hand washing your MAXIM®cookware to maintain the quality of the pan. Most importantly, you will save a lot of water and energy and reduce your carbon footprint.

How do I clean my hard-anodized aluminum cookware?

Make sure the cookware is left to cool before washing. Unless otherwise stated, wash the cookware by hand using warm water with a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and soft sponge. If needed, soaking the cookware in hot water with liquid detergent to loosen the dirt before cleaning it with a soft sponge also helps to remove burnt on spot. Stains and grease that are not immediately cleaned might result in the aforementioned dirt to be more resistant to standard cleaning procedure and become a permanent cosmetic flaw on the cookware.

What is impact-bonded cookware?

Impact bonded cookware is made by bonding aluminum on the bottom of the stainless steel cookware. This allows for enhanced heat transfer.

Cooking & Care Question and Answer

If nothing sticks to Teflon® nonstick, then how do Teflon® coatings stick to a pan?

Nonstick coatings are applied in layers, just like paint. The first layer is the primer - and it's the special chemistry in the primer that makes it adhere to the metal surface of a pan.

What is the best way to clean my nonstick pan?

Simply wash with hot, soapy water after each use. A sponge or dishcloth is usually all it takes to get the surface thoroughly clean. If oil or food residue is left on the pan, further cooking will harden the residue and cause sticking over time. For pans that have 'carbonized' - where a thin film of oil has baked onto the pan - we recommend you use a little more elbow grease when cleaning in order to break through this layer. Future cleanings will be as easy as with new.

Can I use an abrasive cleaner or scouring pad?

The superior nonstick performance of Teflon® nonstick coatings means you won't have to use abrasive cleaners. If you do need a little extra 'oomph' in your cleaning, use a nonabrasive cleaner like Bon Ami® or one of the soft scrub cleansers. A sponge, Scrunge®, or other cleaning pad labeled safe for nonsticks will also work nicely.

What is the best way to ensure that cookware with Teflon® nonstick coatings continue to perform for the life of the cookware?

Maintenance is just as easy since today's Teflon® nonstick coatings are more durable than ever. Generally, the use of plastic, nylon, and wooden utensils are best because they prevent marring, although most metal utensils are safe to use with some of the more durable Teflon® coatings. Always avoid using knives and cutting food in the pan and wash with hot soapy water after each use. Store carefully to prevent scratching - a hanging pot rack is a safe, convenient way to store pans.

Can Teflon® be used in the microwave?

Teflon® nonstick coatings can be used on top of the range, in the oven, and in the microwave. However, the material of the cookware itself may not be suitable for certain applications (for example, metal pans should not be used in the microwave). Be sure to check the cookware manufacturer's guidelines for proper usage.

Are there any temperature precautions I need to know?

Low or medium heat is recommended; however, Teflon® nonstick coatings can withstand temperatures up to 500°F - that's well above temperatures needed for frying, baking, and roasting.

Can I really cook without oil, butter, or other fats? What about baking?

Teflon® nonstick coatings release food so easily, you really don't need to use added fat for cooking unless you want to for flavor. For baking, we do suggest a light greasing of the pan to achieve the best results for these more delicate creations.

Why should I choose DuPont nonstick over other alternatives?

DuPont invented nonstick surfaces for cookware, and has been the leader ever since. Go to 'How do nonstick coatings work?' for a full explanation of why DuPont&t™ Teflon® nonstick coatings are the world's most popular among home cooks and professionals alike.

Can I brown food using cookware coated with Teflon® nonstick coatings?

Yes, definitely. Browning food in a nonstick pan may even impart a richer color and flavor than some traditional browning recipes. This is because the delicious, rich liquid resulting from browning your main ingredient does not stick to the pan, which is a good thing.