I bought this grill pan, and someone told me it may be preseasoned. It doesn't say anything in the description. How can I be sure?
Per the information on starfrit.com , there is no mention of the pan being pre-seasoned. But there is also no mention of needing to do so.
From the maintenance tab on the linked page:
Before you cook
- Remove all labels and packaging materials.
- Before using your new cookware, wash thoroughly in hot soapy water using a soft cloth or sponge. Dry completely.
General cooking tips
- Prior to each use, it is recommended to add a teaspoon of cooking oil for better cooking results.
- Never heat an empty utensil. Be sure there is oil, butter, liquid or food before placing the cookware on the range or burner.
- It is not recommended to use high heat. Cooking on excessive heat can cause permanent damage to the surface and utensil.
- Never cut anything in the cookware or use utensils with sharp edges as to avoid damaging the surface.
- Add salt to water only after is has come to a boil. Salt grain deposit on the cookware bottom will attack the metal as the heat melts it down.
There is also other information about cleaning and oven use.
All said, I don't follow a set rule about seasoning non-stick cookware even though I've often seen it recommended. But when I have heated oil in a non-stick pan it does seem to do better afterwards, especially with older pans. And I always hand wash non-stick cookware.
To sum up, I don't see how you could cause any harm by pre-seasoning the pan and occasionally reseasoning, even if it doesn't need it. But this is based on my experience and I haven't used this brand.
The only other thing I can suggest is to contact the company and see what they say. Since they don't mention pre-seasoning, I suspect they will say it isn't necessary. If you do contact them, we'd be interested in what you find out.
And welcome to Seasoned Advice!
I was assuming that the OP knew about seasoning a non-stick pan, as the question is about how to tell if a non-stick pan is pre-seasoned when new.
To be very clear, seasoning a non-stick pan is NOT the same thing as seasoning a cast iron or other bare metal pan. Should you (or anyone) decide to season a non-stick pan, please make sure to follow a recommended procedure.