A common issue with non-stick pans is that over time, they lose the coating that stops food from sticking to them.
Now, a woman has revealed how she managed to restore her frying pan in just a matter of minutes with a hack that even chefs swear by.
Sophie Louise regularly shares handy cleaning tips and tricks on her TikTok where she’s known as @s_lou92, but it’s her fry pan hack that’s caught the attention of millions.
In a video that has been viewed more than 3.3 million times, Sophie asked viewers: “Have you got a frying pan that’s meant to be non-stick but it sticks now?”
All you need to do is get some Fairy washing-up liquid and a soft sponge – not a scourer – and give your pan a wash and thoroughly dry.
Then, put your hob on a high heat and wait for it to be very, very hot.
Cover the base in an even layer of table salt, and put it on the heat – it is going to end up looking a bit like brown sugar.
After a few minutes, Sophie says to tip the salt down the sink, before going at the pan with a damp kitchen towel to wipe away the excess salt.
Sophie then proves the pan is non-stick again by frying an egg.
She says: “This frying pan used to stick before this and you will see that now it won’t!”
She pours oil into the pan and cracks an egg – and thanks to her hack the egg does not stick to the pan at all.
Sophie also said that this hack works best on a cast iron pan.
Since being posted, the video has racked up more than 450,000 likes and 7,700 comments.
Whilst some people thanked Sophie for sharing the game-changing information, other’s weren’t convinced.
Explaining how the hack worked, one person said: “I think it’s [because] the salt removes the impurities on the surface of the pan… lots of chefs use this technique too.”
Another person said: “It works guys… I did catering for three years and they taught us this.”
“Nooooooo way!!!! I’ve just thrown a pan away because it lost its non-stick,” exclaimed a third.
But others weren’t convinced, as one person wrote: “You put oil, of course it won’t stick.”
Someone else asked: “How do we know it was sticking before that?”