Multiple pots and pans can take up a lot of space – particularly in a small kitchen area. Do you wish you could have cookware that’s easy to store, transport, and clean? If so, you might want to consider getting yourself some detachable handle cookware.

Detachable handle cookware is a game changer in the kitchen, however, I was initially hesitant about cookware with a removable handle. I worried about the handle mistakenly becoming detached while I’m holding a pot full of my family’s dinner. 

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I quickly learned that there are many features and instructions in place to ensure safety when using removable handle cookware. Learn more about the safety features of detachable handle cookware and how to use them properly.

T-fal Ingenio Expertise Nonstick Removable Handle Cookware Set. Fry, Sauce Pan, Pots, 13 piece, Black

What is Detachable Handle Cookware?

Before we dive into the safety features, let’s first talk about what detachable handle cookware is. As the name suggests, it’s cookware that comes with handles that can be detached or removed. 

This means that you can use the cookware on the stove and then detach the handle for easy storage. Many detachable handle pots and pans, including our favorite by Magma, are oven-safe with the handles removed.

Who Needs Detachable Handle Cookware?

Detachable handle cookware is perfect for those who have limited kitchen space or for those who love to cook outdoors. Boaters and RVers have actually been using this type of cookware for a while to save space.  

A friend of mine has a decent-sized kitchen but it has a comically small sink. She purchased removable handle cookware because once the handles are off they fit more easily in her sink.

Removable handle cookware is great for induction cooktops

Do you have an induction cooktop or use a portable induction cooktop like a NUWAVE? No problem! The majority of detachable handle pots and pans have stainless steel bottoms which make them induction-compatible.

Safety Features of Detachable Handle Cookware

When it comes to any type of cookware, safety should always be a top priority. If you’re still pondering purchasing cookware with removable handles we want to highlight the safeguards put in place to avoid any mishaps. 

The best detachable handle cookware comes with a variety of safety features that make it a great option for various cooking spaces and needs. Here are some of the safety features you can expect from detachable handle cookware:

1. Secure locking mechanisms

The main safety feature of detachable handle cookware is the secure locking mechanisms. These mechanisms ensure that the handle stays securely attached to the cookware when in use. 

Undoubtedly, this is important for preventing dangerous accidents and spills when cooking on the stove or in the oven. You also wouldn’t want your floors, countertops or the cookware damaged due to a handle accidentally detaching.

T-fal’s removable handle cookware even has a 3-point safety system on their handles to ensure they stay put until you want them removed. 

2. Heat-resistant handles

Another important safety feature of detachable handle cookware are heat-resistant handles. These handles are designed to prevent you from burning your hand during handling. 

I was able to safely handle a pot simmering on low heat without burning my hand. However, it’s important to note that you should still use oven mitts or potholders when using higher temperatures.

3. Store securely

The ability to be stored securely is another great safety feature of detachable handle cookware. Since there are no handles, the pots and pans can nest inside one another for easy storage. 

This is especially important if you’re using them in a motorhome, boat or RV. The last thing you’d want are stacks of pots and pans with lids and handles to come flying from their cramped storage compartments.

We love Magma’s Stainless Steel removable handle set because all the cookware is secured as one piece with a bungee storage cord once nested together.

Magma Products, A10-363-2-IND, Gourmet Nesting 7-Piece Stainless Steel Induction Cookware Set with Ceramica Non-Stick, Silver

4. Induction compatibility

We touched on this feature earlier but wanted to highlight it again because of the renewed interest lately in induction cooktops. If you have an induction cooktop, you’ll be happy to know that many detachable handle cookware sets are induction compatible. This means you can use them on an induction cooktop without any issues.

5. Oven safe and broiler safe

You might have a recipe that requires you to finish a dish in the oven or broiler. Most detachable handle cookware is oven safe and broiler safe – but only once the handles are removed

Many of the handles will be made of a plastic material to allow the engineering necessary for the locking mechanism. The handles should not be placed in the oven due to the plastic material construction. 

How to Use Detachable Handle Cookware Safely

Manufacturers of detachable handle pots and pans incorporate various features for consumer safety. However, it’s still  important to know how to use them properly. Here are some tips to keep in mind when using detachable handle cookware:

1. Use oven mitts or potholders

Your detachable handle cookware may have heat-resistant handles but it’s always a good idea to use oven mitts or potholders when handling it. This is to ensure that you don’t accidentally burn yourself. After all, better safe than sorry.

2. Make sure the locking mechanism is securely in place

Make sure the locking mechanism is securely in place before using on the stove or in the oven. This will ensure that the handle doesn’t accidentally come loose while you’re cooking. 

You should hear an audible “click” when the handle is correctly attached. If you find that the handles are not attaching correctly, you should discontinue use and reach out to the manufacturer for a replacement handle.

3. Do not use metal utensils on nonstick sets

I don’t use metal utensils with any of my cookware – including cast iron and stainless steel. However, it’s extremely important to not use metal utensils on nonstick detachable handle cookware. 

If you use metal utensils, it can scratch the surface and damage the non-stick coating. You should instead stick to using wooden, plastic, or silicone utensils to preserve the life of your cookware. 

4. Follow recommended heat settings

Cookware with nonstick interior surfaces should not be used for cooking above medium-high on the stovetop. You’ll want to use stainless steel, carbon steel or cast iron for cooking that requires high temperatures. 

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cooking and heat settings. Each type of detachable handle cookware may have different recommended temperatures and cooking times.

5. Follow cleaning and care instructions

Provided instructions for cleaning and care of your cookware should be followed. The actual removable handle of the cookware should not be washed in dishwashers. 

However, most detachable handle pots and pans will be dishwasher safe. Most manufacturers will suggest that they be hand-washed instead to extend the longevity of your cookware.

You should also be sure to use mild detergent and avoid using abrasive sponges or scrubbers as they can scratch the surface of the cookware. 

It may be tempting to use one of those green, hard dish scrubbing pads but they’ll eventually wear down the finish of your cookware. I instead use Swedish reusable dish cloths to safely wash my pots, pans and dishes.

Our Final Thoughts

Because of the safety features of detachable handle cookware you can be confident using them if you have limited kitchen space. Also, by following these simple tips, you can ensure that your detachable handle cookware lasts for years to come and you can cook safely. 

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