08/8/17

Hard Anodized Cookware – The Pros

What is hard anodized cookware? hard anodized is a cookware that is made from aluminium material the difference of anodized cookware from other cookware is that it goes through a process called anodizing. Anodizing is done when the metal or aluminium compound has undergone electrochemical process that will thicken its surface by creating oxidation through bathing the metal or aluminium into an acid  (sulphuric or organic) and then it will pass through a mild electrical current to complete the finish thereby increasing the corrosion resistance and durability of the compound.  Hard anodized cookware set is one of the most durable cookware sets and not to mention heaviest because of the thickening effect of the aluminium adding weight to the cookware.

Slikovni rezultat za Hard Anodized CookwareYou may be wondering, is hard anodized cookware safe? since it passes through an electrochemical process that sounds hazardous enough for health. Well, the truth is, once the process of anodizing is done it will no longer affect the foods that will be prepared in the anodized aluminum cookware in fact, it even alleviated the performance of the cookware to give more desirable and safe cooking outcome. The good thing with hard anodized cook ware is that it has a natural non-stick property that does not use PFOA, a chemical that is toxic to us, to make the surface non-stick. Another bonus of hard anodized aluminum cookware is its durability and corrosion resistance, it is its prime features that makes the cookware last forever even for a daily usage but of course with proper care and usage.

Hard anodized cookwares are one of the best cookware that one could have it is double the benefit of aluminum cookware that most commercial chefs wanted to use and now it finds its way to the kitchen of almost every households. There are many popular brands that you can look for when buying this type of cookware. calphalon cookware is one among the top brand that you can count on in looking for the best hard anodized cookware set. Other brands such as cuisinart hard anodized cookware set, circulon hard anodized cookware, rachael ray hard anodized cookware are as decent as calphalon hard anodized cookware

The differences of these brands is the price and their ranking in hard anodized cookware reviews however, we cannot attribute that to their performance if there would be some bias reviews, nevertheless, all mentioned brands of hard anodized cook-ware have more positive responses than negative ones.

Slikovni rezultat za Hard Anodized Cookware

In buying this type of cookware, just be mindful of the hard anodized cookware safety instructions. By this, you will avoid any warranty disqualification in case something is wrong with the manufacturing. Do not wash your hard anodized aluminum cookware in the dishwasher even if it says that it is dishwasher safe, this is recommended to make your hard anodize last longer than. Use only mild dishwashing liquid or soap with a soft sponge; do not use steel wool or steel brush in cleaning food residues. Always make sure to use the required temperature when cooking and do not exceed beyond that. Some hard anodized are not induction compatible so you also have to read the label before buying one if you are using induction hobs. Hard anodize are also oven safe but as I have said, always check the label and instructions.

09/20/16

Professional Cookware for Amateurs?

When you have new kitchen or have just decided to buy cookware sets, you will realize that this is not a very easy task.  With the wide variety of available cookware sets on sale, finding the best cookware for you may prove to be challenging.

One of the most pressing issues when deciding on what cooking ware to purchase is whether to buy a professional cookware or just a regular cookware.  As a home cook, you may think that buying a professional cookware set may be an unnecessary expense as you may get the same results with using regular pots and pans.  In actual, if your budget permits, buying professional cookware sets may save you more money in the long run and make you happier in the kitchen.

Having the best professional cookware in your kitchen gives you an assurance and confidence that you are equipped with reliable apparatuses for your cooking needs.  It’s like going to a battle with the confidence that you have reliable weapons.  When you have reliable tools, you have one less thing to worry about.

Professional Cookware

Not only does professional stainless steel cookware give you confidence in cooking, it also inspires you to prepare sumptuous dishes and upgrade the recipes you cook.

If you are budget constraint but still wants to opt for professional cookware, you may consider buying the specific cookware you need instead of a complete set.  This is especially true if you only prepare specific dishes and do not need too many varieties of cookware with your type of cooking.

Professional Cookware setWhen you have finally made up your mind to go for professional cooking ware, you are now faced with a wide selection of different brands such as the thomas professional cookware, magnalite professional cookware or ameriware professional cookware.  I am pretty sure these brands are all reliable and mostly dependable.  Each brand will have some stronger points than the others and I will leave it up to you to discover these.  Check different professional cookware reviews to find out.

What I feel is more important to discuss is the type of cookware you would be most comfortable using.  Here is a brief idea on each kind of cookware you may encounter in the market:

  • Cast Iron Cookware – Probably one of the most durable types of cookware, reasonably priced, quite heavy and needs special maintenance called seasoning.
  • Stainless Steel Cookware – One of the most popular types of cookware, reasonably priced, easy and regular cleaning except when food gets stuck on the cookware then you have to soak it for a while then wash regularly.
  • Non-stick cookware – Also a very popular type of cookware, reasonably priced, very easy to clean since food does not stick on it, you may cook with minimal oil.
  • Ceramic cookware – Artistic and attractive cookware, medium to high priced, claimed to be a healthier alternative to non-stick cookware, versatile as you may use it also as serving dish.
  • Titanium cookware – Very durable, quite expensive, easy cleaning, waterless cooking is possible.
07/8/16

Kitchen Cookware: Which suits you most?

As a professional chef, a lot of times I am requested to give a recommendation on what kinds of kitchen cookware are preferable.  This is because there are already a lot of different types and brands of kitchen pots and pans to choose from.  Depending on your budget, you have a wild selection when it comes to the prices.  If there is no limit on your budget, you may opt for the high end brands or buy kitchen cookware sets instead of per piece.   If you are on tight budget, you may opt for cheap pots and pans.   What is important to know is what and how frequent you will use your pot and pans to be able to determine which is best for you.

To give my personal preference on what is the best pots and pans I consider based on my experience with them, I will briefly discuss each of them.

Cast iron cooking pots and pans – For preparing healthy dishes especially one dish recipes, I would recommend using cast iron.  Some of the dishes you can prepare are pork chops, pasta and frittatas.  Dishes which you should avoid preparing using cast iron cookware are dishes which have acidic recipes like tomato or lemon as they may react against the iron.kitchen cookware

In order for cast iron pots and pan sets to last a lifetime, maintaining its quality is important.  Appropriate care must be observed to achieve this.  As you may have already realized, cast iron pots pans weigh a lot compared with stainless steel pots and pans and others made of different materials.  One must be careful when handling it, especially when hot, as dropping it may cause irreparable damage.  Cleaning and storing cast iron pot and pan set also involve a different process called seasoning. Seasoning is putting a sort of coating on the iron cookware by greasing it and heating it in an oven.  We will discuss the process in detail shortly.  Once the cast iron kitchen cookware is seasoned, it is ready for use and should only be cleaned by warm water, and not with dishwashing soap.  The only time you may clean with dishwashing liquid is when you just bought it and took it out of its original packaging as there may be some waxy residue which serves as a protective cover for the new cookware.  After the first wash involving dishwashing liquid, you have to season the cookware and the next washes will no longer involve dishwashing liquid.

Going back to the process of seasoning your cast iron pots and pans sets, you must first make sure it is completely dry before you apply any coating.  You must also preheat your oven to 350 degrees in preparation for cooking or seasoning your cast iron kitchen pots and pans.  Apply a thin layer of edible oil on the inner and outer part of the cookware and place this in the preheated oven, letting it stay for about 30 minutes.  The inner part of the cookware should be placed in the oven where the inner part is facing down.  It is recommended that you place a stray or foil on the under rack where the cookware is being cooked to serve as an oil drip trap.  Once this is done, your cookware is ready to use.  You may repeat this procedure from time to time but not necessarily each time you use the cookware.  This will ensure that your cookware will be passed on the generations to come.

To get more information about other types of cookware, check out other kitchen pots and pans reviews.

04/19/16

How to Keep Your Non Stick Frying Pan in Good Condition for a Long While

When purchasing a cell phone, you are not only provided with the cell phone unit itself, the charger and headsets normally go with it as well as they are necessities for you to be able to fully use the cell phone.  This goes true with purchasing non stick fry pans, when you buy one, attached sales to it are a non-metal utensil and a soft cleaning material like sponge or scouring pad with soft cloth bristles.

To guide you on the proper use and care of your non stick frying pan, here are some points to ponder on:

  1. After buying your brand new non stick fry pan from your favorite cookware store and taking it home to your kitchen, don’t immediately use it without washing it first with warm water and mild soap.  Use sponge or other soft cleaning material when washing non stick frying pans.  After washing, you need to either air dry the pan or using soft cloth or paper towels.
  2. Once your pan is clean, you need to season it by pouring a small quantity of edible oil and spreading it out to the whole pan using a paper towel.  After this procedure, you may now use the frying pan.
  3. Non Stick Frying PanWhen preheating even the best frying pan which is non stick, the maximum setting of heat you should use is medium.  Do not go above medium as it will compromise the coating of your pan.  Anyway, most dishes you would cook using non stick pans need not be cooked over high heat.
  4. Except if you are using a non stick deep frying pan, you do not need to use a lot of cooking oil on your non stick pan.  A very thin layer of cooking oil maybe enough already to prepare your dishes.  You may just spray oil over your non stick pan.  This is one of the beauties of this type of pan.  It also is a healthier option to prepare food.  This is one advantage non stick has over stainless steel frying pan.
  5. In order to preserve the coating of your non stick pan, avoid scratching the coating when cooking or even storing.  When you are cooking, use stirrers or spatulas which are non metal.  You may use utensils made out of rubber or wood.  When storing, it is better to hang non stick pans than stack them together to avoid possibility of scratching the coating.
  6. Even the best fry pan needs to be cleaned out immediately and thoroughly after use if you want it to last a long life.  Repeat the washing process as indicated in point number one, above.

The non stick fry pan is a convenient partner in the kitchen.  It will lessen your frustration when preparing dishes as it eliminates the problem of the ingredients sticking on to the pan.  If you would like to try other types of fry pans, try a stainless steel fry pan or a ceramic frying pan and compare the differences.

10/13/15

Club Aluminum Cookware – Where Can I Find You?

Mirro Aluminum Company has launched a new line of its Club aluminum cookware.  Although the predecessor of its new line or the vintage club aluminum cookware is still sought after by few cookware enthusiasts, it is already hard to come across nowadays.

Club aluminum pots and pans in the earlier times were offered and sold directly to potential buyers.  The name of the company back then, which created the Club cookware, was Club Aluminum Utensil.  The merchant would normally convince customers by doing a demo of the cookware.  He will cook a nice meal, with the prospect buyers as his audience, to persuade them to buy the cookware.  This was during the 1920s.

ThiClub Aluminum Cookwares marketing strategy seemed to have not worked in the long run as the company folded after a more or less 10-year run.  Over several years, it has been bought and sold by several companies until Mirro Aluminum survived it until present.

It was Herber John Taylor who had put Club aluminum cookware in its present glory.  He is a Christian businessman who authored and popularized the Four Way Test.  He came up with the Four Way Test to set the correct work conduct in the company which is in line with the teachings of Christianity.  His strategy has worked and we now all have the possibility to buy their Club aluminum cookware for sale.

Design

In the early times, Club aluminum pots and pans came in various radiant colors like red, teal and peach.  It is made of cast aluminum and cast aluminum pans have better heat retention.  It is quite heavy but the latest cookware sets have been upgraded for more comfortable use with easy to use handles.  The underneath exterior of the pans have circle grooves.

Where to Find Club Aluminum Cookware

If you are looking for the original Club aluminum cookware, the internet is your best bet.  By original, we mean the older, colorful cookware they made in the early times, not the latest line.  It may be a bit pricey because it is already rare and may be considered a collector’s item and also one of the best pots and pans which graced our generation, so this is expected.  There are unused and pre-loved Club pots and pans being offered in online shops.  Be careful and thorough, though, when dealing online.  Make sure you know you are getting from a reliable seller.  Check cookware reviews and ask around the online community for the reliability of your seller to be sure.