12/20/16

Benefits and Advantages of Titanium Cookware

There are many types of metals which can be used to produce cooking ware.  Each metal has its own character which make one better than the other in different aspects.  Some of the most popular types of cookware are stainless steel cookware, copper cookware and ceramic cookware.  One type of cookware which is less mainstream is the titanium cookware, probably because it is very expensive.

Titanium cookware sets are of very high quality as titanium metal is considered to be one of the sturdiest metals.  What’s more is that it does not weigh a lot, especially compared to other sturdy metals, like the cast iron.  Although titanium cooking pans are just recently introduced, it is gaining market as there are many professionals and home cooks who are gearing towards titanium made cookware.  Let’s discuss further why this is happening.

 Titanium CookwareWhen selecting a cookware, first to come to mind would probably be regular stainless steel cookware sets because it is popular for its durability and easiness of use.  No special handling and cleaning required, that is if food does not stick on to the cookware.  Another that would come to mind would be non stick cookware because of the convenience of not having food stick on to the cookware while cooking.  It would be easier to clean and food could be cooked healthier as no or minimal cooking oil would be needed to cook your meal.  However, special utensils and cleaning are required for non stick cookware as the non stick coating should not be scratched off.  Now, let’s consider the titanium cookware set.   It combines the strong points of stainless steel and non stick cookware and takes away their weaknesses.  Titanium cookware is certainly durable, light weight so it is easy to use, non stick and can withstand abrasive cleaning materials and utensils!  Is there anything else you can ask for?

But there’s more!  Have you heard of waterless cookware?  Titanium cooking pots are waterless cookware.  Because of its superb heating capacity, you can cook food naturally without adding water or cooking oil as it will use the juice of the ingredients.  You would be able to cook healthier meals with nutrients intact.

Another selling point of titanium cooking ware is that it does not react with your ingredients because it is non porous.  This makes it safe that you eliminate the possibility of ingesting harmful metal materials and it does not alter the taste and flavor of your dishes.  Provided with a covers made of glass which can withstand high temperatures, this allows you to look at the dish you are preparing without taking of the cover.

Worth mentioning again is the weight of titanium cookware.  For its durability, you may think that it should be heavy like the copper pots and pans, but it is actually very light.  This is a big advantage to petite sized cooks who may have a hard time with heavy cookware and convenient when transferring the cookware or bringing it along to cook outs.

The titanium cookware is also compatible to most cook tops, including induction cook ware and it is safe to wash in automatic dish washers.  This makes it suitable for our today’s busy lifestyle.

There are many brands to choose from if you are considering this type of cookware.  The best cookware brands include woll titanium cookware, all clad and wolfgang puck cookware, among others.

 

If you would compare titanium with either copper or brass, which are also good and tested cookware materials, experience would tell you that these materials run the risk of corroding which either would make you buy a new one or risk you health with contaminants.

Having discussed the benefits and advantages of titanium cooking ware, it’s probably time you give it a try.  Investing in a good cookware will give you a better cooking experience which you can pass on to the next generation.  You’d leave a legacy with your cooking!

For more information, you may check out other cookware reviews available in the internet.

11/9/16

How to Choose Your Stainless Steel Cookware Set

If you are conscious of your health and is looking for the best cookware set to compliment your healthy dishes, then it would be best for you to try stainless steel cookware sets.  Not only are stainless steel pots and pans considered a healthy cookware, it is also easy to clean, safe to use, very sturdy and remains to have a good appearance even after long years of usage.

When you have already decided to buy a stainless steel cookware set, keep in mind what you intend to really do with it.  What degree of cooking and what type of dishes would you normally prepare on your stainless steel pans and stainless steel pots?  Don’t let price be your sole consideration when choosing your stainless steel cookware.  Sometimes, if you buy the cheaper cookware, you end up replacing it after a short period of usage and it would actually cost you more to get another one, than just getting the right one to start with.  On the other hand, some may buy very expensive relating it to quality, not considering that those are rather expensive because they were built for heavy cooking or professional cooking for restaurants.

Stainless Steel Cookware Set

To guide you on how to select what is the best stainless steel cookware set to suit your needs, it would be best to read through stainless steel cookware sets reviews and to browse the different cookware lines through each brand’s websites.

To give you a brief guide on what to look out for, here are some of the things you may want to consider:

  1. What are the top brands of stainless steel cookware sets?  You would easily know this by reading stainless steel cookware reviews, as previously suggested.
  2. How much cooking would I do?  This is important so you would know whether to buy a professional cookware, which may be more expensive, or just a regular but good quality cookware.
  3. How does the cookware perform when used?  Does it have a good heat conductor which is evenly distributed?
  4. Stainless Steel Cookware SetsIs it easy to clean?  Does it require special cleaning?  Is it dishwasher safe?  More importantly, are you willing to do the required level of cleaning?
  5. Is it built sturdily?  Is it a single ply or has multiple plies to reinforce the metals used?  Check out all clad stainless steel cookware to give you an idea on tri-ply to 5-ply cooking wares.
  6. Does the cookware have safety features to minimize injuries and accidents during usage?  Some have handles that remain cool even while cooking.  Some have anti-slip features.
  7. What are the different types of lids which can be used for a stainless steel pan and pot?  What are the advantages of using a glass lid over other types?
  8. Is the cookware multifunctional?  Can it be used to several types of cooking process or is it limited to one cooking process?  The more multifunctional your cookware is, the more you get your money’s worth.
  9. Is the cookware compatible to your cook top?  This should be obvious but many forget to check, especially those who have just changed from gas stove to induction or ceramic.

Be wise and discerning when selecting your cookware to give you a pleasant cooking experience.  Don’t be shy to ask around for recommendations.  After all, a good cookware could be a lifetime kitchen partner.

09/3/16

The Appropriate Pots and Pans for You

For a professional chef or a home cook, choosing the suitable pots and pans for your cooking requirement is an individual choice.  A lot of options are available and different factors are to consider in choosing the right one for you.  Some of the considerations are the frequency of usage, dependability, comfortableness, safety and versatility.

Another consideration is whether it is wiser to buy single pots & pans or to buy pots and pans set.  If you cook limited dishes for yours and your family’s consumption, buying single pot and pans may prove to be more economical.  You may do a lot of different dishes on a single reasonably sized pot.  Do not but a small pot as you are limiting its capacity as to the quantity and the types of dishes you can prepare in it.  As for pans, a small and bigger pan may be recommended for a few varieties of dishes, from simple frying to more complex dishes.  You may also want to have some stainless steel pots and pans and some non-stick ones.  You can find some good quality but cheap pots and pans which are suitable for everyday home cooking.

For professional chefs or cooking enthusiasts who are more daring in preparing more varied dishes, buying pots and pans sets may be better and more cost friendly in the long run.  It also saves you the hassle of not having the right cookware when you need it for your particular recipe.  Cooks of this type prepare dishes that range from seared meats to paellas so a wide variety of cookware is very much welcome in their kitchen.

Now there are also ingredients which are only suitable to certain types of cooking ware.  Example is tomato or lemon which is acidic and may react negatively on cookware with copper finish or aluminum finish.  Your best bet for acidic ingredients is stainless steel pots and pans set.  Stainless steel metal is non ferrous and non corrosive so it does not react with food ingredients.  This ensures the flavors of your ingredients do not get tampered with any metal taste.  Another option is glass cooking pots and pans which are surely non-reactive but has limits as to the type of cook top you will use.

The cast iron pots pans is an excellent option for cooks who are more into frying.  Cast iron has a good heat retention lessening the time required for you to achieve the brown crisp you are aiming for.  Cast iron cookware needs to be seasoned, though, prior to first use and this has to be repeated once or twice a year.  Ingredients will not stick to a well seasoned cast iron cookware thus is easier to clean compared with using stainless steel.

pots and pans setFor more complicated type of cooking which involves both a cook top and an oven, one consideration you have to bear in mind in selecting your cookware is the handles of your pot and pans set.  Take note that you have to transfer a hot pot or pan into the oven which is presumably pre-heated.  Your handles must be easy to grip and safely attached to the cookware itself.  It is also better that the handle stays cool even during cook time.  Do not rely on kitchen pot holders as you may underestimate the hotness of the handle if it is not the stay cool type.

The best pots and pans for wannabe chefs is a mixture of different types.  This way, you get to try each and know which one works well for each type of dish you are preparing.  For sure you will have favorite pots and pans over time and from this you would know which will be your next buy.  Discovering the versatility of your cookware will trim down the pieces you would need to buy.  Discovering also which wears down easily with your cooking frequency will enable you to be more cautious on your next purchase.  If you’re the artsy type, you may also want to try colored cookware like green pots and pans or pink pots and pans which are now available in the market.

To get the best value for your money, before deciding the cookware pieces you would buy, make sure you contemplate on what you really need.  Think about what you regularly cook and what dishes you still want to try.  Do not just imitate what others are buying or be fooled into buying the most expensive ones thinking it is the best or cheapest ones thinking you are saving money by doing so.  Note that some cookware is made for rigorous cooking like in catering or restaurants and for this reason the cookware are reinforced and therefore cost higher.  In the same manner, not all cheap pots and pans set are of inferior quality but you have to choose wisely because the possibility of getting low quality cheap cookware is high.  Doing a good research may save you a lot of bucks and having unnecessary cookware in your kitchen.

08/13/16

Non-Stick Cookware, For a Healthier You

Businesses related health and well being are now booming nowadays because people are now becoming health conscious.  The proliferation of illnesses ranging from grave ones like cancer to more common ones like diabetes and obesity are being addressed now.  People are more aware now of the saying “prevention is better than cure” and many are changing their lifestyle to prevent getting these dreaded illnesses.  When we say lifestyle change, one of the major factors to change is one’s diet.  People now are trying to lessen eating food with high bad cholesterol food.  As we all know, pork, beef and chicken and some of their by-products have fats that contain bad cholesterol.

The dilemma, however, is how to avoid this bad cholesterol without having to totally sacrifice one’s taste buds?  Cookware manufacturers are aware of this and have since introduced the nonstick cookware.

Traditionally, when we cook, we are always smothering butter or edible oil onto our cooking pans.  Without having our meat yet, we have already placed extra cholesterol in our dish.  A single cup of oil and butter has over 1000 calories.  The question is, why do we have to put these automatically into our dish and how can we avoid it?

nonstick cookwareWhen we cook with even the best pots and pans manufactured the traditional way, our ingredients stick to it if we do not put first oil or butter.  This is what nonstick cookware sets solve.  The nonstick cookware brand that made this type of cookware popular is the teflon pans.  Using this cookware, even minimal or without butter or oil, your ingredients will not stick to the pan thus minimizing cholesterol in your dish.  Now, you can enjoy your meat better and with less guilt.  Of course, to have energy in our body, fat intake is still necessary but it should be within the healthy limits.

When you cook meat in a stainless steel cookware, and not oil or butter it up prior to putting in the meat, it would stick onto the pan and you are left with big trouble cleaning up the cookware after use.  Unlike with a nonstick cookware set, cleaning is a breeze.  In fact, you should not use rough cloth to clean a safe nonstick cookware as it may damage the nonstick coating.

Having mentioned the nonstick coating, there have been claims that the original materials used as nonstick coating has a negative effect on one’s body, there is no scientific or medical evidence to back these claims.  However, to make consumers feel safer with the best nonstick cookware, manufacturers have developed different non stick cooking ware made of other materials.  Examples of these are the recent releases of ceramic nonstick cookware, green nonstick cookware and hard anodized cookware.

Non-Stick CookwareTo make your nonstick cookware last for years, appropriate care and maintenance should be observed, as with all types of cookware.  A nonstick cookware safety leaflet is normally provided when you buy the cookware.  If you follow these safety precautions, cleaning and proper usage procedures, your cookware will work for you for a long time.

If you’re up to preparing hearty but healthy dishes, you should definitely try nonstick pots and pans.  Not only will it be beneficial for your health and your family’s, it also lessens your burden of cleaning up giving you more time to enjoy your health lifestyle.

If you ask what the best nonstick cookware is for you, it actually depends on different factors.  Check out different cookware reviews as they could guide you which cookware is the right one for your cooking requirement.  There are a lot of different brands to choose on and different price ranges to suit your budget.  The expensive ones do not necessarily mean they are the best type.  Sometimes the expensive ones are built for restaurant cooking where the frequency of cooking is much more than in a regular household.  There are some cheaper ones that are also of good quality.

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.