10/22/17

Kitchen pots and pans – cookware for your daily cooking

Kitchen cookware sets are our companion in cooking; we use them every day in cooking our favourite dishes or in preparing for our daily menus for our family. Cookware sets are usually composed of different sizes of pot and pans therefore we could also refer to them as pots and pans sets or kitchen pots and pans sets.  I have not seen any household in my entire life that does not have pots and pan sets or at least some pieces of pots and pans. Well, the explanation for this is simply because it is an essential appliance in every household. There are many kitchen cookware that we can find on the market manufactured by different brands and designed with different materials.

Materials use to create cookware varies from production. There are copper pots and pans, stainless steel pots and pans, glass pots and pans etc. cooking pots and pans are commonly used in many commercial kitchen and gourmet chef love to use them in a variety of cooking preparations. The more durable the set is, the more they likely to be seen in the kitchen of commercial restaurants because of the tremendous amount of performance that is required for its daily use so there’s no place for cheap pots and pans in the commercial use because they wear out easily and surely will be kind of frustrating for chefs if their cookware malfunctions overtime with the amount of battering that it takes for its daily use hence, a more durable brand and material is required.

Slikovni rezultat za kitchen cookwarePots and pans kitchen cookware is indeed a common appliance not just for ordinary households but for commercial kitchens. Those who love to prepare home-made dishes and loves cooking are also like professional gourmet chefs in their own way. As more and more household cooks are turning their kitchen experience into a more exciting and fun way of cooking, they are also becoming more inclined in choosing the best kitchen pots and pans that they can afford. Turning into expensive yet top quality brands like cuisinart pots and pans and kitchen craft pots and pans or the less expensive ones like kitchen aid cookware and rachael ray pots and pans. So depending on your preferences but these products are guaranteed safe, efficient and durable because they come from different reputable cookware manufacturer but if you are less convince, you can find for it yourself by looking for pots and pans reviews online and you’ll see that these products would appear to have positive responses.

Kitchen pans and pots are used in many cooking tasks just as they differ in sizes, depth and purpose. Pans are known for sautéing, frying, and sometimes stewing. They are best for preparing foods that require little amount of water. Pots on the other hand, like stock pots, are used for a more rigid cooking like stewing, boiling and preparing foods that require considerable amount of water and ingredients like cooking whole chicken, boiling pastas etc.  The best pots and pans set will always have to be with the set that you are accustomed and comfortable to cook with, one that you have been proven and tested to bring out the spirit of gourmet chef in you. Although it is not bad to look forward to other brands and kind of pots and pan or cookware, it is always a better idea to stick into the one that has gained you appreciation in cooking from other people and your family whom you serve daily. It is compliment when you’re branded as a good household chef with a good cookware

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.

11/30/16

Why Invest in Stainless Steel Pots and Pans

In choosing a cookware suitable to your needs, there are many features to be considered.  In this review, we shall focus on stainless steel pots and pans.  Stainless steel cookware is a very popular type of cooking ware as stainless steel is known for its toughness that is almost synonymous to good quality.  Stainless steel pans are user friendly as it does not require special cleaning methods and safer to use as this material heats slowly allowing you to avoid getting burns.  Stainless steel cookware sets are also aesthetically pleasant to look at making it not only functional as cookware, but also decorative in your kitchen.

Of course there are other types of cookware which may have comparable performance as with stainless steel pots.  Other metals can be used as a cookware material like brass, aluminum or carbon steel.  Each metal have different strengths and weaknesses that oftentimes these metals are plied together to make a superior cookware.  Non-stick cookware has also become popular.  This type of cookware has a non-stick covering which prevents food from sticking to the pan when cooking.  This makes cleaning the cookware easier but the downside is you need to be careful not to scratch off the non-stick coating when you cook and clean.  You should, therefore, not use metal utensils when cooking and abrasive materials when cleaning. 

Before deciding to finally buy a stainless steel cookware set, study first the factors you need to consider in a cookware.  One of the important things to consider is thermal conduction.  Thermal conduction is the transfer of heat from the cookware to the food being cooked.  If your cookware has high thermal conductivity, you need less time to cook your food.  As mentioned already, stainless steel heats slowly and this may make you think that cooking with stainless steel is therefore no good.  However, most stainless steel pot and pan set have aluminum or copper metal core which has good thermal conductivity, which solves the weakness of stainless steel.

Although a stainless steel pan is sturdy, pans made of other metals are also comparable, like cast iron.  These metals are known to be long lasting and may withstand wear and tear better than cookware made of other types of metal.  Another benefit of using stainless steel pots and pans set is that stainless steel metal is non-reactive so it is safe to cook acidic ingredients on it.  This is very much in contrast with aluminum metal which may seep aluminum into the food making it unhealthy especially when you consume aluminum tainted food regularly.

Another consideration in selecting a cookware is the price.  The best stainless steel cookware may be expensive but may actually be cheaper in the long run as you will use it for a long time.  If you buy cheap cookware, without carefully inspecting the quality, you might have to replace it every once in a while, making it actually more expensive.  The best way to choose is to find a mid-range priced cookware of good quality, especially if it is limited to home use.  Some of the really expensive stainless steel cookware, like the all clad stainless steel, are made for professional use.

Stainless steel cookware is, undoubtedly, one of the best choices of cookware.  It is safe to use, easy to clean, durable and elegant to look at.  There may be a downside of stainless steel not being a good thermal conductor but it can be easily augmented with other metal materials.  The best stainless steel pots and pans usually have aluminum or copper core infused to the cookware.  Compared to cookware made of other metals, I could say than stainless steel is the more superior choice.  If you search the market meticulously, I’m sure you would find reasonably priced stainless steel pots and pans.  Consider buying stainless steel cooking ware as an investment instead of an expense as, with proper use, these will surely last you a lifetime.

For more information on stainless steel cookware, check out other stainless steel pots and pans reviews.

07/24/16

Seasoning Lodge Cast Iron Cooking Ware

Lodge cookware is a well known brand of cast iron pots and pans.  This brand has withstood the test of time being in existence for decades.  The secret to their continued success is the superior quality of their lodge cast iron cookware.

To be able to have your lodge cast iron cookware last for generations, proper care must be exercised.  This is not limited to the lodge pans brand but even the best cast iron cookware must undergo this specific care and maintenance in order for last a lifetime.  This is the process which we refer to as seasoning.

Cast iron cookware, regardless of the brand, has to be seasoned to serve its function and to be usable for a long time.  A cast iron pan or a cast iron pot which is properly seasoned will have a silky black finish.

When you season cast iron pots and pans, you apply edible oil, either from vegetables or animals, onto the outer and inner areas of the cookware to form a coating.  This is done for the following reasons:

  1. The coating safeguards the cooking ware from corroding.
  2. The coating will prevent food ingredients from sticking onto the pan.
  3. The coating will shield the food from acidic reactions against cast iron.

 Detailed procedure of seasoning cast iron frying pan and other pans and pots:

  1.  When you buy a new cast iron griddle or other cooking ware, it has a protective wax cover which should be washed off prior to seasoning the pan.
  2. Thoroughly wash the new pan or pot with dishwashing soap and water to remove the protective wax.
  3. Dry the cookware with a towel or leave it hanging to air dry.  Ensure that it is completely dry as this is very important prior to seasoning.
  4. Apply edible oil on the whole cookware.  This includes the bottom, sides, insides and even the handle.
  5. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Place the cookware properly coated with edible oil into the preheated oven and let it bake for an hour.
  7. After an hour, open the oven door and let it stay open so the cookware can cool faster.  Do not remove it from the oven until you are sure it is cool already.
  8. Your cookware should now have a silky, shiny black look and it is now seasoned and ready to be used.
  9. This process need not be repeated for every use.  You may repeat this process once or twice a year to maintain the good quality of your cookware.

Instructions on Washing Your Iron Cast Cooking Ware After Use

  1. After using your cast iron grill pan, wash it off with warm water.  If you need to take off something, you may use a soft cloth to remove it.
  2. Do not use dishwashing soap or rough materials to scrub off dirt from your cookware as it will damage the seasoning.
  3. In case you really need to soap or scrub your cookware, season it again afterwards.
  4. After cleaning your cookware, dry it completely dry before packing it away.

03/25/16

Why Farberware Cookware is a Great Cookware Brand

When looking for a cooking ware brand to trust, you check the track record of the brand.  One true test is if it is widely used in household kitchen and more impressively if also used in restaurants.  One brand that passes this test is the faberware cookware line.  To give you a more informed decision whether to buy farberware cookware sets, let me discuss the strengths and weaknesses based on various experiences.

Strengths

  1.  This brand has been in existence for about 10 years now.  Their main focus as their target market is amateur cooks or those who cook at home for their family and friends.  The idea, however, is to be able to prepare dishes at par with restaurant dishes right at the comfort of your home kitchen using farberware pots and pans.  The resulting dishes have been consistently good that even some professional chefs prefer this brand of cookware.
  2. Farberware CookwareEach cookware in the farberware cookware set is fashionably designed.  Now your cookware is not limited to be used for cooking per se, you can use them also to design your kitchen walls.  No more dull kitchen cabinets to store your kitchen ware.  You can display them and let your friends admire your good taste, not only in food but also in kitchen fashion.
  3. One of the greatest advantages of opting for farberware kitchen pots and pans and their other kitchen ware is that they also sell parts of their cookware pieces.  How many times have you felt throwing out a partially damaged cookware such a waste and wished you could just replace the broken part?  Your wish has been granted by farberware!  Not only does this save you your hard earned money by not having to discard and replace a whole cookware piece, it also saves you from the sad feeling of parting from your trusted and beloved cooking pans.
  4. We all know that stainless steel cookware has been tried, tested and proven to be a sturdy cookware.  Most of Farberware pots and pans set are created using high grade of stainless steel metal with aluminum core.  The stainless steel provide the sleek finish and augments the overall strength of the cookware while the aluminum core provides good heat conductivity.  Say goodbye to annoying hot spots when preparing your dishes.

Weakness

  1. One thing that may turn you off with farberware pots and their other kitchen ware like the farberware knives is the price. The cost of their cookware pieces is a bit pricier than regular cookware brands but as the saying goes, good quality comes with a good price.
  2. Another thing is that, although they claim to be farberware nonstick cookware, there have been some who experienced food sticking to the supposedly non stick cookware. The secret to prevent this is to preheat the cookware using low or medium temperature.

As you can obviously see the strengths of farberware cookware far offset its weaknesses so I’d still say this is a good cookware brand!