02/15/17

What’s with Glass Cookware?

Most household kitchens and commercial kitchens have either of the following: stainless steel cookware, copper cookware and cast iron cookware made out of glass materials are quite rare and seldom used in the household or commercial kitchen. However, there are also people or consumers that love to own and use a glass cookware set for their cooking routines especially that they are both oven and stove compatible. Although not as tough as other cookware materials are, cookware sets that are made out of glass is as good as they are in cooking.

Glass cook ware is among the list of the safest cookware that health conscious people use because there will be no harmful chemicals that could leach into foods while cooking. It is also considered an elegant collection in one’s kitchen cooking ware section. If people who love stainless steel cookware look for the best stainless steel cookware in the market, people who love glass likewise look for the best cookware brands.

Pyrex glass cookware by so far is the most popular and the oldest brand when it comes to glassware their innovation in the technology of glass cook-ware is unparalleled. They became the prototype of brand that introduces glass in the kitchen as a cookware. There are also quality brands as well that prioritized glassware cooking material as a product, the borosilicate glass cookware, and corning glass cookware which also produces the visions glass cookware. These brands are the most popular producers of cookware made of glass. Other large cookware companies and brand like all clad and rachael ray cookware may as well provide glassware but not in the most exclusive way as those brands mentioned before them.

Slikovni rezultat za glass cookwareGlass cooking ware are elegantly beautiful and they can easily become the favourite cookware in the kitchen because they are attractively captivating. The transparent appearance while you are cooking your dishes is like looking through a scientific process that you can see everything that is happening to the food – the way it is being cooked. However, there are cons in using this cookware; most of glass cooking materials is not compatible with induction since it does not contain any metal or magnetic substance that induction hobs require although there are few exceptions when the cookware has a mixture of magnetic metal base. Another problem with a glass cookware is that it is not as durable as stainless or copper or any other cookware that are made of metal and iron components, glasses are prone to scratches and breakage. Glasses cookwares are also not ideal for a high temperature cooking because it can overcook easily burn or overcook the food. It is not a good heat conductor however, if it reaches a good temperature, it can hold that temperature for a long period of time even when you reduce the temperature of the cooktop.

Regardless of the negative reviews about cookware from glass materials, it nevertheless captures the attention of glass lovers that the cookware became a jewel in their kitchen collection. And though glass are not compatible with induction hobs it is however compatible with any other hobs like electric, stove and even microwave ovens of which some cookware that have magnetic properties are not compatible with. Just as it has cons so does it has many pros for users.  One advantage of having a glass ware cooking equipment is that it is can be wash effortlessly, just dipping it to a hot water or pouring it with a hot water, food residues will easily fall off. It is also hygienic and has a clean appearance that can invite appetite during meal times.

 

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.

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.
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.

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.