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.

05/5/16

Is Glass Cookware For You?

When we think of glassware to be used in the kitchen, what comes to mind is a serving ware or a fancy container.  What does not come to mind for most of us is that it could be a glass cookware where actual cooking over a cook top may be done.  We view glass to be very fragile and this is the reason why we never consider them as a cooking ware.  Well, be in for a surprise as glass stovetop cookware is now available and it could be subjected to high heat!  We can thank Pyroceram for glass cookware sets which were the offset of what they originally developed to cover the nose of a rocket as it can tolerate extreme temperatures.

One would wonder, why even use a glass cookware set?  Are there any benefits over the more regular cookware, like stainless steel cookware, cast iron cookware or ceramic cookware?  One main advantage of a glass cookware for stovetop is that it is aesthetically pleasant so you have the versatility to use it for your actual cooking and use it afterwards to serve what you just cooked on the table without the need to transfer the dish to another serving ware.  This makes it more convenient and there is less kitchen ware to wash.  But wait; there are more to its versatility!  When you have leftovers in your glass cookware, you also need not transfer it to another container to store the leftover dish in your refrigerator.  Pyrex glass cookware does not only tolerate high heat; it could also handle low to freezing temperatures.  When you need to reheat your dish, you just need to thaw it, if frozen then you may put it in the microwave.

Glass Coo kware Another advantage of using glass cookware is its health benefits.  The possibility of contaminating the dish with metal when using metal cookware is eliminated.  Glass is also not permeable so it is safe on acidic ingredients like tomatoes.

Of course there is no perfect cookware, most especially when misused.  Even the best cookware, if not used properly, will be damaged or create damage.  There have been reported cases of glass cookware breaking and worse, blowing up because of wrong use.  It seems basic that extremely hot glass, one just coming off from the stove top, should not be placed in a cold table top and vice versa, a freezing glass should not be placed in a very hot surface like heated stove top or microwave.  Just to be sure, manufacturers now provide safety guides or “how to use” guides on each cookware.  If used properly, cookware made of glass is safe and very efficient.

Some of the safety precautions when using glass cooking ware are as follows:

  1. When preparing to cook a dish out of meats, it is necessary to put liquid on the lowest part of the cookware.
  2. A glass cookware is safe to use in an oven, provided that it has been preheated.
  3. Do not place a hot dish on a cold countertop as it may break.  To transfer the hot dish to the counter, place a cloth mat on the counter before putting down the hot dish.
  4. Pyrex cookware and the like cannot be used on top of open flamed burners.

Glass CookwareThese are just some of the precautions to take note of that will help you properly use your glass cookware and will prolong its life while preventing harmful accidents.

Now that you are guided on the proper usage of glass cooking ware, you may want to know more on how to clean it.

On regular use, without burn marks, you may just use a simple sponge and dishwashing liquid to clean it off.  Do not use a scouring pad or any abrasive cleaning material to avoid scratching the glass.  Once you have burnt marks on the glass cooking ware, cleaning it may require more than just soaping it.  You may soak it for a while with warm water and dishwashing liquid to allow the burnt areas to.  If it still does not come off, put some baking soda on the burnt area and wipe it off with a cloth until it is removed.  You may also use a glass cleaner, usually with ammonia, if the baking soda doesn’t do the trick.  Just don’t forget to wash it off again with dishwashing soap after to remove any residue.

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!

03/13/16

The Beauty of Enamel Cookware

Have you ever watched a cook show and said to yourself “hey, that’s easy! I can totally do that!,” then you give it a go at your kitchen at home using whatever cookware you have in your cookware sets and you fail to do it as easily as shown in TV?  You wonder where it went wrong.  You bought the same ingredients, followed the recipe to the letter but you miserably failed to achieve the dish you were aiming for.  Well there may be nothing wrong with your cooking; it might be the cooking pans or pots you are using which are making the damage.

A type of cookware you would want to try for a better cooking experience would be the enamel cookware.  This type of cookware is coated with some sort of glass or porcelain.  Enameled cookware allows you to cook your dish without having the ingredients stick on to your cookware, unlike when using stainless steel cookware.  It works like a non-stick pan.  It also provides a thicker bottom for the cookware which is quite important when cooking especially over high temperature and over long cooking times.  Since this type of cookware is coated, it is rust proof, for as long as the coating stays.

The best enamel cookware functions with flexibility.  A specific cookware not only serves or functions one purpose, it can also be used for other dishes that normally is being cooked in another type of cookware.  What’s more is that some of these are also induction cookware which means you are not limited to gas or electric cook top.

Enamel CookwareAnother plus point on this kind of cookware is its aesthetic awesomeness.  Check out a porcelain enamel cookware or a French enamel cookware and see how lovely their designs are.  When you have this cookware, you need not store them inside cabinets as they can make very good decors when you hang them in your kitchen walls.

Enamel cookware is also sought after because of its tested durability.  Like the cast iron cookware, this type of cookware may be passed on generations to generations.  It’s like your secret family recipe!  Unlike cast iron cookware sets, however, enamel is already coated hence there is no extra effort needed to maintain the good quality of the cookware.  No need to season it like in cast iron.  Think of the coating as extra protection, like the cover of a cell phone.

Considering all the advantages mentioned above and in other enamel cookware reviews, it is without a doubt that this type of cookware works nicely in your kitchen and would be a long lasting partner.  As we all know, familiarity and being comfortable with your cookware is a big help in preparing sumptuous dishes.  Now you can cook like a pro, looking at ease while cooking.  You can achieve what you watch on cooking shows right at the comfort of your home.

To ensure that you maintain the good condition of your enamel cookware, kindly review the enamel cookware safety guidelines.  There are many trusted brands that carry this cookware line.  You are now ready to select which one fit your needs and your budget.

02/12/16

Emirilware: All Clad’s Ingenuity and Chef Emeril’s Passion in Cooking

If you are into cooking and have been following different cooking shows, you would certainly be familiar with Emeril John Legasse.  He is an award winning chef who has a regular television cooking program.  He has become popular because of his character and his innovative and sumptuous recipes and dishes.  Because of his influence in the cooking industry, a cookware line has been created and named after him.  It is what we have now as the emeril cookware.

Emeril is very well known for concocting healthy but flavorful dishes making healthy diet appealing instead of appalling.  He did not limit himself to his passion for creating healthy yet delicious meals.  He progressed further to putting his ideas on producing good cookware which would be beneficial to restaurant chefs and even those who just cook at home alike.  Since he is a great chef himself, you are sure that emeril cookware sets work!

EmirilwareEmeril teamed up with one of the best cookware brands for his cookware line, the emeril all clad.  As most of us interested in cooking already know, all clad cookware is already in itself a tried and tested cookware which is being used and recommended by professional chefs.  If you are not yet impressed or convinced with the regular all clad sets, then this may be what you are waiting for, the touch and genius of Emeril collaborating with all clad ltd.

With an emeril cookware set right in your home, you would be able to create delicious dishes for your family and friends to enjoy, without the need of spending too much in a restaurant.   You can do this with your own recipe or if you are up for a challenge, why not try one of Emeril’s recipes with your all clad emeril cookware?  You will surely impress your friends and family with your cooking.

To give you more information on the all clad emeril cookware, here are some of them:

  • Pro-Clad Emerilware – This line is created for extensive home cooking.  The cookware has two outer stainless steels sandwiching an aluminum metal sheet for good heat conductivity.
  • Hard Anodized Emerilware – If you prefer non-stick cookware, this is the cookware line you are looking for.  Not only do you no longer worry about your ingredients sticking, like in a stainless steel all clad pan, washing non stick cookware is relatively easy.
  • Cast Iron Emerilware – If you are looking for cookware that will last generations, then opt for the cast iron.  The cast iron emeril all clad cookware is pre-seasoned so it is ready for use.  It is, however, recommended that you season it again prior to use to make it more lasting.

The tie up of Emeril and All clad is good news for all cooking fans.  For more reviews on the emeril cookware, search for more emeril all clad cookware reviews and read for yourself what the rest are raving about on this cookware line.  You may also check out the actual cookware in an all clad outlet.