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.

10/16/16

Why Go for a Stainless Steel Cookware?

One of the most popular materials for cookware is stainless steel.  Stainless steel cookware has become well known because it has proven its quality throughout the years.  It is widely the preferred choice of cookware amongst home and professional cooks.  Aside from stainless cookware being a high quality material, there are many other benefits in using stainless steel cookware sets.

Allow me to list down here in the said benefits:

  • Sturdiness – stainless steel cookware set are very sturdy and does not easily break.  Stainless steel is not brittle and does not corrode.  There are tri ply stainless steel cookware and even 5 ply stainless steel cookware already available in the market which is enhanced with more layers of metal, like aluminum core, to enhance the performance of your cookware and your cooking experience.  Most stainless steel cookware made in USA is safe to be washed in a dishwasher.
  • Non-reactive – Maintaining the flavors of the dishes you prepare is very important.  You wouldn’t want your cookware interfering with the flavors, right?  Good thing that surgical stainless steel cookware does not react with food ingredients, even acidic ingredients like tomatoes.
  • Safety – Is stainless steel cookware safe?  Generally speaking, it should be safe but as in all cases, there are poor quality materials being used in some products, in this case, the stainless steel.  If using stainless steel for a cookware, it should be surgical-grade.  To be sure you are getting good quality stainless steel, check the trusted brands like all clad stainless steel cookware or cuisinart stainless steel cookware set.
  • Aesthetics – Stainless steel has nice polished exterior finish which is quite easy to achieve with just a little cleaning even after so many usage of the cookware.
  • Reusable – Stainless steel is not something for the garbage can.  Even the best stainless steel cookware will deteriorate over time because of wear and tear and when the time comes, don’t be sad to let go.  It can serve other purpose, just get it to a recycling place and they could reuse the stainless steel to create something else.
  • Stainless Steel Cookware Set

There are just some downsides with stainless steel cookware which we discuss as follows:

  • Heat conductivity – stainless steel is not a good heat conductor.  However, most stainless cookware is augmented with other metals like aluminum which is a good heat conductor in order to function seamlessly.
  • Price range – professional stainless steel cookware, which is preferred by many, is very costly although you may consider this aStainless Steel Cookwares an investment instead of an expense.  In the long run it may save you money by not having to buy new ones but initially, yes, it is costly.  There a more reasonably priced cookware like the kitchenaid stainless steel cookware and kirkland stainless steel
    cookware which has reasonably good quality.
  • Cleaning – how to clean stainless steel cookware?  It’s relatively easy when there is no food stuck on your cookware.  However, there are dishes that with the way they are cooked, it is inevitable that food will stick onto your cookware.  This is when cleaning is such a labor with this type of cookware.  You need to scrub it thoroughly or sometimes you need to soak the cookware in water for sometime before scrubbing it to soften the stuck food.  You may also use baking soda and scouring pad to help with the clean up.  If you really want an easier life as to cleaning your cookware, buy a stainless steel cookware cleaner.

Overall, stainless steel cookware is one of the most versatile and preferred cookware types by most cooks or chefs, be it regular home cooking or commercial cooking.  The advantages of this type of cookware far outweigh its cons.

To find out what is the top stainless steel cookware, check out various reviews as they do stainless steel cookware ratings.

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.
01/31/16

Copper Cookware: Is it the one for you?

One of the important considerations of a chef in choosing the cookware to use is its heating capacity.  It is also important that heat is distributed evenly and consistently on the cookware.  It is for this reason that copper cookware is preferred by most chefs.

Copper pans are normally made of various plies of different metals.  Some of the metals that may be layered with copper are stainless steel, aluminum and nickel.  Both copper and aluminum are good heat conductors thus this tandem on a cookware is very ideal.

To give you an idea on whether copper pots and pans are the right cookware for you, let me discuss some of it positive and negative points.

Positive

  • As earlier stated, a copper cookware set is preferred by most chefs.  This in itself is almost a guarantee that it works well with most dishes, especially those you love ordering in a restaurant.  Copper cookware sets are sturdy as the copper metal is not brittle and is almost unbreakable. It is also one of the reasons it is preferred as even if you use it day in and day out, it does not easily give in to wear and tear which makes it economical in the long run.
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    Copper pots, a copper frying pan and other copper cookware look really classy.  When not in use, they could serve as impressive decors around the kitchen.  You could put them in display by hanging them on your kitchen walls.  There is no need to hide them inside the kitchen cabinets.

  • Copper has the reddish-brown color which looks very appealing that may exceptionally entice the cook in creating sumptuous dishes.  It is extremely common nowadays that a kitchen has a red theme color because the color red stimulates the appetite.  Now, you don’t even have to paint your kitchen r
    ed if you have a copper pan or a copper pot set as you could use these a accent colors to your kitchen.
  • Copper is a good thermal conductor.  It is known to evenly pan out heat evenly and consistently.  In this aspect, it is far superior that its other metal counterparts like the aluminum.  It is also more superior to glass.
  • Since pots and pans made of copper have good thermal conductivity, it shortens the period of time you have to cook a dish compared when using cookware made of other materials.  Cookware with good heating capacity emits heat faster, better and evenly.  This also lets you avoid the common problem of having hot spots when cooking.
  • Copper cooking pots make polishing optional as copper looks good even without polishing.  Unpolished copper gives out a rustic look so if you have a knack for this vibe; you only need to do regular cleaning without having to polish every now and then.  However, if you like shiny cookware, then polish away!  Copper gives you these options and a lot more.
  • The outer layer of copper pots and pans set, where the cooking happens, is layered or covered by another metal like stainless steel because copper cannot interact with food.  With a smooth stainless steel finish, cleaning the cookware becomes easier.  There are several techniques you can find in the internet on how to clean copper pots and pans.

Copper pots and pans are all these great but of course, there are a few points to watch out for before you can finally decide this is the right type of cookware for you.  These are some of the negative things I observed or experienced with copper pans and copper pots.

  • Copper Cook ware

    Copper is almost an unbreakable metal but it is prone to become deformed as it is malleable.  This is also one of the reasons why it is bonded with other metals when creating a cookware, aside for the fact that copper is toxic and cannot interact with food.

  • Copper is a heavy metal so obviously a copper cooking ware weighs more than other cookware made of other lighter metals.  You must take this in consideration especially if you are petite.
  • Even the best copper cookware is flawed with being prone to discoloration after so many uses.  Also, if you do not clean it well, patina may develop on the exposed copper of the cookware.
  • If you are on a limited budget, one of the major turn offs of a copper cookware is its cost.  The price may almost be double of a regular cookware where other types of metals were used.
  • As mentioned in the first point, copper is toxic and will react to food so it is coated with another non toxic metal for the part where you do your cooking.  You have to take extra caution not to scrape off the non toxic metal coating so you could still use your copper cooking ware.

Now that you know the strong and weak points of copper pots and pans set, you can more or less decide whether this is the suitable cookware for you.

12/24/15

Copper Cookware: Is it the one for you?

One of the important considerations of a chef in choosing the cookware to use is its heating capacity.  It is also important that heat is distributed evenly and consistently on the cookware.  It is for this reason that copper cookware is preferred by most chefs.

Copper pans are normally made of various plies of different metals.  Some of the metals that may be layered with copper are stainless steel, aluminum and nickel.  Both copper and aluminum are good heat conductors thus this tandem on a cookware is very ideal.

To give you an idea on whether copper pots and pans are the right cookware for you, let me discuss some of it positive and negative points.

Positive

  • As earlier stated, a copper cookware set is preferred by most chefs.  This in itself is almost a guarantee that it works well with most dishes, especially those you love ordering in a restaurant.  Copper cookware sets are sturdy as the copper metal is not brittle and is almost unbreakable. It is also one of the reasons it is preferred as even if you use it day in and day out, it does not easily give in to wear and tear which makes it economical in the long run.
  • Copper Cookware SetCopper pots, a copper frying pan and other copper cookware look really classy.  When not in use, they could serve as impressive decors around the kitchen.  You could put them in display by hanging them on your kitchen walls.  There is no need to hide them inside the kitchen cabinets.
  • Copper has the reddish-brown color which looks very appealing that may exceptionally entice the cook in creating sumptuous dishes.  It is extremely common nowadays that a kitchen has a red theme color because the color red stimulates the appetite.  Now, you don’t even have to paint your kitchen red if you have a copper pan or a copper pot set as you could use these a accent colors to your kitchen.
  • Copper is a good thermal conductor.  It is known to evenly pan out heat evenly and consistently.  In this aspect, it is far superior that its other metal counterparts like the aluminum.  It is also more superior to glass.
  • Since pots and pans made of copper have good thermal conductivity, it shortens the period of time you have to cook a dish compared when using cookware made of other materials.  Cookware with good heating capacity emits heat faster, better and evenly.  This also lets you avoid the common problem of having hot spots when cooking.
  • Copper cooking pots make polishing optional as copper looks good even without polishing.  Unpolished copper gives out a rustic look so if you have a knack for this vibe; you only need to do regular cleaning without having to polish every now and then.  However, if you like shiny cookware, then polish away!  Copper gives you these options and a lot more.
  • The outer layer of copper pots and pans set, where the cooking happens,Copper Cookware is layered or covered by another metal like stainless steel because copper cannot interact with food.  With a smooth stainless steel finish, cleaning the cookware becomes easier.  There are several techniques you can find in the internet on how to clean copper pots and pans.

Copper pots and pans are all these great but of course, there are a few points to watch out for before you can finally decide this is the right type of cookware for you.  These are some of the negative things I observed or experienced with copper pans and copper pots.

  • Copper is almost an unbreakable metal but it is prone to become deformed as it is malleable.  This is also one of the reasons why it is bonded with other metals when creating a cookware, aside for the fact that copper is toxic and cannot interact with food.
  • Copper is a heavy metal so obviously a copper cooking ware weighs more than other cookware made of other lighter metals.  You must take this in consideration especially if you are petite.
  • Even the best copper cookware is flawed with being prone to discoloration after so many uses.  Also, if you do not clean it well, patina may develop on the exposed copper of the cookware.
  • If you are on a limited budget, one of the major turn offs of a copper cookware is its cost.  The price may almost be double of a regular cookware where other types of metals were used.
  • As mentioned in the first point, copper is toxic and will react to food so it is coated with another non toxic metal for the part where you do your cooking.  You have to take extra caution not to scrape off the non toxic metal coating so you could still use your copper cooking ware.

Now that you know the strong and weak points of copper pots and pans set, you can more or less decide whether this is the suitable cookware for you.