09/19/17

What Induction cooktop and induction cookware?

Just as there are variety of available cookware in the market so does cooking hobs. Traditionally, we are accustomed to gas and electronic ranges. Gas ranges cooks food by burning fuel thus creating a controlled flame while electric creates thermal conduction that creates tremendous heat and passing it through the cast iron, aluminum or stainless steel cookware. But there’s a brand new cooktop and it is called induction.

What is induction cooktop? To explain it briefly and simply induction is the process of electromagnetic instead of flame or thermal conduction. It is a complex science to explain it here but to clear things up, it is very different from other cooktops and cookware should be induction compatible cookware otherwise you can never use it because to be compatible, a cookware must have magnetic content such as cast iron cookware sets and stainless steel cookware set. However, not all cookware sets are induction cookware sets or induction compatible. Most glass and aluminum are not induction ready cookware unless they have magnetic compounds in their bases.

So what is induction cookware exactly? Induction cookware sets are cookware that has a ferromagnetic surface, all cast iron is induction safe cookware because are attracted to magnet, and most stainless steel cookware sets are also induction cookware but with few exceptions to some model or brands so be careful in reading the label of your cookware the same thing with hard anodized cookware set. So far, iron cast cookware is the best induction cookware that you could have.

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To look for the best induction cookware set, you can visit the internet for induction cookware set reviews there, you could serach for popular induction cookware brands like the all clad induction cookware, calphalon induction cookware, cuisinart cookware set, kitchenaid induction cookware, rachael ray cookware set to name a few. induction cookware set is nevertheless easy to find as most of cookware manufacturer these days design their product to cater the needs of consumers who are using induction cooktops.

Induction cooktops are definitely great cooktops, it heats up cookware faster than gas or electric which saves you time in cooking. If you are planning to use this kind of cooktop just make a simple test to know if your existing cookware would be induction compatible or not. To do this, place a magnet at the bottom of your cookware and see if it attracts the magnet. If there is a magnetic reaction or attraction, then your cookeware is induction compatible. However, if this does not happen do not get dismayed or disappointed in pursuing your plan to by the cooktop because there is a remedy to it. To make cookware that is not induction compatible to be usable in induction hobs, you can purchase a cooking tool called induction disk. This disk will be placed on top of the induction cooktop and then your place your copper, aluminum, glass or any cookware that is not compatible with induction on top of the induction to make it usable for induction cooktop.

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.

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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.

06/22/17

Grill Pan – a Useful Cookware

Grilling is a fun cooking task, from barbecues, to hotdogs, and grilled vegetables. Many people enjoy grilling their most delicious chunks of lamb meat or pork, just perfect for any occasions. But to attain the best grilling outcome, you also have to find the best grilling pan. There are many types of pans for grilling there is built for outdoors and indoor grill pan. There are also grill pans that are compatible with different cooking hobs like induction grill pan, electric grill pan, grill pans for gas stove and oven grill pan.

For the brands of the best grill pan there are many that are available in the market that provides quality grill pans so this depends on the preference of the consumers and in what brand that they are accustomed with however, to mention some popular brands that in no doubt provide the highest quality performing grilling pan, I would like to recommend the following brands: calphalon grill pan, all clad grill pan, le creuset grill pan and rachael ray grill pan.

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Likewise, preferences also in the materials that are used to produce the grill-pans are important because it could affect the result of your grilling. non-stick grill pan are still the best for grilling because it can cook your grilled dish the way it should be without getting burned or stuck in the pan, it cooks the meat evenly and avoiding the taste of burned residues. Cast iron grill pans also have similar result of grilling with nonstick because they could be rendered nonstick if they were seasoned well with oil and the taste of meats grilled in iron cast pans are almost natural. Stainless steel grill pan on the other hand is an option while it is also good grilling equipment, it can never match the result you get from nonstick and cast iron.

I personally love the cast iron grill pan because of its natural color. They look more natural for grilling and it is like there is a magic in the pan that makes grilling barbecue and pork steaks so enjoyable. Well, maybe because of its outdoorish looks that make you feel more like you are on a picnic on a recreational trip every time you use it. But regardless of your preferences, grill-pan is a useful cookware. Alternatively, you can also use it to fry foods and cook other dishes that require grilling and frying aside from meat. If you love the outdoor life, you must love this cookware and it will be your handy companion if you are on an out of town trip with your friends or family. Most of grill pans can be used in almost any kind of cooking hobs even charcoal if you have to if you run out of stove while on field. They are very durable, useful and amazing to use because it can make you feel like you are on an outdoor party with your friends and family each time you use it.

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.

 

01/17/17

Choosing the Best Frying Pan

Fry pans are very handy tools in preparing dishes that require searing and frying. We mostly see them being used in the morning for preparing omelette and bacon served as breakfast. But the frying pan has more uses than just frying eggs and bacons; they are also used to grilling, sautéing and browning foods. Choosing the best frying pan would mean you’ll get the most useful cooking material for your daily use. Yes, a day without frying pans is like a day less than the healthy and delicious breakfast so choosing wisely is very necessary.

Let’s continue our discussion and talk about the best fry pan brands and material available in the market, materials like cast iron fry pans, electric fry pan, stainless steel fry pan or ceramic frying pan which is as much as important as with the brand because they differ when it comes to cooking performance and cookware care instructions. For the different brands of frying pans, quality depends on your preference and convenience. Most reputable brands like all clad, Cuisinart, calphalon are few names that produce the best frying pans when it comes to quality, performance and popularity but as I have said there are numerous brands that also produce similarly quality products with the mentioned brands and it’s just a matter of personal and budgetary preference.

Slikovni rezultat za Frying PanFor the different types and make of frying pans, let’s start with the non-stick features. stainless steel frying pan are elegant looking and are durable, it is also corrosion free and it’s easy to maintain an clean however, on its non-stick feature it is not as great as cast iron frying pan in which if seasoned well, will produce one of the best non-stick pans that you could ever have. But the best non-stick frying cook ware for me is hard anodized because it is built for such features and the durability is superb. Electric frying pans are also handy, they come in different sizes, shapes and materials but most of them are non-stick in features. Deep frying pan is a good choice for frying foods that require deep frying like fried chicken, and potato fries. Other make of frying pans are ceramic and even glass frying pan but nevertheless needed to be preheated and liberally seasoned with oil prior cooking.

When choosing frying pans, make sure that you choose pans that do not contain PFOA, this is a chemical which is toxic and that is found in studies to be a contributory factor to thyroid disease. To make sure that the pan that you are going to buy is free from this chemical always try to seek opinions from other users by looking for frying pans reviews online or in magazines and always read the label of the product before buying. Remember, choosing wisely before buying is the best practice for you to have your desired frying cookware that you will be using for the coming years.