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.

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.

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.

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    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.

01/3/16

Cookware Shopaholic

For most of us women, especially moms, the most important part of the house is the kitchen.  We may not be chefs but the kitchen is the place in the house where we feel most in control of. This is our place, our haven! The kitchen is where our master pieces are created. This is also where we are most loved.  As the saying goes, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” If guys are into carpentry, most women are into cooking.  Just like in carpentry, we need tools in our kitchen or what we call, the cookware!

Another forte of us women is shopping!  Shopping for cooking ware is therefore twice the fun!  Checking, inspecting and choosing the best cooking ware is an exciting adventure.  There is a wide array of cooking ware sets to select from.  From ceramic cookware, hard anodized cookware, stainless steel cookware sets to titanium cookware.

Visiting cooking ware stores is fun but may be confusing, may get you out of budget and leave you with too many unnecessary cookwares if you do not plan your trip to the store well.  It would be good to research the functions and types of each cookware for different dishes you are interested in trying so you could buy the right one.  It would also be good to research a multifunctional cook ware to save you some money and space on one item instead of buying several.  Watching cooking shows may help you on this.  Also, you could discuss among your friends or fellow moms who love to cook to know which cookware works for whom and for what.  This is also a good way to bond with your friends!  You could also have a cook out and share your recipes with each other.

cookwareAnother consideration when buying a cookware set is selecting the brand.  For this, checking out cookware reviews would be beneficial.  You could more or less know the good points and flaws of each brand by reading the reviews.  You will also have an idea which suits your budget.  The range of the brands in the store may vary from the quite expensive All clad cookware to the more affordable Cuisinart cookware.

It would also be good to know at what intensity you will be using your cooking ware.  It is always good to buy the high quality, durable cookware but if the price is very high and out of your budget, then you may consider another brand.  Some of the more expensive cookware like the calphalon cookware or wolfgang puck cookware are durable but are built more for professional usage or for restaurants who uses them extensively.  If you would only use it for a few dishes, then there are comparable quality brands which may be cheaper and may serve you as well as the more expensive ones.

In my next shopping trip, I am keen on checking out the waterless cookware.  I have seen a demo of this product and it has amazed me.  It’s like cooking with magic!  It would be a nice addition to my kitchen collection.  Imagine, being able to cook food without water, nor oil!  It is also multifunctional and very versatile.  I can’t wait to see this item and know for sure if it’s worth it.  I am always excited to shop for my kitchen but I need to save up for them as well.  I think this one is worth the wait!  Will get my hands on it very soon!