08/13/16

Non-Stick Cookware, For a Healthier You

Businesses related health and well being are now booming nowadays because people are now becoming health conscious.  The proliferation of illnesses ranging from grave ones like cancer to more common ones like diabetes and obesity are being addressed now.  People are more aware now of the saying “prevention is better than cure” and many are changing their lifestyle to prevent getting these dreaded illnesses.  When we say lifestyle change, one of the major factors to change is one’s diet.  People now are trying to lessen eating food with high bad cholesterol food.  As we all know, pork, beef and chicken and some of their by-products have fats that contain bad cholesterol.

The dilemma, however, is how to avoid this bad cholesterol without having to totally sacrifice one’s taste buds?  Cookware manufacturers are aware of this and have since introduced the nonstick cookware.

Traditionally, when we cook, we are always smothering butter or edible oil onto our cooking pans.  Without having our meat yet, we have already placed extra cholesterol in our dish.  A single cup of oil and butter has over 1000 calories.  The question is, why do we have to put these automatically into our dish and how can we avoid it?

nonstick cookwareWhen we cook with even the best pots and pans manufactured the traditional way, our ingredients stick to it if we do not put first oil or butter.  This is what nonstick cookware sets solve.  The nonstick cookware brand that made this type of cookware popular is the teflon pans.  Using this cookware, even minimal or without butter or oil, your ingredients will not stick to the pan thus minimizing cholesterol in your dish.  Now, you can enjoy your meat better and with less guilt.  Of course, to have energy in our body, fat intake is still necessary but it should be within the healthy limits.

When you cook meat in a stainless steel cookware, and not oil or butter it up prior to putting in the meat, it would stick onto the pan and you are left with big trouble cleaning up the cookware after use.  Unlike with a nonstick cookware set, cleaning is a breeze.  In fact, you should not use rough cloth to clean a safe nonstick cookware as it may damage the nonstick coating.

Having mentioned the nonstick coating, there have been claims that the original materials used as nonstick coating has a negative effect on one’s body, there is no scientific or medical evidence to back these claims.  However, to make consumers feel safer with the best nonstick cookware, manufacturers have developed different non stick cooking ware made of other materials.  Examples of these are the recent releases of ceramic nonstick cookware, green nonstick cookware and hard anodized cookware.

Non-Stick CookwareTo make your nonstick cookware last for years, appropriate care and maintenance should be observed, as with all types of cookware.  A nonstick cookware safety leaflet is normally provided when you buy the cookware.  If you follow these safety precautions, cleaning and proper usage procedures, your cookware will work for you for a long time.

If you’re up to preparing hearty but healthy dishes, you should definitely try nonstick pots and pans.  Not only will it be beneficial for your health and your family’s, it also lessens your burden of cleaning up giving you more time to enjoy your health lifestyle.

If you ask what the best nonstick cookware is for you, it actually depends on different factors.  Check out different cookware reviews as they could guide you which cookware is the right one for your cooking requirement.  There are a lot of different brands to choose on and different price ranges to suit your budget.  The expensive ones do not necessarily mean they are the best type.  Sometimes the expensive ones are built for restaurant cooking where the frequency of cooking is much more than in a regular household.  There are some cheaper ones that are also of good quality.

07/24/16

Seasoning Lodge Cast Iron Cooking Ware

Lodge cookware is a well known brand of cast iron pots and pans.  This brand has withstood the test of time being in existence for decades.  The secret to their continued success is the superior quality of their lodge cast iron cookware.

To be able to have your lodge cast iron cookware last for generations, proper care must be exercised.  This is not limited to the lodge pans brand but even the best cast iron cookware must undergo this specific care and maintenance in order for last a lifetime.  This is the process which we refer to as seasoning.

Cast iron cookware, regardless of the brand, has to be seasoned to serve its function and to be usable for a long time.  A cast iron pan or a cast iron pot which is properly seasoned will have a silky black finish.

When you season cast iron pots and pans, you apply edible oil, either from vegetables or animals, onto the outer and inner areas of the cookware to form a coating.  This is done for the following reasons:

  1. The coating safeguards the cooking ware from corroding.
  2. The coating will prevent food ingredients from sticking onto the pan.
  3. The coating will shield the food from acidic reactions against cast iron.

 Detailed procedure of seasoning cast iron frying pan and other pans and pots:

  1.  When you buy a new cast iron griddle or other cooking ware, it has a protective wax cover which should be washed off prior to seasoning the pan.
  2. Thoroughly wash the new pan or pot with dishwashing soap and water to remove the protective wax.
  3. Dry the cookware with a towel or leave it hanging to air dry.  Ensure that it is completely dry as this is very important prior to seasoning.
  4. Apply edible oil on the whole cookware.  This includes the bottom, sides, insides and even the handle.
  5. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Place the cookware properly coated with edible oil into the preheated oven and let it bake for an hour.
  7. After an hour, open the oven door and let it stay open so the cookware can cool faster.  Do not remove it from the oven until you are sure it is cool already.
  8. Your cookware should now have a silky, shiny black look and it is now seasoned and ready to be used.
  9. This process need not be repeated for every use.  You may repeat this process once or twice a year to maintain the good quality of your cookware.

Instructions on Washing Your Iron Cast Cooking Ware After Use

  1. After using your cast iron grill pan, wash it off with warm water.  If you need to take off something, you may use a soft cloth to remove it.
  2. Do not use dishwashing soap or rough materials to scrub off dirt from your cookware as it will damage the seasoning.
  3. In case you really need to soap or scrub your cookware, season it again afterwards.
  4. After cleaning your cookware, dry it completely dry before packing it away.

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.

04/19/16

How to Keep Your Non Stick Frying Pan in Good Condition for a Long While

When purchasing a cell phone, you are not only provided with the cell phone unit itself, the charger and headsets normally go with it as well as they are necessities for you to be able to fully use the cell phone.  This goes true with purchasing non stick fry pans, when you buy one, attached sales to it are a non-metal utensil and a soft cleaning material like sponge or scouring pad with soft cloth bristles.

To guide you on the proper use and care of your non stick frying pan, here are some points to ponder on:

  1. After buying your brand new non stick fry pan from your favorite cookware store and taking it home to your kitchen, don’t immediately use it without washing it first with warm water and mild soap.  Use sponge or other soft cleaning material when washing non stick frying pans.  After washing, you need to either air dry the pan or using soft cloth or paper towels.
  2. Once your pan is clean, you need to season it by pouring a small quantity of edible oil and spreading it out to the whole pan using a paper towel.  After this procedure, you may now use the frying pan.
  3. Non Stick Frying PanWhen preheating even the best frying pan which is non stick, the maximum setting of heat you should use is medium.  Do not go above medium as it will compromise the coating of your pan.  Anyway, most dishes you would cook using non stick pans need not be cooked over high heat.
  4. Except if you are using a non stick deep frying pan, you do not need to use a lot of cooking oil on your non stick pan.  A very thin layer of cooking oil maybe enough already to prepare your dishes.  You may just spray oil over your non stick pan.  This is one of the beauties of this type of pan.  It also is a healthier option to prepare food.  This is one advantage non stick has over stainless steel frying pan.
  5. In order to preserve the coating of your non stick pan, avoid scratching the coating when cooking or even storing.  When you are cooking, use stirrers or spatulas which are non metal.  You may use utensils made out of rubber or wood.  When storing, it is better to hang non stick pans than stack them together to avoid possibility of scratching the coating.
  6. Even the best fry pan needs to be cleaned out immediately and thoroughly after use if you want it to last a long life.  Repeat the washing process as indicated in point number one, above.

The non stick fry pan is a convenient partner in the kitchen.  It will lessen your frustration when preparing dishes as it eliminates the problem of the ingredients sticking on to the pan.  If you would like to try other types of fry pans, try a stainless steel fry pan or a ceramic frying pan and compare the differences.

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!