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.

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.
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.

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.