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.

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.

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.

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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.
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.