06/17/16

Is Induction Cooking For You?

Cooking without open flame may be unimaginable in the earlier years.  Nowadays, you would observe in some cooking shows that they use a flat black surface, without any visible flames, to cook delicious meals.  This is what they call an induction cooktop.  It has a sleek, glossy black color that look really classy and neat.  Instead of using flames to generate heat to cook the food, it utilizes magnetic energy to generate heat.  This will give you an idea that not all types of cookware is suitable to be used on induction cook tops.

What is induction cookware?  Simply put, these are cookware that are compatible or may be used on induction cook tops.  Induction cookware have magnetic bottom which will connect with the magnetic component of the induction top.

The primary advantage of using induction cooktop is that it is safer than gas cooktops.  There are no open flames like burners and you prevent gas leaks which is one of the risks when using gas burners.  Induction cooktop is preferred in apartments and clustered housing because it is generally safer.

Induction CookingInduction cooktop also has a good heating efficiency.  It takes less time to boil or heat using an induction stove cookware.  Cooking using induction compatible cookware saves not only time but also on consumption of electricity.  Induction cooking is more energy efficient than other electrical stoves so you have lower electric bill than other  electrical cooktops.

One amazing thing also with induction cooktops is that the only area that heats up is the area where the cookware is directly under.  The heat does not distribute to other parts as it is only concentrated on the cookware.

One disadvantage of switching to induction cooktop is that you might have to change most of your cookware sets and get an induction cookware set.  The good news, however, is that it is not difficult to find.  There are many brands that carry it.  If you have a good budget, you may opt for the all clad induction cookware or calphalon induction cookware.  If you have a more practical budget,  there are cheaper brands like cuisinart induction cookware and kitchenaid induction cookware.  Before you throw out your old cookware, check first as they may be induction safe cookware.  A simple test to see whether your cookware can be used on an induction cooktop is to check whether  a magnet can stick to the outer bottom of the cookware.

If you want to experience cooking with an induction cooktop but is still unsure if it is really for you, you may try first with a portable induction cooktop which has now become widely available.  This is cheaper and not permanent, in case you change your mind.

To find out which is the best induction cookware, you may check out other induction cookware reviews.  You must also identify what type of cooking you usually do and the frequency of your cooking to help you in identifying which one best suits your needs.

05/25/16

The Good and The Bad in Hard Anodized Cookware

You may have heard of hard anodized cookware and wondered what it is made of.  The material used in this type of cookware is aluminum but instead of combining it with other metals like stainless steel, it undergoes a process called electro-chemical hardening wherein it is treated with sulfuric acid prior to the electro-chemical process.  After the process, the result is a very hard and sturdy cookware, probably even tougher compared with stainless steel.  There are advantages and disadvantages of using anodized aluminum cookware.  Let us list down some of these points to help you make up your mind whether hard anodized cookware sets are for you.

Advantages

Sturdiness and Durability

As already discussed above, hard anodized aluminum cookware is very hard and durable.  Because of this, it does not easily dent during accidental bumps or knock offs.  It could last for generations with suitable maintenance.

Safe for oven use

One of the most asked questions when buying cookware sets is if it could be used in an oven.  So, is hard anodized cookware safe for oven use?  That would be a resounding “yes,” granted, of course, that the cookware has metal holders.

Non-stick

Hard anodized aluminum pans are non-stick so there is no need to worry about your dishes sticking on your pans.  You can also prepare healthier dishes as being non stick, putting in a lot of oil is no longer needed.  This saves you also on the cost of cooking oil.

Cleaning  convenience

Hard Anodized CookwareUnlike stainless steel cookware, hard anodized cookware set is non-stick which makes it more convenient to clean, less the effort of taking out sticky food items on your pan.  In rare cases you get some clingy food stick on your pan, a tested technique to get it out is to soak it with baking soda mixed with water for a few minutes.  You may afterwards wash it normally.

Good heat conductivity

Hard anodized cookware is one of the best  cookware because it is made of aluminum metal which is a good conductor of heat.  Translating this into practicality, it means that you can cook your meal faster and you avoid hot spots as the entire cookware is made of alumunim, not just the core.

Disadvantages

Cost

The first turn off of most potential buyers of even the best hard anodized cookware set is the price.  Because of the tedious process involved in creating this high quality cookware, production cost is quite high and so does the selling price.

Weight

Ironically, aluminum does not weigh a lot like stainless steel , yet hard anodized cooking ware is heavy.  It is after going the coating process that makes it weigh a ton.  So for petite chefs, this might not be very ideal for you.  You need extra precaution when transferring this cookware with So for petite chefs, this might not be very ideal for you.  You need extra precaution when transferring this cookware with hot meal in it.

Cannot double as a food container

Unlike ceramic or glass cookware which you can use to store food for reheating on a later time, it is not advisable with hard anodized cooking ware.   Aside from it being heavy, it also does not have a tight-lid cover and giving air access to the food while in storage may spoil the food.

Manual washing only

So this is a big disadvantage for those who love the convenience of washing dishes in the dishwasher.  Only manual washing is recommended to protect the coating of this cookware.  After all, who wants to get contaminated with aluminum when the coating is damaged?

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!

10/13/15

Club Aluminum Cookware – Where Can I Find You?

Mirro Aluminum Company has launched a new line of its Club aluminum cookware.  Although the predecessor of its new line or the vintage club aluminum cookware is still sought after by few cookware enthusiasts, it is already hard to come across nowadays.

Club aluminum pots and pans in the earlier times were offered and sold directly to potential buyers.  The name of the company back then, which created the Club cookware, was Club Aluminum Utensil.  The merchant would normally convince customers by doing a demo of the cookware.  He will cook a nice meal, with the prospect buyers as his audience, to persuade them to buy the cookware.  This was during the 1920s.

ThiClub Aluminum Cookwares marketing strategy seemed to have not worked in the long run as the company folded after a more or less 10-year run.  Over several years, it has been bought and sold by several companies until Mirro Aluminum survived it until present.

It was Herber John Taylor who had put Club aluminum cookware in its present glory.  He is a Christian businessman who authored and popularized the Four Way Test.  He came up with the Four Way Test to set the correct work conduct in the company which is in line with the teachings of Christianity.  His strategy has worked and we now all have the possibility to buy their Club aluminum cookware for sale.

Design

In the early times, Club aluminum pots and pans came in various radiant colors like red, teal and peach.  It is made of cast aluminum and cast aluminum pans have better heat retention.  It is quite heavy but the latest cookware sets have been upgraded for more comfortable use with easy to use handles.  The underneath exterior of the pans have circle grooves.

Where to Find Club Aluminum Cookware

If you are looking for the original Club aluminum cookware, the internet is your best bet.  By original, we mean the older, colorful cookware they made in the early times, not the latest line.  It may be a bit pricey because it is already rare and may be considered a collector’s item and also one of the best pots and pans which graced our generation, so this is expected.  There are unused and pre-loved Club pots and pans being offered in online shops.  Be careful and thorough, though, when dealing online.  Make sure you know you are getting from a reliable seller.  Check cookware reviews and ask around the online community for the reliability of your seller to be sure.