The word cookware is a broad term that refers to anything in the realm of pots, pans, and skillets. Basically, it is a container you used to prepare food. The combination of the range of prices and options for cookware can make purchasing a new set for your kitchen overwhelming. Fortunately, there are a lot of things you can consider making the process of choosing a little easier.
Stainless Steel Cookware
Stainless steel is recognized as the most popular type of cookware found in a kitchen. Stainless steel is technically a combination of metals including chromium, carbon, and steel. It gained the name “stainless” because it is less likely to corrode than other types of cookware.
It is important to keep in mind that stainless steel alone is not great at conducting heat. If you will buy stainless steel cookware, make sure it has a copper or aluminum core.
Cast Iron Cookware
Cast iron has been used to make cookware for hundreds of years. The problem with cast iron cookware is that it is difficult to maintain.
However, people who use it swear by it as the best cookware money can buy. Cast iron is durable, and it is common for families to pass down cast iron cookware over the years.
Did you know aluminum is used in nearly half of all cookware manufactured because of how well it conducts heat? The downside to aluminum being a soft metal is that it can dent and scratch easily.
It also can react badly with foods. This is why it is more common for an aluminum core to be buried under another type of metal.
Nonstick pans are perfect if you need something that is quick and easy to clean up. Nonstick pans do not require as much oil for cooking.
This can cut back on the amount of fat you consume in your meals. The downside to nonstick pans is they are easier to scratch up than uncoated pans are. Ideally, avoid using metal utensils when cooking with nonstick pans.
Uncoated is a better choice than nonstick if you will do a lot of browning and braising as you are less likely to scratch up the pan.
Unfortunately, uncoated pans are significantly harder to clean. A perfect kitchen will probably have a combination of stainless steel, cast iron, aluminum, nonstick, and uncoated pots and pans.
This way you have the best pan for any kind of cooking. The last decision you need to make is the size of the pans. Fortunately, you can make this decision with ease based on whether you have a big or small family.