Recipes are just one of the items needed in your kitchen to make a great one and to cook great food. You will also need all of the ingredients. However one of the main items in a kitchen that people tend to overlook is the cookware itself. There are different kinds of cookware available on the market these days, all of which are claiming to be the best at one thing or another. The goal happens to be in finding the correct cookware that is not only going to fit your needs but helps you to make those great dishes for your friends and family.
Choosing What Works
So what do you think will work in your kitchen? With so many different kinds of cookware to choose from, that can be an odd yet frustrating question to answer. It doesn’t have to be so tough to choose if you know that there are types that will last longer than what you may be used to, saving you money in the long run. Of the different kinds of cookware that are out there, try looking into anodized cookware as a cost-effective way to keep from having to replace cookware as it wears out.
Considerations on How to Choose the Best Cookware
- Keeps food from sticking.
- It should be scratch-resistant.
- For healthier meals, your cookware should require less oil.
- No metals should get into your food.
- It should be cost-effective.
Of all the different kinds of cookware out there in your local stores, you have to consider the safety as well as the appetite of our family as well. By using less oil you are creating healthier meals for your family free of all the extra and useless fat. With no metal content in your food due to scratch-off from the pots and pans, you will have less future health risks as well.
Cooking good food with good cookware is oftentimes less stressful for the whole family as well. There is less frustration in the food burning and sticking to the bottom of the pan or pot while cooking. Banging the spoon or ladle on the side will not cause any debris to break off into your food. And who gets to do the dishes? Well whoever it is, they will have an easier time not having to scrape the gunk off the cookware and ruin it in the process.
Make your choice simple and easy by choosing the right cookware for your family.
Cookware Sets That Fit the Way You Cook
Used to be your choice of cooking sets was limited to non-stick cookware – which was invariably Teflon-coated – aluminum cookware sets and cast iron cookware. These days, there are so many different types of cooking sets on the market, it might be difficult to choose the pots and pans that are best for the way you cook and eat.
These tips can help you make your decision and outfit your kitchen with the cooking sets that are best for the way you like to cook.
Non-Stick Kitchen Cookware
Non-stick used to mean Teflon cookware, but that’s no longer true. There are many different non-stick coatings available that are healthier for you. Among the most popular are porcelain-coated non-stick cooking sets, which allow you to cook without using any type of shortening, grease, butter or oil. That makes for healthier meals, especially for those on low-fat or no-fat diets.
Ceramic non-stick cooking sets are eco-friendly and healthy, great for households that want to reduce their carbon footprint and eat healthy food.
EarthPan Non-Stick Cooking Sets
EarthPan uses a special non-stick coating created from sand. The SandFlow formulation has regularly outperformed ceramic cookware sets under industry lab performance tests. Like ceramic cookware, EarthPan non-stick cookware is eco-friendly and doesn’t leach any chemicals into your food. It’s slightly more expensive than most other types of non-stick cooking sets, but the additional price nets you durability and long life that other kitchen cookware can’t match.
Pressure cookers cook foods quickly, thanks to technology that uses a combination of heat and pressure. Old-fashioned pressure cookers are ungainly and difficult to use – and had an unfortunate tendency to blow up in your face if you weren’t careful. New technology has resulted in pressure cookers that are easier and safer to use – and look great in your kitchen to boot. If you like gourmet recipes but don’t have time to cook as much as you’d like, pressure cooker sets might be a great addition to your kitchen.
Waterless cooking has been around for a few years, but it’s enjoying a resurgence in today’s health-conscious kitchen. Most waterless cookware sets are heavy-gauge stainless steel cookware sets with tight-fitting lids. They’re design to minimize heat loss so that you can cook food at low temperatures with no water.
Cooking meats, vegetables, and fruit at low temperatures without water preserves all the natural nutrients in the food so you don’t pour all the
vitamins and minerals your body needs down the drain.
Anodized Kitchen Cookware
Anodized aluminum cookware is fairly new to the kitchen cookware market, but many people consider anodized cookware sets to be among the best cookware sets on the market. The non-stick interiors are comparable to the best ceramic cookware sets and are just as eco-friendly.
In addition, the anodized kitchen cookware is strong and durable – it will last for years without scratching, denting or peeling. You may be familiar with many of the most common brands of anodized cookware, including Calphalon, Rachael Ray, Cuisinart, and Paula Deen cooking sets.
What’s Wrong With Cheap Cookware?
A problem with cheap cookware is that often all the heat stays on the bottom of your pan, but never moves up the sides, creating uneven cooking. As well as creating uneven cooking, heat that’s directed only at the bottom of your saucepans causes them to boil over more easily.
What else is wrong with cheap cookware?
Let me count the ways:
1) Food sticks and scorches, especially when you’re trying to make dinner to impress someone special (trust me on this one!)
2) If you’re using cheap cookware, you’re probably cooking with a nasty, old scratched up non-stick fry pan. This is really unhealthy!
3) Cheap cookware reacts with acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus. Weird metallic taste in your citrus-based sauce? That’s why.
4) El-cheapo cookware stains easily, and is harder to get clean.
5) It either a) takes way too long to heat up, or b) heats up so fast that you need to keep the fire department on speed dial.
Choosing the best cooking sets for your cooking style and your kitchen will make cooking a lot more fun. When your pots and pans do what you need them to do, you can focus on your recipes and get creative!
Our articles on this topic:
- Stainless Steel Cookware
- Quality Cookware Choices
- Best Cast Iron Cookware
- Copper Cookware
- Cookware That Works For You
- How to Choose the Best Cookware
- Cooking with Cast Iron Skillet
- Pros and Cons of Using Anodized Cookware