How to Buy a good stainless Steel Cookware

How to Buy a good stainless Steel Cookware

I am sure if you have been shopping for cookware lately that you have noticed that the prices can be just astronomical. While we are all looking to get a great deal on a good set of cookware, just because it is a name brand does not mean you are getting quality. There are some simple things to look for while buying cookware to make sure you are getting the quality that you are paying for.

All-Clad 10-pc. Copper Core Cookware Set · All-Clad 10-pc. Copper Core Cookware Set
All-Clad 10-pc. Copper Core Cookware Set · All-Clad 10-pc. Copper Core Cookware Set

If you are buying stainless steel cookware, look for cookware that is 18/10 or 18/8 stainless steel. These numbers are the percentage of Chromium and Nickel that are in the Stainless Steel. Cookware that is 18/0 Stainless Steel can rust because of the low Nickel content. Copper-coated bottoms are also a sign of a better quality cookware set. Stainless steel cookware is a great choice. They are highly durable, easy to clean, and you can use metal utensils.
I will also have to adjust my cooking, as with induction, the heat is intense and instantaneous, not the slow to heat-up electric range I have been cooking
Cast Iron cookware has been around for ages and is an extremely cost effective choice for cookware. They will last indefinitely as long as they are properly seasoned and cared for. Cast iron cookware is porous and the seasoned coat tends to pick up the flavors of the foods cooked. If you cook seafood, you may want to have a pan dedicated specifically for that purpose.

List of common stainless steel cookware

  1. Barbir Dish
  2. Oval Roaster
  3. Steamer Pot
  4. Cookware set
  5. Cook and Serve Pot
  6. Coffe warmer
  7. Sauce Pan
  8. Sandwich Pan
  9. Euro Steamer
  10. Casserol
  11. Cook Oven
  12. Steamer Pot

Stainless Steel Cookware View Large Image of Stainless Steel Cookware
Stainless Steel Cookware View Large Image of Stainless Steel Cookware

If you are buying non-stick cookware the best advice I have found is through people who own it and reviews. In addition, I have found that buying an open stock piece and trying it out often can be a huge money saver. What works for one person does not necessarily work for another. Personally, I love my Ultrex and UltrexII cookware sets, but something must have been wrong since they are now out of business. I like the Calphalon Hard Anodized cookware as well. I have written reviews on both that can be found here and here.
The Right Way to Care For Stainless Steel Cookware

Regardless of the kind of cookware you are planning to purchase, there are a few simple rules to follow to ensure that you are getting a good value for your money. You want a pan with a thick, heat-dispersing bottom. This will cook your food more evenly. Look for cookware with sturdy handles. The heavier the pots and pans the more heavy duty their handles should be. Look for cookware with properly fitted lids to avoid escaping heat that can cause serious injury.

And the last, How to keep stainless steel cookware always clean and bright

  • Prevent water spots. After washing, rinse in hot water, then dry with a clean towel immediately.
  • Avoid the pits. You know those small white dots that can sometimes form? Those have a name: "pits." To avoid their formation, bring liquids to a boil and cook food before adding salt. Pitting won't interfere with the performance of your pots or pans; but it can diminish the appearance of your cookware.

  • It's okay to throw those pots in the dishwasher! While not all cookware materials are dishwasher-safe, stainless steel typically is.
  • Clean it gently. Lay off the steel wool, scouring pads, or harsh chlorine detergents, as they can scratch and penetrate the surface — although nylon-scrubbing pads are OK.
  • How to clean by hand the recommended way. Immerse your pan or pot in warm water. Using water and a fine powder cleanser (such as dishwasher detergent), form a loose paste. Apply the paste using a soft cloth, rubbing in a circular motion. Wash in hot soapy water. Also recommended by stainless cookware manufacturers: a cleanser known as Bar Keepers Friend.


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