We all know that food is an essential part of our lives. Some people choose to boil what they eat electrically and some choose to use the traditional cookware, the cooking pots.
The choice of material for cookware and bakeware items has a significant effect on the item’s performance, particularly in terms of thermal conductivity and how much food sticks to the item when in use. Some choices of material also require special pre-preparation of the surface—known as seasoning—before they are used for food preparation.
Food creates culture and gives us a sense of being. The cookwares we use adds taste to the food we prepare.
What to look out for When Buying Kitchen Pots & Pans
When purchasing cookware, there are few things you need to consider. Here below;
Heat conductivity – Some metals are better heat conductors than others. For instance, copper is a particularly good heat conductor whereas stainless steel is not. What this means in terms of Pots & Pans is that the higher the heat conductivity, the better and the more evenly your food will cook.
In ranking Diamond comes first, then the Metals, followed by thermal insulators like Glass and Aluminates
It’s Stickiness? – How often things can stick to the surface of your cooking pans or pots contributes to its value. This is usually determined by how hard the material in which it’s made with.
How Resistant the material is – This singular factor also decided how easily your pots will scratch.
Here again, diamond rank first on the list, followed by ceramics, steel, aluminum and copper comes last here because they are really soft metals.
This is the reason why Aluminum pots are coated with Aluminate on the inside and Copper/Stainless Steel by Teflon.
Price – The amount you pay for your cookware will most likely be a determining factor in what you end up buying. It may not always be true but often times, the more expensive the cookware are, the more value you will get.
Durability – How long will they last? No one wants to lose their precious pots because it slipped off their hand while holding it, right? Exactly.
So also, some types of cookware will maintain their good look and last longer than others. Stainless steel is considered to be one of the best in this regard.
In terms of how long they will last, you know? coated cookwares like aluminum, copper and stainless steel, because they are made up of two or more different materials. The different materials will not expand evenly when they are heated. Added to that they will not return to their normal form at the same rate together during cooling. This pull and push effect damages the lifetime of your cookware faster, if they are coated components.
Cast iron and Ceramic pots take the lead because they are made of single material.
Reactivity – Some metals react with certain foods. Aluminum, for instance, has a tendency to react with tomato and other acidic dishes.
The reason why you will see molds on some pots that haven’t been used in a while. Also discoloration of the top of your soup, when kept there for a while.
Maintenance – If you would prefer to not to have to shine your cookware every night just to keep it looking good then you will need to consider the amount of maintenance required to keep it in tip-top shape.
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