What To Look For When Buying New Cookware
If you’re in the market for new cookware, there are many things to consider. Do you want stainless steel, copper, aluminum, or cast iron? Do you prefer non-stick, easy to clean or affordable cookware?
Here are a few pros and cons to help you make the best buying decision
Stainless Steel Cookware is dishwasher safe, durable and non-reactive. Pros: This type of cookware is usually very durable and doesn’t normally rust, chip or stain. It provides rapid uniform heating. It also has a pretty mirrored appearance that is easy to clean. It’s great for someone looking for the best basic cookware set.
Cons: Can be a little pricier than other cookware, however, a good set can last a lifetime.
Pros: Copper has excellent conductivity and heats food thoroughly it also provides a nice presentation.
Cons: Reactive with alkaline or acidic foods, which can cause foods to take on the metallic taste. Copper also requires regular polishing and can be expensive and is hand wash only.
Pros: Excellent thermal conductivity, lightweight and affordable.
Cons: Highly reactive to alkaline and acidic foods. Tends to warp in high heat and tends to get scratched easily which can cause health concerns with long term use. Aluminum is also prone to staining which can discolor light colored foods.
Pros: Naturally non-stick if seasoned well, retains heat well and adds iron to foods.
Cons: Cast Iron takes awhile to heat up, is reactive, heavy. It also requires more maintenance with regular cleaning and seasoning to preserve the non-stick quality. Cast iron is not dishwasher safe and can also rust if left in a damp environment.
As you can see, there are many cookware choices out there each with there on set, of pros and cons. When it comes down to it, it helps to consider the pros and cons of each type before you invest in your next set of cookware. Cookware can be an investment but can also last a lifetime especially with proper care.