Author: Bob Cummins
Choosing cookware for your home can be quite confusing because there are so many different types to choose from. So what are some of the basic things to consider when looking for the best cookware set for your kitchen? Well the most obvious is price but other things that most people get consumed with are the aesthetics of the pots and pans.
Like is it the right color so that it will match the kitchen decor and there is nothing wrong with that but if you are serious about your cooking one of the most important things to consider when choosing kitchen cookware is what material it is made of and how easy is it to maintain.
When choosing cookware for you kitchen some of the basic types of material you will find cookware made from is copper, aluminum, cast iron and stainless steel. Copper and aluminum (non anodized) are reactive materials and can alter the color and flavor of the food you are preparing. Also, copper cookware is expensive and will discolor. Also you have to be careful how you clean it because it will scratch very easily.
Aluminum is very good at conducting heat it is relatively inexpensive but again it is reactive. To overcome this there are manufacturers that make anodized aluminum pots and pans. This type of aluminum cookware is chemically treated to prevent it from reacting with acidic foods. However, most manufacturers recommend that you do not ever put them in the dishwasher.
Another material which can withstand high heat and is very good conductor of heat is cast iron, but it is reactive to acidic foods as well. Also cast iron cookware must be seasoned with oil or shortening to keep its non stick surface and to prevent it from rusting. This is another type of cookware you do not want to put in the dishwasher to clean.
If you really prefer cast iron and don't want to deal with the periodic re-seasoning another way to go is with cast iron coated with enamel. However enamel coated cast iron cannot withstand the high temperatures that plain cast iron can and if you are not careful the enamel coating can crack or chip.
So at this point you have pretty much realized that when choosing cookware for your home there are many Pros and Cons depending on what material you decide on. However one material that has more Pro's than Con's is stainless steel.
High quality stainless steel cookware will often have aluminum sandwiched between the internal layer to improve heat conduction and can withstand high heat. Stainless steel is also non reactive and will not alter the flavor or color of the food. If you are willing to spend the money these types of pots and pans will last you a lifetime.
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