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My personal preference goes to stainless steel cookware

I am a passionate cook. Not only am I very passionate about the ingredients I use which always must be fresh, local produce and with a rich balance of spices; I also take extra care with the choice of cutlery, pots, pans and utensils. I believe it is essential for any aspiring cook to have a variety of frying pans. For any dish, a specific pan is needed – deep fry, non-stick, aluminium, stainless, small, big, with or without removable handle.

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My personal preference goes out to my stainless steel saute pan. It is perfect for shallow frying, for – of course – sauteing, for braising, cooking down any liquid to make the perfect sauce. As it is, my steel saute pan cannot just be used to prepare a variety of dishes, it is also really easy to keep clean and “stainless”, even after many years of use. A soft cloth, a minimal amount of dishwashing liquid and some hot water and it will sparkle as good as new. If you don’t have one, get one!

Stainless Steel Cookware and What to Look For


Until you faced with the decision to pick a cookware set for your home, you never realize how tough things can get. Mostly this occurs to people that would like to replace their old cookware sets or have relocated to a new place. There are many cookware sets out there in the market and it is tough to tell the best one by simply looking at it. My young cousin was moving to college and the honor to do her shopping was mine. There was no vote really because I won by acclamation. They say am addicted to shopping but I think it is an exaggeration. However, I know every store teller on a first name basis and a few managers too.

Therefore, there was no pressure. Shopping is my expertise. A week before she left I realized I had not done almost half of the shopping list. I had to get her the best quality at reasonable price. So let me just skip to the part where I had to shop for the cookware. Your guess is right it was a disaster. Not just getting the cookware set but every kitchen item. I managed to get her ready for the college though. Apparently, I had to work on my kitchen shopping skills. I believe in sharing knowledge so I am going to outline the set of stainless steel cookware available in the market.

There are two types, the premium stainless steel cookware and budget stainless steel cookware sets. Before you enter the store looking for a set you should consider your budget, cooking habit and the size of pans you require. That said I top my list with Heim Concept stainless steel cookware set. This 12-Piece set has glass lids for every item that enable you to monitor yours cooking. It includes three casseroles, a fry pan and a sauce pan. The bottom is designed for heat distribution and looks stylish.

All-Clad BD005710-R cookware set is an excellent cookware set. This 10-piece set is one of the best stainless steel cookware sets I have used. Induction cooking allows for even heat distribution. Its material is warp-resistant, stick-resistant thus non-reactive to your food. It would have topped my list but it is a bit pricy. A wise investment if you ask me. KitchenAid Gourmet stainless steel cookware set. It is a 10-Piece set and has an encapsulated aluminum base. It has silicone handles and fitted lids that are very safe to use. It is safe for dishwasher and oven.

I cannot conclude unless I mention Cuisinart MCP-12N stainless steel cookware Set and Calphalon Contemporary cookware set. They are 12-peace and 13-piece sets respectively. These best stainless steel cookware sets are durable and very easy to care for. Finding the best stainless steel cookware sets for your kitchen is a great milestone. As long as you prioritize your necessities, you are bound to be fine with the set you decide to settle on.

Personal thoughts on Cookware

grillAny person who enjoys cooking even a little will tell you how important a good set of cookware is. They are as important as the ingredients you choose to cook with. While everybody talks about the cooking methods and the ingredients, people usually tend to forget the importance of cookware. I have been interested in cooking since an early age, I used to stick around my mother in the kitchen while she was cooking as I was always curious and interested, and now that I cook several types of cuisines like Indian, American, Italian and more. One thing that I have learned is they all use different cooking techniques like searing, slow-roasting, frying, stir-frying, sauteing, braising, boiling, simmering. How amazing it would be if one set of pans took care of all that, right? so I have been doing a little research lately and short-listed a number of best cookware.
I recommend:

Gunter Wilhelm Cookware: Honestly, this cookware set looks so beautiful that I feel bad using it for cooking purposes but when it comes to work you will see how perfectly it helps you cook. A must try cookware.

Bialetti Terracotta X-Tra: It has a black exterior and terracotta non-stick interior, with an aluminium base for equal heat distribution. Another perfect cookware set for cooking those delicious dishes. But be ready to hand wash the pieces as they are not dishwasher safe.

Zwilling Motion Ultra-Durable Nonstick:
This set is also made up of aluminum base and coating. It is a good product but is known to be less effective when it comes to searing. It cleans easily so definitely worth a try.

Of course, all cookware sets are only durable so long as you do not abuse them too much. Only use pans as intended, never leave food unattended on the stove because over-heating dry pans is the number one cause of damage.

Now what about you? Is there a type of cookware set you like? share your ideas in the comments below..

What’s In A Cookware Set?

cookwareEvery good cook understands that the nature of their cookware has a direct bearing on the quality of food prepared. Even for the novice cooks like me, there is always some magic in using cookware sets that make the entire process not only easy but fulfilling. However, let’s face it – you will not always get what you want in a cookware set, especially if you do not know what to look for and where to look for it. Such was my case but now I can sit easy having discovered cookware sets that could help get the job done with the least expense of time and effort. I have taken the liberty of creating best reviewed cookware sets in a bid to helping you walk the path that I did.

The first cookware set I would like to recommend is the Circulon Symmetry 11-Piece Set and not only for the fact that it is among the highly rated brands but because it is dishwasher safe which makes it ideal for use with metal utensils. The fact that it also makes use of TOTAL Food Release System which is a series of raised nonstick circles that minimize abrasion makes it one of the most durable. The price may not be so fair for the average buyers but with all these features, I think this would be your best bet as far as cookware sets go.

The next in my list is the Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10-Piece Set. While it is rather expensive, this cookware offers high functionality. To begin with, it is eco-friendly and is also durable, thanks to its double-coated nonstick interior that can handle any task. The only disadvantage to it is that it is not dishwasher safe but I wouldn’t think twice about purchasing one, thanks to its other gorgeous features.

Last but not least, I would recommend the Anolon 12-Piece Bronze Hard-Anodized Set. Look to its hard-anodized aluminum to offer maximum resistance to scratching, thereby ensuring it endures as long as possible and makes its high cost worth the buy. The aluminum also prevents any warping and corrosion so you won’t keep thinking of this cookware set losing its appeal. It’s more heavy-duty and also durable than the usual cookware sets you will find out there.

What are you waiting for? Be a smart shopper and make an intelligent buying decision today by getting your hands on any of these cookware sets.

Safer Options for Your Pots and Pans


I go for a healthier option in preparing my meals. I prefer healthy cookware. It is a little bit expensive yet it is one good investment. The non-stick pans are not good for one’s health at all. This pan is not created for high heat cooking. Daily use of such pans at high heat temperatures will cause leakage of carcinogenic substance in your food. This pan is coated with Teflon. This type of material will emit poisonous fumes when exposed to high temperatures and this can cause flu like symptoms.

If you still have this cookware sets in your kitchen, then it is high time to get rid of it. But if you are to dispose of this cookware just do it responsibly. Do not just throw it away since chemicals in Teflon can be very stubborn. So make sure to dispose of it the right way. When considering a new set of cookware, make sure it is healthy and environmentally friendly. Below are some options to choose from.

Ceramic Pots and Pans: Ceramic cookware is safe as long as its lead content is zero. Also, avoid those that are colored coated since this might have toxic substance. Price is of medium-high.

Iron Pots and Pans: Iron cookware is considered to be classic. It is a bit heavy but this one will surely last your lifetime. It is safe and it comes with an all natural non-stick abilities. It is expensive but it is all worth it.

Titanium Pots and Pans: Stainless steel coated with Titanium is a good bet if you cannot afford iron cookware. It is the best alternative for healthy cooking. If you are not allergic to nickel then you can enjoy a less expensive Stainless steel cookware.

Considering the above options, you are now ready to make assessments of what your kitchen really needs. Enjoy a healthy meal planning and healthy cooking with your new healthy cookware.

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