The Agony of Choice: In Search of the Perfect Cookware

The saying from the phrase box “Essen keeps body and soul together on tour” is still valid today. To prepare delicious food, one needs pots and pans in addition to the cooker, and you can quickly lose track of the market situation. Aluminum (treated or untreated), stainless steel or titanium, coated or not- a little knowledge of the properties of the materials used can shorten the search for the perfect cookware.

Almost all outdoor pots meet the following requirements: they are light but stable, the contents heat up quickly without burning. The noodle water is easy to pour off, and tea and coffee water can be conveniently poured into cups. After cooking, they are easy to clean. But the second look reveals: There are quite different pots and dinner sets available in market.

Aluminum is under discussion:

Aluminum is still classic despite of many discussions. The untreated aluminum versions have been around for centuries. Aluminum cookware is light and for a long time, the favorite for those who not only wanted to pay little money, but also wanted to pay close attention when packing. The excellent thermal conductivity was convincing, a little metal abrasion when cleaning and sometimes metallic taste was accepted. Whether aluminum, which comes through abrasion in the food or by lemon or other ‘sour’ food (maybe) is released on the road is harmful to health (long-term consequences included) or if the amounts are far too low, is a point of discussion that is still today a controversial debate.

Aluminum cookware

Another way to make aluminum more resistant to wear is the standard method of anodizing. Hard anodizing cookware is corrosion resistant and more comfortable to clean afterward (without scratches).

Heavier, but indestructible: stainless steel

A classic among the pot sets are the variants made of stainless steel. Really durable, they can accompany you for decades. The thermal conductivity of Stainless-steel dinner set is not as good as aluminum pots.  So, if weight does not matter that much, durability and longevity are in the foreground, then the cheaper stainless-steel pots can be a good alternative.

For lightweight trailers, there is only one material: titanium!

Lightweight, free of oxidation, resistant and therefore very durable, the pots can quickly become a favorite companion on tour if one is prepared to spend significantly more money for it. The material hardness of titanium makes it possible to build very thin-walled cookware. The thermal conductivity is lower than that of stainless steel, so titanium pots are more for quick water boiling or heating. For snow melting in winter, you should rather use another pan.

Hard facts for a quick overview:

– Stainless steel plates are more heat resistant than aluminum. Do not forget kettles or large aluminum pots in the embers. There should be people whose cookware has quickly turned into dust (melting temperature of aluminum: 650 ° C)

– Titanium has a significantly lower thermal conductivity than aluminum, but partially compensates for this with its very thin walls

– The excellent thermal conductivity of aluminum (up to 10x higher than stainless steel) is the reason that untreated aluminum is still the first choice for the pans of many coated pans in outdoor pots

– For water cooking, the aluminum or Stainless steel tiffin are perfectly adequate

Cooking In Stainless Steel Pans – How Is It Done?

We will say things as they are: cooking with stainless steel is not as simple at first as cooking with Teflon coated utensils, it requires learning to cook with them. However, it does not mean that it is not worth learning to cook with stainless steel utensils; it is worth learning for the durability and health benefits that this type of utensils has.

There is a very strong myth spread by some businesses that sell pots and pans of this material: stainless steel is non-stick. Reality is more complicated than that. It is true that stainless steel has a less porous surface than other materials that do not have non-stick coatings, however, if a pan is not used at the correct temperature and if certain types of food are cooked without the proper amount of water or fat to avoid sticking, those foods will end up sticking.

Speaking specifically about cooking in pans, which is the type of cooking that involves greater complexity with stainless steel, we see that there are two important factors to consider: control the correct temperature of the pan and the type of food we cook in the Stainless steel utensils.

The temperature of the pan when cooking

Making food in stainless steel at a uniform and correct temperature is very important to prevent it from sticking when cooked. This should be done every time you cook something in this type of pan, and you can follow the following steps:

  • Place the pan on the stove and heat it
  • After a short time, to measure the correct temperature of the pan, throw drops of water into the pan and observe the reaction of the water when touching the pan.
  • If the drops evaporate when touched, the pan is not yet at the correct temperature and should be heated a moment longer.
  • If the droplets falling into the pan are round as spheres and can be moved by tilting the pan easily without evaporating immediately, the pan is at the optimum temperature.
  • Now, the water should be removed from the hot pan with absorbent paper.
  • If you are going to cook foods that tend to stick to the pan, add oil to the pan and distribute it. If you do not need very high heat to reduce the power of the stove a little.
  • Finally, add the food and start cooking.

Types of foods and how to cook them

Now that you know one of the important factors to properly cook in Stainless steel kitchenware, the correct temperature, it is important to understand that despite the correct heating of the pan, not all foods will respond to heat in the same way and still there are some that can stick.

Foods according to the content of fat or water that they have in their composition are more likely to stick to a pan. Those with higher fat and water in their composition can be classified as wet foods, while those with little water or fat in their composition can be called dry foods.

As a general rule with few exceptions, dry foods stick more than wet foods and require the coating of the pan with some type of fat. On the other hand, wet foods do not need much extra fat in the pan to cook without sticking to the material and can even be cooked only with the fat that comes off the food if the pan is in an optimum temperature state.

What Is Low Temperature Cooking?

Concretely it is a braising with very little water. It is therefore up to 95° C, but for some, it should preferably be closer to 60-70° C. Made from a natural water cycle, this type of cooking is favored by a temperature differential inside the cooking utensil itself. In this case, a thick bottom will accumulate a lot of heat, but it will diffuse more slowly at the top of the utensil because of the thick body of the utensil.

This configuration favors the condensation of the water at the top of the utensil because the colder it falls on the food. This natural water cycle, which takes place at moderate temperatures, keeps all the benefits of food, vitamins, and flavors.

In order for this type of cooking to take place under optimal conditions, it is necessary to avoid evaporation of the water. A heavy and well-sealed lid is necessary. It should be noted that cooking will also be longer.

Pro reactive, fast and precise cooking: integrated bottom and multilayer

I want to cook like a pro and perform precise cooking, and this is the type of stainless steel cookware I need!

With these multiple layers, in direct contact with the heat source, these utensils will heat quickly and evenly. The heat will diffuse impeccably on the entire pan or pan. Ideal for cooking meats or vegetables well seized, multilayer stainless steel ranges allow excellent control of cooking. Indeed, once the heat source lowered, these hyper-reactive materials will cool as quickly.

For example, you can make a caramel easy by starting at high heat and then lowering the temperature at the right time.

This type of Stainless steel kitchenware can also be adapted to cook long cooking heat will spread evenly over the entire pan, the pot or the pot.

However, for the same reason, these products are less suitable for low-temperature cooking. The temperature differential between the bottom and the top of the pan is not optimized for that.

If you have never cooked in Stainless steel kitchenware, here are some tips that will help you. You can cook meat, vegetables without fat. First, heat your stove on high heat, then add a few drops of water. If the drops of water roll on the surface of the pan then it is at a suitable temperature. Lower the heat to half and then add the vegetables. If the drops of water stat of evaporating and sizzle, you need to wait a little longer as the stove is not hot.

We always cook on low heat in a stainless steel pan. If you are cooking meat, do not return it immediately as it will hang. It is necessary to wait until the juices are released to be able to replace it. If your vegetables have hung up, you can add some water and scrape with a wooden spatula.

Stainless Steel Cooking Utensils: How To Choose?

Understand, navigate, and choose the most suitable. As usual, we try to give you a lot of information to make the right choice, the one that suits you.

1- Understanding the different types of stainless steel

Is 18/8 stainless steel less good than 18/10 stainless steel? Is it necessary to buy stainless steel 18/10 (pledge quality?) Before answering these questions, it is important to know what stainless steel is.

Stainless steel is an iron alloy to which is added chromium. It is the proportion of chromium that comes first in the title of steel. In the culinary field, it is generally 18%.

Why this proportion? Simply because it offers steel a very high resistance to corrosion. It is chromium (more precisely chromium oxide) that allows the stainless steel to become stainless.

Now that we get Stainless steel kitchenware, we are faced with another problem: the impact resistance. Indeed, with this type of alloy, the steel becomes too hard and particularly brittle. That’s why we add nickel. Although this metal can cringe because it is particularly allergenic, it has a very important function to obtain quality steel. It makes it possible to give ductility to steel, that is to say of flexibility and therefore of resistance. It is how one can obtain particularly robust and durable kitchen utensils.

2- Stainless steel pans and stainless steel pans with integrated bottom: what to choose?

Above all, it is important to note that stainless steel is not an excellent heat conductor. Indeed, as we saw above, stainless steel is an alloy in which iron is associated with other components. Of course, the conductivity of the iron is diminished. That’s why, on quality stainless steel ranges, we can often see a very thick bottom called classic or encapsulated sandwich bottom.

Integrated and multilayered background

We talk about integrated bottom simply when the cookware is designed in one piece.

Several layers of metals are superimposed, pressed and stamped to form a single piece. This is the case of the copper and stainless steel ranges. But also steel utensils composed of alternating stainless steel-aluminum-stainless ranging from 3 to 7 layers.

3- How to choose my stainless steel cookware?

Even if you can cook everything in any stainless steel stove or saucepan, the difference in design will have a real impact on the types of cooking you want to do.

To cook in a classic way

Opt for a sufficiently thick utensil (skirt and bottom) to have a durable product that cooks evenly. In short, a classic range but quality, pro or guarantee 25 years.

To cook on a daily basis, optimizing its long cooking and low temperatures

Choose a high-end product, semi-pro bottom, and very thick skirt. Robust and durable, this type of cookware will also heat up a bit more slowly. On the other hand, it will store the heat optimally, and it will allow continuing cooking over low heat.

It is a perfect design for cooking long, braised or simmered. For fans of low-temperature cooking, this is by far the most appropriate. Of course, this type of kitchenware will also allow you to cook daily, in a classic way.

How To Care For Stainless Steel Dishes

Stainless steel is one of the safest and quality materials from which modern tableware is made. But for pots, pans, sets of accessories and kitchen appliances to serve for a long time, you should adequately care for stainless steel utensils. This will help small secrets, which is not difficult to learn.

If the question is, what dishes to choose for your kitchen, you can recall several advantages of stainless steel cookware. This strength, hygiene, and beautiful appearance, such dishes do not enter into chemical reactions with food, easy to clean and does not form pores and cracks, where bacteria accumulate. It is this material has now become dominant in any kitchen.

Stainless steel is the best element for cookware, long lasting and good looking. Unlike non-stick cookware, however, it can be difficult to clean if misused. It is essential to learn how to clean your stainless steel the right way to remove the most stubborn stains. It is also possible to prepare them so that the surface does not attack, which will make cleaning easier. Here are some ways to clean and coat the pot.

How to care for Stainless steel dinner set immediately after purchase

  • First, you need to remove all advertising stickers from the dishes, wet them with warm water and remove them manually;
  • Before first use, wash the stainless steel dishes with warm soapy water and dry;
  • Glue remaining from the stickers can be removed with an alcohol-based solvent or with citrus juice;

How to use stainless steel dishes

There are general rules for all types of stainless steel utensils, which are useful to follow during the cooking process so that the utensils last a long time.

  • Do not leave empty dishes on fire. If this happens, let it cool down on its own;
  • The flame of the gas stove must not exceed the diameter of the bottom of the pan (pan);
  • To prevent scale, add salt to food only after boiling water in a saucepan;
  • The white precipitate from hard water can be removed by boiling water and vinegar in a saucepan;
  • All drips of fat and traces of “runaway” milk from the outer surface of the dish must be removed before the next use;

How to wash stainless steel dishes

  • It is recommended to wash the Stainless steel kitchenware sometimes after cooking, in order not to disturb the coating as a result of a sharp temperature difference;
  • If the instruction on the use of dishes allows you to wash in the dishwasher – be sure to soak in soapy water;
  • Do not use metal sponges, abrasives, caustic cleaners and alkaline products containing chlorine and ammonia for cleaning;
  • If scratches come into sight on the surface of the dishes, replace the detergent with a softer one;
  • To remove traces of burnt food, fill the pan with hot soapy water and boil for 5-10 minutes, then remove the contamination with a sponge;
  • After washing any dishes, it is desirable to wipe dry

Cooking With 18/10 Stainless Steel Utensils, Pots and Pans

Hard anodized

Hard anodized

Stainless steel is one of the most used materials in modern kitchen utensils like pots and pans. Stainless steel is durable, easy to sterilize and does not alter to contact with acids present in certain foods such as milk, meat, fruit, and vegetables. For this reason, products such as pots made of stainless steel New HSSC are the first choice when it comes to food and drink since in this type of steel are no chemicals that can move into the food during cooking.

Differences between steel 18/10 and 18/8

These steel are also known as 304, are part of the 300 series and are the two main types of stainless steel present in pots and kitchen utensils. The first number, 18, refers to the amount of chromium present in the steel, while the second number represents the amount of nickel. For example, 18/8 stainless steel contains 18% chrome and only 8% nickel.

Stainless steel 304 is also made of carbon; its quantity does not exceed 0.8% and at least 50% by iron. Chromium in stainless steel is used to protect iron from oxidation (rust), while nickel increases corrosion resistance so that the nickel content will be higher, the corrosion-resistant steel will be more resistant.

Stainless steel pans

Stainless steel is a good option for pots and pans, but unfortunately, it is not a big heat conductor. If this is not a problem for oven baking trays, the same cannot be said for pots and pans, which is why the new HSSC stainless steel cooker is distinguished by its three-layer format. It consists of a core of aluminum Continue reading

Heavy Anodized Aluminum Cookware

Heavy anodized dishes are a common name for metal pots and pans made of electrochemically toughened aluminum.

Kanchan dinner set

Kanchan dinner set

This name of the dishes came from the English from “hard anodized aluminum cookware”. It would be more correct to say a hard anodized coating and not heavily anodized. Because “Hard” is used to emphasize that the thickness and strength of the anodizing layer is greater than that of other anodized aluminum coatings and “hard.” In this case, the severity or complexity of anodizing is not relevant.

For the curious – about heavy anodizing

The process of heavy anodizing was originally developed for use in the restaurant industry. Chefs needed light and wear-resistant pans, for cooking a large number of dishes a day.

The acid is then cooled to the freezing point of water. The electric current drastically increases, resulting in a heavily anodized aluminum surface, which is twice as hard as stainless steel .

Advantages of heavily anodized cookware

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Dishes made from heavily anodized aluminum have a significantly longer service life compared to dishes with a traditional non-stick coating, and this coating has practically no pores. It is this – almost complete absence of pores, which allows it to withstand the adherence of food to it, even if the food is absorbed or burnt.

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Top Benefits Of Using Stainless Steel Kitchenware In Your Home

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There was a time when every Indian household has a wide range of Stainless steel kitchenware. In this present time, when you can see the dominance of non-stick kitchenware in every kitchen, still there are houses where stainless steel utensils are mostly used in their daily courses. The captivating and modern designs of these items impress the users, and they find it perfect for their modern kitchens. Apart from the stylish designs, there are plenty of other benefits that you can enjoy when you start using these items in a regular manner in your kitchen for cooking and serving.

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The Advent of Stainless Steel Utensils in Indian Kitchens

stainless steel gift itemsStainless steel is the most common material used in kitchens all over the world. It is a common term for all the alloys which are rust free. Stainless steel is a mixture of chromium and nickel which makes a corrosion free alloy. If you want to use cookware for your kitchen you should select something that is not corrosive and is good in terms of looks. These product are perfect companion for your kitchen as it has a shiny surface and it has a bright appearance.

Properties 

Durability – Stainless steel utensils are very durable and they have a reputation of lasting for almost forever. They are very strong and can easily prevail in rough and tough environments. They can easily bear high pressure without getting much damaged.

Acids and Bases – This element is best known for its resistivity from acid attacks. The alloy does not react with acids and is widely used in making utensils because of the same reason. The element also is non reactive to all the bases at high concentration and abnormal temperatures.

Light Weight – Stainless steel cookwares and other products are comparatively very less in weight compared to cast iron and carbon steel. This property makes it easy to move steel products from one place to another.

Advantages of 

Never Out of Fashion – These are similar to a black wedding dress which never goes out of fashion. The main highlight of stainless steel gift item or cookware’s is their ethnic appearance. Along with a beautiful impression they are quite strong and durable. These utensils do not have any coating upon them so you need not worry about anything getting peeled off from the surface.

Easy to Clean – Though stainless steel does not carry non sticky properties but if food gets attached to its bottom it can easily be removed by keeping in boiling soapy water for 15-20 minutes. Any type of dirt on its outer surface can be easily wiped off because of its smooth surface. After consumption of foodstuff these vessels can easily be cleaned with the help of detergent.

Safety – Vessels made up of stainless steel are quite safe and easy to handle. Unlike glass, these elements do not get damaged after any small mishap in the kitchen. These product are come with lids which make them suitable for using in microwaves and refrigerators.