Selecting the right type of cookware can make or “bake” your recipe, so considering various cooking surfaces is essential. Here is a quick guide to help you find cookware that meets your needs.
Offering a superb cooking surface, stainless steel cookware is often layered with a great heat conductor like aluminum for quick and even heating. Non-reactive and non-corrosive, highly polished stainless steel provides superior performance and durability as well as timeless beauty. The pan’s attractive exterior resists dents and scratches. A bonus, this cookware is dishwasher- and oven-safe.
Often clad with stainless steel for easier cleaning, hard-anodized cookware is an excellent heat conductor with a smooth and durable cooking surface. Most hard-anodized cookware is nonstick, making it easy to clean and an all-purpose choice for cooking with less fat, sautéing and more.
If you’re looking for ease in your cooking routine, consider ceramic cookware. Scratch-resistant and durable, this cookware has a nonstick ceramic finish that is PFOA and PTFE free and easy to clean. It heats up quickly and evenly. For basic cooking, this cookware is an everyday essential.
Extremely strong and durable, cast iron heats evenly and retains heat longer, moving easily from stovetop to oven broiler. There is both pre-seasoned and enameled cast iron available.
Nonstick cookware is a great all-purpose choice for cooking with less fat, sautéing and more. To extend its life, avoid using metal utensils as this can damage the cookware’s coating and use mild detergents when cleaning.
Combining the performance of aluminum with the beauty of stainless steel, tri-ply cookware is durable and promotes even heat distribution. It’s also safe to use any type of utensil with and is compatible for cooking on induction stovetops.
Additional cookware features to consider:
A glass lid lets you see what’s cooking inside without having to lift it and let steam escape.
Stir things up with a bonus detail that helps you pour sauces or soups straight from the pot without dripping.
Silicone handles are great for those moments when you’re missing an oven mitt. They’re designed to provide a safe and secure grip.
Oven- and dishwasher-safe
If you like to keep it simple with minimal cleanup, look for durable cookware that can go into the oven or dishwasher.
With several materials, styles and colors to choose from, you’re sure to find cookware that is just your taste.
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