Over the years, trends in cookware have come and gone. But, one type of cookware has remained a standard, even as trends have faded. The stainless cookware set is still one of the most durable, reliable and economical choices for any kitchen.
Stainless steel cookware is so popular, in part, because it is scratch and ding resistant, so it can last and look great for a long time. It matches any décor and doesn’t have a coating, such as Teflon, that wears off over time and gets into your food.
Stainless steel is also non-reactive, which means none of the metal taste is imparted into your food. And, it comes in a wide variety of price ranges, so it suits any budget. Those reasons alone make it one of the best pots and pan sets you could choose, but there’s more to the story, and how do you know you’re choosing a top quality set?
How To Choose a Stainless Cookware Set?
The major downside to a stainless steel pot and pan set is that, when made only of stainless steel, it will not conduct heat well nor will it distribute heat evenly. Therefore, the most important feature in your stainless steel set is its core.
Choosing a set of stainless steel cookware with an inner core of copper or aluminum is the best choice. The least expensive sets will be stainless steel all the way through, and you’re almost certain to be unhappy with how it cooks. On the other hand, if you buy a cookware set completely from aluminum or copper, you’re almost certain to be unhappy with the durability. That’s why choosing a stainless steel set of cookware with an aluminum or copper core gives you the best of both worlds.
Next, be sure to look for a warranty with your cooking set. Though there are few things to go wrong with a really good set of cookware, you do want some sort of guarantee on this investment in your kitchen.
Check the handles before you buy a set of cookware. Handles that are not sturdy or don’t appear to be attached properly will be an aggravation over time. A high quality set of cookware should have strong, durable handles.
It’s also wise to try and buy an entire set of cookware at once. Though it may seem more expensive, you’ll actually save money in the long run by buying an entire set over purchasing a full set one piece at a time. A good set of cookware will contain the basic pieces needed by every kitchen. Then, over time you can add the extra pieces you need based on your specific cooking style and preferences. If you choose a high quality set of cookware, you won’t have to worry about replacing it for many years to come.
There are many manufacturers that make high quality stainless steel sets of cookware. You can shop around for sales to ensure you get the best price, or choose a manufacturer you already know and trust. Just be certain that you insist on the features, like an aluminum or copper core, along with durability and warranty to ensure that you get a set of cookware that will last a lifetime.
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