If you are a budding chef, a busy mum or even just like experimenting with different food, Good quality cookware is essential for creating amazing food at home. Investing in good quality cookware can save time, hassle and above all, great food. With all the brands, shapes and sizes, is no doubt that choosing your cookware can be confusing. Here we can take a look at some tips into the choosing the cookware that best suits you and your kitchen.
Where can I find it?
We recommend you first take a look at some online stuff to get an idea about what to expect and where to buy it. Prices tend to be lower when you buy on online shops, especially if they deliver directly from the wearhouse; just make sure the expedition prices are not too high. If you’re in Nigeria you should absolutely try TradeStable.com.ng, where some cookware professionals sell their equipment for much less than a regular store.
Shapes and Sizes
It is important to know your shapes. Familiarizing yourself with cookware shapes and their names is the first step in deciding what cookware you will actually need. It may seem so much easier to buy a set than to shop individually, but by doing this, it is highly likely that only one or two pieces will be counted as essentials, leaving the rest to take up cabinet space and being put to waste. Collecting essential pieces rather than buying them altogether also saves money and is also more convenient. Here are some essentials to get you started.
(Also known as a Frying pan) Is essential for stovetop cooking. Buying a 10-12 inch Skillet is best for stir-fry’s and sautéing.
A Dutch Oven –
Perfect for stews, pasta and potatoes. A Dutch oven allows for slow, even heat distribution
A saucepan –
Perfect for smaller batches of rice, pasta and vegetables.
These are a few basic pieces to get you started. Depending on what or how you cook, you can start collecting specific pieces for different types of food. For example, if cooking steaks are a personal favourite, a grill pan for indoor grilling would be well worth your while.
Know your metals
The outcome of what you cook largely depends on what material your cooking in. By knowing your metals and how they work, will be a great deal of help into getting your perfect result.
Aluminium is light in weight, durable and conducts heat quickly and evenly. You will usually find that it is coated with another metal such as stainless steel as aluminium can tend to react with alkaline foods. Aluminium is also sensitive to temperature changes, making it cool as quickly as it heats.
Stainless steel –
Stainless steel by no means is one of the most popular choices for cookware. Stainless steel is excellent for preserving flavour as the metal itself does not impact what you are cooking. It is also very easy to clean and resistant to rust, making it a great investment. Bear in mind that this metal is not a great inductor of heat, so if you have little time on your hands, you may be better of investing in cookware that has a better heating element.
Unlike the stainless steel, copper is a great at conducting heat and also retaining it. You will find that it is prone to dent and tarnish, so it is best used irregular, only for foods that you don’t tend to cook too often. Copper is an expensive metal, so it is usually combined with others such as tin or steel, usually in the base of the pan.
Of course after having all this great cookware, remember to keep your cooking healthy in every occasion. You can check out some healthy recipes online to cook by yourself or with family and friends! By using this guide, knowing your metals and the cookware’s functions, will go a long way into deciding what equipment is best for you and your kitchen.