Hi I’m Chef Cass at your service!! If you love food and cooking then welcome, we are going to get along just great. One of the best tips I give to people about cooking is to make sure you have the right cookware. I have put together this site where I will share all I know about choosing the perfect cookware with plenty of recommendations and cookware reviews. Whether you are a Professional Chef or Head Chef at home I am here to help.
With so many cookware options available it can be a little overwhelming when you start looking for your dream cookware. Recommending “the” best cookware is a pretty much impossible task. It all depends on your circumstances and your needs. There are pans that work on induction stoves and some that don’t. There are materials that will last a lifetime and some that probably won’t get passed a couple of years. Some sets of pans like the Cook N Home NC-00358 will cost less than $100 while other sets like the All Clad Copper Core will cost well over $1,000. Some sets like the Wolfgang Puck have over 15 pieces while others sets like WearEver Pure Living sets have just a few. OK I think you are getting the idea – it’s a big choice but certainly not an impossible one, that’s why I’m going to help you.
Getting Started with Cookware
If like many people you have just started your search and you feel a little overwhelmed then I have heaps of great incite to share with you. We will look at how much you should spend, which brands you should buy and which pieces of the set you might need and which you don’t.
Once you have a better idea of the type of cookware you are looking for you will feel much more confident knowing that you are making steady progress.
Best Cookware Available in 2017
If you know the type of cookware you would like, for example you know you want a stainless steel set but you don’t know which exact set to choose then check out my best guides. In these guides I have collated as much information as I know to help you whittle your decision down to just a few standout sets.
My Latest Cookware Reviews
If you are at the final stages of making your decision and you have a list of potential purchases then check out my individual cookware reviews. I share with you my “expert” opinion to help you finally make that all important decision.
Considerations for your next set of pans
With so many options of cookware available a good first step on your way to buying your dream cookware is to understand the best pots and pans for different needs so that you can filter the options. Here are a few things to consider
The types of food you intend to cook should be well thought through so you have a better understanding of your needs. To help you do this think about which pans you currently use and the limitations of your current set? Understanding this at the beginning will help you choose from the various size pans and stop you from wasting money an extra pans you might not need.
Dishwashers can cause serious damage to all types of cookware. Even expensive cookware can be damaged from dishwashers. If you do use a dishwasher then make sure to check that you are buying the best dishwasher safe pots and pans.
Budget is a huge decision factor. Before you start looking at sets of cookware have a think about how much you would be willing to pay. Cookware can vary massively in cost so understanding your price range can help you find the best affordable pots and pans.
Type of cooktop will be the first thing to consider when buying new cookware. The best pots and pans for gas stoves won’t necessarily be the best pans for an induction electric hob.
Stainless Steel Pots and Pans Reviews
Stainless Steel cookware can be found in the majority of households. The main benefits of stainless steel cookware is that the pans are usually relatively affordable, they are durable and above all easy to maintain.
High quality stainless steel cookware usually has more nickel and chromium than the cheaper alternatives. Nickel and chromium are added to prevent the cookware rusting and tarnishing. You should be able to find the percentage of these substances within the descriptions when comparing the best rated stainless steel cookware. Make sure you read my Stainless Steel Pots and Pans Review before making any decisions.
When cooking with stainless steel cookware you might find that it takes some time for the pan to heat up. This is because stainless steel is not the best conductor of heat. Some stainless steel pans therefore have an adapted base that bonds either copper or aluminium. A normal household shouldn’t really have any problems with a standard stainless base but its worth knowing when comparing different pan sets.
Best non stick cookware reviews
Non Stick cookware is quite a basic concept that has grown in development over the last 20 years due to its growth in popularity. Non-stick refers to the non-stick coating that is applied to the inside of the pan. This non stick coating is especially useful for cooking with frying pans or cooking food that has a tendency to stick to the pan.
The major limitation with non-stick pans is the wear and tear and how easily they can scratch. The best non stick cookware brands are now trying to overcome this by adding multiple layers which is a huge step forward.
Non-stick cookware is more commonly found in households rather than in commercial kitchens. The constant use and high demands of a restaurant kitchen will usually mean that pans need changing regularly.
One of the major reasons non stick cookware has seen a boost in popularity is mainly due to the weight loss advantages. This boils down (mind the pun) to the fact that you don’t need to use oil or cooking sprays when using a non-stick pan to cook your food. This can significantly reduce the number of calories in your meals.
If you thought that choosing a non-stick pan was going to be easy then think again as you do have plenty of choice. The main choice you will have to make is whether you will be better with a teflon non stick pan or a ceramic non stick pan. If you need help making the decision then make sure to check out my best non-stick cookware reviews.
Best cookware for induction cooktop
Choosing the correct cookware for your induction cooktop can sometimes be a little bit of a mystery. When buying your pans there isn’t too much information about which is the best cookware for induction cooktops so hopefully i will be able to share my knowledge on the topic.
Are you ready for the science part? Unlike traditional cooking where the heat is transferred by conduction from the cooktop to the pan, induction cooking uses a magnetic field that is created in the cooktop coil. Don’t worry too much about understanding this precisely, all you need to know is that this magnetic field is then passed to the inside of the pan. This causes an electrical current that has nowhere to go and moves around like crazy and causes the inside of the pan to heat up and the food to cook.
So what does this mean about the best pans for induction cooking? Well as induction cooking uses electromagnetism your cookware will need to be magnetic and therefore usually need to be made from iron. If you are unsure if your current pans are magnetic then just do a simple test by placing a magnet on the base. If it sticks then your pans should be ok for induction cooking.
I will talk you through the best pans for induction cooktop in my guide that will look at the specific options available to you including a top tip to use if your pans are not magnetic.
Is hard anodized cookware safe?
You are probably aware that cookware companies have started to treat aluminum so it can be used in cookware. The treatment takes standard aluminum and creates a much tougher form that can be used in cookware. To understand how and the benefits of this process make sure to read through my in depth guide to hard anodized cookware.
Many of us have heard through the media about the dangers of aluminium to human health therefore it is inevitable that people now want to know if hard anodized aluminum is safe to use in cookware?
I will expand on this topic more in my anodized cookware guide but it really comes down to whether any traces of the aluminum are released into our food while cooking. Some say only a tiny microscopic amount will be released which won’t have any effect on the body. For me any amount is too much and I will generally stay away of hard anodized cookware while more studies are are done to answer the question if hard anodized aluminum is safe?
The Gallon Stainless Steel Pot
If you have a large family then I highly recommend you invest in a Stainless Steel Pot in addition to your standard cookware set. This is a tip I have taken from the commercial kitchen to my home.
The pots come in all different sizes. I tend to find a 5 gallon stainless steel pot works best for my needs but it really depends on how many people you generally cook for.
They are a fantastic for throwing in a load of different ingredients and letting them combine to make a delicious meal.
They can be a pain to wash and store but other than there aren’t too many other limitations to consider. A 20 Gallon Stainless Steel Pot could also double up great for brewing your own beer lol.