Stainless Steel Pots and Pans Review
Stainless steel cookware is one of the most popular choices in cookware to date. It’s reasonably priced for all of its advantages. Great cookware sets are available for a notably low price. Its durability also offers an advantage since it can take a lot of damage and still remain resistant to dings, nicks, and scratches all while maintaining its gorgeous shiny appearance. Stainless steel can also be used for a wide variety of foods since it’s able to withstand acid and alkaline foods without corroding or warping, and the maintenance is easy. Simply wash out the pots and pans with soap and water, allow to dry and you’re done!
The first set up for review is the Calphalon tri-ply stainless steel 13-piece. It offers an aluminum core between two stainless steel layers to ensure proper browning and even heating, and allows for the use of any utensils without fear of damage to the metal. Included in the set are also glass lids so that you can watch your food as it cooks to avoid burning and ruining it. The beautiful exterior allows for easy transition from stove to table and back again. The handles also stay cool to the touch during cooking. Check out my full review here.
Built to electric standards, the T-fal C798SC Ultimate Stainless Steel Copper Bottom Cookware 12 piece set offers a slew of culinary options. The handles are stainless steel an riveted; however, they seem to get hot to the touch while cooking. The glass lids offer a hooped handle, and it ensures even cooking of the food by trapping heat and moisture within the pots. It’s a gorgeous set, though it’s a little pricier than some other sets offered. What it lacks in quality it makes up for in appearance, but one would have to try the set for themselves to make an educated and informed decision on what is best for them. For my information, check out my full review.
The Cuisinart MCP-12N Multi-Clad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set is inspired by French kitchens, and offers a beautiful appearance as well as superior even heating. It’s safe to use in the oven up to five hundred degrees, and removal of the food is no longer a chore thanks to the carefully crafted interior of the pans. It has tapered rims for worry free pouring, removing the likely hood of drips and spills. The stainless steel composition allows for the natural flavors of the food to be preserved; no gamey taste or loss of flavor, and its handles are designed to stay cool throughout the cooking process. My full review can be found here.
The Cook N Home 12-Piece Stainless Steel Set offers a capsulated bottom for even heating, and a breath-taking exterior appearance. It’s available at a shockingly low price for its quality, and you get a lot of bang for your buck with this fantastic set. It has a great weight to it–not too heavy or too light. It offers the quality of an expensive set for a fraction of the price. All in all a great deal for those of us who need a decent set of cookware but can’t afford all the extra bells and whistles. For more information about this cook n home set please visit my full review.
Cooking with Stainless Steel Cookware
When cooking with stainless steel, it’s important to remember to let it evenly heat before cooking. It can take up to ten minutes for the bottom to get hot enough to heat anything up. The key is to properly grease the pan to allow for the proper amount of non-stick as relevant to your desired dish result. This also ties into the temperature of the bottom of the pan, and the duration and internal temperature of the food. Triple ply is the best way to go as far as the quality of the set, although it’s sold at a higher price than others. Seasoning the cookware is one of the most integral parts of the upkeep process, and ensures a long life for your pots and pans, so less money you have to spend replacing your sets every few years.
In order to do this, you’ll need to thoroughly wash the pan, then coat with vegetable oil and heat on the stove to 350 degrees F for an hour. After that’s done, you’ll have to allow it to cool by removing it when the pan starts to smoke. Once it’s properly cooled, wipe the surface with a lint-free rag or paper towel, and allow proper pre-heating before future use.
How to clean stainless steel cookware?
Cleaning stainless steel is a constant labor of love for any set owner, as to preserve the quality of the metal. There are three components to ensuring the longevity of your pots and pans.
1. General upkeep is a must when you’ve invested money in any cookware set. Try to avoid washing it in the dishwasher as this will dull their appearance and possibly lower the lifespan. Clean the pans after each use and always dry them by hand. Polish them when necessary with a stainless steel polish to ensure luster and shine.
2. Always take time to properly clean the tough messes. Clean away any burned on food from the inside of the pan by soaking it in warm water until it’s able to be removed easily. Avoid steel wool as it can scratch the surface. Clean any burn marks with baking soda, and make sure to take care of any pesky water spots.
3. Season the cookware. Make sure that it’s properly clean, thenadd a thin layer of vegetable oil to the pan. Heat it to 350 degrees and remove it from the heat when it begins to smoke. Allow it to cool and wipe it out with a paper towel before storing.
Is stainless steel cookware safe?
Is it safe? Yes! Stainless steel is used in many different products for many different things. If you decide to use stainless steel, you’re making an excellent decision. It has many advantages including that it’s non-porous, which means it won’t expand when heated up, and cleaning is fairly easy. There are no risky coatings of strange, hard to pronounce metals, and it evenly heats up for maximum performance. All in all a great choice in cookware to use for your family, as it doesn’t contain any harmful components that will leech into your food and make you sick.