A good cook/chef knows his/her tools very well. Although they are skilled enough to create the tastiest dishes with just any appliance or cooking vessel thrown to them, they are happiest with the best quality cookware. Stainless steel is one of the most preferred materials for kitchen appliances and cookware, and for a good reason. Stainless steel items are long-lasting and sturdy too. Most of these feature layers of aluminum and copper for better heat distribution.
A good quality stainless steel cookware set can last for years, and even your lifetime before showing the slightest signs of wear and tear. While you can choose to buy such piece by piece, you could save a lot more if you simply saved up and invested in a set, all at once. All-Clad Tri-ply Bonded 10-Piece Cookware Set is an excellent example of some of the best cookware sets you can invest in. Here are some of the factors you should, however, consider when shopping for stainless steel cookware sets.
Some of the best stainless-steel cookware can not only be used on a stovetop but also compatible with induction cooktops as well. This is needless to say how safe and efficient they are in the oven as well.
Stainless steel is one of the most durable materials out there. It is thus scratch proof and doesn’t warp or crack. The other added advantage of this material is the fact that it doesn’t rush; hence it can maintain its look and feel for decades.
- Even-Heat Distribution
The best stainless-steel cookware has copper and aluminum infused together to provide even heat distribution. This means your foods will cook faster and evenly, hence a tasty meal. This also applies to stainless steel pots with a thicker base.
- Easy to Maintain
As the name suggests, stainless steel doesn’t attract stains and is very easy to clean. The cookware is also safe to use in the dishwasher and doesn’t require any form of seasoning.
- Light but Sturdy
Stainless steel cookware, unlike cast-iron and earthen cookware, is relatively light and sturdy. This thus makes your cooking much easier, and especially dishes that require maneuverability.
Disadvantages of Low-Quality Stainless-Steel Cookware
While high-quality stainless-steel cookware hardly disappoints, the same can not be said about low-quality ones. Some of these cheap and low-quality items don’t have a bonded base, hence heat unevenly and relatively slow. This low-quality stainless-steel cookware also has poor nonstick capabilities, hence not the best choice when preparing pancakes, omelets, and even delicate fish dishes. The only safe bet in this instance is to choose cladded or tri-ply cookware sets for satisfactory results and performance.
Always go for cookware sets with cool-touch handles. You might, however, want to avoid sets with screw-on handles that can/might loosen over time. Be sure to go for sets with very little or no crevices that might attract food particles, and those with ergonomic handles as well.
An induction-ready cookware set means you can use it both on the gas and electric range, as well as an induction cooktop. The cookware should thus be magnetic to work on an induction cooktop.
- Number of Pieces Included
Check to see if all the pieces you need are included in that specific set. It is also worth noting that lids are included in the total pieces. A standard cookware set will have several different-sized pots, a frying pan, and lids. Specialty cookware sets will, however, have more pieces, including woks, steamer inserts, and strainers.
Prices vary depending on the quality and each set. Research and compare prices between several suppliers and set before picking one, or making an order. Basic sets may cost between $100 and $250, while specialty sets will cost a little over $250.
The deck builder in Garland received stainless steel cookware set from Richard Gould, the owner of the company where he works because of his dedication and good work.