A good dish is made up of different ingredients: a good recipe, a quality raw material, having the best cooking appliances, but it is also very important to have good cookware. Although we do not give it all the importance, it deserves, having a casserole of the right size to boil pasta, or a pan in which food is not stuck is the key to success. Quality cookware will help you become a MasterChef.
Aspects to consider when buying cookware:
1. The material of the kitchenware
Kitchenware can be made of different materials. You must choose the one that best suits your cooking and your needs.
Usually, cookware composed of pots and pans are made of stainless steel because it is a durable, durable, fairly light, easy to clean material.
Many of the stainless-steel pans have a Teflon coating, a non-stick material, so they do not stick to food when cooked. You should bear in mind that with the use, the pans are losing their non-stick capacity and at very high temperatures, Teflon could get to release a substance and gases harmful to health. For this reason, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and not to cook in the pan or Teflon non-stick containers at more than 250ºC, as recommended by numerous studies.
The ceramic pans are non-stick and also, thanks to this ceramic coating it is not necessary to use so much oil as the food do not stick. The ceramic coating, although it can lose properties with the uses and the passage of time, does not come off.
Finally, in the market, you will also find titanium pans that are characterized by distributing heat throughout the base of the pan, as well as being non-stick and having high durability. In some cases, the handle is removable, and this allows you to use the pan in the oven.
2. Compatibility with induction
It is essential that the cookware, or the new pans and pots that you buy, are compatible with the induction. This information is provided by the manufacturer and is found in the base of the containers and the packaging. The containers suitable for the induction plates should have a flat base sandwich type (totally smooth) and wholly ferromagnetic. It is also important that you check that the diameter matches the size of the cooking zone.
You should keep these indications in mind when buying cookware for your new induction hob.
3. The weight
Try all the pans and pans before buying them to check your weight. Light cookware will be easier to handle, although sometimes this is difficult to achieve depending on the material you choose for your cookware. The lighter ones are usually the ceramic pans and the stainless-steel pans, while the cast iron batteries are the heaviest due to the very nature of the material. This is especially indicated for frying pans since they are the container that you will have to handle the most to sauté, stir, turn the tortilla, etc.
Easy-To-Clean cookware will help you easily remove food debris, without having to leave the dishes to soak. If it is also dishwasher safe, you will save this step. You will only have to put the pans and the pots in the dishwasher and take them completely clean.