When Choosing Cookware to Buy, Should I Think About Materials It Is Made Of?

Cookware Materials

In short, of course you should. Nowadays, the range of cookware you can find in the market is as high as ever and some of us might get confused when making a choice.

Let’s discuss it in detail, shall we? Obviously, any cookware has its advantages and disadvantages. When choosing cookware for your kitchen, you should consider what types of food you cook, the cooking methods you are going to apply, and temperature you are going to use. Versatility and durability of cookware are other things to keep in mind.

Stainless Steel

One of the indisputable advantages of stainless steel is its durability. Other advantages are that it doesn’t react with food, it doesn’t absorb any smells, it won’t rust and is resistant to corrosion. A bonus is that you can wash it in the dishwasher. One more thing lots of people admire about it is that this cookware looks great: silvery cookware will make your kitchen look bright and professional.

The only things to be aware of here are that, to keep it looking bright and new, you should take good care of the cookware and that stainless steel may contain nickel and chromium, which can leak into food when your cookware is scratched or worn, which again brings us to the same question, i.e. taking proper care of you cookware.

Aluminum

Using aluminum products, you may risk having trace amounts of aluminum in your food, which is, of course, not a good idea. However, nowadays cookware manufacturers use hard anodized aluminum which is a good alternative to stainless steel as hard anodized cookware is usually very durable and quite inexpensive. Moreover, hard anodized aluminum is a good heat conductor. This cookware is very easy to take care of and can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

Cast Iron

Cast iron cookware is definitely one of the favorites because it is super durable and versatile. This cookware can be used to bake, roast, broil, and on the stovetop, you can even use it on open fire. A word of caution here is that you will have to take extra care of this cookware as it should be properly seasoned with oil to protect it from rust. Apart from that, seasoning makes the cookware naturally nonstick, and although cast iron may be reactive to some acidic food, proper seasoning will surely prevent this issue. Moreover, cast iron is a safe option as it doesn’t leach any harmful chemicals into food.

Copper

Copper has a lot of advantages. Apart from being able to heat evenly and very fast rapidly, it cools down equally quickly. So, you won’t have to pre-heat it and it will cook your food evenly. It is really versatile as you can use it on the stovetop, in the oven and under the broiler. The cookware looks really attractive and very durable. The first downside is that it costs a lot if you compare it to other types of cookware. Another disadvantage is that copper is reactive so it can’t be used for acidic foods. It may also add some special flavor to many foods. Of course, if you want it to look really cool, you will have to spend some time polishing the cookware.

Non-Stick Materials

Non-Stick cookware definitely has its proponents. It is clear why. This cookware is easy to use and clean, though it isn’t dishwasher-safe. You can use much less fat thanks to its non-stick properties. However, it is not versatile because it is not the best option if you are to use high temperatures as the popular coating tend to release fine particles from the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) which is used to make them. The chemical is said to be potentially toxic. Yet we should say that currently there are modern Eco-friendly options which are safer to use and can be used for cooking at high temperature.

Ceramic

The newest in the market is ceramic cookware. It is non-stick, which means you will need less oil and be able to reduce cholesterol, and is said to be the safest option because it doesn’t contain PTOA and PTFE. Being ceramic, it won’t leach any metals and therefore metallic flavor to your food. Another advantage is that you can find various colors and designs to match any taste. The cookware is easy to clean and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. The downside is that it isn’t a good heat conductor and therefore more suitable for dishes which you cook slowly. Another word of warning here is that you will have to treat it really carefully as it can break much more easily than other cookware.

In conclusion, it is not only cooking properties and design that you should thing about when choosing cookware for your kitchen. You should take into account health consideration too.