Cookware that suits your taste, style, health requirements and pocket can be considered as the best cookware option for you. Other factors that you could consider are material, storage ease, capacity and maintenance requirements. You must choose materials that heat uniformly and do not chemically react with food.
Titanium cookware is non-stick cookware, and is a better choice over Teflon coated cookware. Although titanium has some properties of aluminum, it is tougher, rust-proof and does not form toxic salts by reacting with food, something that is common in aluminum cookware.
It is essential to make use of microwave-safe cookware while cooking in a microwave. This type of cookware is made of materials such as glass, china clay, tough plastic or ceramic. These materials resist heat, and their composition does not affect the performance of the microwave. Microwave cookware may also be ideal for use in regular ovens, freezers, and refrigerators, apart from being useful to cook and serve meals.
Cooking foods in water often results in the loss of nutrients and flavor and can also change the appearance of the food, often making it less visually appealing. With waterless cookware, the natural juices of food is converted into steam which cooks the food. Of course, some dry foods like rice will require some water added since it needs to absorb additional water to make it edible, but most foods have adequate amounts of their own juices or retained liquids to create enough steam to enable cooking without any additional water being added.
Among all cookware on sale, aluminum cookware comprises fifty percent or more. Aluminum, being light in weight and having excellent heat conducting abilities (only second to copper), is also inexpensive because of its time-saving and energy-saving capabilities when it comes to cooking. Aluminum cookware enables the supplied heat to be distributed quickly from the bottom of the aluminum pot to its sides until the food is uniformly surrounded. This uniform distribution of heat ensures that food is not scorched or burnt. Aluminum cookware is ideal for gas stoves, electric stoves, and even works well on ceramic cook tops. Since the sensitivity of aluminum to heat is high, aluminum cookware can be ideally used to fry and braise.
Copper has long been recognized as one of the best metals to use in the manufacture of cookware because of its high heat conductivity which ensures that a cooking vessel will heat evenly all over, with no “hot spots”. Since the metal responds rapidly to changes in the heat sources, varying temperatures during cooking becomes easy and braising and browning food may be done without any problems.
The great advantage of stainless steel cookware is its durability and appearance along with the low maintenance it requires. Being an extremely hard alloy, the chances of it getting dented of scratched during normal use are almost nil. It will not rust and with regular care and cleaning stainless steel cookware can last a lifetime. Stainless steel cookware does not react with food during the cooking process and will not be affected by being used to prepare food with a high acid content. The attractive shiny surfaces of stainless steel, either as a single piece or as part of a stainless steel cookware set, will add to the décor of a kitchen.
Should you use cast iron cookware?
Cast iron cookware is heavy, lasts for years and has great cooking properties. Cast iron cookware heats up evenly all over so you can be sure of food being evenly cooked. It warms slowly in the oven and is perfect of dishes that need to cook slowly for a long time. Since it also cools equally slowly, food left in the cookware will stay hot for a considerable period of time, thereby saving on the hassle of reheating. Since reheating food leads to a loss of its nutritional benefits, this also means you are eating healthier.