Cookware Buying Guide
With so many different types of cookware on the market, choosing the right one for your needs can be a little over whelming. Here we outline the major features and benefits of each type of cookware to help you make an informed decision to meet the needs of your household.
For those looking for professional grade products in their own home you cannot pass up the quality of Copper Cookware. Traditionally with a price tag to match, this cookware is the crème da la crème of the different types of cookware.
The copper construction of the pieces ensures the most even and accurate distribution of heat. More often than not due to its likelihood of reacting with acid in foods copper cookware is lined with stainless steel. Copper cookware is notoriously heavy and requires care and attention as it tarnishes, dents and scratches easily.
Stainless Steel Cookware
On its own Stainless Steel is a poor conductor of heat and is unreliable. That is why you will notice that all Stainless Steel cookware includes either an aluminium or copper plate in the base of the piece to assist with conducting and maintaining heat on the cooking surface.
Great for everyday use and the most popular of our range, Stainless Steel is a quality investment for your home kitchen and will easily clean and store without fear of tarnish, scratching etc.
Non Stick Cookware
Non Stick refers to the surface of coating that has been applied to the interior of the cookware piece to assist with reducing or eliminating the risk of food sticking to your pan. Most commonly these pieces are still of stainless steel construction with an aluminium or copper plate in the base.
There have been many advances in technology around non stick coatings with the introduction of pieces that have coatings with more materials to increase the effectiveness of the surface as well as preserve it for a longer period of time.
It is important to remember with these pieces that the surface of the cookware is susceptible to scratching and it is always recommended that no metal utensils are used on the surface and that these pieces are hand washed to ensure that they remain clean and the surface is not compromised.
Perhaps the oldest of cookware types, cast iron is a traditional material used for the construction of cookware. These pieces have exception heat retention and are extremely durable. They do require however some maintenance. Pieces must be seasoned regular to ensure that they do not react with the food that is cooked in them.
Today you are also able to find Cast Iron pieces with an enamel coating on the inside; this improves the ability to clean the cookware and also reducing the care and upkeep of the piece versus a traditional cast iron piece.
About half of the cookware on the market today is constructed of Aluminium as it is an excellent material for the conduction of heat. Aluminium is a softer material than Stainless Steel and as a result is more susceptible to scratching and denting, and because of its capability to conduct heat Aluminium is often the material that is used on the case of other cookware between other materials to assist with heat conduction.
Using it as the base of the cookware therefore gives the piece the advantages that Aluminium has over other metals without the disadvantages of it being a soft material.
Things To Look Out For
The design of the handle on your cookware is a very important consideration. Not only must it be strong and sturdy, the design should be such that it remains cool to the touch when cooking. Some things to consider are – do you want to put your pan in the oven? Perhaps look for a pan with a stainless steel handle that will withstand the heat from the oven. But remember that you will need to keep a pot holder on hand when using a pan with stainless steel handles.
Another thing to consider when looking at the handle is how it is attached to the pan. Handles that have been riveted onto the body of the pan will have a very strong and durable hold but you need to be careful to ensure that you clean around them well. Handles can also be permanently bonded to the side of a pan or forged with the same piece of metal as the pan – these are an ideal option as they will never fail.
Our best-selling options in cookware are sets. These are perfect for people moving into their first home, as engagement or wedding gifts or for families that are looking to upgrade or expand their cookware collection. Pieces that you need to consider when reviewing a set include:
Frypan, Skillet or Sauté Pan
These will be on high rotation in your kitchen as they are used for many basic recipes. Perfect for sautéing, frying or braising. It is important to consider the size of the pan in the set you are looking at. Too small and you will not be able to cook the volume of food you and your family need.
Used for boiling and cooking large quantities of food. These pieces are great for families and perfect for cooking pasta, soups and more. Again consider the size of the piece in the set that you are looking and as an added bonus some sets also include a strainer with their stock pots.
The most common piece of cooking equipment in any house. Saucepans are used for sauces, heating soups, steaming rice, cooking pasta and many other needs. Most sets (depending on the size) will come with 2 saucepans which is pretty standard requirement for most households. Another consideration is the lid, are you looking for a tempered glass lid so you can see your food cooking whilst the lid is on or do you prefer a Stainless Steel lid? Does your set come with lids?