by The Cookware Deals Team
Stainless steel cookware products are considered by many professional chefs and ordinary cooks as the best pots and pans in the culinary world. But finding a good one can prove to be a daunting task for a lot of people, especially those who are just starting out as cooks or beginning with their cookware collection.
If you have been looking for stainless steel cookware sets, or pieces, but are getting confused and unable to decide because of the tons of information available online, the important points presented here are aimed at helping you make an informed decision before buying your stainless steel cookware.
What Vital Points To Look For In Stainless Steel Cookware
Go for stainless steel cookware that has either aluminum or copper core…or both.
Stainless steel has it when it comes to good appearance, strength and durability. But it has an issue with good heat retention. This is where the aluminum or copper makes the difference. Both these metals — integrated into stainless steel — provide balanced heat that allows food to cook evenly, saving you from those hot spots, which can be a pain. These types of “special breed” stainless cookware react quickly to temperature changes on the stovetops, and adjust the heat distribution accordingly. They may be more costly, but you can be assured of their quality.
Check that the aluminum or copper (or a combination of both) reaches the sides of the cookware piece.
A common stainless steel cookware find in the market are those with a layer of either aluminum or copper just on the base of the pot or pan, which might lead you to thinking that they should be good already. However, what is even better is when the aluminum/copper extends from the bottom of the cookware all the way up the sides as it produces highly responsive conduction resulting in more even heat distribution. This also defines a great quality stainless cookware.
Other essential features to consider when buying stainless steel cookware are whether they are oven-safe, dishwasher-safe, easy to maintain, have securely-fitted lids and riveted handles, can be used on different types of cooktops, and have warranty policy in place..
(Note: This article was written by a member of the Cookware Deals Team, and was featured on EzineArticles. All clickable links have been added anew on this post.)