May 23rd, 2016 08:00:00 am
When in the market to purchase new cookware, it is likely that you are replacing what you have, unless you are setting up your new kitchen or home. Cookware should be an investment in a quality product that will last, that will perform well (making your job easy and pleasant), and that will not add unwanted metals, chemicals or toxins into your food and air.
Have you done your research?
Our lives are busy, hectic, full. We are consumed with so much inbound information, that it is often difficult to reach out and cover our bases with product research. Saavy shoppers rely on experts who have been in the industry for a long time, and have kept up-to-date on their area of specialty. Some consumers also rely on reporters, however, the reporter is not the expert, so they rely on interviews and research as well. Forums and experience from others is another way in which we find information and make choices. Pulling all of our resources together is probably the biggest and most time-consuming challenge. But, we can’t really start that process, until we’ve defined what it is we want to know, or what it is we are looking for. And sometimes that changes as we dig further into our research!
Following are some questions to assist in defining what you might want to consider in a quest for top-quality, safe-to-use cookware. It is essentially the anatomy of a pan, which may be more complicated than you realize.
Performance and Ease of Use:
If your answer here is yes, and you want to proceed with a nonstick pan, read on…
Nonstick Cooking Surface:
Not all nonstick cookware is created equal!
The questions above describe Teflon and other nonstick coatings manufactured by DuPont for big brands such as Calphalon. Read here.
The above statements or situations describe Ceramic and Enamel. If nonstick, it’s temporary. As soon as something is burned, the performance declines. Enamel isn’t really nonstick at all, so with that choice you’ll be soaking and scrubbing. The industry has come a long long way since Le Creuset and although that brand is still popular, we’ve been told by customers that it is because of its nostalgia, not necessarily its performance.
The questions above describe stainless steel and/or organizations such as Saladmaster. Read here for a comparison.
(Many brands require you to remove the handles before putting the pans into the oven).
Interior and Base Construction and Manufacturing Process:
Why does the process used to form the cookware matter?
NOTE: The answer to this is durability, even heat distribution when cooking, and also determines whether or not your investment has the tendency to warp or lose its shape. Most cooks find it very important that the pan sits flat and firm on the burner. In addition, they do not want to have to chase food around the pan for even browning/cooking. So the overall construction of the pan is important.
If machine pressure cast, or if layered clad, it will warp and loose shape if exposed to extreme temperature change (like cold water). In addition, machine or die-cast cookware will have air bubbles in it, which create cold spots on your cooking surface (uneven heat distribution). Hand-casting is the only method that assures a solid pan that will always sit flat on the burner, and that will never have hot/cold spots on the cooking surfaces. It will also a much heavier pan because it is solid.
That summarizes the items you may want to consider. Following is a bulleted list of how Titanium Cookware Collection measures up to the criteria on cookware, and more.
Titanium Cookware Collection offers a nonstick pan that features the following:
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