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How to Choose the Best Nonstick Cookware Set

With increased cases of lifestyle influenced diseases, most people have resulted to practicing healthy eating and exercise. In the light of healthy eating, most people are now cautious of the amount of cooking oil hence ensuring that they use as little as they possibly can. This new trend will require cooking equipment that will make it possible.

What is the solution then?

The only solution that will facilitate healthy eating as far as using little oil is concerned is resulting to nonstick cookware. A good and quality set of nonstick cookware will result to easy cleanup and enhanced ability to use little cooking oil as a bonus to the known benefits of traditional cooking pans.

How then do you choose a good nonstick cookware set?

Choosing the right nonstick cooking set can be an unsettling issue for some. This is because of the numerous options of nonstick cookware available in the market today. As simple as it may be to some, some factors or questions come to play to ensure that you make the best decision when selecting your chosen nonstick cookware. This is because though there are many choices out there, you have to choose the one that is right for you. What are these factors, therefore?

Factors to Consider When Choosing the Best Nonstick Cookware Set

Some of the factors to consider before settling on a particular nonstick cookware set include but are not limited to;

1.      Budget

Always live within your means. How much are you willing to spend on cookware set? Do not go beyond what you can afford by all means. Most nonstick cookware is made in a way that it is affordable at different financial levels while still maintaining quality. For that reason, ensure you get yourself the best nonstick cookware set there is within your budget range.

2.      Material

After price, this is the second most important factor to consider before settling on a cookware set. When material is concerned, there are two main things to look out for;

  • The cookware should not be made of a material that reacts with food at all to avoid health hazards.
  • Secondly, the nonstick cookware set should be made of a material that is a good conductor of heat to prevent some spots hotter than others while cooking

Best home cookware sets are those made of stainless steel with a copper or aluminum core. Having a core means having either copper or aluminum disc at its bottom integrated into the layers of stainless steel.

Though cookware with copper is more expensive than that with aluminum, always go cookware sets with copper or aluminum cladding all the way to the sides. This is depending on what your budget allows.

3.      Compatibility with your cooking top

Compatibility with cooktop is another important factor to consider. Ceramic, gas and glass cooktops are compatible with any cookware material. With these three, all you have to do is ensure that the cookware is flat when in use. This will, therefore, call for heavy gauge material cookware. On the other hand, induction cooktops are only compatible with cookware made of magnetic material. This is because induction cooktops work by facilitating the transfer of magnetic energy. You can therefore not use regular aluminum, Pyrex, ceramic, glass or stainless steel. You can, however, use cookware made of cast iron, magnetic stainless steel or certain aluminum brands specially made for induction cooktops.

4.      Cleaning and Maintenance

In addition to the advantage of having to use less oil when using nonstick cookware, easy cleaning is the other advantage that comes with comes with using nonstick cookware. Not having food stick on the bottom or the sides of the cookware ease cleaning hence fun since little grease remainder is all to be cleaned. Most nonstick cookware comes dishwasher safe which makes it even better. Those that are not dishwasher safe allow the use of various detergents to ensure that they are cleaned into their attractive shiny look.

5.      Durability

The durability of your cookware set is another factor to have in mind. You do not want to spend a fortune on something that will not serve you long enough. It is always about getting value for your money. Ensure that the nonstick cookware you settle for is made in such a way that it will it will stand the test of time. Ensure that it will be a whole worth investment. Avoid nonstick cookware made of Teflon as it easily wares. Instead, go for cookware made of cast iron, steel or hard anodized aluminum.

6.      Weight

When it comes to the issue of weight, it becomes a little bit confusing. Usually, any sane person would go for a light cookware for ease of handling while using it. Contrary to this, heavy cookware sets are way better than light ones. This is because they allow for a more evenly heated surface while cooking compared to lightweight cookware. Mid-weight cookware is also better than lightweight. However, if you do not mind the bulk and high price of weighty nonstick cookware set, then that I the way to go. The best choice you can make.

7.      Oven safety

Though all you may be looking for our cooking pots and skillets to use exclusively on cooktops.  However, having a cookware set that allows you to use it in an oven is a fantastic feature. Wooden or plastic handles might not be oven safe, and therefore your best choice would be cookware sets with metal handles. Some nonstick cookware sets with plastic or wooden handles allow detaching of the handles when using ovens which makes them very efficient.

8.      Your Cooking Style

As unbelievable this may sound, your type of cooking will influence the kind of nonstick cookware set best for you. For example, for a person who does a lot of stir-frying, a cast iron cookware will be best for them as opposed to a person who does more of deglazing and searing whose best choice is stainless steel cookware.

Conclusion

From the above discussion, it is clear to see that choosing a nonstick cookware entails more than just going to a cookery store and just picking a set. All these factors and more will affect your choice because we all want different things and for different uses. It is therefore advisable to make a decision depending on what you want or are expecting to get from your purchase.

Do not feel obliged to buy the whole pre-made set if you think you will not need or use all the pots. Buying in bulk is always cost-effective, but there is no need of buying pieces you may never use. Come to think of it; your perfect cookware set may be an assortment of different nonstick pots, pans or skillets made of different materials.

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