It is essential to pick the right cookware material to improve the taste and quality of food. Over the period of time I have realized the importance of cookware in food.
So, here I’ve analyze some of the most commonly used cookware materials, and sharing the same with you.
Stainless steel is one of the most commonly used materials in cookware and is considered a great option, especially for its premium qualities. It is rust-free, sturdy, and saves your utensils from minor scratches and breakings. Stainless steel can be a good choice provided that it is sufficiently ferrous. It means that it should pass the magnet test for you to be able to use it with induction cooktop.
- Strong and Durable
- Eye-catching outlook
- Can be used in induction cooking
- Cost-free maintenance
- Easy to clean
- Good conductor of heat
- Doesn’t hamper the food quality
- Uneven and mild distribution of heat
- The problem of food sticking
Mostly used as containers and cookware for storage, Aluminum has proved to be efficient cookware known for its solid built excellent conduction of heat. It is usually combined with other metals to get the best out of it.
- Mostly used in non-stick cookware
- Strong built
- Ease of cleansing
- Good resistance against wear and tear
- Excellent heat conduction
- Alter the food quality and taste
- Difficult to maintain
Copper is one of the oldest and best cookware in terms of quality and special features. It is always preferred for healthy storage. Even though it has a huge tendency to hamper the taste of the food, it is indeed a great option for cookware.
- Economically a good choice
- Easy to maintain
- An excellent conductor of heat and sustains it for a long time
- Hampers taste and quality
- Color changes
- Need additional coatings of other metals
One of the most fashionable Cookware is available in the ceramic material. They are a bit expensive, but the stunning outlook and wonderful designs make it worth the money, especially for a modular kitchen.
- No chemicals used
- Best for non-stick Cookware
- Smooth and easy to wash
- Comes in attractive designs and shades
- Prone to damages
- Shades and designs wash off
- Tough to handle due to slippery surface
The material is not likable as a lightweight option, but best for some heavy cooking practices. They can pertain to heat and distribute them evenly. Therefore it is preferred for medium to heavy cooking.
- High endurance
- Stores and evenly spread heat
- A great pick for non-stick cookware
- Tough maintenance
- Repairs and high-end maintenance required
- Easily corroded
One of the least priced material with impressive features makes Cast Iron a viable option among the cookware. As it is bad conductor of heat so it is take time to heat and cool down. They are usually long-lasting and durable against most kinds of wear and tear. It usually weighs much heavier than other cookware. Cast iron is economical, but it requires a “seasoning” coat to protect it from rust. They are good for induction cooking.
- Lasts long
- can be used in induction cooking
- Prevents corrosion and regular wear and tear
- Best used in the non-stick cookware
- Fits into the budget
- Easy to clean and handle
- Not a good option as a container or for storage
- Acids or foods with acid intensity wears its coating off
One of the bright and most attractive choice you will ever make is with the glass as a material for cookware. It should be handled smoothly with care. Since t is transparent, it gives a nice cooking experience. Glass and glass ceramic cookware is microwave safe as long as it doesn’t have gold or silver rims.
- Not much expensive fits on to the budget
- Smooth and easy handling
- Vulnerable to scratches and breakings
- Need some practice with handling
- Not the best fit for all dishes
- Not at all option for a non-stick cookware
Factors to consider before making the purchase
- Life of the material
An important factor other than price is the life of the material. It should give a minimum guarantee period for the purchase made. Otherwise, it is simply a waste of money.
- Ability to conduct and store heat
Cooking is a process of transferring the heat from the stove to the dish. For that, the material used on the cookware should be able to store and evenly distribute the heat.
- Handling and Maintenance
The cookware should be easy to handle and should be free from wear and tear, breaking, and corrosion risks.
- The Outlook and Coating
The cookware material’s design and outlook are also important, as a result some may strip off within no time, hampering the taste, odor, and quality of the food made.
It is always better to go for brands that are popular in the market. Price shouldn’t be the primary concern because cookware is really important with the food we eat, most importantly there shouldn’t be any compromise in quality.