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How to Choose Proper Cookware?

The quality of cookware in the market varies greatly. Something that looks like an original and quality piece may actually be not durable enough. Quality cookware should last a long time and have proper durability. It’s also easy to clean up and has proper heat distribution to ensure more even cooking process. Constant exposure to heat and washing process can steadily degrade any material, so you should make sure that durability is on top of the list. Cooking is fun, but cleaning is not. So, if cookware is easy to cleanup, you can reduce chores immensely. If your cookware is difficult to clean, you will need to soak it for hours and then scrape it. So, it’s a good idea to choose non-stick cookware, so you can reduce the cleaning up process.

An obvious selection for durable cookware is anything made from cast iron. The material doesn’t bend easily and it’s strong. In fact, if you maintain cast iron cookware well, it should last for a lifetime. In fact, cast iron cookware can be passed down to the younger generation. It serves a lot of memory, such as for making corn bread. If a cast iron skillet is not used for years, you can recondition it. When choosing cookware, make sure that it doesn’t have any plastic component. Even if the plastic is heat resistant, it will eventually change shape due to extreme exposure to heat. When you choose a non-stick cookware, make sure that the coating can’t be scratched easily during the cleaning process. Low quality non-stick cookware can be scratched easily, exposing the bare metal underneath.

Heat distribution is another factor to consider when you choose a high quality cookware. When you put a cookware above an open fire, you should make sure that heat distribute evenly throughout the cooking surface. It means that the material should have excellent heat conductivity. Cast iron cookware is known for its excellent heat distribution, because iron conducts heat properly. The material should be thick enough, so heat is distributed, before the cooking surface becomes hotter. Thin and lightweight cookware, such as those made from aluminium, will heat up quickly at the spot where the fire makes direct contact. However, heat won’t distribute properly, so you may have uneven cooking results.

Non stick cookware should be a breeze to clean up. You may use a dishrag, swish and little soap to clean up the cookware. However, low quality non stick pan can eventually become harder to clean. Flaking and scratches on the cooking surface will expose the metal layer. Cast iron cookware may be hard to clean at first, but as you use and clean it up often, it could eventually become non-stick. The cooking surface can become smoother after repeated cleaning process, so oil and residue don’t attach easily. So, from a cooking standpoint, it is a good idea to invest on cast iron cookware, which is durable and distribute heat well. After years of use, cast iron cookware will become easier to clean up, so you need to be patient with it.

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