Stainless steel was discovered in the first part of the 20th century as a corrosion-resistant, high-temperature alloy during a search to provide erosion-proof gun barrels. First utilized for cutlery, today it defines sleek, modern kitchens, with refrigerators, cook-tops, sinks, knives and the best stainless steel cookware.
The chef’s choice lives up to its name, as it is “stain less”, yet not stain proof. Its 100% recyclable nature serves the green movement for eco-friendly protection of the global environment. “Stain less” has a cool, clean, industrial, beauty that serves the kitchen perfectly. Cookware has strength and durability, but is lacking when it comes to heat retention. The experienced chef understands the value in the meld of steel alloy, with an aluminum or copper core. The blend of metals provide even cooking without hot spots, and a rapid response to stove-top temperature changes.
While the majority of alloy ware incorporates a layer of aluminum/copper at the base of the pan, given a choice, pans with aluminum/copper that travels up the sides offers top-notch, cuisine quality results. Convenience in gourmet endeavors provides cooking sets that are dishwasher and oven/broiler safe. Culinary artists prefer pans be outfitted with strong, riveted handles and secure fitting lids.
Lids need to provide a tight seal for moisture retention while heating, yet not so rigid that steam cannot escape. Most sets today include lids that service two or more pans, while skillets are void of cover. Rounded, smooth rim edges promote ease, convenience and safety with pouring.
Riveted, solid handles provide security with strength. State-of-culinary-art ware is equipped with handles that remain cool to touch on stove-tops, in a design that is comfortable to grasp and hold. All handles become hot with oven use and oven mitts are requisite in avoiding burns. Gourmet sets are oven safe to 500F, offering ease of stove-top searing with direct transfer straight into the oven for the grand finale. Premium alloy sets are safe for use on induction cook-tops.
Today’s stainless ware is dishwasher safe. This alloy, however, retains its premiere polished look best with hand-washing. Stainless steel cookware comes with a limited lifetime warranty under normal use from purchase date. The warranty covers any defective materials or workmanship.
In an effort to create cookware compatible with all forms of cooking methods, including induction, alloys now may vary, rendering brand quality with an alloy mix ratio no longer viable. Highly prized, the best stainless steel cookware incorporates copper with precipitation/heat hardening to add durable strength that satisfies the gourmet in every kitchen.
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