Kitchen cookware used to be a no-brainer purchase: You picked a fry pan, a sauce pot and the matching lids and you were done. Today there are a lot of options. Which kitchen cookware is best for you?
Among the many things to consider is the materials used. Do you want traditional cast-iron cookware like you r mother used? Would you rather have stainless steel to go with your stainless steel appliances? Would you rather have a decorative enamel coating on the outside that would make each piece attractive enough for the table? Cast iron is considered to be ideal for cooking because it spreads heat evenly. Porcelain enamel is attractive, long lasting and fairly easy to clean.
Also consider what pieces you need now and in the future. If you are living alone, you can get buy with a sauce pot and a fry pan. However, if you are living with someone or are starting a family, be sure to allow for future needs. When children come along, you may need to buy additional pieces in larger sizes. If you are not going to buy them now, try to be reasonably sure the product line will not be discontinued soon.
You should also consider the interior. There is much debate these days about nonstick coatings. You should search online for information on these coatings to determine whether they are right for you and your family.
Of course, you should always consider price. Cookware prices run the gamut. But quite often you do get what you pay for. Inexpensive cookware wears out quickly and may not clean up as well as you may wish. Your new pan may look dingy within a few months. One great time to buy is in spring as people plan graduations and weddings: Retailers often put cookware on sale.
Fortunately, there are several brands of cookware that still hold up over the years. For example the Viking Range Corporation has a very attractive and durable cookware line that you would be proud to own. Also, Chef Mario Batali has his own brand of cast-iron cookware with a porcelain enamel finish. These handsome pieces are intended to be passed on for generations to come, even with daily use.
To choose your cookware, visit various stores to see what is available. Be sure to pick up and hold various pieces to see if they seem sturdy enough for your needs. Also go online to compare the benefits of various materials. Also read product reviews of the brands you are considering, you may find some of the major brands have not lived up to their reputations.
Because prices vary so much, it is best to compare prices both online and at brick-and-mortar stores. Remember to allow for shipping fees and sales taxes when comparing prices. If you purchase your pieces online, only go through a retailer with a secure site.
By following these simple steps, it should be easy and fun to buy your cookware.
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