Cookware: The Basics
Stocking your kitchen with quality cookware can be the difference between buying for life and needing to replace the cookware within a few years. Fortunately, here at DealNews we find the cookware deals that can help you stock your kitchen without breaking the bank.
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Top Brands for Cookware Set Deals
- Le Creuset : Known for enameled cast iron, but offers other materials, as well.
- Cuisinart : Mostly sells stainless steel products, though it has cast iron pieces, too.
- All-Clad : Stainless steel and made in the USA.
- Calphalon : Offers ceramic, nonstick, and stainless steel items.
- T-Fal : Known for nonstick cookware.
- GreenLife: Makes natural ceramic nonstick cookware that's free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium, according to the company .
Popular Cookware Materials
- Stainless steel
- Cast iron (including enameled and uncoated varieties)
- Carbon steel
- Nonstick options: PTFE-coated and ceramic cookware
- Clay and stoneware
How to Clean Cast Iron
Once you've found a great cast iron cookware deal, the last thing you need is to accidentally end up ruining the product. What follows is the best way to care for cast iron:
- Wash by hand. Use a small amount of soap if you must. A pan scraper can help with stuck-on food, and simmering water for a few minutes can help with severe sticking. Allow the pan to cool after simmering, and then use the pan scraper.
- Dry your pan right away . A lint-free cloth is preferable, though a paper towel also works well. Lodge Cast Iron notes that if you see a little black residue on your towel, it's normal — it's just seasoning from the pan.
- Season your pan. Rub a light layer of cooking oil into it with a paper towel until no oil residue remains.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best type of cookware?
Your budget and needs will play a big part when you're shopping for the best deals on cookware that works for you. If you don't cook often, you don't need professional chef-worthy gear. Once you decide on a budget, look to the most popular brands. Calphalon, Cuisinart, and All-Clad are well-known brands that commonly show up on "best cookware" lists.
What is the safest cookware for your health?
If you're concerned about your cookware leaching heavy metals or losing nonstick coatings, look for the following materials; they tend to make the recommendation lists for the safest cookware:
- Cast iron
- Stainless steel
What are the different types of pans?
There's a pan for practically everything, from making candy to searing meats. If you're looking for cookware deals, here are some common types of pans to consider:
- Brazier: Short, wide alternative to Dutch oven and made from stainless steel.
- Casserole pan: Can be found in round or rectangular shapes, and is typically made for use on the stove (especially the round ones) as well as baking in the oven.
- Crepe pan: It has shallower sides than a traditional skillet, making it ideal for flipping pancakes and crepes.
- Dutch oven: Versatile piece of cookware that can be used for stocks, soups, sauces, braised dishes, deep-fried treats, bread, chicken, and pasta.
- Frying pan: Probably what most think of when they think of a skillet, with a long handle and wide, sloped sides.
- Griddle: Flat cooktop suitable for standard breakfast foods like eggs, pancakes, and hash browns. It's also ideal for items like steaks and burgers.
- Roasting pan: Most often used for cooking a giant bird for holidays like Thanksgiving, this pan is also good for roasting large amounts of vegetables or making lasagna to feed a crowd.
- Saucepan: This looks like a smaller pot and comes with a lid. It's usually good for heating small amounts of sauce, or even making small amounts of grains like rice, quinoa, and couscous.
- Saute pan: Similar to a frying pan, but tends to have straight, taller sides, and comes with a lid.
- Skillet: Also similar to a frying pan, but generally has taller sides. A skillet tends to refer to a pan made with cast iron, rather than a material like stainless steel.
- Stockpot: Great for boiling water, making broths and stocks, making enough soup to feed a small army, or even steaming things like veggies with a steamer insert.
What brand of cookware do professional chefs use?
Preferred brands vary from chef to chef, but highly recommended lines include:
- Le Creuset
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