Cooking with stainless steel cookware is very easy. Get the quality 18/10 stainless cookware. These types of cookware consist of 18 percent chromium and 10 percent nickel and have an aluminum or copper core running through the base of the pot. Some have it up the sides of the pot as well. Stainless steel by itself is a poor conductor of heat. However, with the aluminum base, this makes the cookware able to conduct and retain heat well.
With their shining exterior walls, these types of cookware are both functional and beautiful. They do not rust, are robust and durable. They conduct heat extremely well too.
Choosing quality stainless steel cookware
Buying a whole set is cheaper compared to buying the same number of individual pots separately. However, you might not be able to make full use of all the pots and pans in the stainless steel cookware set. Buying separately means that you get to choose only those suited to your needs. There is no wastage in that sense.
Get from different types and sizes
Get a few different types and various sizes to cater to the different cooking needs. A sauté pan, a stock pot, a smaller pot or maybe a skillet, or even a walk would be considered the basic cookware needed.
Some stainless cookware can go straight from the stove into the oven. This is very convenient and saves time washing up a few pots and pans just to cook a single dish that involves cooking on the stove and baking in the oven.
Check out the handles too
Make sure the cookware has sturdy handles that are not only ergonomic in design but stay cool to the touch while cooking.
With quality stainless steel cookware, cooking is easy and washing up is a breeze. There are no hot spots where food gets stuck and burnt. Heat is evenly distributed throughout the base. Low to medium heat is all that is needed for cooking. This means you get to save on gas compared to cookware that needs high heat. Those with a magnetic exterior can be used on the induction hob. They do not react with food, not even acidic food, and thus do not alter the taste or quality of the food while cooking.
Just use warm soapy water to wash, and your cookware will come out shining and clean. Using a dishwasher for cleaning your stainless steel pots and pans is not exactly advisable. This is to avoid scratches on the polished, sparkling exterior surface. Take good care of them, and they can last a lifetime, a truly worthwhile investment in good home-cooked food.