Should I buy stainless steel cookware?
There are many different options for people looking for the perfect cookware for their kitchen. One of the most popular options for the average consumer is stainless steel cookware. It is easily one of the most recognized and well-known types of cookware, and is a favorite of many individual cooks. But is it the best option for you? What makes these cookware so great? The price is worth it? These are questions that this article will help answer so that you can make an informed decision.
First of all, what exactly are stainless steel cookware? Stainless steel is an alloy, or a combination of metals, that mixes basic iron with chromium, nickel, and some other minor metals. Chromium is what provides protection against rust and an extra degree of durability. Nickel also provides additional protection against rust and adds the “highly polished” look often attributed to these cookware. The bottom of pots often has copper or aluminum added to increase the pot’s ability to conduct heat, as one of the disadvantages of pots is that they are poor conductors of heat. Another important factor to consider is that there are high levels of cookware and then there are lower quality levels of cookware. My advice is that if you decide to buy this type of cookware, do not skimp: high quality is a big difference from the lesser varieties.
There are several benefits to using this type of cookware. For one, it is extremely durable and can last for years and years. It’s also extremely hard, it’s non-porous, which means you won’t have to worry about cracks, leaks, or splashes. It also has a smooth surface that’s resistant to dents and scratches, it’s generally easy to clean, and it’s actually easy to keep that new look.
It also has some downsides. For one thing, it’s a poor conductor of heat, so pans should be coated with copper and aluminum to aid in cooking. This means that if quick cooking is a big problem for you, you should look for other cookware. Good stainless steel cookware is relatively high in cost too, which is always a problem when buying anything. While extremely easy to clean, the exterior tends to discolor in very high heat, and prolonged exposure to salt water can also damage pans by causing pitting. While heat discoloration can be cleaned to some extent, if appearance is always an issue, then these cookware may or may not be worth buying, depending on how much work you’re willing to put into maintenance.
For many people, it is a great addition to the kitchen. For others, cast iron may be a better option. Always look at the pros and cons and decide which on each side are more important. Since there is a small amount of nickel in cookware, people with a rare nickel allergy should NOT eat nickel. Otherwise, stainless steel cookware can be a great addition to anyone’s kitchen.