About Cookware

About Cookware
 
 
Here is some information that will help guide you through the maze of cookware options.
  • Ideal cookware should have a flat bottom, straight sides and a well fitting lid, also the material should be of medium-to-heavy thickness.
  • Aluminum and copper may be  used as a core or base in cookware.
  • Cookware material is a factor in how quickly and evenly heat is transferred, which will affect cooking results.
  • A non stick finish has the same characteristics as base material. For example, aluminum cookware wit a nonstick finish will take on the properties of aluminum.
  • Cookware with nonstick finishes should not be used under the broiler.
Characteristics
 
Aluminum:
  • Heats quickly and evenly
  • Suitable for all types of cooking
  • Medium of heavy thickness is best for most cooking tasks
Cast Iron:
  • Heats slowly and evenly
  • Good for browning and frying
  • Maintains heat for slow cooking
Ceramic or Ceramic Glass:
  • Follow manufacturers instructions
  • Heats slowly, but evenly
  • Ideal results on low to medium heat settings
Copper:
  • Heats very quickly and evenly
Earthenware:
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions
  • Use on low heat settings
Porcelain Enamel-on-steel or cast iron:
  • Heats slowly and evenly
  • Good for browning and frying
  • Maintains heat for slow cooking
Stainless Steel:
  • Heats quickly, but unevenly
  • A core or base of aluminum or copper on stainless steel provides even heating

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