How to choose the best nonstick cookware set

Rose* By Rose*, 27th Jan 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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There is such a wide range of non-stick cookware on the market, it's hard to know which type to get. This guide explains what to look for

Choosing the best cookware for you

Nonstick cookware has the advantage of being easy to clean. No more scrubbing for hours to get food off. In particular nonstick skillets make frying eggs and other items a cinch.

But which is the best nonstick cookware set? Non stick pans come in two forms - porcelain enamelled cookware, which has a porcelain coating over the metal that is hard-wearing and non toxic, and modern coatings like teflon, which are completely nonstick, but have been implicated in some health scares.

Luckily manufacturers have taken the trouble to correct some of the problems with nonstick cookware. For example, the KitchenAid 12 piece nonstick hard anodized cookware set, has a premium three-layer nonstick coating that is scratch-resistant, and non toxic, making it safe to cook your food in it. As a nonstick surface, it performs much better than teflon too, allowing the food to come away from it quickly. You can test it by adding some drops of water and see how they bead to get away from the surface. The three layers also mean that it is less likely to peel off while cooking.

In general the more coats of nonstick surface you have the better - more coats mean the pans are more expensive but they should last longer. In addition, you can also get eco friendly nonstick pans such as Cuisinart's ceramica surface which is used in their green gourmet line. It is ceramic based rather than petroleum based so it's great for people who want to avoid petroleum derived products in their cookware.

Nonstick cookware needs to be washed by hand to protect it - this is not really a chore given how unlikely it is for food to stick to it. You just need to soak it for a little while in soapy suds to ensure oils are removed and gently wash. To protect while cooking always use wooden spoons - even if the surface is scratch resistant, metal just does not go with nonstick pans.

If you want the old-fashioned porcelain enamelled cookware, try lodge dutch ovens or le crueset dutch ovens. Porcelain sets tend to be more expensive - but they are a tried and true nonstick surface that should last you for years.


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