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Cookware Pros And Cons

Today, cookware comes in all shapes, sizes, and materials. Each type of cookware has different specialties that make it unique, and each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. No one type of cookware is perfect in all aspects., they all have distinct strengths and weaknesses. Cooking forums abound with culinary school graduates, and expert chefs recommend staying away from cheap of cookware, avoid non-stick pans and buy the best quality stainless steel pots and pots for long term use.

The cookware you choose should be aesthetically pleasing, but choose the right cookware for the chore it will perform. In my kitchen I use my grandmother's cast iron skillets, a copper sauté pan, one small non-stick egg pan, and a good qualty set of 3-ply stainless steel. I avoid aluminum, glass, ceramic and non-stick pans nor general use.

Type

Advantages

Disadvantages

Copper

Conducts heat very well, looks beautiful

Cost, upkeep (needs to be polished regularly, will need to be retinned every few years)

Aluminum

Conducts heat well, inexpensive

Can discolor food, reacts with food, scrathes easily and allows tiny food particles to collect and breed bacteria, not very durable

Steel (carbon or stainless)

Very durable, low upkeep

Poor heat properties

Steel clad (steel over copper or aluminum)

Very durable, good heat properties, low upkeep

Expensive, adds additional weight

Cast Iron

Extremely durable, great for searing and blackening

Can be a full of bacteria, can impart other flavors to food, food can stick to it

Ceramic

Easy to clean

Chips easily, not very durable

Glass

Looks nice, can be used as server, food can be watched while covered

Has hot spots, poor heat properties, not very durable

Non-Stick vs Regular

Non-Stick

Food doesn't stick, use less or no oil, butter, etc.

Non-stick surface will come off, particles will get into food, pan must be replaced regularly

Regular

Durable

eggs, especially will stick to surface