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Kitchen Tips: Which Type of Cookware is Best?

Beautiful Copper Cookware in a Portland KitchenWhether you’re an aspiring chef or somebody who wants home-cooked meals, it’s imperative to have good quality cookware set in your Portland kitchen. But with so many different types of kitchenware to choose from, which is the best?  To discover the kind of cookware that is best for your cooking style and budget, you need first to recognize each one’s benefits and drawbacks. After that, you can easily decide which cookware is perfect for you.

Nonstick Cookware

Perhaps the most popular, general-purpose types of kitchenware are nonstick pots and pans. Nonstick cookware is coated with durable material that is built to prevent food from sticking to it. One of the strong points of nonstick cookware is that you can use less oil or butter when cooking, resulting in healthier meals. Another incredible advantage is the price. Most sets are budget-friendly, which makes them an excellent choice for those who don’t have a lot to spend.

However, nonstick cookware can make it harder to brown some foods correctly, sometimes leading to uneven cooking temperatures across the surface of the pot or pan. Another potential downside is that although the nonstick surface is relatively durable, using metal utensils or the wrong cleaning implements can scratch or damage the surface. When that happens, the surface is no longer fully nonstick, leading to a higher potential for cooking mishaps.

Copper Cookware

For serious cooks or for those who have a budget, copper cookware is becoming increasingly popular. Apart from looking great hanging on a pot rack, copper cookware provides many benefits compared to other kitchenware types. This type is the best with regards to even cooking and precise heat control. If your cooking habits have you often searing, frying, or sautéing food, copper might be the ideal fit for you.

But copper is also cost a bit and is a lot more high maintenance than other types of kitchenware. It cannot be used even on induction cooktops. To avoid damage, copper must be washed by hand and dried thoroughly to prevent cosmetic blemishes. Copper cookware can also sometimes leave a bitter taste behind when making certain kinds of sauces.

Ceramic Cookware

In many ways, ceramic cookware offers the best of both worlds: ceramic cookware is nonstick and far more versatile than either nonstick or copper. Because ceramic is flexible, they are perfect when cooking food at high temperatures or needing a pot or pan that can go from stove to oven to microwave and back. Ceramic is also highly resistant to scratching and abrasive cleaners, making your ceramic pots and pans last far longer than other kinds of kitchenware.

The biggest downside to using ceramic cookware is that it appears to be very heavy, often requiring two hands to lift or move. The hefty weight of ceramic can also be a major issue if it falls from the floor. Heavy pots and pans can crack upon impact or even break your flooring. Lastly, some cooks have no desire to use ceramic because they distribute heat unevenly, creating less-than-reliable results.

Finally, the ideal cookware for you will rely on both your personal preferences and your budget. For some individuals, owning an assortment of different types of pots and pans can guarantee that you have the proper tools at hand every time they want to begin cooking in their Portland kitchen.

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