Saturday, September 15th, 2007 at
Have you ever thought about your stainless steel cookware? If you are like most people, probably not.
Not many people realize that stainless steel is not a particularly good conductor of heat. What this means is that hot spots can occur so if you are cooking a steak for instance you may find that part of the steak is cooked while other parts are undercooked. In other words your foods are cooked unevenly.
To overcome this problem, stainless steel pots and pans are often lined with aluminum or copper as both of these metals are quite good at conducting heat. However, because both of these metals are relatively soft and can react with certain foods, they are usually sandwiched between layers of stainless steel.
Although both copper and aluminum are good conductors of heat, copper is better because it reacts quickly to changes in temperature. This is why you often see professional chefs using copper cookware. It gives them greater control over their cooking.
The disadvantage of copper however is that it is more expensive than aluminum.
So if you are on the lookout for new stainless steel cookware then ensure that the base contains either aluminum or copper.
Friday, September 14th, 2007 at
We have just upgraded our website with a totally new template and new format. We are working towards a more informative site to help the end user with their cookware buying needs. We hope you like it!
We have also just added a new Cookware Reviews section. Only one review at the moment but more will be added on a regular basis.
If you are a manufacturer or retailer of cookware and would like us to review a particular product then please contact us.
Wednesday, September 12th, 2007 at
In order to be used with modern stoves, many woks today come with a flat bottom, rather than a rounded one. Other models come with a metal ring to stabilize the base. Restaurants often have special gas stoves where the woks sit in a recess above the heating element, which prevents heat loss around the sides of the cookware.
It is also possible, though less than ideal, to use woks with electric stoves. Electric stoves usually do not reach the levels of heat that are needed for traditional wok stir frying or searing. However, woks can be used on lower heat for braising, steaming, and for cooking soups and rice.
Read more about woks here…
Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 at
Popular celebrity chef Rachael Ray has her own range of excellent cookware which includes the 5qt hard anodized aluminum non stick saute pan.
And it is the Rachael Ray Hard Anodized Nonstick 5-Quart Oval Saute Pan with helper and glass lid that we are featuring as our product of the week.
Now there are some features that make this pan a real asset in the kitchen.
- The handy 5qt size makes it ideal for cooking up a decent sized meal.
- The non-stick surface makes for healthy cooking as you require only a little or no added oil.
- It cleans up quick and easy because no food will stick to the non-stick surface.
- Oven safe to 400° F.
- There is a convenient handle helper .
- Although it is a large pan it fits on one burner, so you save cooking space on your stovetop allowing you to have other pots cooking at the same time.
- It is made from hard anodized aluminum which is an excellent conductor of heat, giving you an even spread of heat so that your food cooks evenly without hotspots.
One of the drawbacks with aluminum is that it is a relatively soft metal which means it can dent and scratch easily. However this problem has been overcome by a process known as anodization which causes the aluminum to oxidize and ultimately harden, thus giving you a strong durable piece of cookware.
This piece has the signature Rachael Ray orange colored silicone handles which give you a comfortable grip, are non-slip and heat resitant to 400°. So you pop the whole saute pan into the oven if you want to finish off the cooking process.
When it comes time to lift the pan, whether to serve or remove from the stove, the handle helper will ensure you have a good grip for when you are lifting a pan full of food.
You will find that the Rachael Ray Hard Anodized Nonstick 5-Quart Oval Saute Pan will be one of those pans that gives you a great deal of practical use and will be a great addition to the Rachael Ray cookware set.
Click the following link to read our full review of the Rachael Ray 10pc Cookware Set.