Our First Cookware Review – Calphalon Contemporary Skillet Set

calphalon-nonstick-skillet-set.jpgWe have decided to start adding reviews of cookware to our site. Our first product review is for the Calphalon 2pc Contemporary Skillet Set. This is a very popular set and at the moment is on sale for the hot price of $49.99. That is $50 off the normal price!!!

Read our review of the Calphalon 2pc Skillet Set

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Just take me to where I can buy a set….

Stainless Steel Cookware – Aluminum or Copper Base?

stainless-steel-cookware.JPGHave 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.

Only Cookware Upgrade

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.

Round or Flat Bottomed Woks?

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…

What to look for when buying a deep fat fryer

Presto-deep-fryerProbably the most important feature of a deep fryer is the food capacity.  This is how much food the fryer can safely cook at one time.  Think carefully about the quantities that you will want to cook.  If in doubt, always buy bigger than you think you may need. Oil capacity is how much oil the fryer holds.

Go for a ‘cool touch wall’ model.  This means that the outside surfaces of the fryer won’t get hot and will be safe to touch.  This is especially important if you have children.

How much clear kitchen worktop space do you have?  Will there be room for you new fryer?  Remember it must be near a power outlet. If it’s not going to stay on the worktop permanently, do you have room to store it?

Look at the temperature control.  Avoid fryers which just have an on and off switch – they will be no better than your ‘homemade’ chip pan.

Avoid ‘high, medium and low’ settings.  They are not precise enough for good results.
You need a gauge that will tell you when the correct temperature has been reached for the food that you are cooking.  Some more expensive fryers have two compartments, each with their own temperature gauge.

Some deep fryer models now feature an automatically rotating frying basket.  This periodically takes the basket out of the oil during cooking which decreases the oil residue and still crisps the food.

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