Last week I invited some of my friends for dinner when I realized that my cooking arsenal is shabby. I decided to restock my kitchen immediately. I had no idea how to choose the right pots and pans set because everything I had in my kitchen was either our wedding gifts or family plots given by my mother.
I started researching about pot and pan and I came to know how to choose the right kitchen pots and pans. I also realized that, a searing pan does not work the same if you saute vegetables in it, and that my tomato sauces used to taste slightly bitter because I was cooking them in unlined copper pots.
So, if you want to buy new cookware here are a few pointers, which I learned when I bought mine. I hope they will help you decide the best pots and pans to buy for your kitchen.
Match your cooking style and cooktop
Your cookware should be in sync with your cooking style and your cooktop. If you are using induction based cooktop, then you need magnetized pots and pans. If you are using burners, then flat bottoms are the most preferable, unless you want a wok for deep frying the chicken wings.
If you most often cook seared meat, then uncoated stainless steel pans are perfect. You will need one Teflon coated, high brim pots for simmering tomato sauces. If you follow the stove to oven cooking style, then make sure you are buying oven safe cookware with metallic handles.
Healthy cooking with non-stick pans
Diet conscious people, like my husband, want their food to be cooked in less amount of oil and butter. Non-stick cookware is the best solution for that. Not only are they healthy, they are easy to clean and low maintenance. Therefore, most people buy a complete set of non-stick cookware. I know, I did.
Count the pieces
No one likes a clumsy kitchen. You often get confused which lid goes with which pan. There are cookware sets in which a single lid or at most two lids are given and they are designed to fit all the pots and pans. My advice would go for them. Also, choose to see through lids. They save a lot of time and you donâ€™t need to check on the food repeatedly by lifting the lid.
I hope these points help you while you are shopping for your kitchen.