Using the wrong pots and pans can take the task of cooking and turn it into a chore. The wrong pans can burn food, make food stick and cause food to turn out tasting bad. Using the right pans for your budget can be a life saver in your everyday endeavor to create delicious meals for you and your family.
First, understanding the different materials pots and pans can be made out of will help you to decide what to use and what will be the best price for you.
• good heat conductor, light weight
• Stainless not a good heat conductor, will create hot spots
• Cast conducts heat well and holds it, but needs to be seasoned often
• good for low-fat cooking but coating scratches easily
• best for cooking, requires polishing, lined with stainless steel to prevent food contamination
As you can probably imagine, copper and cast iron are the most expensive but best to use. If you cannot afford these top end cooking pans, don’t worry. Non-stick and aluminum pans are often made within the right price range for most families. These will help you to create the foods you want with the best outcomes to make an enjoyable cooking experience.