Top Rated Cookware Sets Consumer Reports
So whats makes great cookware? Well of course the first thing you look for in cookware is that it is actually good for cooking. Thats means that it makes it easy to cook your food evenly without leaving some parts cook and others not. Also once you have cooked you want you cookware to be simple to clean up. And of course it all depends on your budget too.
Much non stick cookware for instance can be had for a low price, and is good to cook with as the food doesnt stick and its easy to clean up afterwards. The down side to non stick cookware is that the non stick coating can be easily damaged if used with the wrong kind of tools. There are more expensive alternatives such as hard anodized cookware that give a stronger coating but similar non stick abilities. Of course if you arent worried about non stick then there is cookware with great cooking abilities such as stainless steel, cast iron or even copper.
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What Is Ceramic Cookware
Ceramic Cookware Buyers Guide
Ceramic cookware is simple cookware made from earthenware. It can be purchased glazed which is non porous or unglazed which is a porous material. Some people have avoided ceramic cookware as there have been health concerns about the chemical and metal content in the glaze used on some ceramic cookware. So if you are looking for ceramic cookware it is important to by cookware from named manufacturers that state that their cookware is free from harmful chemicals, just to be sure.
The glaze in ceramic cookware is supposed to seal in any harmful chemicals, but its wise to ensure that you get your ceramic cookware from countries with a good track record on safety such as the USA or those in Europe. Even quality ceramic cookware but with a damaged glaze should be avoided. Even small chips or cracks in the glaze can allow the harmful chemicals to leech into your food.
Even better look for ceramic cookware that uses no harmful chemicals. So with ceramic cookware ensure you buy from quality manufacturers, and dont use damaged ceramic cookware to cook or store your food.
Ceramic cookware does also have its advantage. For one thing the choice of colors and styles make for very attractive cookware that will look good in your kitchen. Some people even use ceramic cookware for display purposes only in their kitchen but dont actually use it for cooking or storing food as it looks so good.
Another plus point for ceramic cookware is a very even heat distribution that is similar to that achieved with cast iron cookware. The downside of cast iron is that it needs to be seasoned on a regular basis, and this is not needed for ceramic cookware. The enamel or glazed coating usual found on ceramic cookware is easy to clean and hard wearing too. Ceramic cookware can also take very high temperatures too, so its very versatile.
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