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There's Cookware And Then There's Stainless Steel Cookware!

April 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 251

At the risk of stating the obvious, not all cookware is create equal. But I state this for a simple reason. And that's the fact that a lot of people just don't have a clue about the difference between quality stainless steel cookware and cheap aluminum junk, and in particular, why it's important.

Let me tell you about two families - my own and my in-laws.

First, no disparaging remarks... I love them all! But they had different ideas when it came to spending money on quality products.

Both families were middle class and we lived a comfortable life. Not extravagant by any means, but we had all the necessities. But my dad, having grown up during the 1930's was frugal. He did not like to see anything wasted, be that food, products, or money.

Growing up, my dad always told me that when you want to get something, spend time looking to see what is the best quality. Then buy the best quality you can afford. Not the most expensive, mind you, because that does not necessarily mean it will be the best (sometimes, but often not!).

His philosophy was that if you can find your way clear to buy really good quality, you'll save money in the long run because whatever it is will outlast the cheaper version.

My in-laws were an interesting mix. They went for quality in some aspect of their lives such as the home they bought, and their furniture, but a lot of the general stuff in the home, things like his tools, radios, and kitchenware, were pretty cheap in both price and quality.

As a youngster growing up, this wasn't anything I was aware of, I just lived my life in my home with good quality stuff. It was just the way things were.

But as I got older, I began to take notice of this and became acutely aware when I started to visit my future in-laws home!

Over time I began to develop a passion for cooking. I loved to go into the kitchen and see what was around and then just start putting things together to see what I could come up with for a meal. I really enjoyed doing this at my folk's place, but I soon found I was not very excited about doing it at the in-laws.

At first I couldn't figure it out. I thought maybe it was just because I wasn't as comfortable there. But after a while it dawned on me. Their kitchenware was really crappy!

Cheap aluminum pots and pans, cheap knives, flimsy utensils, thin and warped bake-ware, it was awful! Not only was the cookware thin aluminum, it was dented and discolored and had loose handles. Not only were the knives cheap, they were dull and some of the so-called chef's knives had loose blades.

In my mind their cookware, and indeed pretty much all of their kitchenware should have been replaced years before. I couldn't cook any food there without it burning, the pots didn't pour properly, the knives wouldn't cut. You get the picture!

Contrast that to what I was used to at my parents home and then what I equipped my own kitchen with. Heavy triple-ply stainless steel pots and pans, well-crafted and sharp knives, handles that were firmly attached, utensils that felt solid in your hands... you see the difference.

And it makes such a difference to how well you can prepare food. Cookware like this has no hot spots, the heat is distributed evenly due to the aluminum core, handles were riveted to the pots, the pots and pans were designed to be drip-free, and on and on.

Here's my advice (for what it's worth). If you're looking for cookware, do not buy the cheapest set you can find! Save and buy the best you can afford, and if you need to get a smaller set, you'll be better off in the long run because that cookware will outlast any of the cheap stuff you might be tempted to get!

Check out my Stainless Steel Cookware blog to learn more.

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