If you like to make your family healthy nutritious meals from scratch then your job can be made so much easier with a good quality Cookware Set.
Cookware sets are available in many different materials including stainless steel, non stick hard anodized, non stick porcelain enamel, non stick inside and out and non stick aluminum. Choose which type you prefer and what will work best on your stovetop.
Before you start looking at the different sets it would be a good idea to think about what you would like to cook and how you would use the different types of pans. What type of pans will you need, how many and what size?
Some Useful Features to Look Out For
Most sets include a good selection of pans for stovetop cooking making easy work of boiling, simmering, steaming, sauteing and frying. A nice feature of some pans is that they can also be used in the oven, handy for recipes that require browning.
Apart from the usual pans in assorted sizes some sets also contain skillets which are great for making hamburgers and crepes. Another useful item is a stockpot which is a must if you like to make large batches of soups and stews.
Tight fitting glass lids are a great idea as you can keep watch on your cooking without loosing heat, nutrients or moisture.
Make sure that the pan handles are sturdy, offer a safe grip and stay cool to the touch to avoid burns and accidents.
Which Cookware Set?
When choosing a Cookware Set it’s a good idea to take a moment to think how you might use the various pans available. This can save you both money and kitchen space.
Consider the following:
- Does the set contain a good selection of sizes and types of pan?
- Would I find glass lids useful?
- Non stick or uncoated?
- Will I need to use any of the pans in the oven?
- Dishwasher safe or easy clean?
- Which style and color best suit my kitchen?
A good cookware set is one that will last for years, will be versatile and easy to clean.
Cuisinart 77-10 Classic Stainless 10-Piece Cookware Set
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The pans in this cookware set are made of stainless steel and have aluminum encapsulated bases which heat up quickly and evenly with no hot spots. The lids are tight fitting which helps keep in the nutrients and flavors of the food, and the handles have a solid feel and stay cool. These pans can be used for all types of cooking on the stovetop, under a broiler or in the oven up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. They are dishwasher safe and can be used in the freezer for storing food.
Amazon customers thought this cookware set was great looking and good value. They said the pans are a good solid weight but not too heavy and were surprised with the way the handles really do stay cool but found the lid handles got hot when cooking at high temperatures. Although the pans are dishwasher safe some people preferred to add water and soap straight after cooking, leaving them to soak and then hand washing them.
Rachael Ray Porcelain Enamel II Nonstick Cookware Set, 10-Piece
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These beautiful looking pans are available in different colors to fit in with your kitchen decor. They are made from aluminum and have nonstick interiors which makes serving food easy and clean up simple and quick. The lids are tight fitting and made of glass so you can watch your food cooking without removing the lid and loosing moisture and heat. The handles are rubberized and have a comfortable grip and can be used in the oven up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. These pans are not recommended for glass top stoves.
Reviewers on Amazon found these pans sturdy but lightweight and thought they cooked food evenly. They were pleased with the non stick interior which meant they could cook with little or no oil and so produce healthier meals. They also loved the glass lids as they could monitor the food without the risk of getting steam burns. Some people found the pots to be on the small side so make sure to check that they will be suitable for the size of your family. Users said the pans clean up beautifully when washed by hand but they are not dishwasher safe. Some people put them in the dishwasher and said the pans loose their outer coating.
Cookware Set Features
Good quality cookware sets are a valuable addition to any kitchen and can give years of satisfying cooking. It’s a good idea to have a think about what you need and expect from a cookware set before you buy one. Here are a few points to consider:
- Cookware sets come in many sizes and have a variety of different pans
- Some pans cook evenly without hot spots which ensures the food is cooked to perfection
- Look out for pans that are oven safe which can be useful for some recipes
- Being dishwasher safe is another useful feature
T-fal Ultimate Stainless Steel Copper-Bottom Multi-Layer Base 12-Piece Cookware Set
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This cookware set is made from stainless steel and the bases of the pans are layered with steel, aluminum and copper to give even heating. The handles are riveted stainless steel and are styled for comfort and easy use while the glass lids have loop handles making them easy to grip. The set includes two sizes of saute pans, three different sized saucepans, a covered dutch oven and two utensils.
Cooks on Amazon thought these pans were well made and great to look at and recommend that you use Pam or cook spray to prevent food sticking. They also found that they only needed to use a medium heat to cook food evenly and no need for a hot burst at the start of cooking. Some people had problems with food sticking but this could be probably be alleviated by changing their cooking methods. They said the clean up is so easy and the pans still looked shiny and new after much use by simply hand washing and towel drying.