Investing in the Right Cookware: The Pieces You Need and the Ways to Get Them
Whether you are moving out on your own for the first time or you’re updating your collection of cooking materials, it’s important to look at your cookware as an investment. And it doesn’t matter if you’re going to slowly upgrade your collection or do it in one fell swoop. Below are the most important pieces to look for and the best materials to invest in so that your kitchen stays functional for many years to come.
The Pieces You’ll Need
Every cook requires different materials. However, there are, at the very least, three pieces of cookware that you should be able to find in any kitchen because, together, they can handle any cooking task (at least, until you buy more specific materials to do so).
Whether you’re fixing a pot of chili or boiling vegetables into a fresh broth, you’ll need a sturdy stockpot. Not only should you seek out one made of a lighter weight yet durable material, you should try to find one with comfortable handles that are large enough for you to grip. To that end, try to find a stockpot that comes with a fitted colander or buy one to accompany your new piece of cookware. This will make preparing vegetables or pasta an easier task.
Saucepans are perfect for, no surprise, preparing sauces. But they’re also extremely useful for everything from simmering a large serving of rice to melting sugar. Because you’ll use your saucepan for a variety of dishes, you’ll be best off with one made from a material that’s temperature-sensitive, such as copper. This way, when you turn the dial down on your stove, the pan won’t retain heat – it’ll immediately match the temperature that your food needs to cook properly.
3. Sauté Pan
Finally, your kitchen won’t be complete without a proper sauté pan. The right sauté pan makes it possible to cook an entire meal; chefs rely on them to cook everything from vegetables, to meats to fine risottos. It’s important to choose one that’s made from a durable material that’s also good at evenly distributing heat. You should also consider how many recipes you prepare that require you to place your sauté pan into the oven. If you do this often, invest in a pan with a stainless handle that’s resilient against heat. Otherwise, a heat-proof handle will serve you well as a grip for your super versatile sauté pan.
How to Purchase the Pieces You Need
There are more or less two options for adding to your cookware arsenal: purchase everything you need at once or invest in pieces over time. The first option requires more upfront costs, but it might be wise if you find a set that you like – you might not be able to find it again. For example, let’s say that you’ve decided to consider ceramic cookware because you’re worried that your old set releases unwanted chemicals or trace metals into your food. It might be smart to invest immediately in a full set of ceramic cookware, then, because it does not contain any toxins that make it unsafe for cooking.
Your other option is to add pieces over time. This is a good option if you’re just starting out on your own or just starting out in terms of cooking. You can add the pots and pans that you know you’ll need instead of buying a set that contains more than what you’ll require. You can also choose to invest in different materials and weights for different items; for example, you could pick up a sturdy ceramic Dutch oven and a lightweight aluminum stockpot.
Either way, you, your kitchen, and the meals you prepare will be better off with a better set of cookware. Figure out the pieces you need to add and the materials you need and, after that, you’ll be cooking in no time.