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Choosing the best pot

The quality of the food cooked in it depends on the choice of the pan. Today, specialty stores offer a wide range of products from various materials. Before such a huge choice everyone can get confused, even the most experienced hostess. Therefore, today we decided to tell you about the main types of saucepans, their advantages and negative qualities, and how to choose the right copy for your culinary experiments.

Features of stainless steel pans  

According to numerous experiments and reviews of hostesses, stainless steel pans are the most convenient, practical and durable. When searching for such products should pay attention to the options with a thick bottom, which in turn can be made not from aluminum, but, for example, from copper or bronze. The heat in such pots spreads evenly, so that you can avoid burning the food.

The main feature of stainless steel pots is its shiny surface, which looks very beautiful visually. Over time, this brilliance may lose its original appearance, but it can be easily restored with the help of special cleaning agents.

It is also worth noting that such pots are washed and cleaned very easily. But in the process it is not recommended to use abrasive detergents, and those products that contain alkali in their composition. After each wash, stainless steel pots should be wiped with a dry towel, so you can avoid the appearance of stains from water on the surface.  

The advantages and disadvantages of an aluminum pan

Pots made of aluminum, are inexpensive, but with proper care, they can serve for many years. In such dishes, water and other liquids boil very quickly, this is due to the fact that aluminum conducts heat well. Often, aluminum pots are used for cooking vegetables and cooking various cereals.

The main disadvantages of aluminum pots can be attributed to the fact that the dish in them quickly burns to the bottom and walls, and the remains of food are very difficult to remove from the surface. Therefore, when choosing such dishes you should pay attention to the specimens with thick walls, as they are capable of creating favorable thermal conditions. Products will serve you more than one year.

Please note that during the preparation of dishes with a sourish note in such dishes, their taste may slightly change. Also, leading chefs and restaurateurs recommend shifting ready-made food from such pans to other dishes.  

Glass Heat Resistant Casserole  

This type of saucepan is very popular among many modern hostesses. Its main advantages include:

  • attractive appearance;
  • environmental friendliness;
  • lack of contact with food;
  • no problems with cleansing;

The disadvantages of glass pots include the high cost, uneven heating of the bottom and instability to large temperature differences.

Often, such dishes are purchased for an oven or even a microwave, since it is in them that the glass surface of such dishes is heated evenly.

Ceramic Pans  

Ceramic-coated pots are inexpensive, but they are very fragile and easy to break. Food cooked in such dishes is able to preserve its natural taste for a long period of time.

Porcelain Pans

Porcelain pots have an attractive appearance, they are very durable and are best suited for cooking in the oven or microwave. However, before you go to the store for a porcelain pan, you need to consider that it is quite expensive.  

Cast Iron Pans  

Cast iron pots are considered the most durable. In addition, they do not tarnish over time. Products are not subject to the formation of scratches. Cast iron pot can serve you for many years. However, before you buy such dishes, it is worth considering that it has a porous structure, and if you fall on a hard surface it may simply break up.

It should also be noted that the cast iron pan heats up very slowly, but on the other hand, the flow of warm heated air spreads through it evenly and lasts for a long period of time. Cooking in such a pan is a real pleasure, as food does not burn to the bottom and walls. Cast iron pots are often used to create dishes that should be stewed or stewed over low heat for a long time. In the care, the cast-iron pan is not picky, after washing it is enough to simply wipe it with a kitchen towel.  

Enameled pans: the main features  

Enameled pans refer to the type of cookware that is made of iron or cast iron, and after that is processed with several layers of enamel. The disadvantages of such a coating include increased enamel brittleness. During operation, chips may form on it, which will simply render the pot unusable. Enamelware should be used very carefully. Most often it is used to make jelly, stewed fruit, fruit drinks and vegetable stews.  

Choosing a lid and handle for the pan  

When choosing a suitable quality pan, it is worth considering every little thing. And the choice of pens is also of considerable importance. Preference is given to metal and plastic elements. Cookware with removable handles suitable for cooking in the oven or microwave. Recently, ergonomic handles have become popular, which are attached directly to the lid of the pan, which allows you to drain excess liquid without using towels.

When choosing a good saucepan, pay attention to the lid. It should be equipped with a special hole for the steam output and as closely as possible fit to the surface of the walls of the pan.

Conventionally, all covers can be divided into two groups:

  • metal,
  • glass

Thanks to the last you will be easy to control the process of cooking without permanent removal.

Each housewife determines the size of the pan independently, based on her own preferences or the purpose for which she purchases one or another product variant.


| 5 April 2015 | | 422 | Household Tips
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  • | Olga | June 6, 2015

    I like enamel very much, but on the electric stove they heat for a long time. I think to buy aluminum.

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