Shopping Tips – Deck Out Your Kitchen With Great Cookware
With the economy everywhere, and in Westchester, on the slip, many people are choosing to forgo the evening dining out experience and are cooking a couple meals at home instead. One of the most needed tools for anyone who wants to cook at home is quality cookware.
There are some considerations that need to be taken into account before purchasing any type of cookware and there is some definite quality issues that need to be checked into before spending big bucks on cookware that may or may not last as long as it should.
Aï¿½ Material – This is one of the most important aspects when purchasing new cookware. Purchasing cookware that is not made of quality materials can mean having to purchase new pieces in just a few months. The most popular and the best material for cookware is stainless steel. This is one of the most durable of all the metals used for cooking. It heats food evenly, allows for browning, is oven safe and lightweight. One material to stay away from is the cheap Teflon coated cookware sets as they tend to scrape off even if the right utensils are used. Boiling water or long simmers can wear out the Teflon and it can begin to flake off into the food that is being prepared.
Aï¿½ Sets Versus Piece by Piece – Many people run out and purchase the largest set of cookware that they can find thinking that they now have every pot and pan that they need to cook with. When they begin cooking and then find that only a few of the pieces out of the entire set are ever used. It can be better to just purchase a few quality pieces of cookware at first to see what you are using the most. If you find that there is a size of pot that you do not have and that you feel you need, you can always purchase it later.
For some, cost is also an issue when making any large purchases such as cookware. The good aspect of purchasing separate pieces is that it is much more cost effective. Those who live in the Westchester area can head down to Central Avenue where there are many shops that feature great cookware at a great price. If you choose to purchase an entire set, you can find these here as well as separate pieces for those who only do a small amount of cooking.