1. What are the most used cookware pieces in the kitchen?
Here are the basic pieces you'll get the most use out of:
Sauce Pan (about 4 quarts)
Stockpot (for soups, sauces, and broths)
Frying Pan (about 10 inches)
Dutch Oven (about 5 quarts)
2. Can I mix and match cookware or do I need to buy a set of just one material?
Buying a cookware set is a great way to get your kitchen started because you'll often save money, but having a diverse collection of cookware is essential to meet all your cooking needs. You'll definitely want a non-stick frying pan. Stainless steel sauce pans and a cast iron dutch oven will get a lot of use as well!
3. Can the surface of non-stick cookware scratch off?
Yes, non-stick cookware can easily be scratched with metal utensils. To prevent this, use wood, plastic, or silicone utensils instead. Also, avoid harsh abrasives like steel wool when cleaning. Some non-stick cookware is more durable if it has been treated with additional layers of non-stick coating. If you perfer cooking with non-stick cookware, think about investing in a high quality set.
4. Can enamel cookware be used in the oven?
Yes, enamel cookware can be used in the oven. Make sure to read the instructions that come with your cookware. Some handles are coated with plastic or silicone that are not oven-safe.
5. Why is stainless steel cookware so popular?
Stainless steel is very durable; it won't rust or erode over time. It's also easy to clean (it can go in the dishwasher), and it cooks food quickly. Perhaps the biggest reason people love stainless steel cookware is that it can be used on any type of stove top and in the oven.