When it comes to choosing the right cookware to suit your needs, the truth is, the whole process can quickly become overwhelming, and that’s before you start throwing in reviews and expert opinions.
If you’ve started looking around for a new set of pots and pans or maybe just a particular frypan or saucepan to get a certain job done, you’ll know there is a plethora of options to choose from.
There’s some good reasons for narrowing down the options to stainless steel and there’s probably some potential issues that make you nervous about it, but we’re here to shine a light on that.
Here at Kitchen Warehouse, we heard when you asked for good quality stainless steel cookware at an affordable price but still with a range of features, so we created our own line, Wolstead Steeltek.
Here’s our guide to stainless steel.
IT’S STAINLESS STEEL, BUT WHAT DOES THAT ACTUALLY MEAN?
Firstly, it means there’s no coatings, like you would find on non-stick cookware.
That’s a pro for people who are interested in clean cooking. When there’s no coatings, there is no chance that anything nasty can leach into food.
Chefs particularly like stainless steel because it’s very robust.
You can use utensils without worrying they will scratch non-stick surfaces..
But more than that, stainless steel cookware is built using multiple layers of metals , each one included because they bring something to the table.
High quality stainless steel cookware usually has an aluminium core and this creates good heat distribution. Generally the more layers, the better the quality.
You’ll find Wolstead Steeltek easy to cook with and you’ll always have peace of mind that it not only functions well, it also is a healthy choice.
WHAT DO THE NUMBERS MEAN?
When you’re shopping around for stainless steel, you’ll notice numbers are used to describe the quality.
Wolstead Steeltek is 18/8 stainless steel which means it contains 18 per cent chromium, which is the metal that helps make it rust resistant and nickel at 8 per cent nickel, which is what makes it shiny. Not all stainless steel is created equal so it is important to ask what it’s made of and figure out exactly what that means.
IT’S NOT NON-STICK, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
It’s true that stainless steel cookware does not have a non-stick coating added.
But the good news is, If you season your non-stick cookware properly, it actually is non-stick.
And while seasoning a pan might seem tricky, it actually is isn’t,. There’s a few steps to follow and then some mindful maintenance. But the trade off is, you can’t really destroy a stainless steel pan, if you care for it properly it will have a very long life. Here’s what to do:
Heat the pan over medium high heat for a
few minutes. Add enough oil to coat the entire bottom of the pan.
Continue to heat the pan until smoke appears and this generally takes a bit longer than five minutes.
When the pan starts to smoke remove it from the heat to cool.Pour the oil out and wipe any excess away with a paper towel.
Lots of chefs who prefer to work with stainless steel say the most important thing you need to do when cooking with it, is to make sure it is properly preheated before you add food.
Essentially, the key is to make sure that if you’re using oil in your dish, it needs to be heated before you add the food.
Food added to cold pans and cold oil, can stick.
Stainless steel is dishwasher safe, but if you’ve seasoned it well, you probably want to hand wash it to keep the seasoning in tact.
It doesn’t take a lot of elbow grease and if you wipe pans down properly after they’ve been washed and store them straight away, you won’t run into any problems.
OTHER THINGS TO LOOK FOR
When you’re choosing stainless steel, there’s a range of design details that can make your cooking experience more enjoyable and a whole lot easier.
Look out for rims that make it easy to pour contents out of the saucepan without spilling.
Glass lids are great because you can see what you’re cooking without having to lift the lid, which means you keep the area around you cleaner.
Riveted handles are sturdy and long lasting, there’s no screws that could come loose in years to come.
And always make sure you look for cookware that is suitable for all cook tops. Even if you are cooking on gas now, who knows what the future might bring and you may one day wish your pots and pans worked on induction.
We’ve included all these features in Wolstead Steeltek and we know once you start using the range you’ll find there’s a lot to love. Find the range here .