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Cookware Sets or Individual Pieces – Which to Buy?

There’s a movement underway which tries to get people to cook more of their meals. We know that fast food is not exactly good for us, and eating in restaurants which prepare food of better quality is a sure way to spend way too much money on something we can do for ourselves with only a fraction of the cost. People are starting to cook more, TV shows are starting to air more cooking-related shows, and stores like Theynards are there to provide you all the tools of the trade needed for preparing tasty meals. For someone who’s equipping a kitchen for the first time, the question that arises is whether to buy whole cookware sets or buy individual pieces.

The major selling point for cookware sets is that you get more cookware for less money with them. They come in different sizes – with different numbers of pieces – and they contain different kinds of cookware. You can get a set with two pots and a pan, or three pans and two pots, or any other combination, but the bottom line is that it will probably cost less than buying all the pieces individually.

Another great thing about cookware sets is that they come from the same manufacturer, so you will know exactly what to expect from each piece regarding the quality. This is especially great if you decide to buy a set from a well-known manufacturer with a great reputation. Each piece in the set will perform in the same way and with good a manufacturer that means that every piece in the set will perform great.

Besides saving you money and worries in regards to quality, cookware sets will also save you a lot of time, as you won’t have to go around a look for each and every individual piece you want. You just need to find a set that contains everything you think you need in your kitchen, which will take less time than hunting down each individual piece.

Cookware sets, however, are not that good if you already have a semi-equipped kitchen, as you might end up with more pieces of the same item than you want or need. This is a major problem with buying cookware sets and the reason why buying individual items might be a better choice sometimes. Cookware sets come with predefined number and types of items, so it’s likely you’ll end up with a piece you don’t need at all. And yes, it’s possible to buy different cookware sets, but it might be less time consuming to just go to a manufacturer’s store and buy all the pieces you need.

You might also want to buy an individual piece for preparing the meals you like to make the most, and you might want to buy a significantly better quality piece in this case. It makes more sense to get it individually than buy a really expensive set. Or you might want to buy an item that’s used for preparing only certain kinds of food and doesn’t come in standard sets. But for the best effect, and the best equipped kitchen, it is very likely that you’ll have to buy both sets and individual pieces.

Everything You Need to Know about Stainless Steel Pots and Pans

Stainless steel pots and pans are a very common sight in any kitchen. People like to use stainless steel because it looks good, it doesn’t rust, and it’s a generally safe material for making cookware. It doesn’t have to be all that expensive, as well – you can easily find affordable sets of stainless steel pots and pans, even though there are models that will set you back quite a lot. And it’s readily available from a variety of stores, including online stores like Thaynards. But how good is stainless steel really? It has a great reputation, but is it all true?

The “stainless” in stainless steel is what makes it such a coveted material for a variety of uses. From surgical instruments to coffee pots, stainless steel is used because it doesn’t rust, and it owes this property to chromium. Chromium is metal which, in contact with air, forms an oxide which is not active like iron oxide – or rust. Chromium oxide forms a film over stainless steel object, and this film prevents forming of stains or rust.

Another very important trait stainless steel cookware has is the fact that it doesn’t leach any of the materials into the food. There are two implications to this – one, the food’s taste will not be altered while cooking. And the second and the more important one, the food will not contain materials that are found in the cookware and are bad for your health. Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about other materials used for cookware, like aluminum, which do leach some of their materials into the food and that’s not healthy.

Stainless steel, however, comes with a couple of drawbacks, the biggest of which is the fact that it doesn’t conduct heat all that good. And because the main method of cookware doing the thing it was made for is heat conduction, stainless steel’s week conductive properties are a real problem for stainless steel cookware. If the pan can’t heat up evenly, which is what might happen with stainless steel pans, they can’t cook the food in them evenly. Still, there’s a way to fix stainless steel’s conductivity issue, and it’s usually done by adding a layer of a better conducting between two layers of stainless steel, especially on the bottom of the pan or the pot. The materials used for the purpose are metals like copper or aluminum.

Although stainless steel usually doesn’t leach any of its components into the food, some nickel might get transferred from the cookware. This happens either when using very cheap and low quality stainless steel cookware, or when it’s been damaged by frequent use of abrasives like steel wool for cleaning. So, in order to avoid having undesired nickel in your food, you should make sure that you don’t buy the cheapest stainless steel cookware set out there because it will be of lower quality. Also, try not to use abrasives each and every time when cleaning cookware. If you manage to do that, you’ll have pots and pans that will serve you for a long time and help you prepare many delicious meals.