Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Taking a look at different types of Cooking Pans

By Shannen Blackguard

Before you decide to go out and purchase a new set of cooking pans, you should take a moment and think about what type of cooking you will be doing, as well as figuring out how much you are willing/able to spend. Although it is not necessary to purchase the top brand or most expensive pans available, you should be trying to find high quality pans that will last you many years. Most consumers purchase the inexpensive cooking pans only to find themselves buying them again and again year after year. Buying the highest quality cookware you can currently afford will save you lots of money and frustration in the future.

Another good practice is to research some consumer reviews and reports. Here is a list of what you should look for in a cooking pan as well as different types you may need.

* Sauce Pans are most certainly a staple in any kitchen, being the most versatile of all cooking pans. You can use a good sauce pan for a variety of tasks including, making sauces, cooking small portions of food, steaming food, reheating almost anything, and heating up just about anything that needs it. Since these pans are so versatile you will probably find that you need a few different sized to fully round out your kitchen.

* Saut Cooking Pans are flat and wide made with straight sides. This helps when sauting, searing or crafting recipes that use pan sauces as well as for recipes that need a longer cooking time. The best saut pans are made using metals that quickly and efficiently conduct heat. Saut cooking pans are usually equipped with a long handle as well as a lid.

* Skillet or frying pans are made with high, flared sides. These are your all purpose pan used for any frying you want to do. Usually these cooking pans are created using metals that will induce heat. Non-stick surfaces are useful for omelets.

* Large Soup or Stock Pots are great for boiling and cooking, and are usually tall and narrow. Stock pots are perfect for cooking and boiling, and are usually used to make stews, stocks, soups, pasta, or just anytime you have a need to make extremely large quantities. The best of this type of pots are usually made with stainless steel plus an aluminum core. The volume of food you will likely be cooking on a regular basis will help you determine what size of pot to purchase. For most normal uses I recommend at least an 8 quart pot.

What to Look for: Cooking Pan Reviews If you are planning on buying a set of cooking pots, ensure it is made with sturdy materials that will not become dented or warped. Their handles should be comfortable and secure.

When buying new cooking pans you have two options, you can either purchase each pan individually or you can purchase the pans as a set. Now purchasing as a set can save you quite a bit of money, but you need to make sure that the set you select will absolutely fulfill all of your needs, otherwise it might be better for you to simply purchase each pan individually.

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