There are some essential points to consider before choosing the cookware that you are going to buy.
Are you a slow steady chef, or a ready steady cook? Cookware materials react differently to heat than others, so if you don’t like waiting opt for the better heat conductors.
You get what you pay for, and this is certainly true when it comes to cookware.
Are you buying a pan to last a lifetime or for a weekend away? Some pans depending on the type of material will be much hard-wearing wearing and long lasting than others.
Not every cookware material reacts well to every type of food. When choosing your cookware make sure and think about what you are going to cook. Aluminium for instance has a tendency to react with tomato and other acidic dishes; this means that your food can actually absorb some of the metal.
Some pots and pans need a lot more care than others. Do you want something that you can throw in the dish washer or are you happy to wash it by hand every time. Check out our cookware materials section where we have given you tips for maintenance and cleaning for all the different types of cookware.
Heavy or Light
Before you buy, make sure that you take into consideration the weight. Some cookware can be extremely heavy, and although it performs well it may be too heavy to use every day.
What will I be cooking?
Are you buying for practicality or pleasure? Is cooking something you love to do or you have to do? Think about exactly what you are using your cookware for. Stainless steel pots and pans are a sensible choice however cast iron could be better.
Traditional or Modern
Are you recreating a 1950’s kitchen or is stylised modernity more your thing. You can now choose the cookware to match the style of your kitchen. With so much choice out there, you can get exactly what you are looking for.