May 21, 2010, Newsletter Issue #218: Cookware 101

Tip of the Week

Cookware sets can be made out of several materials. Copper is considered the best material for cookware, as it conducts heat uniformly and quickly. Aluminum is widely used in cookware sets as it performs almost as well as copper and is generally cheaper, but be sure the aluminum is a thick gauge. Cast iron cookware sets can be even cheaper than aluminum, but it does require more maintenance. Enameled cast iron can be very colorful, but expect the price to go up quickly! A nonstick cookware set has manmade coatings that keep foods from sticking to the pan. When cooking fish or omelets, for example, this can be a big help. Stainless steel cookware sets are easy to clean but are also prone to hot spots, so search for thicker pots and pans.

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