Stainless steel cookware is one of the most popular cookware on the market. All my stainless steel cookware seem to last forever. It’s a lot easier to manage for someone who is always on the go. Stainless steel cookware can take a beating. It doesn’t show signs of wear and tear easily and finally, you can simply put them in the dishwasher after cooking.
Stainless Steel Cookware Reviews 2016
Best Budget Stainless Steel Cookware Set – Calphalon Classic 10-Pc Set
For a cheaper set with the best value, try the Calphalon Classic 10-Piece set. This is seriously a steal and it’s my top pick best cookware set 2016. For the price, I feel the Calphalon Classic 10-piece set eliminated the competition in the same range.
This stainless steel cookware set consists of a 3-quart saute pan with straight deep sides for deep frying, 2 skillets and 2 saucepans, all of different sizes, and an ever useful stock pot.
The quality of the stainless steel and riveted handles can’t be beat for the price, and I absolutely love the glass lids. The lids have strainers in them so you could pour liquids out from the spouts on both sides of the pots.
What’s more, there’s a 10-year warranty for the set which, considering the quality of the set, I feel the manufacturer would never have to fulfill.
Best Stainless Steel Cookware Set – All Clad 10-Pc Set
If you are looking for the best stainless steel cookware set, definitely go for the All Clad 10-Piece set. This stainless steel cookware set is enhanced by an aluminium core with excellent heat transmission. Bonded between two layers of stainless steel, aluminium improves heat transfer. This drastically improves the evenness of your cooking.
Besides the improved heating features, this stainless steel set gives you all the perks of stainless steel cookware. The workmanship is splendid, and this cookware set is dishwasher safe. The best part about this set is that it can be used on induction cook tops too. This means if you’re planning to get a wedding gift and are unsure what cook tops the couple in mind has, the All Clad 10-Piece stainless steel cookware set would be a safe choice.
Best Value Stainless Steel Cookware Set – Cuisinart Multiclad Pro 12-Pc Set
The All Clad stainless steel cookware sets are extremely pricey and not everyone can afford them so a more affordable choice would be the Cuisinart Multiclad Pro cookware set.
I love cookware with some weight to them and this 12-piece set has just the right size to weight ratio so it doesn’t appear too flimsy and light. Thanks to the weight this Multiclad set has a tough and solid feel to it.
Thanks to the simplistic design the 12-piece set carries, it could also be used as a serving dish so you’ll have less to clean up at the end of a meal. Just remember to use a coaster so you don’t accidentally burn your tablecloth.
How to Choose Stainless Steel Cookware
There are all kinds of stainless steel cookware that range from skillets to baking trays. So once you master the art of cooking with stainless steel cookware, there’s nothing you can’t master. Stainless steel cookware allows cooking techniques such as searing, frying or even sauteing.
Tasty Fond, Anyone?
A neat addition that you get from using stainless steel cookware is that you’d be able to make fond from the bits and pieces of ingredients stuck to the base of the stainless steel pan or pot. It’s a simple process, simple deglaze your stainless steel cookware with some wine of your choosing and you’ll end up having some really tasty gravy to go with your dish.
Get Surgical Grade Stainless Steel
Your only concern when it comes to stainless steel cookware is that if exposed to salt water or very high heat, discoloration and pitting may occur. So despite being tough and hardy, salt water and extreme temperatures are like kryptonite to these cookware.
There are also various grades of stainless steel cookware which is why I advise you to get a well-recognized brand like All Clad or Cuisinart. Well, you can rest assured that the brands and cookware sets I recommend only use the best surgical grade stainless steel. This means you don’t have to worry about nickel and chrome bleeding into your food because this only happens in low grade stainless steel cookware.
Clad Stainless Steel Cookware Cooks More Evenly
Stainless steel cookware shows its weakness when the dish I’m cooking requires quick temperature changes or needs really even cooking. I would opt for bonded or clad cookware with a stainless steel surface for cooking sauces.
Stainless steel cookware are often clad with aluminum or copper. This really fixes the heat transmission and hot spots issues so food cooks efficiently and evenly.
With stainless steel cookware, hand washing is kind of a chore because most of the time scrubbing is required, but luckily they are always dishwasher friendly.