Outfitting your kitchen is an important job that you shouldn’t take too lightly. While you can easily choose a hodge-podge collection of items from your local big box store, you might not get the best overall pieces this way. Cookware is something that should be made to last. You want to choose pieces that are safe, functional, and durable. Some types of cookware actually improve over time, such as cast iron pieces. In the south, an heirloom cast iron skillet is greatly valued because the generations of seasonings absorbed into the item give dishes a distinct flavor that you can’t achieve with a new store-bought piece.
Take the time to choose the right cookware and your family and friends will instantly notice a difference in the quality of each dish that comes out of your kitchen. There are many benefits to having the right equipment in your kitchen. These include:
• The ability to cook a wide range of meals, rather than having to stick to skillet dinners or casseroles all the time
• Well-cooked meals that don’t come out with burnt spots or areas where they stuck to the pan due to a lack of seasoning in the cookware or inefficient non-stick coating
• Safe meals that can be prepared with peace of mind and no fear of chemicals or other dangers from outdated or damaged cookware
• Higher overall quality of each dish
As with most items that you’re going to invest in, it’s a good idea to really research different types of kitchen equipment before you invest in something. While there’s a gadget out there for everything, you don’t necessarily need to have them all. Be honest about your cooking habits before you spend a large sum of money on the latest infomercial item. If you steam vegetables for dinner every night, a steamer may be a great addition to your kitchen collection. However, if you steam broccoli once a month, you can get by just as well with a steamer basket in a sauce pot.
You should also consider the size of your kitchen. There are some pieces of cookware that are essential in any well-equipped kitchen, but there are others that simply aren’t needed. You should have a collection of skillets, sauce pans, and casserole dishes. One large pot and a few specialty pans like cake pans or loaf pans will fill out a standard collection. From there, your choices should be limited to items that you will use frequently to suit your cooking and eating style.
Quality cookware is always a good investment when you know that you’ll use the item. A wok and rice…