Being a better home cook doesn’t just come down to your skill set. High-quality cookware is essential if you want to go from instant noodles to homemade risotto and pasta limone — and stainless steel is the thing that can get you there. To help you understand how it can put you on the path towards greatness in the kitchen, we’ve compiled a list of the benefits of stainless steel cookware. It’s no wonder we decided to use this material when crafting our own collection of pots and pans.
Before you take a look at material, you need to know what pans you actually need. Step into the cookware section of any store and you’ll come across everything from heavy Dutch ovens to quaint brie bakers — it’s easy to be swept up and buy things you’ll only ever use once a year. Start with the basics and choose those that best suit the type of cooking you like to do. Sauté pans, fry pans, stock pots, and sauce pans are as essential as the ingredients you’ll be cooking with. Each of them comes in various sizes, and can be used for a number of dishes.
At Brandless, we did the groundwork for you and settled on stainless steel as our pick for the best cookware material. Here’s why:
Unlike pots and pans coated with nonstick material, stainless steel won’t chip. It also doesn’t stain like enamel or rust like cast iron. Put simply, it’s built to last.
Our stainless steel cookware is safe for all cooktops (gas, electric, ceramic, halogen, and induction) and can be put in the oven, where it can withstand up to 500°F. All of this means that you can fry, grill, sear, sauté, poach, bake, roast, and broil your food without issue — helping you step up your cooking game. Finally, stainless steel doesn’t get damaged by metal utensils, so you can use your favorite spoons and spatulas with any of our pots and pans.
One of our favorite things about stainless steel cookware is that it’s so easy to care for. Unlike nonstick coatings that need to be treated to prevent peeling, or cast iron pans that need to be seasoned, stainless steel is always ready to go. Plus, stainless steel is easy to handle. Cast iron pans can start to feel heavy when you move them from the stove to the oven and back again, but stainless steel lets you maneuver around the kitchen with ease.
It’s also easy to clean — you can even pop it in the dishwasher. However, we recommend washing it by hand with warm soapy water to keep it looking its best.
This is an important factor in cooking — especially if you want to make sure that your food tastes like you expect it to. Aluminum, copper, and iron are all reactive materials, which means they can impact the taste of your food by releasing atoms when you cook with acidic ingredients like tomatoes, lemon, and vinegar. Opting for stainless steel cookware will make sure you don’t compromise on flavor, while still taking a high-end approach to cooking.
Stainless steel has a bad rap for being a poor heat conductor and therefore being less effective at cooking than its counterparts. But we’ve made sure to troubleshoot this issue with our cookware collection by reinforcing it with three layers of aluminum between two layers of stainless steel. This 5-ply design makes the pots and pans more effective at conducting and distributing heat, and therefore cooking your food evenly. You’ll be able to avoid overcooking your meals and be one step closer to becoming a top-quality chef.
With the right pots and pans on hand, you can take your cooking to the next level. It’s all about investing in the pieces that are best for you and your kitchen. Discover the benefits of stainless steel cookware and start building your kitchen toolkit.