When it comes to cookware, stainless steel is often considered the best choice. It is used in domestic and professional kitchens all over the world, and even professional chefs have their own preferences when it comes to stainless steel cookware. Compared to all the advantages that can be enjoyed by using stainless steel, the few disadvantages are easily ignored.

Advantages

  1. It is durable: Stainless steel products are tough and last long, even in professional kitchens where they are constantly in use. Stainless steel doesn’t stain or chip and is rustproof. It is also resistant to scratches and practically impossible to break or destroy. It is dishwasher safe and can easily deal with changes in temperature. A good stainless steel cookware set can last you a lifetime – or even longer!
  1. Easy to clean: Stainless steel cookware is much easier to clean than most other types of cookware, and it doesn’t scratch easily. This means that it remains in good shape and attractive for a long time.
  1. Preservation of flavour: Because stainless steel does not leach any of the metal properties into the food in the vessel while cooking, it doesn’t impact on the quality of the flavour at all. Non-stick coatings are not usually provided with stainless steel, and this means that there is also no danger of the coating coming off or affecting the flavour of the food.
  1. Heat transfer: Stainless steel in itself does not transfer or retain heat very effectively, but in most quality stainless steel cookware sets, a layer of copper or aluminium is set into the base to ensure effective heat transfer. These types of pots and pans are also good to use for induction cooking – whereas stainless steel without these insets will not be suited to induction cooking.
  1. Good looking: Stainless steel is easy on the eye and because it is easy to clean, it is usually easy to maintain those good looks. Mirrored finishes may on occasion need some wiping or light polishing with a cloth to restore the look, but overall it is a very attractive type of cookware.
  1. Environmentally friendly: Because stainless steel is recyclable, it is the greener option for your kitchen. If a pot or pan is destroyed or discarded, it can be re-purposed or recycled for other uses. This makes stainless steel cookware the obvious choice for those who are serious about sustainability.

The only disadvantage is really the higher cost. Compared to many other types of cookware, stainless steel is probably one of the most expensive options, but when compared to others in terms of durability and longevity, it is a worthwhile investment.

There are some things that you can do to keep your stainless steel cookware and appliances looking good for a long period of time. Generally, stainless steel should be washed after every use to prevent any risk of stains. This is easy to do, and washing it as you would any other dishes will work. Clean the finishes with regular metal cleaner on the outside and remove food that is stuck on. It really doesn’t take much to keep your cookware looking good with stainless steel!

For a really superb choice when it comes to stainless steel cookware, give Snappy Chef a call, and we will help you to select cookware that will last you longer than a lifetime!