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Guide to Cookware
Guide to Cookware

It's holiday season, which means that you should take stock of your kitchenware.

With so many cookware choices, materials and prices, including cast iron and stainless, copper, aluminum, and even copper, it's wise that you know what the differences are. You don't need to spend a lot of money for high-performing cookware. In our tests, there were many sets and pieces that worked just as well in the budget range as higher-end models.

You don't have enough storage space. Fear not. We've highlighted 5 essentials you need in a small kitchen that include cookware and appliances.

Confidence in Cookware

Consumer Reports reviews and purchases stainless and nonstick cookware sets and Dutch ovens. We also test a wide range of frying pots, including nonstick stainless, cast-iron, carbon steel, copper, and stainless. You aren't sure what kind of pan you want? Before you shop, read the following information.

Sets vs. Stock

Take stock of the pots, pans and other items you own to identify what needs to go. Open stock allows you to purchase individual pans or pots. Open stock, which is the most commonly used way cookware is sold, is cost-effective if you only need to replace a scratched pan.

When you make the decision to purchase a new cookware collection, ensure that the pieces you select match your cooking style.

What's Cooking?

Take into consideration what you often cook and how it will influence the choice of pans and pots. Cast iron skillets can be used to brown meat more evenly if you are a frequent cook. Nonstick fryingpans are great for scrambled egg, pancakes, delicate food, and fish. The stainless frying pans are perfect for almost any food that needs to be seared or brown. The Best Frying Pans For Every Way You Cook.

While a stockpot is good for making soups and boiling pasta, you might prefer a Dutch-oven to slow cook stews and sauces. The Dutch oven can be used to bake, roast, boil, and bake bread. The versatile Dutch oven can be used to cook virtually any type of food. You can find inspiration at Why Every Home Cook Must Have a Dutch Oven.

Match your cookware and your cooking top

Last but not least, think about how your new cookware looks on your cooktop. Smoothtop ranges require flat-bottomed, non-warping pans. Gas ranges may be more accommodating, but it is still important to maintain good contact between the bottom and the burners. Magnetic cookware is essential for induction stoves. When you shop, bring a magnet. If it sticks to its bottom, it should work with your induction range. Our ratings also include information about which pans work with an induction range or cooktop.

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