Since there are so many different kinds of materials there waiting for you to choose from, then many people may have the question: What is the best material for cookware set? Which is the best type of cookware material? Now, I want to tell you the results of my research on which is the best cookware material after reading tens of articles and two days’ searching online and I hope my cookware material guide can be your helper.
There are mainly four different kinds of materials and each of them has its own strengths and shortages which you can learn more about in my post ” Tips to choose the best cookware set”. Actually, different parts of the cookware perform differently especially for the cookware interior. So the best cookware material doesn’t exist, most cookwares make use of the advantages of all materials and high technology.
Aluminum does conduct heat well and evenly, and it’s also light and affordable. However, raw aluminum is very soft and it is easy to warp and scratch which may cause aluminum element leach into our food and it may cause damage to our health after using for a long time. Once there was an argument about the link between aluminum element and Alzheimer’s disease. Though we still have no scientific evidence that the aluminum element plays a part in Alzheimer’s disease, we are concerned with the aluminum content of our food.
Luckily, thanks to the technology, we can work out these problems with anodized aluminum though it does take us longer time to heat up and cost more than raw aluminum. It overcomes these shortages and lasts longer. Overall, I highly recommend the anodized aluminum cookware. Kirkland Signature 15- pieces cookware set is a great example.
Copper is also good conductor and food can also be heated quickly and evenly in copper cookware. But first copper cookware is very expensive and it can also react with acidic and alkaline foods, which will give you a metallic taste. And copper cookware also needs your great effort to its maintenance and cleanness.
If you do like the advantage of copper cookware, then copper cookware with a stainless steel or tin lining will get you the advantage of copper and overcome the shortbacks. T-Fal Ultimate Stainless-Steel Copper-Bottom 12-Piece Cookware Set will satisfy you.
Stainless steel is a popular cookware material. It is not only because of its beauty and cheapness but also for its dishwasher-safe and durability. By the way, stainless steel is also nonreactive, and you can cook any food you like. With so many advantages, the stainless steel cookware dose perform poorly in heat conductivity and distribution.
An added inner core made of copper or aluminum can solve those problems though it may be a little more expensive. It does worth your money because the stainless steel cookware can accompany you for a lifetime. All the famous brands like Cuisinart and All-clad can offer you quality stainless steel cookware sets, such as Cuisinart MCP-12N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set, All-Clad 501853 Gourmet Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set and so on.
Personally speaking, I think the cast-iron is the best cookware material. Why? First, the cast-iron cookware is durable and it’s not surprising to find a cast-iron cookware set dated back to your grandmother in your home. Second, it is not expensive and affordable. Third, it is non-stick if seasoned well. Fourth, it can distributes heat evenly and retains heat well. Fifth, it can impart iron element to food, which is good for our health especially for women for the iron element will make you have rosy cheeks.
But the cast-iron is heavier and can reactive with acidic food. And it is also difficult for its maintenance. Enameled cast iron cookware set has the benefits of both worlds. Thus, you will find it a bargain after a long running use.
I high recommend Le Chef 9-Piece Enamel Cast Iron Red Cookware Set (You may think it’s expensive, but it is really worth your money for its perfect performance) and Lodge 5-Piece Cast Iron Cookware Set.