Do you own a set of cookware?
Or do you have an eclectic collection of mismatched pots and pans?
I have both….
My first set of cookware came with my first husband and was a wonderful ‘Country Brown’ non-stick set that I loved. Sadly, it was as short-lived as the marriage.
My second set came after my second (and current) husband and I had a particularly successful trip to Las Vegas. It’s stainless steel and I still use it every day.
In recent years I have added back some smaller non-stick skillets as the way we eat and, therefore, the way I cook, is changing.
If you are new to cooking, or just want an update, here is some useful info:
Why A Cooking Set Is Something You Need
Food is a crucial part of our day to day existence. One could say you can’t live without stuffing different dishes in your mouth, especially foodies out in the field, trying different cafés, restaurants, hotspots in locations near them or going the extra mile to other places in the name of food.
It is good to eat out once in a while but doing that everyday can be a problem. Eating in a different place can be unhealthy, especially since your meals are being made behind kitchen doors, you don’t really have complete information about the ingredients it contains. Plus, it doesn’t really do good money wise, since eating out can be pretty costly. One way of cutting the budget for food, is by cooking at home, and having the best cooking sets of your own.
A cooking set is a selection of cookware like pans, casseroles, and pots that vary in dimension, size, and shape. They also vary in material. It is basically used in kitchens to put together a meal. There are a lot of cooking sets being sold in the market, but it is best to find and purchase kitchen equipment that is high in quality, so that it may last longer than regular cookware. Stainless steel, enameled cast iron, porcelain cast iron, and non-stick, are among the best reviewed metal materials of cookware.
Advantages of Having your Own Cooking Set:
- You Can Cook At Home
You can whip up a main course in the comfort of your own home. Why do you have to hit the road and waste gas, just to enjoy food, when you can do it in your own personal space? With a cooking set, one can rustle up a dish with his/her own preferences; since you can do it on your own you can personalize recipes and substitute different ingredients. You can make it a little spicier or a little sweeter. And since you know what products you are using, you’re more conscious about the food you’re eating, and can avoid triggering some allergies. You can also switch to healthy alternatives.
When you find yourself always having a hard time knowing what to cook, you can always try meal prepping. Basically, it’s planning out all your meals beforehand, store it in the fridge and you can just simply reheat when it’s time to consume. Here’s a nice list of home recipes perfect for foodies: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/family-meal.
- You Will Have Matching Cookware Pieces
This is more on the aesthetic side. You won’t have to be bothered that the cookware won’t match your kitchen’s theme and style, since cooking sets in the market now comes in different colors and designs. So you can still ace that aesthetically pleasing, Instagram worthy picture in your kitchen.
- You Can Save A Great Deal Of Money
Since you will be cooking at your place, you can budget out the money you will be spending on food or groceries. This way you will only buy what you actually consume this avoiding waste and spoiled produce. You can go grocery shopping for one or two weeks, or a month. You can find cheaper substitutes to certain items that are pricey.
- You Can Explore Making A Variety Of Recipes
Since you already have the equipment to make your own meals, you’ll have less of an urge to go out. Of course, because you did spend cash on your cookware, might as well make the most use out of it. Having your own tools ready at hand, gives you more opportunities to cook, and maybe even develop a love for it. Trying out different recipes and cuisines can really bring out your creative side; you might even discover you’re actually a chef at heart and cooking might end up as your hobby. So, bust out all the cookbooks and search some meals you really like and want to try making it yourself.
Things To Consider When Purchasing A Cooking Set:
• Don’t Buy In Bulk
Buying the best cooking set is an easier way of buying equipment since you don’t have to individually handpick pot and pans at the store, especially when you’re just starting off and don’t necessarily know what you actually need. It’s easy to get trapped in the idea of buying a 15-piece set but you might actually end up with pieces that you can’t use and that only end up taking up space in your kitchen.
Opt for smaller but versatile cookware sets. Also keep in mind the number of people you’re going to cook for. If it’s only one or two persons you generally need less cookware than those cooking for a family.
• Know What You Need
After watching a cooking show, you might be ready to go buy new cookware and start your journey as a chef. But be aware of the equipment you already have at home so that you don’t duplicate what you already have. Go to your kitchen; check your pots and pans, see what needs to be added to your cookware collection or what simply needs to be replaced. Also keep in mind your cooking methods or style, what you cook on a daily basis and what particular type of cookware you need to efficiently cook your dishes.
• Extra Features
You might want to look at some special features of certain kitchenware. Like glass lids, where you can easily see what you’re cooking without the need of lifting the lid off to let heat escape. The measurement markings inside pots can be very useful in making dishes that requires liquid. Silicone coated and wood handles can withstand heat which makes the pan or pot easier to move around.
• Easy Storage
Also consider how easily the kitchenware can be stored. While most pans have holes in their handles to use to hang for storage or display, some pans have retractable handles which you can remove when it’s time to stash it in cabinets for easier storage. Be careful in stacking non-stick pans for the non-stick coating can be easily scratched. Most pots come in different sizes which you can also stack. If you want organize your lids, you can get a lid rack or simply use a dish rack.