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Picking up good sets of cookware

Picking Up Good Sets of Cookware

Cookware is commonly used in the kitchen. It comprises of cooking vessels such as, frying pans and saucepans. It is intended for use on a range top or stove. Cookwares come in many variations. With the proper understanding of its features, you can choose which best fits your kitchen.
Cookware is commonly used in the kitchen, and it comprises of cooking vessels such as, frying pans and saucepans. It is intended for use on a range top or stove in preparing the food or for cooking purposes. Many variations have been developed as people tend to discover various other vessels for cooking.
During the civilizations of Stone Age, it was believed that the first techniques of using cooking vessels have been used. Among this, there were the improvements to basic roasting, and the use of clay or large leaves in order to preserve the moisture of the cooked food.
In Asia, bamboo tubes can be a used as a container, while in other places, the shells of turtles or large mollusks are being used as a waterproof cooking vessel. As early as 7000 BC, the inhabitants of the Tehaucan Valley began carving large stone bowls. Pottery developments allowed the creation of different shapes and sizes for fireproof cooking vessels. Subsequent to this, the porous container was then converted in order to produce ceramic glazes. Aside from this, bronze and iron metalworking skills were allowed in making cookware.
By the 17th century, the Westerner’s kitchens began to use kettles, baking pans, skillets and pots. These were commonly produced by a local blacksmith in American colonies. The material was derived from iron, while brass or copper were common in Europe and Asia.
Cookwares are made from different materials, such as:
? Aluminum — a very good thermal conductivity that does not rust. It is lightweight, and resistant to many forms of corrosion. However, it can react with some acidic foods and changes its taste.
Hence, non-anodized (has no layer of aluminum oxide) aluminum may cause oxidation to some of the foods like sauces that contains egg yolks, or vegetables such as asparagus or artichokes. Aluminum is commonly used for pie plates, cake or muffin pans, baking sheets and even pasta pots, steamers, skillets and stockpots.
? Copper — is good for thermal conductivity, it provides most of the heating aspect. Copper tends to be heavy and requires occasional re-tinting. It is also expensive. So far, they are considered as the best for fast cooking and sautéing due to such high heat.
? Cast Iron — a reactive material that can withstand very high temperatures. Cast iron is a porous material that easily rusts and requires seasoning before usage.
? Stainless Steel — is a relatively poor heat conductor. It is commonly used for kitchen equipment that contains a minimum of 11.5% chromium. Stainless steel is an iron alloy that also blends containing 18% chromium with either 8% nickel, called 18/8, or with 10% nickel, called 18/10. It reacts with either alkaline or acidic foods. Thus, they do not easily dent.
? Carbon Steel — maintains high strength and heat resistance when rolled into very thin sheets of material. Carbon Steel may be an advantage for woks and paella pans, but it does not conduct any heat. A process of rubbing fat on the surface can be done as its recommended usage in cooking.
There are also composite and coated cookwares such as:
? Enamel casted iron — made of cast iron which covers the surface with porcelain. It is has the properties that combines cast iron with a non-reactive and low stick surface. Thus, this creates a piece that has retention and heat distribution.
? Enamel over steel — this technique creates a piece that has a non-reactive, heat distribution of carbon steel and a low stick surface. Enamel over steel is ideal for large pans that are used mostly in water based cooking. Thus, it is a popular piece of cookware for camping instances because of its lightweight feature.
? Clad aluminum or copper — a technique with a layer of heat conducting material that can fabricate pans, such as aluminum and copper. Both its inner and the outer portion of a pot made of aluminum are typically clad. This way, it provides stainless surfaces for cooking and a contact cook top. Plus, the interior surface of copper is typically clad which leaves more attractive copper for exposure to the outer side of the pan.
? Teflon coated frying pan (Non-stick) — Teflon (polytetrafluoroethylene) minimizes the possibility of food sticking to the pan’s surface. Using Teflon is much easier because it is effortless to clean it as compared to other pots. Aside from this, there are no frequent results of having foods burned in its usage. It is important that while cooking, never use metal implements on the pan. This requires cautious care and attention.
Non-metallic cookware can be used in microwave ovens but cannot be used on the stovetop. Such examples are as follows:
? Ceramics — provides a nonstick cooking surface such as glazed ceramics like porcelain. Terra Cotta (unglazed ceramics) has a porous surface. During the cooking process, its surface can hold water and other liquids. Hence, some glazes used on ceramic have a highly contained level of lead that can be a risk to our health.
? Glass — Borosilicate glass is oven safe and allows the food to be seen with its clear glass.
? Glass-ceramic — this ceramic is used in making different products that has the best properties of both glass and ceramic cookware. It is immune to thermal shock because of it’s near-zero co-efficiency to thermal expansion.
? Silicone — able to withstand maintained temperatures of 675°F (360°C). It is light and flexible. The advantage of removing baked goods from the pan is its own flexibility.
Cooking vessels such as pots and pans have different variations and types. Such are:
? Braising pans and roasting pans — also known as roasters and braisers. It provides space for cooking chicken, pork or beef. It is also a shallow, large and wide pan, usually made of heavy gauge metal for safety usage on cook tops. Thus, it typically has a cover and two loops or handles.
? Casserole pans — can be used on the stovetop and in the oven. It is commonly made from glazed ceramic. A casserole is similar to having a roaster and a Dutch oven that can be used interchangeably.
? Dutch ovens — used for stews, soups, braised meats and a variety of large dishes, for slow low heat cooking. It is made from cast iron. Generally it is made into a deep pot with a heavy lid, for the purpose of re-creating oven conditions on the stovetop.
? Frying Pans or Skillets — sometimes called omellette pans. Frypans provide shallow sides, a large flat heating surface, and it measures 20-30 cm in diameter. Thus, it is best for frying food.
? Griddles — used for grilling, making pan breads such as pancakes and crepes, and frying. It is a flat circular plate metal with a semicircular hoop that is attached to the sides. It has a measurement of about 20 up to 30 cm in diameter. There are also rectangular and square griddles like grill pans, which enables its content to define a pattern similar to a waffle maker.
? Saucepans — used for boiling or simmering. It has one long handle unlike sauce-pots that possesses two handles, for easy lifting with both hands. Usually 1-8 liters, saucepans are measured by volume.
? Sauté pans — like a fry pan, it is used for sautéing. Sauté pans have vertical sides and a large area surface in order to prevent food during cooking from escaping.
? Stockpots — allows stock to simmer for a period of time. It is a large pot that comes in different sizes in order to meet the needs of a family who wants to prepare the food for a banquet.
? Woks — typically used for stir-frying, but can be used also for steaming and deep frying. It has a rough bowl shape that is wide and has one or two handles near the rim.
Here are the lists of most common cookware sets being introduced in the market today.
1. Berndes 674103 — Tradition 10-Piece Set (MPN 674103)
The Berndes 674103 has a 2 layer interior nonstick and 3 layer exterior surfaces that protects the food from burning and sticking. It is a 10 piece set with vacuum-pressure cast aluminum. Its price ranges from $369.99 to $399.99.
2. Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless 13 Piece Set (MPN: LS13)
The Calphalon Tri-Ply set is a stainless steel cookware with a combination performance with aluminum. Its aluminum core responds to quick temperature changes so as to continually spread the heat evenly. Its cool V design provides balance, allowing the heat to vent away from its long handles. This keeps it cool to touch. It is 100% dishwasher safe and designed ergonomically to provide an easy grip. Its price ranges from $356.29 to $399.95.
3. Edge Cookware 17-Piece Set with Silicone Handles (UPC: 00803659001097)
Edge Cookware is made from stainless steel and consists of: 3 interchangeable lids, 8- and 10-inch skillets, 5 utensils, 2, 4, 6-1/2-quart saucepans and measuring spoons, along with a Tri-ply 18/10 stainless steel with aluminum core. Its estimated price is $121.91.
4. Heuck 33002 Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron (MPN: 33002)
The Heuck 33002 is about 6, 8 and 10 inches for its varieties of 3 piece skillet. Aside from being safe and easy to use, it is capable of superior heat retention which will last for generations. Its price ranges from $17.99 to $19.99.
5. KitchenAid 15150 Gourmet Essentials Hard-Base Porcelain Aluminum (MPN: 15150)
The KitchenAid 15150 Gourmet Essentials is a 10-pc non-stick red cookware that includes: 8 Open French Skillet, 11 4.25 Qt. Covered Sauté, 1 Qt. Covered Saucepan, 8 Qt. covered Stockpan, 2 Qt. Covered Saucepan and a 10 Open French Skillet. Its price ranges from $139.00 to $149.99. Plus a $5.00 available bonus.
6. Rachael Ray Hard Anodized (UPC: 00051153806551)
Rachael Ray product is a 10-pc. Non-stick cookware with orange handles. The set contains: 10-inch French skillets, Hard-anodized aluminum construction, 1-1/2- and 3-quart covered saucepans; Soft-grip bright orange silicone (handles are oven-safe to 400 degrees F), 3-quart/10-inch cover, and a 6-quart covered stockpot. One can avail this for prices that would range from $157.88 to $179.99.
7. The Cuisinart Stowaway Cookware Set
The Cuisinart Stowaway Cookware set is a solid type of cookware that is advisable for apartment dwellers, campers or boaters and college students. It has a storage bag that makes it easily to transport this 8-piece stainless set.
The set includes: Canvas storage bag, 1 multi-cover for sauce pan and 8″ sauté pan, 2 Qt. sauce pan, 2 removable universal handles, 10″ sauté pan, 1 cover for stock pot and 10″ sauté pan, 6 Qt. stock pot, and a 8″ sauté pan. It price is estimated at $99.95.
Thus, household moms can bring their homes great cookware that can last a family. Collecting valuable cookware has become a family tradition, usually handed from one generation to another. This will go with the special recipes handed down as well.
Nowadays, interesting designs have set forth in the market. There are affordable prices that can guarantee durability. There are those that are pricey but are definitely worth it. Buying these can save you more because you will not be buying replacements for a very long time. Before buying cookware, you need to assess the type of cookware you need for everyday usage. It is also best to keep cookware you can use fro special occasions, especially if it involves catering to a number of people. Thus, knowing the right material used in cookware sets sold these days will help you with regards to your budget and with the comfort of knowing your cookware is something you can even hand down to your children..

Frequently asked questions about waterless stainless steel cookware

Frequently Asked Questions About Waterless Stainless Steel Cookware

If you have been considering the purchase of stainless steel cookware, you may have encountered ads featuring waterless cookware.  For many, the world of “waterless cooking” is an unknown entity.  As a user and vendor of waterless stainless steel cookware, this article addresses several of the most frequently asked questions regarding waterless cookware.

 What is Waterless Cooking?

Waterless cooking has gotten a lot of publicity in recent months.  Is it just hype?  Actually, no!  Waterless cooking really has been around for quite some time.  Waterless cooking, unlike conventional cooking, uses minimal or no water.  It relies instead on the natural moisture in the food.  As a result, very few nutrients are lost in the cooking process.  Lower cooking temperatures and steam-controlled cookware retains the natural juices of the food, enhancing their taste.  When cooking vegetables, for example, simply rinsing the vegetables in water and shaking off the excess water provides enough moisture to cook the vegetables to the desired state of doneness.  Obviously, dried foods, like beans, rice, pasta, etc, require more liquid to cook properly.

 What is multi-ply?

Ply refers to the number of layers in the bottom of the encapsulated pan.  Some refer to it as element.  These layers are important because the number of ply or elements allows for even heat flow and durability.  The aluminum conducts the heat well in the inner layers.  However, it is not desirable on the outside because it corrodes and comes off on the food.  The multi-layers include stainless steel on the entire outside (top and bottom) of the encapsulated bottom.  The inner layers consist of aluminum, as well as other metals, that are considered to be better conductors of heat.  These multi-layers spread the heat evenly, insuring that there are no «hot spots.»  The thickness of the cookware also reduces chances of the piece warping.  Stainless steel protects the food and the cookware itself.  

 Recently there has been an increase in the number of layers or ply added to the cookware.  For cookware to be classified as waterless, it must be at least 5-ply or have five layers.  Our company features cookware that has 7-ply, 9-ply and even 12-ply construction.  While extra ply will very minimally increase the weight of the pan, it does not mean that your food will cook any better or taste any different because of the extra layers.  When considering the purchase of cookware, use factors other than multi-ply (such as number and type of pieces in the cookware set) to determine which set is the best choice for you.

 What Is Waterless Cookware?

While all waterless stainless steel cookware is made out of quality stainless steel, not all stainless steel cookware is quality or waterless.  To be classified as waterless, the cookware must meet 4 requirements.

  • A high-grade stainless steel must be used.  Waterless cookware must be a minimum of 5-ply.  You will often see advertisements for products with 7-ply or 9-ply or possibly more.  To some degree, the layering is important.  Stainless steel is a great material for waterless cooking, but stainless steel is not known for fast heat transfer.  Thus, the addition of a layer of aluminum in the center of the stainless steel provides for the fast and even distribution of heat.
  • A Flat-bottomed pan is needed for efficient heat transfer.  The bottom of a waterless cooking pan needs to be flat to provide for even heat distribution.
  • A thicker bottom plate is necessary to evenly distribute the heat.  The special design of the encapsulated bottom of each stainless steel pot provides strength and rigidity that prevents warping.  It also eliminates hot spots that may burn food.  Heat is distributed evenly in all directions.
  • A special lid is used to keep the steam from escaping.  Waterless cooking will not work if a proper seal cannot be formed.  When a seal is created, it locks in the natural moisture that escapes from the food during the cooking process.  Thus, foods are cooked in their own natural juices, retaining vital vitamins and minerals.  This is really the key to waterless cooking—a vapor seal must be created. 

 While I cannot speak for other brands, I can tell you that our Maxam Stainless Steel Cookware meets the criteria above.  Maxam Cookware has over 50 years of experience and research going into the production of its products.  Further, this quality cookware can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of comparable quality cookware offered at the State Fair.

 Why is your stainless steel product cheaper than some of the other waterless cookware brands?

There is virtually little difference between all of the quality cookware brands.  One of the unique features of our brand is the steam-control valve on most of our sets.  This valve on most of our lids helps you determine exactly when to turn the temperature down.  Some of the other brands do not have this steam release valve.  Generally, if a waterless cookware set is constructed of a high-grade stainless steel, such as 304 surgical stainless steel (used in all waterless cookware), the manufacturing company has a good reputation (Maxam has been around since the 1950s), there is a Factory Lifetime Warranty that includes a customer service address with every set, then you can be quite certain that you are receiving a quality, high grade set of cookware.  We are not experts on other brands so it would be unfair of us to compare their product to ours.  Some of these other cookware brands cost between $1000 and $2000 more.  That difference in price between our product and theirs is not because of quality differences.  More likely it is because of difference in marketing.  With our product, you are dealing with the wholesale market rather than the retail market.  Many of the higher priced brands are shown at home shows, county and state fairs, etc. and require a much greater marketing budget than our form of sales.

We hope you found this information helpful.  If you decide that you would like to investigate stainless steel cookware further, visit our site – The Gourmet’s Cookware.  Not only do we provide additional information about waterless cooking, we have also included some great waterless cooking recipes.

Walle cupcakes quick and easy party treats

Wall-E Cupcakes: Quick And Easy Party Treats

Cupcakes make a great party food and if your child is a fan of Wall-E, cupcakes can be the perfect way to make that birthday party special. A Wall-E birthday party is a nice simple one to do, with plenty of construction colors. There are even sets of Wall-E food coloring so you can get the yellows and reds right.
There are a few ways to do Wall-E cupcakes.
Wall-E icing decorations. These are so simple, and yet very appealing to children. You simply buy the icing decorations in the shape of Wall-E and Eve. Then bake up a simple cupcake recipe (you can use a cake mix for really quick and easy cupcakes) and ice them in chocolate icing. Top with the decorations and you’re good to go.
Wall-E cake toppers. You can get picks that are decorated with Wall-E and other characters from the movie. These literally stick right into the cupcakes and you have instantly decorated treats with a take home toy. Try icing the cupcakes in white or yellow.
Wall-E designs. Try printable icing sheets. You can ask for them with a range of smaller, round designs which can be trimmed and placed on the cupcakes. Or, if you are able to copy, you can ice the cupcake in white, then use chocolate icing to pipe the designs on, using a screenshot as a reference.
Mural Wall-E. Place all the cupcakes together on a board and then ice them to form a larger, pixilated image of Wall-E that can easily be broken apart to hand out the individual cakes. Kids will love this version of a birthday cake!
These cupcakes can be displayed on a plate, or you can invest in a cupcake tier, which lets you place the cakes on several levels. Chances are they will be gone pretty fast, so make sure you have enough for everyone to have at least a couple. Your kids can always eat any leftovers, or send children home with them.
What kid wouldn’t love a Wall-E birthday party? With cupcakes, you eliminate the need for a big cake and it is easier to divvy up the treats. For small children, cupcakes are particularly good because they can handle them without too much crumbling and the portions are always «fair».
Wall-E cupcakes can be a great addition to any birthday party that revolves around this cute robot and his friends. Plus, they are super easy to make and to decorate.

John boos butcher blocks

John Boos Butcher Blocks

The John Boos Company has been manufacturing hard maple butcher block products since 1887. The Boos products including butcher blocks, cutting boards and kitchen furniture are made to professional standards and are found in most restaurants, butcher shops and even the kitchen of the White House.
Boos, a blacksmith was asked by a butcher to make him a wooden block when he saw how the block had absorbed the shock of Boo’s hammer. That was the first of millions to be produced by the Boos Company. With nothing but the best, John Boos cutting boards offer an array in style from the simple butcher block maple wood cutting board right on up to kitchen furniture.
By the 1940s, butcher blocks were found in every restaurant, food store and butcher shop in America. Then came World War II, which was instrumental in changing the manufacturing philosophy of the management at John Boos and also the course of the business. The John Boos plant operated from a blacksmith shop until 1892 and then it moved across town, and began producing the Boos blocks, cutting boards and kitchen furniture as we know them now. Along the way they also become known as the Mercedes of wood cutting boards and butcher blocks.
End grain butcher blocks are built from short solid wood elements glued in such a way that only the end grain shows on both the top and bottom sides. As these elements are usually rectangular in shape, the whole board gets a mosaic or chess board pattern. End-grain butcher blocks are more durable, feature a harder surface than regular chopping blocks, and are easier on knife blades. The end-grain construction absorbs the knife between the fibers of the wood.
Made from only the highest quality American maple, the Boos Broadway Butchers Block offers charming country kitchen design alongside premium space and performance. Built to withstand the rigorous demands of a commercial kitchen, the thick end grain block, with ‘Varnique’ finish, provides a work surface that is extremely durable yet easy on knives and resistant to nicks and gouges. The maple butcher-block bench top is kiln dried, electronically glued, then cured, sanded smooth and finished with a penetrating mineral oil for protection.
John Boos expands the highly popular Cucina Rustica line of butcher block island work tables with two offerings featuring added shelf space. This distinctive line of butcher blocks and kitchen work tables is constructed using only the finest in hard rock maple and features a wide variety of sizes and configurations designed to meet the demanding needs of today’s chefs. Naturally beautiful and durable, the work surface is constructed in classic butcher-block style, with bonded squares of select end-grain Northern hard maple sawn horizontally, sanded smooth, and finished by hand. The butcher block’s resiliency and shock absorption protects knife edges while standing up to even the heaviest cleaver. The end grain gives a true butcher block nostalgia.
A past recipient of the Gold Medal for Excellence in Foodservice Equipment, The John Boos Company is a leading manufacturer of residential and commercial chopping blocks, cutting boards, butcher block counters and furniture, and stainless steel tables and countertops.

What are some easy italian recipes

What are Some Easy Italian Recipes?

A lot of the cuisine of Italy can be intimidating, with multiple techniques used to produce a dish, expensive ingredients and complex construction. Many new cooks take a look at some of the more classic «gourmet» Italian recipes and decide such cooking is better left to Olive Garden or Macaroni Grill. This is a mistake, as there are plenty of easy Italian recipes around.

In every ethnic cuisine, the basic cooking is simple. Remember that for most of human history cooking tools were very simple and the availability of complex cooking tools was unknown. There was only heat, a simple pan or two and some basic ingredients.

Take, for example, Shrimp Scampi, one of the most popular Italian restaurant dishes. Done right, it is a marvel of balance, with the richness of butter and the taste of garlic, green onions and white wine. Actually, it’s a very, very simple dish! You just saut? the garlic and onions in olive oil; add the wine, then the butter, then and the shrimp. It’s not hard at all, and the results are fantastic.

Lasagna, believe it or not, is another amazingly simple dish. The layers can look intimidating in the finished product, but it’s basically just a matter of making simple meat and cheese mixtures, then ladling them into a dish in layers separated by noodles. The great thing about lasagna is that it’s fairly foolproof. Get your layers out of order? Forget to put the cheese in one layer? It really won’t matter all that much once everything’s baked together.

And, for dessert, don’t forget the cannoli (hey, it was good enough for «The Godfather,» right?) You can buy cannoli shells at most bakeries, which removes what for most people is the tough part. The filling is simply a mixture of cheeses and flavorings, which is then piped into the shells and decorated. You won’t believe how simple it can be!

There are hundreds of easy Italian recipes out there. All you have to do is get cooking.

Learn about natural gas grills

Learn About Natural Gas Grills

Summertime would not be complete without at least one outdoor barbeque. Once upon a time, there was a very limited array of foods that you could cook on your grill Today, modern conveniences allow you to cook pretty much any type of food on your grill.
The easiest grill to use is by far the natural gas grill. Natural gas grills are designed to hook directly into your home’s natural gas line, eliminating the need to provide the fuel source. This cuts out all trips to the grocery store for more charcoal or propane.
Another advantage when using a natural gas grills is the ability to control the temperature in which you are cooking. Natural gas grills have burner controls which allow you to produce different temperatures for the different cooking areas on your grill. This allows you to cook your meat on one side while keeping your side dished warm on the other.
Natural gas grills have the ability to come with many different types of cooking surfaces. These different cooking surfaces include a BBQ surface, a flat grill, and a ribbed grill. Some grills even offer these types of surfaces as none stick, which allow you to cook a whole array of foods that you would not be able to cook on a grill otherwise. Some gas grills even contain a Wok type surface for cooking pasta and rise dishes, or a full rotisserie set that allows you to cook rotisserie chicken.
Natural gas grills are by far the easiest type of grill to clean. With other grills such as charcoal and smoker grills, you have to remove the wood and charcoal briquettes each time. Natural grills only have to be wiped down. Some natural gas grills even have a none stick feature.
Natural gas grills are not portable as you will need to be able to hook them up to your natural gas line, so weight should not be that big of an issue when you go to purchase your first grill. Instead, you should look at the surface area available. Will you be able to cook for just yourself and one other? How about a family of 5?
Natural Gas Grill Brands
Broilmaster- One of the most popular brands of natural gas grills is the Broilmasters. This company has been around for a long time and prides itself on creating great grills, even in its companies early years. If you are looking for a reliable name, Broilmaster would be the way to go. One of the most popular Broilmaster grills is the Super Premium Series, which puts out 40,000 BTU’s of cooking power, and has a cooking surface area of over 695 square inches.
Brinkman- These simple natural gas grills put out a lot of power, and can be purchased for much less then it’s competition. The Brinkmans, like the Broilmasters, are built of solid construction and meant to last a long time. Typical power output is around 45,000 BTU’s. Smaller units can range from 12,000 to 15,00 BTU’s.
Lynx- Lynx natural gas grills were specially designed for cooking higher end meats such as steaks and ribs. This grill have a patent design that is suppose to lock in flavor and juices. The Lynx run on the higher end of the price range, anywhere from $500 to $3000. The typical cooking power is about 50,000 BTU and has a cooking surface area of 840 square inches.

Stainless steel cookwarewhat exactly is ply

Stainless Steel Cookware—What exactly is Ply?

As a vendor of waterless stainless steel cookware, a question that we encounter frequently is «What is Ply?» and it is almost always followed by «How is that different from element?» Ply or element (the two terms are used interchangeably) refers to the number of layers in the bottom of the encapsulated pan. Many believe the more ply the better! These layers are important because they allow even heat flow and durability. The aluminum conducts the heat well in the inner layers. However, it is not desirable on the outside because it corrodes and comes off on the food. The multi-layers spread the heat evenly, insuring that there are no «hot spots.» The thickness of the cookware also reduces chances of the piece warping. Stainless steel protects the food and the cookware itself.

Recently there has been an increase in the number of layers or ply added to the cookware. For cookware to be classified as waterless, it must be at least 5-ply or have five layers. Many companies now feature cookware that has 7-ply, 9-ply and even 12-ply construction. While extra ply will slightly increase the weight of the pan, it does not mean that your food will cook any better or taste any different because of the extra layers. The weight difference in the 7-ply versus the 9-ply, for example, is so slight that if you were blindfolded and picked up the two different ply pans, you would not be able to make a distinction between them. When considering the purchase of cookware, use other factors, such as the number and type of pieces included in the cookware set, rather than multi-ply feature to determine which set is the best choice for you.

The construction of Maxam’s 7-ply KT17ULTRA set was initially made for induction-top stoves. If you have an induction-top stove, you must use this type of cookware. This set, however, may be used on any stove-top, including gas.

The KT17ULTRA 7-ply Layer Construction

Layer-1 304 Surgical Stainless Steel

Layer-2 Carbon Steel

Layer-3 304 Surgical Stainless Steel

Layer-4 Aluminum Alloy

Layer-5 Pure Aluminum

Layer-6 Aluminum Alloy

Layer-7 AISI 430 Stainless Steel

Maxam also offers a KT17 set that is similar to the KT17ULTRA set. Both sets offer the same pieces as part of the set and have many of the same features, such as ability to stack cook, steam-control knobs, phenolic handles, and encapsulated bottoms. The extra ply simply adds more bonding agents in the layering process. Because the KT17 does not use carbon steel in its layering, the cost of this cookware set is typically about $100 less than the KT17ULTRA induction set.

Encapsulated (Warp Resistant Bottoms)

The special design of the bottom of each our pots provides extra strength and rigidity that will always prevent warping. The pans stay flat and hug the burner for maximum heating efficiency during the entire cooking process. A flat bottom is important because it allows as much of the surface as possible to be in contact with the heating surface. The thickness of the (encapsulated) bottom inside the stainless steel shell is also necessary for even heat distribution. Not only will hot spots be eliminated that can often result in burnt foods, but the flat cooking surface also sends out heat evenly in all directions.

It is important to note that all pans (not lids) are oven safe up to 350°. However, they should not be used under a broiler. There are many reputable vendors on the Internet that offer quality waterless stainless steel cookware at affordable prices. Before making that purchase, shop around. Most importantly, learn all you can about waterless cookware and waterless cooking. Once you’ve made an informed decision, I can assure you that you will absolutely love preparing meals for you and your family. To learn more about waterless cooking, you can visit our site-www.thegourmetscookware.com