A Stainless Steel Buyers Guide

We all know and have been hearing since long about how popular stainless steel has become in professional as well as home kitchens. There are various types of stainless steel pots and pans available. Each one is for different uses. It is important to buy the ones that best match the purpose we are buying it for.

The importance of alloy mix stainless steel

There are three varieties of Stainless steel that are usually mentioned. They are 18/0, 18/8 and 18/10. These numbers represent the chromium/nickel proportion in the alloy. In all the three types, 18 parts are chromium. In 18/0, there is no nickel at all. In 18/8, there is 8% nickel and in 18/10, there is 10% nickel. Chromium helps prevent rusting of stainless steel and nickel adds to the shine and durability of it. Thus 18/10 is the best quality Stainless steel that one should buy.

Stainless Steel Cookware contains Copper or Aluminum base

Stainless steel cookware with copper base

Stainless steel cookware with copper base

This does sound strange. But, we rarely know that stainless steel is not a very good conductor of heat. Thus, it may happen that one part of the cookware will get heated more than the other part. It is thus necessary that another core metal is added into it. For this purpose, either aluminum or copper is used. Copper is a very good conductor of heat. A single layer of copper may work as good as 3 layers of aluminum. It is important to know that a cookware with an aluminum base may be heavier than that having a copper base, but both are equally good.

Cookware Handles

The best handle that would suit a stainless steel utensil is a course stainless steel handle. The reason that this may prove to be better than other plastic or similar material handle is that the cookware can then be placed in the oven as well. Though the stainless steel handle may also get heated, it will not be damaged. Stainless steel handle will last longer and will keep one free from maintenance factors.

It is important to check all the above factors while buying a stainless steel cookware when durability and quality is the most important thing that you may consider.