Month: May 2021

Baking Sheets: The Home Cook’s Buyer Guide

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Whether you’re a seasoned baker or you’re learning how to bake your first batch of homemade cookies, one thing’s for sure: a good set of baking sheets are a must-have for your kitchen.

But with so many options out there, it can be hard to pick, especially if you don’t know what to look for. As someone who’s been using baking sheets for a long time, I wrote this crash course to help you pick the best ones on any budget.

So keep on reading if that sounds like what you came here to find out.

How to Buy a Good Dutch Oven

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So you’d like to buy a Dutch oven?

Whether this is your first one or you’re a seasoned owner of cast iron cookware (you know what I mean), this buyer’s guide is intended to help you make a better, more-informed choice.

Most Dutch ovens are made of cast iron or enameled cast iron, though there are a few exceptions to the rule. Here’s everything you need to know about them, as well as my top picks for every taste, budget, and lifestyle.

All the Basic Cookware You Need

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Though pans and pots tend to come in all shapes and forms (and can be made from various materials), you want the ones you buy to be capable of withstanding the direct heat from a gas flame or electric burner without warping.

At the store, pick out vessels with thick walls and a heavy bottom. This guarantees quick and even heating and is also a sign for a higher-quality build and sturdier construction than their lighter counterparts.

Can Stainless Steel Frying Pans Warp?

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Have you ever brought your trusty frying pan from the back of your kitchen cabinet only to find it warped? I’ve had this happen to me, too, and I know just how frustrating it can be.

Not only do you lose a piece of cookware that you know so well, you can use it with your eyes closed, but you also have to select and buy a replacement frying pan (and the good ones don’t come cheap).

Warping is most typical for non-stick pans, which, to cut costs and boost their profit margins, manufacturers tend to produce from lower-grade metals. But stainless steel frying pans are in no way immune to it.

In this article, I will tell you about the most common reasons why stainless steel pans warp. I’ll also share helpful tips on what you can do to prevent that from happening.