Stainless Steel Cookware Ė The Healthy Choice
Stainless steel cookware. Iím sure all of us have atleast once heard that phrase in our lives. But not everybody knows what stainless steel cookware is all about.
Stainless steel, as the name suggest is a kind of steel that is much more resistant to corrosion and rust than other kinds of steel. It is used for things as pragmatic as buildings as well as aesthetic things like sculptures. However did you know that stainless steel is an alloy of iron? It contains a minimum of 11.5% of chromium. However, especially in stainless steel cookware blends of chromium and nickel are commonly used.
Also, were you aware that there are five kinds of stainless steel?
Austenitic stainless steel is the most commonly and widely used kind of stainless steel. The others are ferritic stainless steel, the least expensive of the five kinds, martensitic stainless steel used in cutlery as well as aerospace engineering, precipitation hardening stainless steel and duplex stainless steel.
Stainless steel cookware though more expensive than other metal cookware is more durable and long lasting. This is due to an oxide film that is rich in chromium that forms on the surface of the steel and protects it. This film reforms itself. Hence scratches do not damage the stainless steel cookware. It generally has a life span longer than other metal kitchen equipment. As mentioned earlier stainless steel cookware is more expensive than other but it is also more resistant to corrosion than other metals, doesnít need much upkeep and is very lightweight as compared to other materials.
Stainless steel cookware is also more fire resistant than other cookware and in available in a wide variety of styles and colors. Also, unlike metals like copper and iron it does not react with alkaline and acidic food making the food healthier. Also it facilitates near waterless cooking which helps retain the nutrition of the food and itís natural juices. However, on the flip side stainless steel cookware does not conduct heat too well hence leading to wastage of precious fuel. Hence the common practice of manufacturers of attaching copper bottoms to stainless steel cookware, to conduct more heat.
However, it is not to be believed that stainless steel cookware is entirely unfriendly towards the environment. In fact, stainless steel is 100% recyclable. Hence a vast majority of the pots, pans and kitchen equipment we use, which is made of stainless steel is actually made from recycled stainless steel. Thus stainless steel cookware is not only extremely durable and resistant to corrosion but also very Eco-friendly. However in choosing stainless steel cookware you must always choose the highest quality or it will be prone to corrosion.
Ideal cookware generally needs to be such that it conducts heat but at the same time does not react with the food being cooked. Hence the range of metals used for making kitchen equipment is very narrow. And the king of this exclusive club is stainless steel cookware.