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Pot & Pan Basics

Just as any great carpenter requires the right tools to get the job done, so does a chef require the right tools - in this case pots and pans. We donít realize it, but pots and pans have a lot to do with the type of foods we cook and the quality and ease of preparing these meals. If you are hoping to maximize your meals and cooking experience, here are some tricks on the right pots and pans to use.

Pot & Pan Basics

Every Family Can Benefit from a High Quality Pot and Pan Set
Todayís pots and pans can easily last several years even with constant use, so it is always worth the extra moola to buy a high quality pot and pan set that wonít give you issues for many years, instead of a set that can save a couple of hundred dollars momentarily but will lose their value in half the time. While you donít need a signature pot and pan set, look around and comparison shop. You will be pleasantly at how affordable a high quality pot and pan set can be.

Necessary Pots and Pans
You needn't be a master chef to use a wide selection of pots and pans in your home. Whether you are an occasional chef or create meals each day, a wide variety of pots and pans is a great idea. A good set should have a minimum of two types of sauce pans, usually 1 quart or 1.5/2 quart with tops, two varieties of skillets and baking casserole dishes. While each pot and pan set can vary, select the one that most closely fits your cooking style.

Non-Stick is a Life Saver
Yes, one of the best inventions in cooking has been the non stick pan and while there are a couple varieties of non stick surface types, they all are generally wonderful at saving you time and energy cleaning off the mess. One of the ways to maximize your cooking surface, especially if it is a non stick pot or pan is to use plastic or soft edged wooden utensils. Never scratch the non stick surface and never use any kind of metal to scrape at the pot or pan. This will significantly decrease the life and effectiveness of the non stick pot or pan.

Add Some Style to Your kitchen
One of the best reasons to buy a new set of pots and pans is if you are redesigning your kitchen. There are so many styles for pots and pans and with so many types of colors, finishes, materials and designs available, you can easily accent your kitchen with a beautiful set of pots and pans.

While often neglected, pots and pans are one of the most crucial accessories in your house. Whether you cook a little or a lot, the better the tools of the trade, the higher quality and more simple your meals will be to cook.

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