Have you been feeling uninspired, unmotivated and bored in your kitchen lately? Chances are, the meals you’re cooking have cycled into your schedule one too many times, and you feel limited with what you can make.
We’ve all been there. Meals at home can seem so mundane — but they don’t have to be.
Just like your closet, you can spruce up your kitchen simply by upgrading your cookware. It makes sense — after years of use, pots and pans can get worn out, rusted and lose their ability to cook things evenly.
Not to mention, you should replace most cookware every five years. It’s time to get rid of the pots and pans that have been alive longer than your pets and upgrade to something more versatile and long-lasting.
Stainless steel is the way to go: The cookware is encapsulated, which means there are multiple layers to each pot and pan. These layers are specifically made to make cleaning easier and even cooking (which results in tasty meals).
Often, stainless steel cookware has an aluminum core, which improves performance by decreasing hot spots that occur (especially when cooking pasta) and evening out heat distribution. On top of that, it’s easy to clean and sturdy enough for years to come.
And, since stainless steel is made with anti-corrosive elements, the cookware is more likely to last longer and stay in great shape. The outermost layer is the toughest and scratch-resistant, too, which helps with durability.
According to national kitchen retailer Kitchen Kapers, “Stainless steel ‘clad’ pots and pans are considered by many to be the most versatile and practical cookware available,” adding that it’s “an attractive, do-anything-well pan.”
Because these pots and pans are so all-encompassing for anyone’s kitchen needs, they’re usually paired with a hefty price tag.
But, Cuisinart is having a major sale on its stainless steel cookware right now, and you can get luxury sets for cheap — up to 73 percent off at Amazon.
For a less expensive alternative to stainless steel cookware, anodized cookware sets are the way to go. Anodized cookware goes through a coating process which prevents oxidation, and prevents “metal from reacting with acidic foods,” according to Spruce Eats.
Anodized cookware conducts heat thoroughly and evenly, and is a less-costly alternative for those on a budget.
It also can help those incapable of lifting heavier stainless steel pots and pans. Anodized sets are lightweight, making them easy for elderly or young chefs to use and transport.
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