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Tips For Buying Non Stick Cookware

Non-stick pan and pots are very versatile cookwares. However, picking a durable and safe cookware is somewhat of an art. Here are some tips that would help you pick your next cookware.

Always look for products that pair strong materials with a smart manufacturing process to create durable pots and pans (including non stick cookware) that will stand up to the test of time. The followings are what we consider the top five qualities to look for in non stick cookware.

1. Safety

Safety is number one concern when it comes to food preparation. Don’t compromise the safety of your food or your health when looking at cookware, and this is even more so when shopping for non stick pans. Coating materials that peels off easily may constitute potential health hazards. Nevertheless, nonstick cookware is generally safe as long as the pieces made with Teflon are not overheated to temperatures above 500 °F (260 °C).

Be sure the non stick pans you choose are made without PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid), which has been shown to be carcinogenic. You can always verify the manufacturing process with a company to find out how their non stick products are crafted

2. Construction

The materials and processes used to make non stick cookware directly affect the quality of the final product. Look for non stick cookware made from at least 5-ply metal cladding. This cookware features pots and pans with thoughtfully layered metals for superior performance.

Beware of lower quality options at low price points. Most of these products are not metal-cladded, which can lead to uneven heating and inferior durability.

3. Function

The function of your non stick pots and pans includes everything from even heat distribution to durability. Cooking is personal. So, before purchasing new cookware, be sure it will function well for you and your lifestyle.

To ensure you get the most out of your new non stick cookware, it is always important to consider whether or not your pans are oven safe, if the non stick surface is easy to clean or not, and if the cookware comes with a warranty.

4. Durability

If you plan to make an investment in cookware, then your new pots and pans should last a lifetime.

Certain types of cookware are naturally more durable than others. For example, due to the nature of the material, ceramic cookware is quite delicate. Always look for products that pair strong materials with a smart manufacturing process to create durable pots and pans (including non stick cookware) that will stand up to the test of time.

5. Value

You will undoubtedly pay a little more for high-quality cookware, but do not pay too much. To really get great value from your cookware, you need to find a brand that costs less without sacrificing quality.

Home chefs often end up paying too much for cookware sold through retail channels. This is because retail companies must generate large enough profit margins on sales to cover the cost of manufacturing products, distributing products, and paying a lot more employees than the companies that sell directly to consumers.

Companies selling cookware and other products directly to their customers eliminate
expensive distribution, employment costs, and retail markups. This business model
allows direct-to-consumer cookware companies to charge customers less for high-quality products.

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