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Stainless Steel Vs Non-stick Cookware; Which Is the Better Option?

The question of whether to use non-stick cooking pans is one that has been of concern to many in the recent times. This is due to the discovery of some worrying facts about the chemicals that give the cookware non-stick properties. Many of those who have abandoned the idea of non-stick cookware have shifted to using the best stainless steel cookware sets. And so today I am here to clear your doubts about the two and after deeply analyzing these two, I will let you be the one to decide which of the two you desire most.

Let us start by having a look at some of their advantages and disadvantages.

Non-Stick Cookware

They are some of the most convenient kitchenware. This is because of how they save you a lot of trouble in terms of cleaning and on cooking resources. Non-stick pans use less oil as compared to other types such those made from cast iron or stainless steel. The use of less oil in food means that you get to reduce the amount of fats that you take in and this makes a very good form of healthy living. But is it truly healthy living as it seems to appear?

Experts have warned against the use of nonstick cookware due to the toxic nature of the chemicals used to make them so. When these chemicals are heated at elevated temperatures, they emit poisonous gases that have been known to kill birds. This therefore makes me wonder, if this substance can kill birds, what kind of harm would it inflict on humans?
However, there is still no proven research that has been done on their effects on people. Non-stick cookware is great but they also need you to take some form of precaution with them. You should always use them at low temperatures, do not preheat them and always use non-abrasive utensils such as wooden spoons to avoid scratching off the coating.

Stainless Steel Cookware

One thing that I love about stainless steel when compared with non-stick cookware is that it also has comparable properties to some extent. Stainless steel can be made non-stick by simply preheating them and then adding the oil then the food. You will therefore achieve the same properties but only this time there won’t be any risks of chemical poisoning.
Plus, stainless steel is durable and nowadays the embedding of a copper or aluminum core in stainless steel has made them some of the best cookware materials. Most chefs go for stainless steel cookware because they know of its many advantages such as versatility, excellent heat conductivity and their ease to clean if you know the shortcuts how.

Seasoning of stainless steel is also an uncomplicated process that makes them non-stick too.

My Last Thoughts

I know the decision to pick between the two can be quite a challenge although most people would be inclined to go for the stainless steel. Personally, I would advocate for both. While it would be best to have stainless steel cookware, it would still be convenient to have at least a single non-stick pan.
You can make use of it most especially when you are in a hurry and probably need to scramble some eggs. However, make sure you use it at low temperatures. And if possible, use it as minimal times as possible. But I leave the final decision to you. Sit down and weigh your options then you will be the one to make your pick.

A review of the “GreenLife Soft Grip 14pc Ceramic Non-Stick Cookware Set”

Before I start the review, I’ll tell you how all of this happened. I was browsing the internet one day, and suddenly, I landed on Cook With Tina: Best Cookware Set Reviews & Guide 2017. Impressed by the great explanation and writing style, I decided to buy one, and thank God I did! The set I bought was a Ceramic Cookware Set, and it has lasted me for over 5 years, which is no little feat for a really budget set under 75$. Of course I took care of it with everything in my ability, but it still hasn’t given up on me, and today, I’ll be reviewing every single aspect of it!

Aesthetics Of My New Ceramic Cookware Set

First of all, we will be talking about the exterior of the set. I bought it in Red color, but it also comes in Turquoise and black color variants. The design is pretty slick and minimalistic, and looks nice with black cooktops like mine. The set had 14 pieces, and included various pans, pots and kitchen utensils, all of which are important for daily cooking tasks, so rest assured that you’ll only get what you need. All the pots and pans have a glass lid, so you can check the progress of your dish in real time. They also work on all types of stoves, excluding the induction cooktop. Also, you’ll need to cook on medium to low flame, as the coating can chip off at high temperatures.

How Did My New Cookware Set Perform ?

Next, we’ll talk about the performance. These pots and pans have a great price to performance ratio, and the non stick ability is at par with some of the best cookware sets currently in the market. I cooked various stuff, including cheese, rice, eggs, everything you can imagine, and none of them got stuck on the pan. They are also really easy to clean, just take a paper cloth and wipe it all off! If you are health conscious, then only use a sanitizes; don’t use soaps, as they will decrease the overall lifespan of the cookware set pieces.

My Verdict

In a nutshell, this ceramic cookware set is nothing short of perfect, with everything including quality, affordability and durability coming right out of the box! If you are looking for a cookware set that is affordable and is versatile, then this is your best bet!

Fast Juicers To The Rescue

Nowadays, people tend to forgo the needed nutrients for their body. With the busy lifestyle that most workaholic have, they only have time to take a glance at the gym’s signboard than be the person running on a treadmill. With both of these issue, it’s no wonder that the adult obesity rate has certainly been increasing over the years. A study by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 36.5% of U.S. adults suffer from obesity especially those who have higher income.

Meal Juices

An easy way that many people should take into consideration is swapping juices for a meal. It will definitely take time to adjust your lifestyle and body to this but I assure you that in a long run, you will be grateful that you made the change. The best centrifugal juicer can cost from 100 dollars up to 300 dollars. A centrifugal juicers works fast and looks trendy in your kitchen. This is why this machine is a favourite of people who are always on the go especially if you have to be early at the office. Listed below are some of the best centrifugal juicers on the market right now.

Optimum speed Juicer

You can easily recreate detox programs at home. There a lot of detox juice recipes that you can make using a centrifugal juicer. Since it works like a blender, it chops up your fruits or vegetables super quick into liquid form. They work at a very fast speed as some juicers such as the Breville Juice Fountain Elite starts at 6500 RPM and can reach up to 13000 RPM. Always check out the speed of juicing ingredients and the voltage it requires. A juicer that works at a lower speed cannot juice pineapple with it’s skin on so avoid doing it. If you’ve been juicing for a long time, this is a juicer for you.

The Beginner Juicer

However if you’re just starting out, the Breville Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor is a great centrifugal juicer to purchase. It’s not complicated and very easy to maintain. It has a a big 3-inch tube to fit vegetables such as beets, lemon and even a granny smith apple without slicing them. Since it comes with two settings which are high and low, you can’t get go wrong with it. The slow settings should be used to juice leafy greens and soft fruits so yes, you don’t need to purchase an extra masticating juicer.

Stainless Steel Juice Extractors

Both of the machines suggested above is made out of stainless steel material. This really preserves the quality of the juices being made compared to plastic centrifugal juicers. Even though they’re quite costly, you get to keep them for a longer time compared to the plastic juicers. It’s the same concept as rice cookers. You wouldn’t choose a plastic rice cooker as the heat can certainly melt harmful substances into the food. Last but not least, always wash the parts by hand. For a machine over 120 dollars, you certainly wouldn’t want to ruin it’s classy look.

If you’re looking for a good place to find out more about the health benefits that juicing provides, click this link. Good luck everyone.

The OG Barony Tavern!

A long time ago I used to frequently visit a restaurant called the Barony Tavern. Ever since it closed, I couldn’t find a feasible replacement. No matter where I went, nowhere felt like my favorite restaurant.

I would constantly nitpick on all the minor and insignificant flaws whenever I went on dinner dates. I was single at the time and trust me, it wasn’t easy finding the right partner. Eventually, I met a chef. He was an amazing young man who became my knight in shining amour.

The funniest thing was that he loved the Barony Tavern just as much as I did. He went so far as to say that the food at the Barony Tavern was the main reason he joined culinary school.

So besides feeding me , this stellar restaurant brought me the love of my life. In it’s honor I’ll pen kitchen reviews, recipes and tips to help everyone reach their culinary dreams. Trust me I’m a Chef’s Wife =P.