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Stainless Nonstick Cookware is a Powerful Combination

Stainless nonstick cookware is a new trend gaining popularity. Manufacturers today have uncovered the secret to bonding a nonstick coating to stainless steel. The end result is quality cookware that is easy on the cook, attractive and easy to clean. Nonstick surfaces are usually only applied to stainless steel skillets. A few brands, like the Scanpan CTX product line, are complete stainless nonstick cookware sets. 

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Stainless Nonstick Cookware

Quality stainless steel, 18/10 construction, clad with aluminum or copper on the inside, has been a favorite of chefs for a long time. Households on the “go” have enjoyed the advantages of nonstick surfaces like Teflon and T-fal. In the past, it has been difficult to bond the nonstick surface to stainless steel cookware because of its smooth non-porous surface. Today that has changed, and manufacturers are producing lines of cookware blending this powerful combination.

Clad Stainless Steel Heat Distribution and Appearance

Stainless steel is an attractive cookware with its shiny or brushed surface. The outside is easy to clean in the dishwasher, by hand washing with warm sudsy water, or a stainless steel cleaning compound. When clad with aluminum or copper, the stainless steel cookware produces precise heating control and even heat distribution.

Nonstick Interior

Busy cooks who do not want to spend much time scrubbing their cookware opt for a nonstick surface. Quality nonstick surfaces are produced with multiple layers and a bonding layer for durability. As with most, but not all nonstick surfaces, the use of low to medium heat is essential. Do not use metal or sharp utensils on most nonstick cookware.

Stainless Nonstick Cookware Options

Scanpan CTX Stainless Nonstick Cookware Set

Today several quality brands have products available. The Calphalon Contemporary line has a brushed stainless steel exterior with a light colored nonstick finish on the inside. Farberware has their Millennium line. Anolon has select pieces. As these lines become popular, and the advantages of this powerful combination become known, more manufacturers will introduce product offerings. My favorite by large measures is the Scanpan CTX stainless nonstick cookware set. It is chef grade premium cookware that can be used at higher heats, dishwasher safe, and a real joy to cook with (picture above).

Pricing

The prices of stainless nonstick cookware is higher than some other materials. The bonding process, quality stainless steel, and a high end nonstick surface makes a powerful cookware combination, but at a slightly higher price. For example, at the time of this writing, a Calphalon 8 piece cookware set runs $599.00. In the same product line, the 8 inch omelet pan runs $85. On the lesser expensive side, a Farberware Millennium 12 inch skillet runs only $39.99. Anolon products tend to be priced in the middle. My favorite Scanpan CTX 10-piece cookware set will set one back around $899. The Cuisinart GreenGourmet has a stainless steel line that is also top quality, though not dishwasher safe like the Scanpan CTX, seen above

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Cooks now have access to a cookware with a powerful blend – stainless nonstick cookware. Excellent heat distribution of clad stainless steel with the ease of use of nonstick interior finishes makes a tempting combination.

Happy Cooking!

 

The All-Purpose Nonstick Cookware Set

The nonstick cookware set is popular because it is easy to use. Health matters aside, nonstick cookware is a consideration for everyday cooks who want food to slide off the cookware followed by an easy cleanup. Even when using stainless steel skillets to get that great fond for sauces, experienced cooks will use nonstick cookware for delicate meals like fish and eggs.

What is the actual cookware material?

The quality of cookware is not determined as much by the external or internal coating, as it is by the main cookware material itself. Too many shoppers looking for ease of use will get nonstick cookware without any regard for the more important core material. Today, nonstick surfaces are being applied to anodized aluminum, stainless steel, copper, and other materials. A quality piece of cookware will have aluminum or copper clad inside the cookware.

What should I get in a nonstick cookware set?

Scanpan CTX Nonstick Cookware Set

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Here is an example of what you should get in a quality nonstick cookware set. This one, at the time of this writing, is the Scanpan CTX 10 piece nonstick cookware set. Please note that this is a premier nonstick cookware set, chef grade, that is eco-friendly and considered healthy. One can use high heat and metal utensils on Scanpan CTX cookware.

  • 2 quart sauce pan w/ lid
  • 2 3/4 quart sauce pan w/ lid
  • 10 1/2 inch saute pan w/ lid
  • 7 1/2 quart stockpot w/ lid
  • 10 1/4 inch skillet
  • 8 inch skillet
  • 5-Layer clad recycled aluminum-stainless steel construction
  • Suitable for all stove tops including induction

Quality Nonstick Coating

Several manufacturers claim to have the “toughest” nonstick surface. DuPont, the maker of Teflon, has the Autograph 2 nonstick coating as their top of the line product. It is found on a number of quality cookware products including Anolon. T-Fal is known to be very tough. Circulon advertises their Total line to outlast all other nonstick surfaces. If you are going to go with nonstick, stick with a high quality manufacturer.

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Heating and cleaning nonstick cookware

Circulon Infinite Nonstick Cookware Set

As with most nonstick surfaces, use low to medium heat. Higher heat can not only damage the cookware itself and the coating, but also possibly release harmful fumes. Read the care and use instructions of the cookware. If it claims to be dishwasher safe, is it safe all the time, or just some of the time. Most nonstick surfaces have instructions to clean by hand.

As seen in our exclusive article on Matching Cookware to the Cook, nonstick surfaces are suitable for the Reluctant Cook and the Busy Cook. These surfaces are attractive for frying foods up without sticking and an easy cleanup. There are good deals out there, but be sure you get a quality set made of quality cookware materials. One quality material to consider is stainless steel clad with aluminum inside. Check out our article on A Powerful Blend – Stainless Nonstick.

Happy Cooking!