Cookware Buying Guide

Choose the right cookware for you

duvet buying Cookware is a staple of any kitchen and is usually made to last for years, which is why it is handy to have a bit of help when choosing what you need.

Whether you like your cookware to go from the oven to the table or the hob to the dishwasher, our guide is here to help.

When choosing cookware, it is essential to remember that you will be cooking with this more or less everyday - so keep in mind the following: are you looking for oven-safe ware, induction compatible pots, dishwasher safe frying pans?

Here at home store + more we work closely with some of the most well known and respected cookware suppliers such as Judge and Stellar, compiling a list of products that you might need in your kitchen - whatever you are looking for, we have prepared a list of cookware that will guide you in the right direction.

Types of Materials

When it comes to choosing cookware, the different ranges of pots and pans are endless. With so many different options to take into account such as materials, heat conductivity and different components, it's important to look at all your options before choosing the type of cookware that you will be using.


Stainless Steel

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Stainless steel cookware is one of the most popular types of cookware around due to its versatility and durability. Its material means that it is scratch, rust and corrosion resistant. This type of cookware is non-reactive, meaning it will not change the taste or appearance of what is it cooking, and its lightweight feel means that it is easy to work with and move around the kitchen. Most stainless steel cookware is induction compatible, however you should always check the manufacturers specifications before buying. Stainless steel cookware is extremely easy to care for - it is dishwasher safe unless stated otherwise by the manufacturer.


Aluminium

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Aluminium cookware is an excellent heat conductor and heats up quickly and evenly. This type of cookware is often treated through a process of anodization, which places a layer of aluminium oxide onto the surface making it scratch resistant as well as ensuring it does not react with certain foods. Aluminium is durable and corrosion resistant. Most aluminium cookware is induction compatible, however you should always check the manufacturers specifications before buying. Aluminium cookware is extremely easy to care for. Treated anodised aluminium cookware is not dishwasher safe and should only be hand washed.


Cast Iron

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Cast iron cookware is extremely durable and has very good heat retention. Its components give it the ability to heat up and cool down slowly, retaining heat for a long time - ensuring a thorough cooking for your meals. It is usually finished with a coating of enamel, not only for aesthetic purposes but to prevent rust and corrosion. Most cast iron cookware is induction compatible, however you should always check the manufacturers specifications before buying. Cast iron cookware is not dishwasher safe and should be cleaned with a mild soap and warm water solution.


Glass

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Our Pyrex glass cookware is durable, a good conductor of heat and fridge and freezer proof, meaning it can withstand both low and high temperatures. Pyrex Glass cookware heats up quickly and retains heat longer than other cookware. It does not react with any foods so a variety of meals can be prepared using this type of cookware. Glass cookware is extremely easy to care for - it is dishwasher safe unless stated otherwise by the manufacturer.


Ceramic

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Ceramic cookware is extremely durable and retains heat evenly. Its glossy appearance means it is ideal when doubled up as a serving dish. It does not corrode and is safe for use in ovens as it can withstand high temperatures. Ceramic cookware is extremely easy to clean - it is dishwasher safe unless stated otherwise by the manufacturer.



What cookware pieces do you need?

When it comes to choosing cookware, the different ranges of pots and pans are endless. With so many different options to take into account such as materials, heat conductivity and different components, it's important to look at all your options before choosing the type of cookware that you will be using.

  • Saucepan - A staple in any home. This pan will help you cook anything from pasta and eggs, to sauces and risottos.
  • Casserole Pot - Usually made from cast iron, this large pot will help you cook everything from soups, to chilli and everything in between.
  • Frying Pan - Make everything from fried vegetables, to fried meats on this essential pan.
  • Stockpot - Stockpots are essentially very large saucepans used for making stocks from scratch. You can also use these pots to boil potatoes and pasta for large groups of people.
  • Steamer - A must for steaming vegetables to perfection.
  • Milkpan - Milkpans are perfect for warming milk. There's generally a pouring spout to ensure perfect pouring without any spillages.
  • Wok - If you enjoy Asian cooking, this pan is essential in your collection. Woks are generally non-stick meaning that you need little oil to cook Asian food to perfection.
  • Grill Pan - Grill pans help you cook steak and other meats to perfection. They're ideal for getting that grill look without going outside to your BBQ.
  • Skillet - Skillet pans, much like grill pans can help you achieve perfection when cooking steak and other meats. The only difference is that skillets are generally made from cast iron and are heavier and retain heat for much longer.
  • Roasting Dish - These dishes are incredibly versatile and can roast everything from meats, to fish and vegetables. They are essential in every home.

Caring For Your Cookware

Caring for your cookware properly will ensure the longevity of each item. Most cookware is versatile enough to go from the stovetop, to the oven and from there to the table. Be sure to check manufacturer's instructions as all cookware is different.

Match the size of your pot or pan to the size of the ring you are cooking on - excess heat could cause overheating, burns and a waste of energy.


Avoid using sharp objects such as knives or steel wool on the inside of your pots or pans as this could lead to scratches and damage the interior of the cookware. This rule is essential to follow if your cookware is non-stick as this will remove all non-stick coating from your pan.


Allow the pot or pan to cool completely before filling it with hot water, which could cause your cookware to warp.


If hand washing or putting your cookware in the dishwasher, soak first to remove any stubborn food residue or stains.


Try to avoid soaking non-stick cookware. This type of cookware should be cleaned immediately.


Try to avoid putting pots and pans into the dishwasher. Hand washing your pots and pans will prolong their useful lifespan as harsh dishwasher chemicals can remove protective coating.