Just making a plain guess.. are you a novice, who likes to cook and wants experimenting with the sauces? Or just want to gain a culinary knowledge to make the best of all the cookware pieces you have or have been gifted by someone in your marriage etc.?
Well, whatever the case might be, this post is going to be your ultimate answer. From all the pans to all the pots of all the materials. I will be now telling you the things which can be cooked in which cookware material, or in other words – When to use which cookware material. To start I would like to introduce myself first. My name is Judith. I am a culinary vet with over 10 years of professional experience. I run a site called The Foodista. The Foodista reviews hundreds of cookware brands and recommends which products are the best. For more information on the best cookware sets, read reviews by visiting the link.
Owing to the capability of even and fast heat conduction, the metal gives you the best control over the things being cooked. Therefore, you can go from the boiling to simmering in just a few seconds. Further, as soon as the cookware is removed from the stove, it stops cooking. This accurate cooking timing is the best for the sea foods such as Garlic Chilli Prawn. My wife always wants them rightly cooked, not over and not under. So, I make it in my copper cookware.
As the pan gets heated evenly, I never have to worry about the beef medallions that the ones in the center of the pan will be cooked much faster than the ones in the sides.
Another beautiful property of the copper is that it prevents the melted sugar from crystallizing. So, the main dishes I have been cooking in my copper pans and pots are – some high quality meats such as Lamb Fillet and Rib Eye and some seafood such as Scallops and Calamari. Other things include sauces and risottos.
Stainless Steel Cookware:
Start with small things such as saute’ onions, sauces, frying streaks, oatmeal, rice etc. This will give you an idea if the heating properties of the cookware. Later start cooking things such as eggs, fries, stir fry, potato hash etc. Once you are well versed with the things such as pre-heating you can go for the meat such as chicken pieces and brown ground beef and healthy things such as pancakes.
Cast Iron Cookware:
This cookware can be used for much of a traditional cooking such as cornflour cakes, stir fries, potato hash all in a southern style. The pancakes cooked on the cast iron cookware retain the crispiness and have a different taste to them. The Dutch Ovens of cast iron are a dream of every camping person.
Owing to the large number, I am listing the things I have been cooking in my cast iron cookware:
- Cabernet-Cherry Filet Mignon
- Cabernet Filet Mignon
- Apple Pancake
- Dutch Oven Scrambled Eggs & Biscuits
- Beef Stew
- Beef Stew with Parsley Dumplings
- Bell Pepper Soup with Sour Cream and Dill
- Madiera Tuna
- Roast Salmon with Lime Salsa
- Chicken Booyah
- Brazilian Black Bean Soup
- French Toast
- German Pancakes – Dutch Baby Pancakes
- Chicken-Fried Steak
- Cooking the Perfect Steak
The ceramic cookware is a relatively new addition to my kitchen and I am learning about cooking with it too. the things I have been cooking in my pots and pans are starters such as omelette, chicken, sauces and ribs etc.
So, friends, here is my little cooklist in the various cookware materials. Hope you find it informative and useful.