Delicious food depends on various factors and cookware is one of them. There is a debate as to how much a good set of cookware will affect the quality of food. Good cooks swear by their skills and experience. Coming to the result of cooking, taste is a vague aspect which differs from person to person but good food is good food. Taste depends on how well heat distribution took place.
The importance of heat distribution is the first point which comes up during discussions related to appropriate cooking. Some ways in which it influences cookware and cooking are discussed below.
Effects of Uneven Distribution of Heat
Half brunt, blackening and raw cooked food are some common consequences of improper distribution of heat.
Heat Up Process
Another aspect of heating is the time which is required by cookware to get heated up.
It is recommended to go for cookware which doesn’t take a long time to heat up – preferably stainless steel cookware. Fast heat up also saves a lot of energy.
Heat Resistant Handles
Like cookware with better heat conductivity is required for cooking, so are handles which are heat resistant for better handling of equipment and convenience.
Stainless Steel for Proper Heat Distribution
Not many are aware that as a parent element, stainless steel is not conductive for proper distribution of heat. Then comes the obvious question – why does stainless steel cookware guarantee such feats? Only when certain metals like copper are added to stainless steel, its heat conductivity and capacity to distribute heat properly is increased.
Heating Aspect of Chafing Dishes
Chafing dishes work on the principle of warming food items stored in it for longer durations of time. Chafing or warming dishes are not used for cooking purposes but are used as a storing device, much like special jars used to keep food items warm for a longer time. Even in chafing dishes, heat distribution is required, which is done by occasional stirring.
Aspects like heat distribution and flavor preservation are some factors which are never taken into consideration but these can make up for lack of experience in cooking to a certain extent.