Cookware Products

Committed home chefs need the right cookware for daily use, so the pots and pans need to withstand frequent use and abuse. And if a messy tray of lamingtons is all you get up to once in a while, then investing in some basic kitchenware — skillets, frying pans, saucepans and stockpots — will help you expand your culinary horizons.

As you prepare to splurge on brand new cookware, be sure to consider this:

What cookware set should I buy?

One of the easiest ways to stock up on your cookware supplies is to buy a set. The size usually ranges from a seven-piece size to a 15-piece size, though of course there are more specialised sets for the expert cooks. At the minimum, your cookware set should include large and small sauce pans with lids, a cooker with a lid and a fry pan. For more diversity, try a 12-piece set, which includes the basics as well as a covered pan and a smaller frying pan or skillet.

What specialty kitchenware pieces should I buy?

If you already have a standard set, now it's time to specialise! Grill pans and griddles are always popular additions, while dutch ovens are functional as well as beautiful benchtop accessories. Kettles are great for making tea on cold, rainy days, and roasting pans work well for turkey and chicken. Of course, when you buy it, you store it, so think about what you make the most, and buy new pieces according to your personal preferences.

What cookware material works best?

Should you buy stainless steel, copper or cast iron cookware? This is an age-old question that all depends on your budget and cooking concerns. Stainless steel is nonreactive, heavy-duty and fairly affordable, though an uneven heat distribution means your cooking might suffer. Copper pots offer more even cooking but often leave a metallic taste in some foods. Aluminium is lightweight and budget-friendly, though it can warp or scratch with high heat and might not last as long. Finally, cast iron is durable and heats evenly, though it is pretty heavy and takes awhile to heat up.