Cooking 101: Tips for Perfect Pots and Pan Picking

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In cooking you not only have to make sure that you are using the right ingredients, but you also need to make sure you are using the right tools. Picking out the perfect pots and pans for your cooking needs is an important first step.

Although it might be tempting to purchase an expensive set of pots and pans, you might want to rethink that. You could end up spending money on a set that doesn't meet all of your cooking needs, which results in purchasing additional cookware. Or, you could wind up with pots and pans that you will never use, which is simply a waste of money.

Personalizing Your Pots and Pans

Unless a cookware set contains exactly what you need, forfeit that idea and try personalizing your pots an pans to what best suits your cooking needs. One frying pan may not be enough. You may need a particular size pot, depending on what type of cooking you do. A deep-dish skillet may be better than a shallow pan. It all depends on the type (and amount) of dishes you like to cook.

Keep in mind that personalizing your pots and pans could end up being more expensive than a set. You don't have to necessarily go out there and purchase every type of pan you like. Start off with at least 3 essential pots and pans: a skillet, a larger-sized pot and a medium-sized pot. From there you can slowly begin to build on your collection until you have everything you need.

Picking Pots and Pans Based on Cooking Techniques

Your cookware doesn't just depend on what you cook but the techniques that you use in cooking. For instance, if you like to sauté your food, you want a pan that works best for that technique. Some techniques require a double-boiler. Think about the techniques you frequently use in cooking and purchase cookware that meets those needs.