Published at Tuesday, November 12th 2019. by Won-Shik Yu in bakeware.
When outfitting your kitchen with cooking tools and bakeware, there are some choices that you will have to make. One of the hottest trends in bakeware and cooking tools is silicone. The colorful bakeware designs allows you to purchase bakeware that is lightweight, brightly colored and has a number of benefits that makes it a great choice in any kitchen.
Some people still swear by cast iron Bakeware and cookware. This heavy duty material is known for its ability to retain heat and handle extremely hot temperatures, which makes it ideal for frying pans and woks. Cast iron Dutch ovens are another popular choice. Cast iron does require special care before it is even used. It must be seasoned with a layer of grease, which cannot be later washed off with soap. Cast iron must be scrubbed with plain hot water, or hot water and corn starch or salt, to avoid removal of the seasoned nonstick surface.
There are two types of anodized bakeware, silver anodized and hard anodized. Silver anodized bakeware is made of aluminum that has gone through an electro-chemical process to harden its outer layer and give it a scratch-resistant surface that will not rust, peel or blister. Even so, do not use sharp knives to cut food baked in these pans. In hard anodized bakeware, the aluminum is processed for a much longer time to create a hardened surface finish far thicker than silver anodized. Metal utensils other than knives can be used on hard anodized bakeware without damaging the surface. Most hard anodized bakeware has a darkened surface, which affects baking time. Care: Silver anodized and hard anodized bakeware should be washed by hand in hot soapy water and any stuck on food should be soaked in water to loosen. Do not wash in the dishwasher.
Bakeware is a necessity in the modern kitchen, even if you do not fancy yourself a baker. Just because you might not be ready to make homemade loaves of bread each week, you will need a good collection of baking utensils to be able to do most oven related cooking tasks. There are a variety of styles and finishes to choose from when selecting Bakeware.
Pyrex is the original glass Bakeware. You can see through the dishes to see what you are cooking. It is no longer just available in clear glass, though, you can purchase different shades of Pyrex to coordinate with your kitchen. That way you can take the dishes out of the oven and put them right on the table, giving it even more appeal. Unfortunately, glass can chip, crack and break, so if you drop Pyrex or other glass dish, it is probably a goner.
Metal Bakeware is still available, but has lost much of its appeal in the age of the microwave. Though heavy duty metal pieces can still be found in most kitchens, their uses appear limited when compared to stoneware and Pyrex which look nice on a tabletop. Metal can also scratch and rust, unlike these other surfaces, limiting its usefulness.
Teflon Bakeware is still a popular choice for its nonstick properties. The slick coating makes easy work of clean up, and leaves the food intact. Cookies and breads slide right off the coated surface making it ideal to use when a pretty presentation is essential. Extra care must be taken when using and cleaning Teflon so it does not become scratched, which will ruin the nonstick properties of the surface. Metal utensils should be avoided; instead plastic tools must be used to avoid scratching the nonstick coating.
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