Choosing Cookware with Confidence
By Metro Creative Services | posted on September 13, 2012 at 5:00am
Dispel Misconceptions for Perfect Match at Bridal Registries
Getting married can be a full time job, especially when it comes to deciding what to register for wedding gifts. A seemingly endless array of kitchen products for cooking and entertaining can entice, but also overwhelm bridal couples. To gain confidence in choosing cookware and bakeware, two popular categories for bridal gift registries, Meyer Corporation, U.S.—the largest cookware company in the nation—clarifies misconceptions that can get in the way of making a perfect match.
Stainless steel cookware is stronger than hard-anodized aluminum cookware.
Truth—Stainless steel is stronger than plain aluminum. However, the process of anodizing the aluminum changes the molecular structure of the metal and makes it twice as strong as stainless steel. As a result, hard-anodized aluminum cookware offers two key benefits: first, durability; and secondly, because aluminum is a superior conductor of heat, fast and even heating with no hot spots to mar cooking results.
Look for a heavy-gauge collection for top cooking results and years of enjoyment. Anolon Advanced and Anolon Advanced Bronze are two gourmet choices that are top choices at bridal registries, according to Janice Rassin, National Bridal Director at Meyer Corporation, U.S.
I like the convenience of nonstick cookware, but I can’t use it in the oven.
Truth—Many people mistakenly believe that nonstick cookware is designed only for stovetop use, when in fact there are numerous quality collections that are oven-safe upwards to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Elegantly crafted Anolon Nouvelle Copper and Infinite Circulon are two gourmet nonstick collections with stainless steel handles and lids that are oven-safe to 500 degrees. Nonstick cookware with handles made of a combination of stainless steel and silicone, such as Anolon Advanced and Circulon Contempo, are oven safe to 400 degrees. The addition of silicone provides a comfortable and secure grip.
I love the performance of clad metal cookware, but it’s so heavy.
Truth—Pro-style clad cookware is constructed with a core of fast-heating aluminum or copper sandwiched between two layers of gleaming stainless steel. As a result, the pans are typically heavier and can be difficult to manage. Fortunately for the avid cook, there are now two innovatively designed collections that are significantly lighter and more agile without compromising on cooking results. Anolon Ultra Clad and KitchenAid Architect Clad are premium clad collections with an inner core of thick aluminum permanently bonded to stainless steel on the inside and outside. To make the pans lighter, a portion of the exterior stainless steel has been stripped away and replaced with a decorative finish—a classic black band for Anolon Ultra Clad, and an elegant taupe shade, called “coco metallic,” for KitchenAid Architect Clad. Both collections are easier to handle, and quite stylish, too.
Cookware with metal handles will get hot during stovetop use.
Truth—Solid metal handles do have a tendency to retain heat and can make handling on the stovetop a safety issue. Look for gourmet cookware designed with hollow cast stainless steel handles, which deter heat from traveling from the pan to the handle to keep them cool to the touch. Options include Anolon Nouvelle Copper and Infinite Circulon. Other styles of handles combine hollow cast stainless steel with silicone for additional heat resistance as well as a softer touch to enhance comfort. Among the most popular collections with silicone handles are Anolon Advanced and Anolon Advanced Bronze with their signature SureGrip handles.
Nonstick cookware is usually grey or black, and I want more color in my kitchen.
Truth—Fashionable gourmet nonstick collections that pop with color include top-registry choice Anolon Advanced Bronze, and the newly launched Circulon Elite Platinum. Both collections are crafted from heavy gauge, hard-anodized aluminum for excellent heat conductivity and durability. Anolon Advanced Bronze gets its warm bronze tone from colored bronze nonstick on both the inside and outside of the pan. The silicone enhanced handles and lids are also designed in bronze to match. Circulon Elite Platinum is similarly styled with a stunning platinum silver colored nonstick on the exterior, and matching platinum colored silicone and stainless steel handles and lids.
Besides adding a lovely touch to kitchen decors, and making it possible to bring the cookware straight from the oven to the table, the nonstick finish on the outside of the pans helps to keep the cookware stain-free and looking great.
“Bridal couples are more sophisticated than ever, and enjoy having stylish color choices in cookware that not only adds interest to their kitchen decor, but allows them the time-saving benefits of oven to table presentation,” says Rassin.
It’s difficult to find pots and pans suitable for induction burners.
Truth—For the forward-thinking cook who wants to use today’s state-of-the-art, energy-efficient induction burners, options in induction-suitable magnetic cookware are getting brighter. Meyer Corporation, U.S. is keeping up with this new and emerging kitchen trend by expanding its collections of induction-suitable pots and pans. The current assortment includes something to satisfy every single style preference, cooking habit and price point. At the premium level, Anolon Nouvelle Copper features a patented design that includes a unique base of magnetic stainless steel with an inner core of fast-heating aluminum and highly responsive copper for optimum control and cooking results. Unbeatable for versatility and convenience, Infinite Circulon is hard-anodized nonstick cookware that is both dishwasher-safe and induction-ready. Pro-style home cooks who want to use clad metal cookware can choose between KitchenAid Architect Clad, Anolon Chef Clad or Anolon Ultra Clad, three collections that are also dishwasher-safe. Other induction-ready and dishwasher-safe options at moderate price points include the newly launched KitchenAid Gourmet Stainless Steel.
It’s hard to find bakeware that will match nicely with my cookware collection.
Truth—“It is possible to have a cohesive look in your kitchen with bakeware that beautifully complements the design of your cookware,” says Rassin. For couples who have registered for Anolon Advanced or Anolon Advanced Bronze Cookware, Rassin points to the availability of similarly styled bakeware collections with silicone grips on side rims in matching hues. Both Anolon Advanced Bakeware with Silicone Grips and Anolon Bronze Bakeware with Silicone Grips are made of heavy weight carbon steel that heats up quickly and evenly, and resists bending and warping. The durable nonstick finish on both the inside and outside of each piece makes clean up a snap, and maintains the “good as new” look of the bakeware for longer.
Bakeware sets are not readily available for bridal registries and wedding gifts.
Truth—While it’s true that the majority of bakeware products are sold in open stock, there is a growing assortment of conveniently packaged, gift-ready sets. In honor of its 25th anniversary, Circulon offers two different 3-Piece Bakeware Sets at the special anniversary price of $25.00. One of the anniversary sets combines two 10x15-inch cookie pans with a cooling rack, and the other one pairs two round 9-inch cake pans and a cooling rack. For a more complete set, brides can register for the Anolon Bronze Bakeware’s 5-Piece Set, which includes two 9-inch round cake pans, the 9x9-inch cake pan, the 14x16-inch cookie sheet, and a generously sized cooling rack.
Nonstick bakeware will over-brown delicate baked goods.
Truth—Dark colored nonstick bakeware does have a tendency to over-brown delicate sweets, such as cookies. You can adjust the oven to a lower temperature, or avoid the problem entirely by registering for nonstick cookware featuring lighter hues to slow down the absorption of heat in the oven. As its name implies, Anolon Bronze Bakeware with Silicone Grips has a lighter bronze nonstick finish on both the inside and outside to prevent over-browning. An even lighter choice is Circulon Bakeware with a silver colored, durable nonstick inside and out.
I need to register for separate sets of tools for cooking and serving.
Truth—Functional kitchen tools can be well designed for dual cooking and serving purposes. According to Rassin, “Brides assume that a kitchen tool will be too utilitarian-looking to work in the dining room. However, there are tools pretty enough for double-duty, which is better for budgeting and convenience.” Anolon, for example, provides elegantly styled and durable kitchen tools that echo the design of cookware collections, and make a pleasing presence in any home dining setting.
And one last myth to dispel that is worth noting for couples registering for nonstick cookware: it’s fine to use cooking oil sprays to help save calories. In fact, cooking sprays disperse minute particles of oil that adhere to the nonstick, and over time, deteriorate the surface. Forgo using cooking sprays by registering for cookware with truly hard-working and durable nonstick surfaces designed to release even the stickiest foods (scrambled eggs, pancakes and fish) with little or no added fat. Several gourmet nonstick collections, such as Anolon Nouvelle Copper, Circulon Contempo and Circulon Elite Platinum are now metal-utensil safe, another bonus and misconception about cookware made clear.