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Stainless Cookware Vs Aluminum Cookware
by: Pedro Marfim

Stainless steel cookware versus aluminum pots and pans. Much like fans' favorite sports teams, each has its own supporters and detractors. Pros and cons can be debated with each metal's uses.

Many cupboards are stocked with aluminum and stainless steel cooking utensils. Their use depends on the cooking technique needed. Price and durability are also factors in deciding which metal to purchase for your kitchen.

Stainless Steel Pros

Stainless steel is iron to which up to 8 alloys have been added. The more alloys, better the quality. To be considered as stainless steel, the metal requires a minimum of 11 percent chromium, and that reduces the effects of rust caused by air or moisture. Almost all stainless steel cookware contains 18 percent chromium and up to 10 percent nickel.

Stainless steel is very durable and can resist scratches and dents. It is also easy to clean.

Cooks like more stainless steel because it, unlike aluminum cookware, does not react to acidic or alkaline foods that are cooked in it. An other benefit of stainless is that browning or searing foods in it leaves bits of food stuck to the pan. Pouring wine or some other liquid over the bits is known as deglazing and helps create some wonderful sauces and gravies.

Aluminum Pros

Mass-produced aluminum cookware has started at the late 19th century, but only started to sell large quantities in the mid 20th century. More than half of all cookware sold is made of aluminum and its popularity stems, in part, from its low price and its fast heating.

There are three kinds of aluminum cookware: pressed, which is the cheapest and usually the quickiest to be tossed after several uses because of wear; cast, this one is thicker and more porous than pressed and, thus, able to better retain heat; and anodized, which is aluminum that goes through an electro-chemical process. Anodized pots and pans are non-stick, scratch resistant and also the most expensive of types listed here.

Stainless Steel Cons

The main problem with stainless cookware is that it is an extremely poor conductor of heat, which is obviously essential for cooking. It also doesn t spread heat evenly. To alleviate these problems, many quality stainless pots and pans have a core of either copper or aluminum placed between layers of steel on the cookware's bottom. Using these metals distributes heat much more efficiently than stainless steel alone.

Other disadvantage with stainless is that it tends to discolor over high heat and its surface may pit with prolonged exposure to a salty environment.

Aluminum cons

The primary trouble with aluminum cookware is that it can react to some types of foods, particularly those with acidic or alkaline components. You don t want to cook tomato sauce in an aluminum pot because aluminum particles might be leached into the food.

Another con, although subject to debate, is that some people think using aluminum utensils might cause Alzheimer's disease. The FDA and most scientists have discounted the threat, there are still many who believe there is a danger.

How to Decide?

Choosing between aluminium or stainless cookware it s about the costs, quality and your cooking needs. For those who don t have much money, then aluminium is good for them. On the other hand, if you got the money and are looking for quality cookware, you will find it in the stainless steel cookware. Cleaning is a fairly simple process, whatever you choose the aluminium or stainless steel. They both can be washed with liquid detergent or be put in the dishwasher.

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