When looking for the best cookware sets for gas stoves, we should consider that in a pre-assembled cookware, there are often pieces that will eventually be used very little and others that would be needed in two or three copies.
The idea is to buy the piece, or even, to get a good cookware and complete to the unit.
Gas cooking has its peculiarities: the flames tend to rise along the sides of the cauldron. If you want to cook the food evenly, you need a multimetal model (also called integral or multi-clad) that distributes heat equally on the bottom AND the edges.
For the other types of cookers, one relies above all on a good capsule that properly conducts heat to the base of the utensil. It must be provided with a magnetic conductor with a high enough carbon content for a magnet to hold, in the case of induction cookers.
And since the surface of the glass-ceramic models is fragile, forget the cast iron, which can damage it.
Best Cookware Sets For Gas Stoves
A good thickness (2/8 to 7/8 inch) bottom is essential to contain heat. For this reason, an aluminum foil, cast aluminum (more expensive) or another conductive metal between two layers of stainless steel is encapsulated, hence the mention of three plies. This principle is also applied to the walls in the case of multimetal models.
There should be no play under the utensil when placed on a perfectly flat surface, specifies Pasquale Vari, cooking teacher at the Institute of Tourism and Hospitality of Quebec (ITHQ). As for the sides, they must be rather thick, ideally straight rather than curved if you cook with gas since the flame will flatter otherwise the prominent parts of the walls.
Maintenance and sustainability
Some materials, such as copper, which is considered one of the best conductors of heat, require special care. Others like glass or sandstone are more fragile. Non-stickers are less resistant. Know what awaits you before you buy.
The enamelled cast iron
Cast iron is a good conductor. It keeps its warmth, making it a good choice for slow cooking. The oven may be lowered below the temperature indicated in the recipe for simmering since it tends to amplify the heat, recommends Michel Couture. Not enameled, it must be wiped and oiled, never washed with water so that it does not rust.
If a cast iron skillet is a good investment and an asset to grab, color and grill meat, a complete battery is unnecessarily heavy and expensive to buy, according to the director of the culinary academy, François Martel.
Gres and glass
Sandstone and glass tolerate relatively high temperatures, as they are not subjected to thermal deviations. They are suitable for cooking on round and in the oven and have the advantage of going in the microwave oven.
They are also aesthetic, allowing them to pass directly from the stove to the table. However, they remain fragile. "They can be good choices for bread molds, gratins and simmered, but they are still extras," says François Martel. Namely: ceramics and glass are regulated in Canada.
Cookware purchased abroad can, however, contain lead that is considered harmful to the body, warns Health Canada.
They allow cooking the food in a minimum of fat. But are they a health option for all that?
The Environmental Protection Agency has defined PFOA, an agent used in the manufacture of non-stick coatings, including Teflon, as potentially carcinogenic. At high temperatures (350 ° F and higher), Teflon releases fumes that can be irritating and toxic to health, says Health Canada.
The new models of non-stickers should no longer contain AFPOs since 2015 and are mostly mentioned on the packaging. Nevertheless, they should never be used at high temperatures on the round, advises Ariel Fenster.
If there is any doubt that the pan may still contain AFPO, it is best to discard it. Same thing if the coating is scratched: the particles will pass through the gastric system, but a degraded surface is more likely to be touched by heat.
A good non-stick skillet is still a plus for cooking eggs, pancakes and fish that are more likely to stick, according to the culinary academy and the ITHQ, but a full cookware coated with an adhesive coating is unnecessary fragile.
Ceramic, Titanium and "stone-like" coatings are less controversial, more durable, but also more expensive options.
Do you price or not?
It is more pleasant to cook with a quality product, admit cooks who prefer to have fewer utensils, but want them to last. However it is not necessary to buy the most expensive instruments for healthy cooking.
The price is directly associated with the quality of the finish and materials, the reputation of the manufacturer and the provenance of the components that make up the product, explains Michel Couture, Clinic des casseroles Del Mar.
However it's easy to find a good battery at reasonable prices around $300 in brands like Cool Kitchen, Strauss, and Lagostina. The more expensive models may cost $800 and more at Paderno, Demeyere, and Henckels.
Take time to shop and manipulate models at $1500 and $150 to get an idea of the difference and what you can expect in the price range that suits you," advises the director of the Academy Food, François Martel.
Supermarkets raise their prices and then offer an impressive discount at certain times of the year. "A cookware normally sold at $800 and reduced to $400 is worth no more than $400," warns Michel Couture, of the Clinique de la casserole Del Mar.
The good gestures
- The best cookware will give average results if misused. Some mistakes that could be avoided
- Do not cook on around too strong. The high temperature should essentially be used to boil water
- Do not place the saucepan on a smaller rim, resulting in more food cooking in the center
- A non-stick frying pan is ineffective for coloring meat or fish. Cast iron or stainless steel are preferred. Conversely, eggs may stick to the cast iron. Book each utensil for what it does best.
A person living alone does not have the same requirements as a family of five. "You have to assess your habits and needs," says François Martel, director of the culinary academy. On the market, 90% of pans are made of stainless steel, a sturdy material that does not alter the flavor of food.