Stainless steel is an alloy, and that means that different metals are combined to make stainless steel. The most part of the stainless steel consists of iron. Other metals include chromium and nickel. These metals are added to iron to make stainless steel casting cookware and prevent the rust from spoiling it. In stainless steel cookware, both chromium and nickel are added to provide rust protection while copper or aluminum is added to the bottom of the cookware to increase heat conductivity.
Some people like stainless steel cookware while the others do not. Following are the advantages and disadvantages of stainless steel cookware.
- Stainless steel is extremely durable. You might never need to replace stainless steel cookware.
- It is very smooth and has non-porous surface. It seldom sustains dents, leaks, or cracks.
- It is very easy to clean stainless steel cookware and many methods can be used safely to clean it.
- It looks very shiny and polished
- Stainless steel is not a very good heat conductor. Thus, stainless steel cookware is coated with copper or aluminum to improve heat distribution and reduce cooking time.
- Stainless steel casting cookware is quite costly. On the other hand, iron casting cookware is quite cheap.
- The outside of the cookware can discolor if exposed to very high levels of heat.
- High salt concentrations can cause pitting in the cookware.
Stainless steel cookware might not be suitable for every task, but it certainly has a place in your kitchen. Many people prefer stainless steel cookware to boil different things. This is also a good choice for storage of food. For regular cooking, cast iron might be a more suitable option due to its low price and better heat conductivity. Silver is also a good choice; although, silver cookware is not as long lasting as stainless steel.