So, you’re in the market for new and, presumably, good kitchenware. Believe it or not, this can be a pretty descent investment that could cost you a nice chunk of change. You’ve got to do your research you’ve got to know what you’re looking for. That being said, research is not where to begin. That’s right, I said it, to the chagrin of engineers and analytics everywhere research is NOT where to begin.
Why are you buying these new and, potentially, costly kitchen items, be it cookware, electrical appliances, etc.? Are you moving into your first real place and want to deck it out? Are you getting married to the person of your dreams and working on your wedding registry? Are you, therefore, forced to figure out which pot and pan set you want Aunt Mable and Uncle Ed to get you while the department store clerk watches and waits for your answer (patiently, of coarse)?
Here’s another question you may not have thought about: Do you want to get this new kitchenware? Are you excited about your new kitchen items? Do you find yourself at work in the middle of the day just day dreaming of the menus you’ll plan? Do you desire to throw magnificent, yet under-stated dinner parties that will have all your friends talking? Or, do you simply want to properly be able to prepare delicious and balanced meals for your family three or four or five nights a week? At any rate, if you find that these thoughts put a smile on your face and contentment in your heart, then you, my friend, are ready to start putting some deeper thought into the right kitchenware for you.
Before you actually purchase anything, you should start your research now not into items, but into yourself. Some basic questions to ask yourself are these:
1. How often will you be cooking and for how many?
2. Do you expect to put a lot of wear and tear on your cookware?
3. How long do you expect it to last?
4. Are you an experienced cook or hope to become one?
Before you start your search for the right kitchenware, you should know that there are no hard and fast rules as to what’s out there. Notice that none of the questions above have to do with cost. That’s because cost varies across a large range from under $100 for a set to over $1,000. It really just depends on what you’re looking for and where you’re at in life. A college student, for example, may just want to get a cheap set he or she can get rid of at the end of the semester. A newly married couple, on the other hand, may want something more durable they could potentially pass down to their children.
How good of a cook are you? Do you want to invest in try-ply stainless steel that will allow you to get that great sear on a chicken breast and finish your meal with a delicate sauce that was deglazed and simmered? If you aren’t there yet, are you willing to invest in the cookware that will allow you to get there with a little time and perseverance? Or, are you not there, think maybe you would like to be there, but are more of a realist and know you’ll never be there? Are you the type of cook that just hopes and prays that you won’t be having a piece of meat that night that’s burned on the outside and stone-cold raw in the middle? It’s actually okay if you are. As long as you know the type of cook you are and will use your cookware accordingly, then you’re in good shape. Maybe a non-stick cookware set is right for you. With non-stick, you’re less likely to burn the outside of your meat before the inside is cooked through. Non-stick is also more waistline friendly for those of you looking to watch your fat intake, as it allows you to use less. The major downside with non-stick is that you’re buying a “shelf-life.” In other words, when the outside coating, or Teflon, starts to wear off, it’s time to think about getting a new pan. In recent history, there has been research done on the harms of digesting Teflon.
It’s only after you’ve inquired of yourself all these different topics are you now ready to shop for and purchase the perfect kitchenware for you. So don’t fret, don’t be confused, rushed, bullied or frightened. You just tell that roommate, spouse, store-clerk or parent to hold on a minute. Just like in finding love, finding the right kitchenware can’t be hurried. But do it right, and you’ll not only be making sweet music, but beautiful aromas for a lifetime to come.