There is a saying that a bad workman always blames his tools – however this is usually said with a bit of a smirk. The truth of the matter is that bad tools will simply destroy any chance of a great outcome.
The rule is hard and fast – if you’re cutting down trees you certainly want a chainsaw that’s not going to throw its chain and cause a trip to the local emergency room.
If you’re a fisherman you certainly don’t want a boat that’s going to sink under you, nor do you want a rod that going to snap at the first sign of a record breaking fish. And you certainly don’t want to end up with a hook embedded anywhere in your body that would necessitate a trip to the hospital (where you cam meet up for a cup of coffee with the aspirant lumberjack mentioned in the paragraph above).
Using a sub standard cookware set in the kitchen will usually not require a trip to see the kind folk at the local emergency ward – but it will still potentially mess up your evening. You want to buy from best cookware brands only!
So how do you select a cookware set that will deliver every single time?
As with all things in life it depends on what you expect – and what you are prepared to spend.
There are cookware sets that can cost thousands of dollars – and there are those that will set you back a much smaller amount.
The key is to select a cookware set from a recognized brand – preferably one that has built up a reputation over time.
Then look at the material that is used in the construction of the cookware. You simply cannot go wrong with cast iron, sure the upkeep requires a bit more attention, but heat distribution and longevity is top class.
Don’t turn your nose up at stainless steel either. If you buy from a reputable manufacturer stainless steel cookware sets can last for generations.
Just make sure that if you’re buying from an online supplier that they make user evaluations available – the real world opinions of people who are actually sweating it out in the kitchen are worth more than a million marketing words.
In the end it’s up to you. Just make sure that you don’t skimp on the rest of your equipment – a great cookware set is not going to be worth the money spent if you’re using blunt knives or ingredients that are substandard.