How to Cook with Stainless Steel Cookware

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When reading about stainless steel cookware, you’re more likely than find “safety” features advised by shopping guides. There is no wonder because these types of cookware are very popular and the internet flooded with info about it. While it is generally safe without health risk involved, learn ways to use it safely before deciding to buy based on stainless steel cookware reviews.

A dose of information on stainless steel

As a material on cookware, stainless steel is durable. It can resist rust, wear and tear and pressure.  SS is also long lasting and inexpensive than other types of cookware.

What sound alarm to some are its nickel, iron and chromium content. Here’s a bit about these components:

Small amounts of iron aren’t poisonous. The same goes for nickel. However, it may trigger some reactions to allergic people. But then, using SS with nickel component does not add a huge amount of it to food.

Regarding chromium, SS has it too, but only in small doses, which are not bad for health.  A meal prepared in stainless steel cookware only gives consumers about 45 micrograms of the substance, which isn’t enough to cause concern.

Cooking with Stainless Steel Pots and Pans

Preheat the cookware before adding food to it.  Let it heat for up to two minutes and then add a little oil once it is preheated.

Avoid using plain SS cookware, but opt for 3-ply bonded construction. What goes here is a layer of pure aluminum on the core, which is then sandwiched by stainless steel.  With this construction, heat is spread evenly across the bottoms and up the sides.

You may also want to opt for models with stainless steel handles riveted to the pot or pan so that they can be used inside the oven. In that case, you don’t have to worry about melting plastic handles.

Go for pans and pots with rubberized handles if you’re cooking with kids. These handles stay cool to the touch and offer safety. If you already have SS cookware with metal handles, then get some rubberized handles, which can be slipped on the metal handles. However, be careful with them because they can slide off easily.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Cookware

Use warm and soapy water for daily cleaning. Make sure to do it after each cooking session to prevent food residue from sticking and building up, or else they will cause discoloration and make your cookware ugly.

To get rid of stains, discoloration and stuck-on food due to high heat, clean them right away using the Bar Keeper’s Friend. Just use a sponge and water and then make paste. You can use it on both the exterior and interior of the cookware.

Scrape off brown food bits at the bottom using a spatula while it is still hot so that you can remove them easily. You can also add some water or wine, and then boil it.  The browned bits will combine to the liquid and they can be removed easily.

Following these tips on how to cook with and clean stainless steel pots and pans will keep them shining and looking new.

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Hefty Lunch at the Beach



This was our lunch ala boodle fight at the beach last week when we arrived at Villa Noe Resort, in Cagbalete island a 45-minute boat ride from the town of Mauban, Quezon Province. Last summer outing before the rainy season sets in during this long weekend.boodle1

The boys in the family prepared all these hefty meals, from cooking rice to grilled seafood (crabs and stuffed squids), fried fish, pork/chicken adobo with eggs, and longganisa (sausage).

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We also had Indian mangoes with sauteed shrimp paste to go with it, ripe bananas, the food were spread in the banana leaves, use bare hands for eating, to have the beach feel of the moment 🙂 with water and soda for the drinks.

Nothing really compared when you dine with your loved ones. One summer vacation experience we will never forget. Just watching all these photos made me drool again, lol. How about you, how did you spend or will spend your summer (as in other countries, summer has just begun)?


Protect your Home by Waterproofing the Basement

The basement can cause a lot of problems if it is not waterproof. Flooding can damage everything that is stored or being used in the basement as well as the foundation of the home. There are a number of reasons waterproofing can be a wise choice for home owners.

Home Protection

Once the decision to purchase a home is made, protecting this investment is just common sense. If the home is not maintained and improvements made from time to time, it will lose value. Waterproofing a basement is one of these improvements. Basements that are prone to flooding can cause a lot of problems including damage to the structure of the home.

Added Living Space

A dry and snug basement adds living space to the home. The basement can be used as a family room, game room, a play room for younger children, and many other purposes. Creating extra room using the basement is the easiest way to add extra space to the home. Even if it is only used for storage, no one wants their belongings getting ruined from water damage.

Breathing Problems can be the Result of a Damp Basement

Melting snow in northern areas can cause basement water problems. Rain can be another cause in any area. When the basement stays damp, as the water evaporates into the home it can cause high humidity which contributes to mold and an increase in dust mites. This can cause asthma and allergy problems. Highlander Waterproofing is an example of a company that can take care of basement waterproofing erie pa.

Humidity is a direct result of a leaking basement. The humidity adds to the cost of cooling the home in the summer and it can cause floor joists to rot. A continued problem with humidity can actually cause upper floors of the home to begin to sag. This affects the entire home’s foundation.

It may not always be apparent that a basement is leaking. Water standing in the floor is certainly a sign but there are others that may not be so obvious. Musty smells are an indication as well rust on metal surfaces of appliances or other items in the basement. An inspection of the basement periodically is a good way to spot a problem with leaking before it gets out of hand.