Need Cookware Recommendation...
Q: We just built a home and I went with a gas cooktop. Never have cooked with gas before. It's OK but I have a problem. The cooktop is a KitchenAid that has grids that fit together so its a level look all across. Anyway, some of my cookware (especially the frying pan) will not sit evenly on the burner. I have a 30 year collection of cookware, not a complete set of anything. Is there a particular type of cookware that is meant for the type of cooktop I've described? Thank you so much for any help you can give me.
A: Are your pans warped? Is the stove warped? How uneven are you talking about? With gas, you don't have to be perfect. Get the pot on top of the flame and it's going to get hot. The better the pan, the more evenly the cooking. Consider yourself lucky! Gas is great to cook with once you get used to it. To answer your question, almost all (there's always an exception) pans will work fine on a gas stove. Just like with an electric stove, avoid really cheap thin pans. Aluminum lined with stainless is great (All-Clad and similar). Copper lined with stainless is even better (Falk and similar). Get a couple of cast iron fry pans for starters. They go from stove to to broiler or oven easily and make good pans for roasting. There have been recent threads here and in rec.food.equipment about cookware. Plenty of good brands out there. You need not spend a lot of mony, but you can if you want to. K Mat has the Martha Stewart Tri Ply and Wal Mart has Club Aluminum. Good stuff at reasonable prices. Farberware and Reverware are good at modest prices, Allo Clad and Kitchen Air are pricey, but very good stuff.
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