When, over a century ago, it was discovered that by adding chromium to the tough alloy of iron and carbon, it became more resistant to oxidation or rusting, one would not have anticipated the impact of this metallurgical breakthrough. Since then, there have many further improvements to the formulation and resulting properties of this new alloy that has seen everything from washing machine drums, aircraft, tools, cutlery, and surgical instruments to smart-looking cookware sets, fabricated from stainless steel.

Due to its hygienic nature, in 1928, the metal was first used to manufacture fermentation vessels for brewing beer. Since then, it has been widely utilised throughout the food and beverage industry. In addition to providing an easily cleaned, hygienic work surface for use in the preparation of food, the same properties made it the perfect material from which to manufacture pots and pans. Today, stainless steel cookware is as popular in the home as it is in commercial kitchens and there are some very good reasons for its popularity.

From a cook’s point of view, one of the most compelling reasons to choose this product is its performance. The metal absorbs heat quickly and distributes it evenly, so the contents of these vessels will also cook quickly and evenly. Furthermore, when the cooking is done, their hard, smooth, and non-porous surface also makes them easy to clean.  Even stubborn burned food residues should not present a problem if stainless steel cookware is left to soak in detergent overnight and, if necessary, given a final scrub with a non-abrasive pad.

While cooks will appreciate the fact that these pots and pans do not need to be seasoned to prevent rust, diners too will be pleased that the alloy will not react with acid foods, such as tomatoes. Another benefit of this material’s lack of reactivity is that there is no risk that it could impart a metallic taste to the contents of a pan as other metals might tend to.

At less than half the weight of the cast iron equivalent, stainless steel cookware is much easier to handle, especially for an older person who may have less strength in their wrists. Perhaps even more of a bonus is its versatility.  Not only is the alloy suitable for use on both gas and electric hobs, but its iron content means that it can also be used with an induction hob, thus offering owners the option of a faster, cleaner, and more economic method of cooking. Be certain to check though, as some varieties of the alloy are actually non-magnetic.

Due to the high demand and multiple uses for the metal, a stainless-steel cookware set should be well within the reach of the average household budget, while its bright, shiny surfaces are the perfect way to add some sparkle and a touch of class to the kitchen.

Clearly, if you are thinking of investing in some new pots and pans, there are a number of very compelling reasons to consider opting for a stainless-steel cookware set. Naturally, you will want top-quality, as well as value for money. To ensure both, the best option is to pop into your nearest Snappy Chef outlet, or purchase it from the online store.