A well-equipped kitchen is a must for any cook. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced chef, there are certain pieces of cookware that are essential for every kitchen. In this blog post, we will discuss the top choices of cookware for every kitchen. We'll also provide tips on how to choose the right cookware for your needs. So, whether you're just starting out or looking to update your current collection, read on for some helpful advice!
- Kitchen Essential is an investment
- Large to medium size Saucepan and Sauté Pan
- Non-Stick Kadhai/ Wok
- Cast Iron Grill Pan
- Stainless Steel Fry Pan
1. Kitchen Essential is an investment
I'd like to take a moment to express my satisfaction with the quality of the items. While I understand the appeal of saving money by buying less expensive cookware, I've discovered that while you don't need to spend a lot of money on top-of-the-line equipment, investing in some good pots and pans does make a difference.
The recommendations I provide below are moderate choices, and they have lasted for many years in my opinion. If you can invest in high-end equipment, I recommend consulting with specialists at a good cooking store.
2. Large to medium size Saucepan and Sauté Pan
Large to medium size Saucepan and Sauté Pan: These are the workhorses of your kitchen. Ideal for every occasion, cook your sauces, curries, gravies, and glazes with one of these two cookware. From boiling or steaming vegetables, making gravies, curries, dal tadka, or cooking rice and pasta to making sauces, or chicken stock, or a large pot of soup; a saucepan is a necessity. A 16cm to 20 cm is a good choice for serving 2-3 people at a time. A sauté pan on the hand is a must for every spice loving Indian looking for an all-rounder pan. From dry roasting your Garam Masalas, to preparing sooji dishes, dosas, chillas, fit for sauteing veggies, browning of meats, pan sauces, dry roasting spices, and nuts. An ideal size for a family of 2-4 people would be 24cm. We recommend:
1) Meyer Stainless Steel Saucepan
2) Meyer Hard Anodized Saucepan
3) Meyer Stainless Steel Sauté Pan
4) Meyer Hard Anodized Sauté Pan
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3. Non-Stick Kadhai/ Wok:
An essential utensil in the Indian kitchen, it is fit for making family sized meals and has endless utilities. Kadhai is the cost-effective, intelligent cookware that will help you to cook healthy. Roasting, pickling, sautéing, and deep-frying; everything can be done in this vessel. Cook with less or no oil and still confess your passion for spicy stir-fry recipes, Kadai Paneer, Kadai Chicken, rajma, Poriyal and what not. A 26cm to 28 cm Kadhai/ Wok can easily 3-5 people each. We recommend:
1) Meyer Merlot Kadhai
2) Circulon Origins Kadhai
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4. Cast Iron Grill Pan
Grilling on your outside grill is nearly hard to do. If you live in an apartment, grilling in general is near-impossible. As a result, we propose investing in a cast iron grill pan. This pan is ideal for when you don't have access to an exterior grill. Keep in mind that this isn't the same as a non-stick grill. Cast Iron grill pans usually have deeper ridges than other non-stick versions. The reason for this is the manufacturing process. Grill pans made of cast iron can withstand extremely high temperatures, therefore, are ideal for grilling and baking. Because of the excellent heat retention capabilities of your grill, you may keep chicken and steak warm until serving by grilling them.
1) Meyer Cast Iron Grill
2) Meyer Cast Iron 2 in 1 Grill
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5. Stainless Steel Fry Pan
Meyer Stainless steel frying pans are ideal for browning or searing meat, vegetables, and sauces. Like cast iron, they distribute heat uniformly but are a lot lighter, making them easier to handle. Stainless steel mirror-like finish allows you to easily spot when meats and veggies are browned, as well as when your pan sauces are ready. Stainless steel frying pans are strong, versatile, and long-lasting, making them ideal for everyday use. You can cook with them on the stove, induction or bake with them in the oven (typically at temperatures of up to 500°F). They're dishwasher safe and can take a scratch from a metal utensil or scrub pad now and then.
1) Meyer Select Stainless Steel Fry Pan
2) Meyer Trivantage Stainless Steel Fry Pan
3) Meyer Centennial Stainless Steel Fry Pan
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1) Does a Stainless-Steel pan require seasoning?
One of the benefits of stainless-steel pans is that they don't corrode or rust easily. Unlike carbon steel and cast-iron frying pans, you don't need to season them.
2) How about cast-iron handles getting too hot?
That is expected from a heavy-duty cast-iron pan, it is a single block with handle. There is no rivet or attachment, however, we provide our customers with a complimentary fabric sleeve to protect your hands. Moreover, you can use an oven mitt to ensure your hands’ safety.
3) We mix, stir, and turn at the same time while using a Kadhai, does it affect non-stick coating?
If you are not using harsh or sharp spatula which can damage the surface, then you don’t need to worry. Meyer has the best quality silicon accessories made for non-stick cookware. We highly recommend using silicon or nylon accessories to prevent scratches.
4) What is the use of a colander lid on a Meyer Select saucepan?
It helps in draining out the water from the pan while you leave boiled rice, pasta, legumes, or veggies in the pan. You don’t need an extra strainer or sieve.
5) Instead of buying individual pieces can I buy a cookware set?
Yes, Meyer has the award winning Accent series available for customers who are looking to buy a special set which has everything that they need in their kitchen.
1) 2 Litres hard anodized non-stick saucepan
2) 5 Litres stainless steel stockpot
3) 26 cm hard anodized non-stick chef pan
4) 28 cm hard anodized non-stick frying pan
5) Small universal stainless-steel lid (fits saucepan and stockpot)
6) Large universal stainless-steel lid (fits chef pan and frying pan)
7) 3 pan protectors.