A bit on the higher side, it does not come at a bargain. But, always remember it is the combination in the alloy of metals that decide if your cookware is food grade or not. We must understand that being inexpensive also means the market can offer you stainless steel cookware of qualities ranging from great to good to worse. If we use low-quality and cheap stainless-steel cookware then prolonged use can lead to dents and grooves in the cookware where deposition of dirt can occur. These are difficult to remove by and might ultimately contaminate food. Sometimes cooking wet sauces, especially tomato, citrus or acid-based ones will cause nickel to seep into your food, if it’s not food-grade.
However, technological advancements have revolutionised stainless steel in 21st century. Top brands like MEYER and CIRCULON use the best quality of stainless steel available from JAPAN (Nippon Corp, FW2 grade) to offer you the best of cookware. You have high-quality stainless-steel cookware from brands like Meyer, Circulon. Meyer Select which range from Rs.1500 to a max Rs.6000 and almost last a lifetime. At the same time, you have stainless-steel cookware which cost nothing on the pocket but tend to crack after using for a month because of low–quality material used. Lased with heaps of nickel to make them look shiny; they fail to match even the basic standards of health. It might feel, the price pinches the pocket but it’s the price we pay for good-quality food-grade stainless-steel cookware that will bestow us with no-nickel food and great health.
Its great qualities easily outweigh the shortcomings. Now, imagine the freedom of being able to cook anything (Totally Non-Reactive) and amazing sturdiness that helps to prevent the hot spots. The power to be forged into any shape and size; from woks, kadhai, stir-fry, fry pan, saucepan to simply anything and everything. And, the ambidexterity that allows you to find a cookware for every occasion. That’s the competence that stainless steel will equip you and your kitchen with.
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