Cooking Appliances

If we were still in the Stone Age, quite assuredly we would be roasting our foods right on fires. After all, that’s how we learned to cook and we must definitely not mock those methods now that we have better things at our disposal. We have moved away from those ages, and we now have a lot of sophisticated cooking methods to use. These are our cooking appliances – those servile occupants of our kitchens that make it convenient to cook what we like to eat. Yes, there are times when we want to go back to our roots and cook our freshly caught food on campfires at picnics, but then that’s another story altogether!

This is a brief look into the modern cooking appliances that are available to us.

Several materials are used for making cooking appliances. Today, we use a lot of metals, composite metals and even nonmetals in cooking. The commonly used metals include aluminum, copper and cast iron. Composite metals that we use include stainless steel, carbon steel, enameled cast iron, enameled steel, nonstick cookware and others. At the same time, there are a lot of cooking materials that do not have any metals in them such as ceramics, glasses and silicones. The latter are mainly used for baking purposes and for microwave cooking.

Each of these materials has a particular uniqueness for which they are used. Aluminum appliances are known to be lightweight and durable but they cannot withstand heavy doses of chemicals which means cooking spicy foods in aluminum vessels is ruled out. Stainless steel is known for the fact that it does not retain any stains. Nonstick cookware is used in a big way because of the fact that foods do not stick to them. These are great for people who are watching their diet because foods can be kept virtually oil-free when cooking with nonstick as there is no need of any kind of greasing. Glass, ceramic and silicone are exceptional for the fact that they do not get as hot as metals do. This is of great help in microwave cooking when the cooked food needs to be handled manually most of the time.

Anything that makes cooking easier can be termed as a cooking appliance. Hence, this definition applies to something as simple as a spoon to something as sophisticated as an electric oven with highly accurate temperature control. But then there are direct and indirect cooking appliances based on their contact with the food that is being cooked.

Utensils, cooking and braising pans, skillets, griddles, woks, stockpots, saucepans, sauté pans, etc. are in direct contact with the food that is cooked. These appliances have been used since a very long time in kitchens around the world but today several of them are undergoing modifications and even becoming electric and automatic, something that is making cooking much more convenient.

Electric cookers, electric teakettles, ovens, electric stoves, etc. are indirect cooking appliances because food is not directly put into them. Or, to be more elaborate, food is put in a utensil or container of some sort and then put into them. These are all very popular cooking appliances in every kitchen of the world. Electric cookware has made a big entry in the latter half of the last century. Today, induction cookware which used electromagnetic effect for cooking is making its presence felt in a big way. But, though the principles behind the working of such cooking appliances are changing, their basic purposes remain the same.

When you buy a cooking appliance, you have to understand what the appliance will exactly do for you and whether you will actually need it. Using most of them is not a problem because they are very simple to use – most of them are just meant to be plugged on and used for the purposes that are indicated.

This Cooking Appliances Review is Written/Updated on Mar 17th, 2009 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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