How to Choose New Cookware That Matches Your Skill Level
Whatever your kitchen comfort level, we’ve got cookware to make you feel like a true culinarian.
We all know what it means to be a picky eater. The same discerning taste should apply to your cookware, no matter whether you’re just learning to cook, you have intermediate experience, or you’re a seasoned home chef.
Find your skill level below, and we’ll teach you how to choose cookware that matches your kitchen comfort zone.
1| The Fledgling Foodie
Have you found new inspiration to cook? Is it time to finally test out the recipes in that cookbook you picked up at a yard sale two years ago? Are you ready to Instagram your own culinary creations? If you answered yes to any of these questions, look for cookware that is:
New cooks, beware of the “complete set.” It may seem like you are saving money per item, but it may actually be more expensive if you buy items that you don’t need. Complete sets may work for cooks with more advanced skill sets, but those just cracking their first cookbooks will likely find included items like butter warmers or flared roasters a) overpriced, b) space-consuming, and c) unnecessary.
- Easy to use & maintain
If cookware is hard to use, clean or maintain, it can derail your plans for learning to be a better cook. Fear of failure—or worse, damaging an expensive pan—may keep you relegated to the microwave. Don’t let your cookware keep you from experimenting.
2| The Sometimes Chef
You might be a cook with mid-range skills if you’ve mastered at least 5-10 complicated dishes, and your shelf is laden with multiple cookbooks by chefs you love. You likely have a favorite food blog, and you’re excited to go out to eat just so you can figure out the ingredients so you can make it at home. Intermediate cooks should choose cookware that is:
- Can be bought individually
Now that you’re becoming an at-home chef, it’s time to slowly make your way into more professional cookware. Try adding a few top-quality pieces that match and work well with your existing set. That way, you can ease into a premium set gradually instead of investing everything up front.
- The bottom line
Choose pieces in highly versatile and gorgeous materials like stainless steel. Round out your cookware with a few key pieces that offer stellar performance and look good on the table.
3| The Seriously Seasoned Cook
No guide on how to select new cookware is complete without mentioning the top tier, the home chef.
If you’re a seasoned cook, you don’t follow recipes, you create them – and people come running with every bake sale or neighborhood block party. You’re more than comfortable in the kitchen, and you’ve considered leaving your day job to start a restaurant. Seasoned cooks should go for cookware that is:
Now that you’re cooking at a high level with the best ingredients, and with great frequency, you need cookware that lasts. Sturdy handles and construction will allow you to hoist heavy meat dishes and confidently transfer them to oven or table, as you cook multiple-course meals.
- Maximizes performance
Non-stick definitely has its place in the kitchen but high performance materials like stainless steel allow cooks to push the limits technique. So go ahead, sear that Porterhouse in a 12-inch Premium Stainless Steel Skillet until it crusts, and deglaze those gorgeous brown crusty bits for the perfect sauce. Seasoned cooks know that with feature-packed, high-performance cookware in their arsenal, no recipe is too complex to handle.
- The bottom line
Find cookware made from high quality materials, with a lifetime . Look for professional features that will complement your style of cooking and unique needs.