Few things are quite as satisfying as the taste of a well-prepared, home-cooked meal. Something about the scent of hand-seasoned morsels wafting through the air as plates are being served helps craft a magical atmosphere of family togetherness—no matter how big or small the dish. One of the most popular methods of cooking is baking, and oftentimes the cookware of choice is the pan. But there are plenty of different types of pans out there, so how do you know which one to choose? Ultimately, selecting the right pan comes down to your personal preference and its culinary function. Whether the best pan is a piece of cookware for a specific dish or it comes down to the quality of the piece you're buying, it’s best to have an idea of how it will be used in the kitchen.
There's a little chef in everyone. Sometimes it's just finding your calling. What speaks to you? Is it creating batches of warm, plump muffins? Soft, luscious cake? Banana bread, cookies or pie? Perhaps it's chicken pot pie or shepherd's pie. No matter what strikes your culinary fancy, this collection of pans has you covered. Whether you’re looking to buy pieces in sets or purchase them as separates, the right one can be found here.
Pan-oramic overview. Just as important as knowing the type of food you'd like to cook with your pan is understanding the benefits and drawbacks to the different materials used to create them. Should you go with stainless steel? The answer is yes, if you want durability and a non-reactive surface. Stainless steel pans keep well and don't alter the flavor of foods, but they don't conduct heat as well as other materials, which might cause foods to cook unevenly. If you’re looking for less expensive items, aluminum or cast iron are the way to go. However, aluminum reacts with acidic food and scratches easily, while cast iron can require maintenance to stay in proper working condition. Another option is copper, which is a pricier pan that conducts heat well. But, like cast iron gear, copper pans require some extra maintenance.
Every step counts. Once you've figured out the types of food you’re going to cook, and the make of the pan you're going to use, something else to consider is the nonstick coating. Many of the pans here are made with it. Nonstick can be a nice addition to help avoid sticky messes and cleanup, but it will not last forever. Ultimately, it comes down to a personal decision for what's best for you and your family. So put on your thinking chef's cap, look through this wonderful assortment and prepare to awe loved ones with your memory-making meals.