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How to Choose Cookware (That’s Right for YOU)

How do you pick cookware? How do you know what’s right for you? We can help! Start here for an overview, then check out our cookware archives for more detailed articles and reviews. Table of Contents Aluminum (Non-anodized)Aluminum (Hard Anodized)Cast IronCarbon SteelCopperEnameled Cast Iron Dutch OvenGlass/Stone/Ceramic CookwareClad Stainless SteelNonstick CookwareFinal Thoughts Aluminum (Non-anodized)Example: Tramontina Professional […]

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Clad Stainless Cookware: 55 Micro-Reviews to Help You Choose

When All-Clad’s patent on tri-ply cookware expired in the early 2000s, hundreds of brands sprang up to compete with them. Today, the clad stainless cookware market is huuuuge. If you’re trying to select a good brand at a good price, it can be overwhelming.  It would be impossible for even the biggest research outfits to test […]

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The Top 5 Brands of Clad Stainless Cookware (And Why You Should Buy Stainless)

This 8 minute video from America’s Test Kitchen is an excellent introduction to clad stainless cookware (we agree with almost all of it!): The clad stainless cookware market is big. On Amazon alone, there are hundreds of brands to choose from. If you include other websites–from Williams-Sonoma to Wal-Mart, and everything in between–the number of […]

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Tramontina Tri-Ply Clad Cookware: A Comprehensive Review

Tramontina makes several lines of cookware; this review is for Tramontina Tri-Ply clad stainless cookware. See Tramontina Tri-Ply cookware on Amazon nowSee tramontina Tri-Ply cookware at wal-Mart.com now You can find Tramontina at other retailers as well, but Amazon and Wal-Mart tend to have the best pricing. Skip to the “At a Glance” section for basic info about […]

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The 5 Must-Have Cookware Pieces Every Cook Needs (Plus a Few Nice Extras)

Most cooking sites have an article like this one. They list the essential cookware pieces that every cook must have. The lists number from as few as 2 (a frying pan and a sauce pan) to as many as 10 (including every basic pan type plus other tools like knives, a cutting board, etc.). We think […]

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Sous Vide: Passing Fad or Here to Stay?

In less than 5 years, sous vide cooking has moved from the food geekery fringes into the mainstream spotlight. Immersion circulators have become a popular gift item for cooks and food lovers. Food blogs–and not just “modernist” ones–have exploded with sous vide recipes and techniques. It’s a craze that’s taken the culinary world by storm.But […]

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20 Ways to Use a Whipping Siphon

If you’re looking for a new kitchen tool that you can have a ton of fun with, experiment with inexpensively, and make fancy foods you never thought would be so easy, consider the humble whipping siphon. You may think it’s what Alton Brown would call a “unitasker,” used only for whipped cream, and pulled out only […]

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The Best Skillet in Every Category

Looking for the best skillet out there? What makes a skillet “the best”?Skillets (also called frying pans or fry pans) are the true workhorses in your cookware collection. They’re the best tool for searing and browning, which means they get the hardest use–hot cooking oil, rapid temperature changes, and constant scraping with utensils. They’re used […]

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Nonstick Cookware Brands: PTFE or Ceramic? A Comprehensive Guide

Confused about your options for nonstick pans? You’re not alone. The world of nonstick cookware is full of Orwellian-level disinformation. It’s incredibly easy to get misled by the marketing jargon because…well, because it can be misleading. There are a few reasons for this. One is because in the past few years, PTFE–better known as Teflon, Dupont’s […]

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Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About All-Clad: The Ultimate All-Clad Cookware Review

All-Clad is the original clad stainless cookware (the founder of the company invented the cladding process). It’s still American made, and it’s the industry standard for clad cookware. Few people would argue that it’s high quality stuff–but is it worth the high price tag? All-Clad cookware review When most people think All-Clad, they think of All-Clad […]

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The Rational Kitchen’s 2018 Ultimate Gift List for Cooks and Food Lovers

Kitchen items don’t always make the greatest gifts. They can be seen as too practical and unromantic to be gift material. So before you buy a loved one a kitchen-themed gift, make sure it will be appreciated.  Having said that, there are a ton of really wonderful kitchen items that can make fabulous gifts. If you’re going […]

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The Best Vacuum Sealers on Amazon Under $100 (Besides FoodSaver)

If you’re looking for the best vacuum sealer under $100 but aren’t sure what features you want, we can help. Find out how to save money, time, and food with these amazing appliances.  This review is limited to:Edge sealers (no chamber sealers or handheld sealers)Under $100Non-FoodSaver brands (see here for reviews of best-selling FoodSaver models)An average […]

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