The Best and Worst Cookware Materials

Today the market is filled with a broad range of cookware making it quite confusing for consumers to decide which cookware materials are best suited for their kitchens. Which cookware material lasts longer, matches your budget, poses no health concerns, and most importantly requires less maintenance? Bearing all these determinants in mind, it is both tedious and challenging to choose an ideal cookware material for your kitchen.

There are many modern styles and brands of pans and pots that are versatile and perfectly safe for cooking; however, there are a few that may cause health issues if used regularly. In the subsequent paragraphs, we will help you by clearing up any such confusion related to what types of pans and pots are easy and safe to use for different cooking styles.

The following are the best types of cookware materials for any kitchen:

Cast Iron

cast iron cookwareCast iron is one of the most traditional and popular cookware materials that have been used by both home and professional cooks for generations. This is because, this cookware material offers good heat retention and great conductivity, and, of course, is very durable, if seasoned regularly. Cast iron cookware is ideal to sear meat, and it is just the thing that you need for all those dishes that go from the cooktop straight into the oven. Cast iron is not as expensive as enamel cookware and offers you the comfort of cooking different recipes. Lodge cast iron cookware brand is one of the most recommended brands by cooks worldwide.


Enamel cookware material is perfect for all those dishes that need balanced heat spread across the surface. This is one of the safest cookware materials available in the market today. Enamel cookware is not only easy to use, but simple to clean after all your cooking too. Another feature that makes this non-stick surface cookware material an instant hit amongst cooks is that it does not react with any foods. Hence, you no longer need to bother about hazardous metals and chemicals leaching into food. Enameled steel, enameled ceramic, and enameled cast iron cookware are some of the best quality cookware choices for you in the market. Le Creuset enamel cookware is one brand to check out.

Stainless Steel

stainless steel cookwareStainless steel is yet another traditional cookware material preferred by more than 60% households worldwide. It is durable, affordable, long lasting and requires very little maintenance. This cookware material can withstand abrasive cleansers without denting or scratching, and it is dishwasher safe, making it ideal when cleaning. Stainless steel cookware can be practically used for all types of cooking, starting with browning meat, preparing a sauce, to making a quick dish. This cookware material does not leach into food, unlike copper and aluminum cookware materials. Although, you must note that stainless steel is not a good conductor of heat like cast iron and enamel cookware. All-Clad is one of the best brands when it comes to stainless steel cookware. To ensure you buy only the best and high quality cookware set, see the list of best cookware sets published by the Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports editors review the best cookware sets with videos, photos, and user reviews.

The following are the worst types of cookware materials for any kitchen:


teflon cookwareTeflon cookware is one material that most health experts do not recommend. The reason being, it is made from a chemical called PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid), which is one of the most relentless synthetic chemical known to man. Studies in animals show that PFOA causes immune system damage, cancer, growth defects, and liver damage. Teflon releases hazardous chemicals into the air during use and leaches into food while cooking. Thus, this is one cookware material to avoid.


Although aluminum cookware is not as toxic as Teflon, it does pose some hazardous risks to your health. Aluminum leaches into foods and reacts with acidic foods (citrus products and tomatoes) during cooking and increase the toxic threat when this food is consumed. Studies show that aluminum exposure can harm the human nervous system and may also lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Hence, aluminum cookware is one cookware material that you must avoid for your cooking purposes.

Espresso machine buying tips

Buying an espresso machine can be tricky, given the wide range of machines that are available today. Buying an espresso machine can be doubly tricky for a first-time buyer. It is undeniable that a home espresso machine is a good investment and it will in turn save you tons of money that you would otherwise spend at your favorite cafe. So if you have decided to buy an espresso machine for the first time, thumbs up. But you need to know what will be ideal for you.There are four major types when it comes to espresso machines- manual, semi-automatic, automatic and super automatic. Among these, it is advisable for you to stick to either a manual machine or a semi automatic one.

manual espresso machineA manual machine is good for beginners to start with. There are mainly two kinds of manual machines- the spring piston lever machine where there is a spring inside the machine that puts pressure on the water and pushes it for it to pass through the coffee muck once you pull the lever; and then there is the direct lever machine where you have to pull a lever that will directly push the water. Otherwise these machines are almost similar. The good thing about a manual machine is that it can produce the world’s best espresso shot at the hands of a good brewer because this machine allows you more control over your brew than any other semi automatic or automatic machine. Manual machines come with the added benefit of pre-infusion, where you can keep your ground coffee infused with hot water for some time. This is something that always yields a good result(but you need to know how long your coffee needs to be infused as different beans require different infusion time). This machine also lets you control the amount of water allowed to pass for each shot. But downside of a manual machine is, well it is manual and a lot depends on your expertise. So as a first time buyer, if you want to go for a manual machine, be prepared for some hands on learning experience and disappointment. For more information on the best espresso machines, read reviews by visiting the link.

semi-automatic espresso machineSemi automatic machines are relatively easier to use. That is why most home users prefer a semi automatic machine to begin their coffee brewing journey. These machines, unlike their manual brothers, control the pressure by themselves. There’s also a temperature controlling heating device that turns on automatically whenever it detects that the boiler water temperature has dropped. Other than this, here you do get control over the amount of water passed through for a shot, and there is a manual switch for this purpose.

So, now choose carefully. If you are patient and eager to learn and also do not mind some bad shots of espresso, you can safely invest in a manual machine. But if you want something less hands-on and more consistent, a semi automatic machine is you best bet.

Best Juicer: juicer buying made easy

JuicerThese days no one is really fit. It’s because of too much consumption of processed food and drinks. Processed food and drinks contain harmful chemicals that affect digestive system’s normal process and weaken immune system. It’s better to consume healthy food and homemade drinks instead of processed food. Juicing is great way to remain fit and healthy. Just drink a glass of vegetable juice every day. But do you know every juicer is not same. Amount of nutrients getting into juice also depends upon juicer being used.  Also it’s not very easy to pick a juicer. It’s very confusing as there are so many juicers and juicing machine brands available in market. If you are planning to buy a juicer, I recommend you to read juicer reviews first. I recently bought a juicer based on “Best Juicer’s” ratings and it has been going strong from last 2 months. If you also want to purchase juicer then you may want to look at best juicer website. This website explains technical behind juicing machines. This explains you about type of juicers and difference between a masticating, centrifugal and twin gear juicer. I’ll also brief you about these types of juicers.

Slow Masticating JuicerMasticating juicers are also sometime known as slow juicers. These juicers rotate at slow speed of around 50-150 rpm.  They make juice slower than regular juicers. They are slow but their juice quality is highest. They make nutrient and mineral rich juice. There price is higher than usual juicers. There price vary from $300 to $400. Breville and Omega both make masticating juicers. Centrifugal juicers are faster than masticating juicers. These rotate at very fast speed of around 10000- 120000 rpm. They make juice in few seconds. They are not very expensive. You can get a basic centrifugal juicer for $100. Breville makes best centrifugal juicers but there price is higher than usual centrifugal juicers. Twin gear juicers are just like masticating juicers. Only difference is that they have two gears. They make nutrient rich juice with very high yield. But they are expensive. There price varies depending upon brand.

Now I will share some tips that will help you enjoy benefits of juicing quickly. First of all you should use pesticide free veggies. It is best if you use organically grown vegetables and include greens veggies like celery, spinach in your juice.  You should drink your vegetable juice right away. If you store it for long time nutritional decline will happen.


Anita’s is a small specialty restaurant that focuses on personal service warm environment and creative menu items. Our theme is Crepes and French cuisine but we are not restricted to just that, we love to come up with creative drinks and food that focus on local and organic and made from scratch ingredients. Anita began selling crepes at Farmers Markets around town in 2004 and then opened Anita’s Crepes Restaurant in between Ballard and Fremont on Leary in October of 2008. At the restaurant we are well known for our Saturday and Sunday brunch and outside of this we are known for catering crepes at special events and parties, made to order on the spot just like on the streets France.

Welcome to Anita’s Crepes!

Here you will enjoy the best of local, organic, made from scratch ingredients along with imported meats and cheeses, friendly service in a nice warm environment.

See our new hours posted at right.  We’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Friday thru Sunday, and breakfast and lunch during the week.

This spring we will be attending the Ballard, Magnolia, Queen Anne, Columbia City, Redmond, Mercer Island and Bellevue markets.  Come see us and say hi!

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Seattle, WA 98107
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