Kitchen utensils: what type of stove to choose?

With so many stoves on the shelves, the choice may seem a bit cornelian. It will be a question of first identifying the desired use according to your heat source before going into more detail. Indeed, various specific coatings exist that should be presented in order to be able to refine your choice.

Preliminary advice

First of all, please take into account that you should not use your Cristel stove at a temperature higher than 180°, it is useless and dangerous. On the other hand, keep in mind beforehand what type of cooking you are going to use your utensil for: grilling, live cooking, frying, stir-frying or gentle cooking, simmering or reheating. Next, think about buying a frying pan that is at least 2 to 3 mm thick to avoid the risk of sticking and exposing your food to too much heat. In addition, remember to plan your purchase according to your cooking fires (gas, induction, glass ceramic, etc…). Finally, think ecological and therefore sustainable: “cheap” is often synonymous with rapid deterioration. Indeed, changing the stove too often is neither economical nor ecological, so opt for quality like the Cristel range of stoves.

Stoves in stainless steel, sheet metal or steel

The stainless steel stoves also available, such as the Cristel stove, are virtually unalterable, especially if you opt for 18/10 stainless steel, with 18% chrome and 10% nickel, which is the best alloy ratio. Hygienic, easy to clean with hot and then soapy water, your stainless steel stove will last over time. Moreover, even at high temperatures, stainless steel remains stable and the pan will not change the texture and taste of your food. Concerning the pans made of sheet metal or steel, as our elders liked to use them, we realize that they have ecological virtues, especially through the pellets that form during cooking. This naturally accentuates the non-stick function and therefore the economical management of fat. In addition, it easily withstands thermal shocks and scratches, within reasonable limits. On the other hand, only wash it by hand, so do not wash it in the dishwasher and wipe it off quickly before putting it on in a dry place.

Ceramic or non-stick stoves

The trend concept of the moment is well embodied by ceramic stoves such as the cristel pan, which represents the alternative to the known non-stick coatings. Made from water, zirconia and silica, ceramic stoves are the most environmentally friendly utensil, because they are more natural and healthier than conventional non-stick coated stoves. However, it is important to be careful not to overheat the ceramic frying pan, preferring a gentle and prolonged cooking. Also be careful not to damage or scratch the ceramic as it is somewhat fragile. The “classic” non-stick frying pan, the most common, is recommended for slow cooking, simmering and for vegetables. It is also ideal for searing eggs, fish and meat. Designed to last over time, it also allows for even cooking without the need for fat. It is also easy to clean.