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A Brief History of Cookware & Bakeware

What’s the history of cookware and bakeware? Human-made pottery has existed for thousands of years and dates back to 24,000 BC. When humans discovered fire they started making pottery to cook food and carry water. This changed the way that humans ate. Ceramics and pottery have existed for eons but the first ceramics were quite fragile. As time passed humans found new materials to use for making cookware including copper, iron, and aluminum. However, even though today there are high-tech materials used like Teflon ceramic cookware still exists and it’s still strong.


Key Features When Buying Cookware & Bakeware

  1. Material

This is one of the most important issues to consider when shopping for cookware/bakeware. Some of the most popular materials include:


  • Ceramic
  • Aluminum
  • Cast Iron
  • Stainless Steel
  • Coated/Composite
  • Copper


Each type of material has pros and cons so it’s important to weigh them before picking a particular piece of cookware or bakeware. For example, non-stick materials by definition can prevent eggs from frying to frying pans, or cookies from sticking to baking sheets. Meanwhile, some metals are more prone to rusting while others have a higher cost due to the manufacturing process.


  1. Type

The types of bakeware/cookies are quite varied so this is an important issue to take up when you’re shopping for them. For example, there’s a big difference between a small frying pan and a large slow cooker. Different types of units have different functionalities so it’s important to think about the ways you plan on using the cookware/bakeware. That, in turn, will help you to pick the right type of unit for your needs.


  1. Brand

There are several quality brands of cookware/bakeware on the market including T-fal, Cuisinart, WearEver, GreenLife, and others.  The old saying that “You get what you pay for” generally applies when buying cookware/bakeware. If you purchase an off-brand you can save a lot of money but you’ll have to deal with things like cheap non-stick features that won’t last long. Cookware/bakeware is an investment in your home so it’s a good idea to purchase units from established brands in order to get better results.


  1. Budget

The amount of money you budget for your cookware/bakeware is important. Features that affect the price tags include brand, type, material, piece/set, and others. There’s a good chance that you’ll be using the unit often so it’s a good idea to spend more for quality bakeware cost-effective. If you shop around you can find quality pieces at lower prices so it’s certainly worth taking this step so you can save some money for quality pieces.


  1. Quality

This is somewhat of an X-factor because there are several factors that affect it. In general, you can avoid most quality issues by picking an established brand instead of an off-brand. Those companies produce products with higher price points but you’ll also be getting better quality. That’s a plus if you don’t want to deal with low-quality materials, craftsmanship, etc. That could cause you to replace the unit quite soon.

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