Expert Advice on the Selection and Care of Cookware

Stainless Steel PotSelecting cookware for your home can be a difficult decision. There are so many types and brands, each advertising its great features while making no mention of its limitations or problems. How is a consumer to know what to believe and what to purchase?  Which type is safest? Which cooks best?  Which is easiest to use and clean? Which is most durable? Which is the best buy?  In search of answers to these questions, we did some Internet research and asked two of the scientists on our Advisory Board— food scientist Dr. Karin Allen and food process engineer Dr. Tim Bowser--to discuss public concerns about cookware safety, advantages and disadvantages of various types of cookware, and recommended brands.  Click on “Read More” below to reach links to 9 Q/As on cookware.


Whatever cookware you choose, it’s not a life and death decision. Dr. Allen offers this reassurance: “When used as intended, all types of commercially available cookware are perfectly safe.”  The implied warning is this:  Read the instructions!


What Features Should I Look for When Selecting Cookware?


Are Nonstick Coatings on Cookware a Health Risk? 


What Should I Know about Selecting and Using Aluminum Cookware?


Does Using Aluminum Cookware Increase the Chances of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease?


Is Stainless Steel Cookware a Good Choice?


Are Ceramic and Enamel Cookware Safe and Practical?


Do Cast Iron, Glass, Copper, and Titanium Cookware Have Any Disadvantages?


Is the New Silicone Rubberized Cookware Safe?


What Brands of Cookware are Recommended by Experts?



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