Life Hacks

My Experience On Buying Pots and Pans

For me, cooking is more of a hobby than a usual daily activity. I cook most of my food at home and only go out to eat when invited. Every cooking enthusiast knows how much cooking is made easier when you have the best cookware. There are several different types and materials used to make these items, so getting the ideal one can be such a daunting task. The pots and pans buying guide helped in my case.

Buy Pots and Pans Set

The best way to fill your new kitchen in a budget is to buy pots and pans. What are pots and pans? As the name suggests, pots and pans are sets of various cooking equipments and utensils, all which vary for different purposes. They come in different shapes, sizes and colours. Why should you buy pots and pans? Pots and pans come with their own set of advantages. Some are discussed in detail below. The amount of money saved when buying a set instead of each piece separately cannot be neglected. One utensil costs from $20-$30, whereas one set costs a maximum of $200, which contains 15 or more pieces of equipment. This means you save up to a $100, which is a large amount.

Handles and Heat Exposure

The next factor is to consider on the guide was the type of heat source. Most manufacturers will indicate at the bottom of the item which source of heat is suitable for use. For example all pans can be used with gas but there is an exception of copper when electricity is used. Dishwasher safety is the next factor to consider. Wooden knobs and handles are termed not dishwasher safe as opposed to stainless steel and plastic handles.The type of food and the recipe you frequently use can also help you to buy the best pots and pans available.

Variety of Colours

Another advantage is that all the pieces follow a colour scheme. It can be white, black, steel or any other colour. This is good for people who are beauty and clean freaks and prefer their kitchen to look cleaner with same colour utensils and equipments. Factors involved when buying a pot and pan: Now that you’ve made up your mind for buying a pot and pan, there are some things you need to keep an eye out for. They are important for both your health and safety and the set’s longevity. Some are listed below:

Conductivity

People who don’t like chemistry may have skipped this class, so let me give you a short lesson. Conductivity means the ability of a metal to conduct heat. Some materials are better conductors than others. This principle is important for pots and pans set as the better the heat conductivity, the more evenly the food will cook. In this case, Copper is a better conductor than steel and is recommended for good cooking.

Durability

Durability is the ability of a metal to be durable (Duhh!). People prefer sets that can last longer than others so that their money won’t go to waste. In this aspect, Stainless Steel is currently the best option to opt to.

Price

This factor is the most important for all buyers, including me and you, as the least amount of money required to spend is your first option. The amount you pay for the set is directly proportional to the quality of all the equipment you’ll get, so go to the market with a high budget so you can get the best one.

Maintenance

Maintenance is the most important factor for a combo of lazy and clean freak people, who prefer to have their cookware shining with the least amount of effort. In this case, stainless steel is the best as it requires the least amount of maintenance.

Reactivity

This one is important for your health, as some metals can react with foods. This means that food can absorb some metals like Aluminium (And no, you won’t become Wolverine if you eat it), so research your choice and be aware of the reactivity of every food.

 

SOURCE: Cook with Tina

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Having Trouble Planning A “Non-Religious” Office Party?

 Do you have trouble planning your holiday office party? Do you feel that there are too many people opposing to different things that you plan such as religious issues?

Having Trouble Planning A

I am sure that this happens within many organizations and each year, everyone has something to say about what they feel would be the “best” way to celebrate the holidays. Of course, you also have people that do not celebrate the holidays as they don’t follow any religious followings and prefer not to have any religiousness tied into the celebrations.

Of of my readers asks:

Im in the process of planning a Holiday Party for my office. Its getting messyreally messy! Some people are very religious and have issues when others refer to their Christmas trees as Holiday trees. Its been going further than that and someone brought up that Secret Santa is a Christmas event and shouldn’t occur during our non-denominational party. Im not even sure what to plan for anymore, nor can I think of how to bring up these issues to those who arent aware of it.

How does one go about planning a holiday party without making people feel as though it is religious AND without making people feel as though it is doing an injustice to their religion?

My answer to this is:

What I’ve done in the past with these types of parties is to get everyone’s input on how they feel that the party would be best run, taking into account that there shouldn’t be any religious ties to it. This way, everyone will enjoy themselves and not feel that they are being ridiculed because of their religion.

If people are not in agreement to exchanging gifts, then so be it. I would tell them that it’s a nice thought, but there’s no religious ties to it. If they feel that they want to give gifts, it should be because it’s something that they want to share with the entire team, not because of religious reasons. It all depends on how everyone feels about this. You don’t want to leave anyone out.

If all else fails, tell everyone that due to the lack of consensus, you are forced to not hold a party at all. This way, the onus will not be on you, as everyone else could not make up their minds. I know that this sounds harsh, but you want to make sure you cover yourself. Remember that you are trying to do something nice for everyone and if people don’t pitch in, you can’t act Superman / Superwoman and take care of everything.