When you need to invest in new cookware for your restaurant, do you know which metal you should be choosing? There are a variety of metals to choose from: stainless steel, cast iron, aluminum, and more! We’ll give you some tips for investing in new cookware:
Stainless steel can be great for cooking highly acidic foods and ingredients. Stainless steel pans won’t discolor sauces or show signs of pitting, which is great for restaurants that pride themselves on food presentation.
- Doesn’t trap food or bacteria
- Durable, long-lasting, non-corrosive
- Variety of metal coatings available
- Long heat-up time
- Inconsistent heat distribution
- Need to buy non-stick version
Cast Iron cookware is known for its ability to cook a variety of food items! However, there is some effort that goes into setup, you need to season the pan beforehand.
- Great for cooking food with oils
- Consistent heating
- Need to spend time seasoning pan before cooking
- Not recommended for acidic foods
Aluminum cookware is great for fast-paced environments because aluminum heats up and cools down quicker than other types of cookware.
- Light weight
- Even heating
- Cookware can become discolored
- Potential taste impacts
- Acidic foods can damage cookware
Copper heats up quickly and cools down quickly allowing for easy and accurate temperature control.
- Even heat distribution
- Temperature control
- Great heat conductivity
- High cost
- Demands frequent maintenance
The cookware mentioned above is just some of the most popular types of cookware available for your restaurant. Before investing in new cookware, be sure to keep in mind exactly how you plan on preparing and cooking the food.