It can be a challenge trying to find the ideal cookware set, one that suits your needs, your budget and your tastes. Choosing cookware that works well with the direct heat of a gas hob over an extended period of time is no easy task. In this article we will review several different cookware sets that may meet your criteria. It is important to keep in mind the following information when choosing cookware for your gas stove.
Gas stove features
With its instant heat, cooking on a gas stove is not the same as cooking on an electric stove. Its high heat does make cooking quick and easy. Gas heats up much quicker and does not evenly distribute heat throughout the cookware like an electrical hob would. Choosing a cookware set designed to evenly distribute and retain heat is vital.
What are the best materials for a gas stove?
Some of the best cookware materials are aluminum, copper and stainless steel. This is because they heat quickly and evenly, are relatively cheap and react swiftly to changes in temperature.
However, aluminum and copper need to be coated with another material like stainless steel to prevent the ingesting of the material. The intake of large doses of aluminum and copper can lead to health problems, affecting the brain, kidney, and liver in particular. Coating the aluminum and copper with stainless steel prevents ingestion of these materials and makes it safer to use.
Cookware materials like cast iron and carbon steel are not as easy to use when cooking. This is because they take very long to heat up and then retain it and don’t react quickly to changes in temperature. These pots are often very heavy and it takes time to learn how to cook with them.
Colored cookware looks very appealing at first, but the paint does not last long because it is subjected to high heats. It often discolors quite quickly, especially with constant use.
Customers seem to agree that the Homi Chef 10-Piece Nickel Free Stainless Steel Cookware Set is the best value cookware for a gas stove. These pots and pans are made of food grade nickel-free Aisi 430 and JYH21CT stainless steel and. They are also PFOA and PTFE free. The pots are constructed using a 3-ply method: a thick layer of aluminum enclosed between two layers of stainless steel. This design, along with its exterior copper band, helps retain and evenly distribute heat when cooking, thus creating a natural non-stick effect while cooking.
The manufacturer recommends that the pans not be used on heat higher than 248F. This is a medium heat. In order to obtain a natural, non-stick effect the pans should be seasoned prior to their first use. Ingredients should be taken out of the fridge at least 15 minutes before cooking, don’t turn the food too early and the pan should be cleaned shortly after use.
This set includes a 8-inch and a 9.5-inch fry pan, a 1-quart and a 2.5-quart saucepan, a 7-quart stockpot and a 2.5-quart sauté pan, which all come with lids. Customers particularly enjoy the riveted stainless steel handles that don’t overheat, as well as the flared rims that assist with easy pouring. They also commented that the weight of the pots are ideal, they’re not too heavy and are quite sturdy.
This cookware set can be used on all hobs and is dishwasher safe and oven safe up to 400F. While the copper band seems to lose its colour with time, customers were happy with the quality of the product they received for the price they had paid.
The best high-end set
If budget is not a limitation then Duxtop’s 14 piece whole-clad Stainless Steel Set is the best high-end option. It is a tri-ply cookware set, which means that the cookware is constructed using three different layers of metal sandwiched together. Most tri-ply pots and pans are made up of a layer of copper or aluminum in between two layers of stainless steel. This mixture of metals ensures that there are no hot spots and that heat is evenly distributed.
Like best value option, this set comes with riveted stainless steel handles that stay cool while cooking.
The cookware is dishwasher compatible and can be used on gas, ceramic, electric and induction hobs. The pots and pans can handle temperatures up to 550F in the oven and can also be used to store food in the freezer.
A couple of customers have complained that their food sticks to the pots and pans, but it is important to remember that cooking with stainless steel is different to cooking with non-stick. With stainless steel you need to preheat your cookware and make sure its hot before adding your ingredients so that they don’t get stuck.
Another common complaint is that the pots and pans get spots and stains on them after boiling water and when they are washed in the dishwasher. But by using a recommended soap, like Bar Keeper’s Friend Cookware Cleanser, you can get rid of these spots and stains.
The majority of purchasers are delighted with their choice. These are strong pots and pans and they are a comfortable weight to use. They are incredibly easy to cook with and clean.
If you are looking for a cookware set that is going to last you the next couple of decades, then this is the cookware set for you.
The best budget option
Buying cookware can be a costly purchase, especially when looking for a good quality cookware set. Thankfully there are cheaper cookware options available. These won’t necessarily last as long as more expensive cookware sets, but will still work very well.
Cook n Home’s 8-piece Non-stick heavy guage set is the best budget option for a gas stove cookware set. This cookware set is made out of thick gauge aluminum, which helps prevent hot spots, and ensures even heat distribution. Oven safe till 375F, this cookware set is ideal for gas stoves but can also be used on other hobs including ceramic and electric hobs. It is also induction compatible although the small saucepan may not be compatible due to its size. This cookware set is also dishwasher safe, a much sought after quality.
This 8-piece set comes with a nice variety of pots and pans: a 6-quart stockpot, 1 and 2 quart saucepans all with lids and 8 and 9.5inch frying pans. They are all nonstick which ensures easy and healthy cooking, and are they are very easy to clean.
This is a well-made cookware set. The copper plating does sometimes wear off quite quickly, but this does not affect the cooking capabilities of the cookware set.
The cookware is made with good quality aluminum and does not contain any toxic materials like lead, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and cadmium. These materials are often used to glaze and coat the material.
This is a beautiful set, which will look good in any kitchen. Anyone who really enjoys cooking and needs a variety of pot sizes will appreciate all it has to offer. It is value for money and a good choice if budget is a consideration.
The best non-stick option
T-fal’s nonstick pots and pans are highly recommended if you are looking for a non-stick option. Non-stick coated on the inside and outside, customers like that they are easy to clean. They also feel it helps them to eat more healthily because they are not using oil or fat when cooking.
This particular non-stick set is made up of a 5.5-quart dutch oven, a 1 and 2-quart saucepan which both come with lids, a 10.25-inch griddle, and 7.5-inch and 11-inch fry pans. Also included in the cookware set is a plastic slotted spatula, a spoon and a ladle. The set is cadmium, lead and PFOA-free.
Customers appreciate the comfortable heat-resistant handles, which will protect hands from burning. The pots and pans are oven safe up to 350F and are also dishwasher safe. The unique Thermo-spot indicator indicates when your pan is properly preheated. Cooking on a pan that is properly preheated is essential for locking in the natural juices of meat and creating tasty meals.
When cooking with non-stick cookware on a gas stove it is recommended to cook on a lower to medium heat. You can also preheat your cookware before you begin cooking, which will make cooking easier. A common complaint is that the non-stick coating comes off quickly. Remember that to increase the lifespan of your non-stick cookware you should cook on a lower heat, using non-metal cooking utensils and wash them by hand instead of in the dishwasher.
Another complaint is that the smaller frying pan is too small. The size of the pan limits what customers can use it for.
The majority of customers who bought this set are very happy with their purchases and really enjoy cooking with this set. This set, however, has surprised users with the quality of its coating and its durability. If you are looking for a good quality non-stick cookware set, then look no further.
Custom set (KitchenFold recommendation)
If you don’t want to buy a prepackaged set and would prefer to put together your own custom set that brings together the best combination of pots and pans, here is our suggested set.
A cast iron griddle comes highly recommended. This unique piece of cooking equipment is ideal for pizzas, grills, quesadillas and pancakes. Its even great for frying eggs. A cast iron griddle is very versatile and can be used in the oven, on the fire and also on a gas hob. The Lodge 10.5 Inch Cast Iron Griddle comes pre-seasoned and ready for you to get cooking. This is a really tough and durable item and will last for many years.
A frying pan is a necessity. We like the MICHELANGELO 8-Inch Frying Pan because, with controlled heat, it cooks food evenly and quickly. Its good to have a frying pan with a lid and this heat resistant lid will seal in the flavor and allow you to watch it while it cooks. Hand washing and cleaning it quickly after use will prolong the life of the non-stick layer.
Now that you have your pans sorted, lets add a couple of pots. A variety of pot sizes are very useful, regardless of the size of your family. For this custom set I have chosen 1, and 3 and 8-quart pots, all with lids.
Cuisinart’s 1-Quart Saucepan would make a wonderful addition to a custom set. Made from strong stainless steel and has an aluminum core for even heat distribution. It is also oven safe up to 550F and can be used to store food in the freezer. The cool grip handle provides safety and the stainless steel lid locks in moisture with its tight fit.
Cuisinart’s 3-quart steamer set is a firm favorite. The steamer basket adds an extra dimension to cooking and makes this a very versatile pot. The basket can be used to steam vegetables, seafood and steam buns, locking in their nutritious value. It has the same features as the 1-quart saucepan but has a glass lid and is oven safe to 500F.
Cook N Home offers a lovely 8-quart stockpot made of a stainless steel. Stockpots are great for making soups, jams and preserves. It can be used on a variety of hobs and can also go in the oven. It is strong and durable and is a long-term investment. It is super easy to clean and the rubber handles make it comfortable to handle when hot.
One last item that is nice to have in the kitchen is a dutch oven. Marinating, cooking, refrigerating and freezing in one pot makes preparing and cleaning a much easier task. Dutch ovens are robust and durable and great on hobs and in the oven. The Lodge 7-quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven comes with a beautiful enamel oyster white finish. The size is perfect for stews and roasts. The cast iron retains heat well and therefore saves on energy. Its tight fitting lid locks in the moisture and keeps meat tender. Hand washing your dutch oven in hot soapy water will keep it in its original condition for longer.
Finding the right cookware set is a daunting task but there are some good options out there. After reading this article you will have a better idea of what to look for and what is available. If the sets that are available don’t meet your specific needs you can always create your own custom set.