Archive for October, 2018

Copper Saucepan Sets

October 22nd, 2018

One of a chef’s most prized possessions is his saucepan set. Not only because it is at the heart of his cooking, but can greatly affect the way his food tastes and how he/she can perform in the kitchen. Of all the saucepan sets available the pinnacle of them all is the copper saucepan set. So why is a copper saucepan set so sort after?

Advantages Of A Copper Saucepan Set

Copper is one of the best heat conductors known to man, so as soon as you change the temperature of the heat sauce you will almost immediately affect the food you are cooking. For example, if you are worried you food is starting to burn then you can reduce the heat and this will reduce the heat on your food and stop it from burning. If you are using a saucepan that is a poor conductor of heat for example, cheap stainless steel saucepan sets although you reduce the heat the saucepan still stays hot and continues to burn your food. Because copper is such a great conductor of heat whatever the shape or design almost never has any heat spots. This means you will have a uniform heat throughout your pan which is easy to control. They also have a great weight to the pan which is heavier enough to keep stable on your hob, but light enough to feel comfortable in your hand for any long periods of cooking.

Depending on your view a copper saucepan set when polished an well maintained can look fantastic displayed in almost any kitchen. So if copper is such a great material why don’t we all have them?

Disadvantages Of A Copper Saucepan Set

The most obvious disadvantage is they are prohibitively expensive. Copper particularly in recent years as become very expensive. In 2003 a metric tonne of copper cost under $2000 since then it has gone up with a current copper price of over $8000 and it is predicted to continue to rise. This makes copper saucepan sets out of the budget of most consumers. The other main disadvantage of a copper saucepan set is their maintenance. You cannot put them in the dishwasher and should never leave them in water for long periods ensuring you dry them thoroughly after use. Because copper can react with certain food types they are lined with either tin or steel. Although steel lined pans are more expensive they last longer than tin lined pans that would require re-tinning every couple of years. This makes tin lined copper saucepans a false economy. Although you can use modern cleaning pastes to keep your copper saucepan sets clean they are still a higher maintenance product than ones that are dishwasher safe.

Whichever type of material saucepan set you decide upon you should always check the manufactures instructions to ensure they not only suit your cooker type but also you know how to maintain them.

Which Kitchen Canisters are the best to buy?

October 21st, 2018

History of Vintage Kitchen Canisters

Kitchen canisters became popular in the early 20th century when Hoosier style cabinets had storage jar sets that fitted these kitchen cabinets to store ingredients. Normally these canisters from the depression era were made from glass and a kitchen canister set would consist of a coffee and tea canister, a salt box, and between four and eight spice jars.  Some of these kitchen canister sets included a hanging sugar jar and the now traditional cracker/cookie jar.  Primarily made by Sneath for  Hoosier cabinets they produced five main styles

  • Colonial
  • Napanee
  • Mission
  • Triple Skip
  • Zipper (originally called Quaker)

These kitchen storage canisters along with, salt and pepper pots, beaters, measuring cups and jars, would have been used in an early twentieth century kitchen and can still be found in some form in you modern day kitchen today.

Selecting the right Kitchen Canister

When selecting your kitchen canisters it is essential you select the right canister for what you require. It’s not just about the canister style, but size and material are factors that will ensure you will find a kitchen canister set you will not only be proud to own, but will be functional  as well.

Common Kitchen canister materials, sizes and shapes

In today’s modern kitchen you can find kitchen canisters in a variety of materials. For example:

  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Ceramic
  • Wood

Varying sizes and available as sets the kitchen canisters of today are available from as small as a spice jar to large cookie jars and bread bins. With many different shapes of canisters from round jars to square tins, one of the essential design features is to ensure an air tight fit with a rubber seal with either a clip lid or screw top depending on the ingredients or produce you wish to store. Common types of kitchen canisters are

  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Tea
  • Spice jars
  • Salt
  • Biscuits
  • Cookies
  • Bread bins
  • Water Jug
  • Pasta
  • Cake tins

Popular manufactures of storage jars

There are many manufactures of these kitchen storage canisters with household names such as Brabantia, The Emporium Kitchen, Kitchen Craft and Pfaltzgraff.