Cash Out On New Cookware

Diwali is one of the happiest of holidays celebrated by Hindus worldwide. In India, where this festival originated from, it is known to be one of the biggest shopping seasons.
03 Oct 2014 14:39
Cash Out On New Cookware
Minister for Education Rosy Akbar and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama shares cake with Suvavou Kindergarten students after the opening on August 12, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Diwali is one of the happiest of holidays celebrated by Hindus worldwide.

In India, where this festival originated from, it is known to be one of the biggest shopping seasons. The same can also be said for Fiji.

With Diwali coming up at the end of this month, people tend to buy new clothes for themselves and their families, gifts, appliances, kitchen utensils, small to big ticket items such as cars and gold jewelry.

On the commercial side, Diwali is a time for many retail sales and giveaways.

People in the country, whether Hindus or not, can always take advantage of this shopping period to buy new things.

When questions were asked to a few Hindu devotees, most of them pointed out that they don’t totally discard their old belongings when new ones are bought – but it is believed that bringing new things into the house will bring about prosperity. Cookware, in particular pots, is bought on this occasion.

Gone are the days when pots and cutleries are only sold at certain outlets only. Today, you can always get one in any supermarket near you.

Guide to choosing cookware this festive season

Having a hard time choosing the right cookware set for your home? It’s not easy. The number of cookware brands seems to be growing every day and the range of pots and pans is enormous with materials varying from stainless steel, cast iron, aluminum and copper. So with all this in mind how do you eventually decide on the right type of cookware whilst keeping within your budget? The answer is to know exactly what you want before you buy. In a nutshell this means that you need to know enough about cookware to enable you to make an informed decision.

What should you look for when buying cookware?

There are certain things you need to consider when choosing cookware. These include:

Heat conductivity – Some metals are better heat conductors than others. For instance, copper is a particularly good heat conductor whereas stainless steel is not. What this means in terms of cookware is that the better the heat conductivity the better and the more evenly your food will cook. It also means that when you turn the heat up or down the copper cookware will react a lot quicker to the temperature change than stainless steel cookware.

Price – The amount you pay for your cookware will most likely be a determining factor in what you end up buying. The rule of thumb with cookware is to buy the best you can afford.

Durability – Some types of cookware will maintain their good looks and last longer than others. Stainless steel is considered to be one of the best in this respect.

Reactivity – Some metals react with certain foods. Aluminum for instance has a tendency to react with tomato and other acidic dishes. This means that your food can actually absorb some of the metal, so take care with your cookware choices and ensure that you are aware of the reactivity of each product.

Maintenance – If you would prefer to not to have to shine your cookware every night just to keep it looking good then you  will need to consider the amount of maintenance required to keep it in tip-top shape.

Copper and cast iron cookware generally require quite a bit of work to keep it looking pristine whilst stainless steel is normally a little easier to look after.

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