How to Cook with Stainless Steel
Your body is a temple and it is your job to keep it healthy. Learning how to cook with stainless steel will help ensure that your temple stays beautiful. I say this because often times we see people at the age of 50 and above in such poor shape. What causes these problems? Studies are showing it is related to an omnivorous diet and cookware surfaces that keeps our bellies stretching out of our pants.
Ask yourself, would you keep your house dirty and full of pathogens? No, right? Then why do we continue to pollute our bodies with food and cooking surfaces that only accelerate the process of aging and harming our insides? There’s a saying “We are what we eat”. And if we continue eating this way then we not only will be harming our bodies but also setting bad examples for our children and grandchildren. The cycle will never stop this way. Do we really want the next generation to inherit our deteriorating lifestyle? It’s time for us to take a stand and to stop this way of living!
12 tips on How to Cook & Clean with Stainless Steel!
1 . When you first get your cookware, wash all of your Stainless Steel pots and pans with hot water, soap and a splash of vinegar. This will help get rid of any existing manufacture oils and residue from the warehouse.
2. Once they are dry and ready for cooking it is important to heat up your pan with nothing else in it. Cook the pan on Medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. This will allow the pan to heat evenly. Stainless Steel isn’t the best at conducting heat. It is actually the aluminum or copper core that is sandwiched in between 2 sheets of Stainless Steel that warms the pot or pan.
3. To test if the pan has heated evenly, you can put small drops of water in the pan and it should make a “Tssss” sound. Now you’re ready!
4. Now, add the Oil or Vegan butter of your choice and let it cover the inside of the pan. Do not use non-stick spray! There are chemicals in the spray that will hurt your Stainless Steel surface.
5. When adding ingredients to the pan, make sure they have completely thawed out and do not have much water on them. Since Stainless Steel is not a great conductor of heat, any large amounts of water or cold temperature food can greatly alter the pans temperature. This will cause you to spend more time waiting for your pan to reheat to the desired temperature. We are all about quick and easy here, don’t waste any time!
6. Cook your food at lower temperatures. Although Stainless Steel has a hard time heating up, it doesn’t have a hard time cooking food once the pan is completely warm. Stainless Steel is great at cooking through to food’s core!
7. Once you are done cooking. It is very important to cover the pans surface with WARM water. This deglazing technique will help prepare the pot or pan for cleaning. Do not use cold water. Stainless Steel is sensitive and drastic temperature change can hurt the pores of the metal. Repeated cold water use after cooking can cause the cookware to breakdown and not heat up properly in the future.
8. Wait for the pan to come down to room temperature with the deglazing water inside.
9. Do not use any metal instrument when cleaning Stainless Steel. Stay safe and use a sponge. Any scratches or marks to the metal’s surface can ruin your pans effectiveness and also put your food at risk. The risk is the Aluminum core. If the aluminum core is exposed, it starts to mix into your food when you cook it. Aluminum deposits in our bodies can become very unhealthy and dangerous.
10.Now use soap and hot water and a sponge to clean your Stainless Steel. Some people say you can use the dishwasher but I do not do that. The reason is because I do not want my pots and pans exposed to any other potential chemicals that could damage my Stainless Steel. Play it safe with soap and water.
11. Lastly, let the cookware either air dry or wipe it down with a towel.
12. *Bonus Tip* Do you want to keep your Steel shiny? Every other month I like to use a microfiber cloth with a touch of vinegar. This keeps the metal shining like new!
Why We Use Stainless Steel
We prefer to use Stainless Steel because of health reasons, functionality, cost effectiveness and appearance!
The Healthy Choice!
Out of all the other cookware that you could cook with, Stainless Steel is one of the safest materials you can use for heating up food. Surfaces like Aluminum and non-stick pans mix chemicals and metals into your food when you cook them. This puts our bodies at harm! With Stainless Steel, you do not have to worry about this happening as long as you are following the 12 steps listed above.
The cookware made from Stainless Steel has a very long shelf life that will outlive you! Well, in most cases if you are taking care of your cookware. Remember to deglaze your pans at the end of cooking as mentioned above. This will help protect the Nickel found in the Stainless Steel. If you do not deglaze then you might scratch the pan while cleaning it. These scratches or marks can expose the aluminum core found in the middle of the pan. If this happens then you are exposing your food to Aluminum metals that are not healthy for us to digest.
It Saves You Money $$$!
What else comes with a reliable cooking set that lasts a life time? Saving money of course! No more having to spend money on replacing nonstick cookware that will not hold up past a couple of years!
Not only is it healthy, durable and saves you money but in our humble opinion it looks really pretty. I love how the metal shines. You can see everything on it. I love walking into my kitchen and seeing the pans hanging from the rack. It has an aesthetic that just screams professional cooking.
The Dangers of “Other” Pans
Here at Quick Easy Vegan, we only use Stainless Steel cookware. The reasons are because Stainless Steel embodies everything we are looking for.
- We stay away from Aluminum cookware because cooking with Aluminum leaches harmful metals into our food that hurts our bodies.
- Same for Non-Stick Pans. The chemicals used on these pans surfaces make their way into our food as well. Cooking with these surfaces is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.
- Glass cookware is difficult to cook with because it is hard to heat evenly across the material.
- I am afraid and do not trust cooking with Cast Iron pans. The idea of not washing them and then reusing them scares me.
- Copper pots seem advanced but apparently are one of the best cookware to cook with. The only drawback with this material is that many people say it is hard to maintain the copper cookware after cooking.
Quick & Easy Vegan Recipe with Stainless Steel
Vegetable Stir Fry
There is no secret to making this quick and easy dish. To save on time and to really make this a quick and easy meal you will want to do the following.
- Use a Rice Cooker
- Buy Vegetables from the Super Market that have already been cut and prepared so that you do not have to do any of the cutting, slicing and dicing. Just make sure you give them a good rinse before cooking!
- Put Rice in the Rice Cooker and let it do its thing.
- Follow the instructions above on how to cook with Stainless Steel.
- Heat up your Stainless Steel pan on Medium Low heat.
- Add the Oil or Vegan Butter and wait for 2 minutes.
- Add your vegetables and seasoning of your choosing.
- Cook the Vegetables to your desired tenderness while stirring pan every now and then.
- 5-7 Minutes for crunchy
- 10 Minutes for medium crunchy
- 12-15 Minutes for not very crunchy
- Turn off the heat and let your Vegetables rest for 2 minutes
- It’s not fun eating scorching hot food.
- By now your rice should be done cooking. Add your Rice to a plate or bowl and then put your Vegetables on the side or over top of your rice. I like to add a little fresh Black Pepper over the food once it is on the plate too.
Thanks for reading the post! I hope it was helpful in learning how to cook with Stainless Steel. If you have any further questions or concerns then please leave a comment below. We would love to hear from you! Thanks again and we hope you are having a great day!