I’m on a cookware kick with The Spruce Eats. After spending a couple of months researching and testing pressure canners and canning supplies, I’ve moved on to everyday cookware. My focus has been entirely selfish: stackable cookware that fits into the one cabinet in my kitchen or packs neatly for our sailing adventures.
The results of my research into the best stackable cookware will be up on The Spruce Eats soon. This month, I’m personally testing and reviewing several of my favorite sets. Those reviews will focus on the features and function of each set, which gives me the perfect opportunity to share some of the meals I’ll be testing here on Twice as Tasty.
I decided to focus on nonstick space-saving cookware for my testing. Nonstick nesting pots and pans make the most sense for the sailboat; scrubbing out stuck-on food is never fun, especially when hot fresh water and elbow room are in short supply. At home, I’m well supplied with my grandmother’s cast iron pans and a few stainless-steel ones that let me cook with acidic pickle brines, so adding nonstick stackable cookware to my tiny kitchen seems ideal.
Nonstick cookware does require some special handling to make it last. Using metal utensils, knives, or steel scouring pads are among the more obvious no-nos. But I’m often guilty of heating pans over higher-than-needed heat, especially with my powerful new gas range. The main point of caring for these pots and pans is to maintain that nonstick surface, so I’m going to be focusing on recipes that put their interior to the test.
If you’ve scrolled through the Twice as Tasty recipe index, it won’t surprise you that I’ve already shared many recipes that are good test candidates. These are some I’m planning to use in my cookware testing this month:
- Braised Breakfast Potatoes
- Russian Kasha
- Glazed Carrots
- Pan-Fried Tofu
- Zucchini Pancakes
- Red Lentil and Basmati Dosas
- Scratch-Made Pot Stickers
- Last-Minute Risotto
- Berry Curd
- Fresh Caramel Sauce
Whether you’re trying to decide if your old cookware needs replacing or adjusting your cooking techniques to a new set, these recipes will reveal your pans’ nonstick nature. But most importantly, they’re simply delicious.
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Since I’ll be testing pots and pans all month, I’m going to throw some new recipes into the mix. I’ll be sharing those new creations with you in the coming weeks. Dishes that feature eggs, rice, and sauces that require browning and reduction will be part of my testing arsenal. And with the garden starting to take off, expect plenty of fresh herbs and early vegetables to find their way into my test recipes. Check back next week to see what I’ve cooked up.
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