Amazon Wedding Registry Tip: Cookware

By Azure Nelson, Published Sep 10, 2009

If you can’t cook, getting married does not automatically turn you into Betty Crocker. But, it does give you a good excuse to learn a little bit about things in the kitchen, after all, a couple’s got to eat. Amazon’s gift registry guides provide great definitions of some of the most common terms for things like cookware. Check out these definitions for cookware materials: Aluminum: Aluminum is lightweight and conducts heat well, but it can also dent easily and react with food unless it's been anodized. Anodized, or "hard-anodized," cookware is harder than steel and extraordinarily durable--making it a popular choice for a lifetime of cooking. If you're interested in low-fat cooking and easy cleanup, you might want a few aluminum pans with nonstick coating. Stainless steel: Favored for its durable, attractive, and nonreactive qualities, stainless-steel cookware usually comes with a copper or aluminum core to improve conductivity. Stainless-steel cookware is easy to maintain and resists scratching, denting, and warping. Cast iron: Cast-iron cookware is incredibly durable, long lasting, and great for browning, frying, braising, stewing, slow cooking, and baking. As a rule, however, it requires a little extra maintenance. While most cast iron is the traditional black, enamel-coated cast iron is also available and adds color to your kitchen. The enamel coating also makes for easy cleanup. Copper: Copper pots and pans are the most efficient heat conductors and are beautiful in appearance and cooking ability. Polished copper pans also make gorgeous serving pieces. Copper cookware requires frequent polishing to maintain its original appearance and is heavier to lift than stainless-steel or aluminum cookware. For more gift registry tips, check out the rest of this series. Do you think you'll cook more once you're married?

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