As cookware has become an integral part of kitchen design, InsideOut out asked Cynthia Hew of Bon Vivant for some stylish ways to keep your pots and pans accessible:
- Put pot racks over an island – they come in different sizes and colours to accommodate your collection and colour scheme.
- Create temporary art with your pots and pans by hanging them on a wall, or make a design statement by attaching them to copper or stainless steel piping.
- Choose open shelving to display pots either along the wall or below the kitchen counter.
- Put your pot rack on the underside of an eye-level cabinet.
Top of the range
Cookware comes in a huge range of sizes, shapes, materials and colours. Here is a quick breakdown:
Cast iron cookware that is enamelled inside and out has, for centuries, been favoured as much for the colour it adds to a kitchen or dining table as for its cooking capabilities. Ideal for slow cooking, cast iron pots allow you to cook at lower temperatures, can be used on the stove top and double as serving dishes.
Stainless steel tri-ply
Made from three layers – stainless steel on the inside and the outside, and aluminium or copper in the centre – tri-ply cookware provides excellent heat conduction all the way from base to rim, to ensure even cooking. Tri-ply works on gas, electric, ceramic, and induction stove tops and is oven safe too.
Copper is the best metal for conducting heat, but as it also tarnishes easily, solid copper pots and pans are not common. Instead, various manufacturers have sandwiched copper between layers of aluminium and stainless steel on either side, creating five layers of bonded metals. Like tri-ply, these work on a variety of stove tops and are extremely durable.
Lower end non-stick pans have a simple coating on the inside that is non-stick, but scratches easily. A better quality alternative is a hard anodised steel or aluminium pan where the polymer penetrates into the pores of the metals, providing tough, long lasting non-stick properties that will stand up to the rigours of everyday use.