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How to Select Bakeware Sets?
When buying bakeware, it is important to find a set that will best suit you. Different bakeware comes in a variety of styles and materials, and each of them performs in a slightly different way. If you are a new baker, you will likely want a cook's favorite set, so you can make as many baked treats as possible without having to wash and re-stick every single piece. However, if you have made baked desserts for a while, you might prefer a different style of cookware. Either way, there are a few types of bakeware to consider, and it is worth your while to consider them all before making your purchase.
For starters, there is the traditional bakeware set, which includes the bakeware itself, a collection of molds (usually stainless steel), and a selection of bakeware tips and tools. Baking with this basic set can be an excellent option, especially if you are just getting started making sweets or pastries. The molds can come in a variety of colors, and the pots and pans can come in a wide range of sizes. In fact, it may be difficult to imagine an amateur baker being able to choose a set of bakeware that is large enough to house a complete bakeware set!
Next is the silver-ware bakeware collection. These sets typically include a silver pot with a couple of 9-inch round cake pans, a collection of measuring spoons, and a spatula. Some silver-ware bakeware even come with candles or other decorative embellishments and sometimes even come with a book of cake decorating designs! Another advantage to this type of bakeware sets is that they tend to not contain lids, which keep foods from melting too quickly. This means you can bake longer before having to thicken or re-heat the cake.
Finally, there is copper cookware. Copper is a durable alloy that conducts heat well, which makes it ideal for baking. However, copper cookware can be very expensive and is also very heavy, which may make it difficult to move around. Fortunately, if the copper cookware set is made of sturdy cast iron, it will likely remain balanced on top of a heating element. Because the cookware is so heavy, it usually doesn't require any special tools to lift it up, so it may be the most convenient kind of bakeware to own.
Once you've decided on the type of bakeware you'd like to purchase, you must determine what kinds of baking you plan on doing. Baking bread is different than baking cakes. For that type of baking, you'll need a different type of bakeware. For example, the copper bakeware mentioned earlier is great for baking bread, but it would be a disaster for making cookies or brownies. Therefore, you must choose the right bakeware based on what you're planning to do.
For instance, if you choose to make cakes, you'll obviously need different bakeware for baking them than you would for brownies. Naturally, the bakeware you buy should match the pans you have in order to fully guarantee success. This might require a bit of research, but it's definitely worth the effort. Just remember, no matter how good some of the cookware in a particular department may be, if they are not compatible with the pans you own, the result will not be as perfect. Therefore, it's important to make sure that you have the proper cookware for the job.
If you plan on baking a cake, you'll need a variety of pans. Copper bakeware is great for baking a cake, but you may want to consider investing in a set of cake pans, which are made of thinner metal and therefore more durable. The last thing you want is to have to replace your bakeware within just a few months of each other. As with any type of cookware, though, you will probably need to bake more often. That means you should get a set of bakeware that has several different size pan options.
These are really the basic things to keep in mind when you're looking to purchase a new set of bakeware. The final decision you'll have to make is whether or not to get a stainless steel pan or one made from aluminum. Although stainless steel pans are usually pretty well-suited for baking most types of foods, they can become discolored over time, and aluminum pans are much less expensive.