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Reactive Mixing Bowls
Mixing bowls are one of the oldest kitchen utensils in the world. Mixing bowls have been known to date back to around 1500 B.C. and they can be easily seen in old royal courts and other places of power. Mixing bowls have come a long way since then too. Today, these useful tools are much more than just a food mixer.
Stainless steel mixing bowls are great for keeping an even heat when making batter and dough. As with all other utensils though, they're not immune to damage. Because they were typically focused on getting the most common, utilitarian ingredient out of a pot or pan, which are all metals, aluminum mixing bowls from this roundup (although you can check out the article on copper cookware there) were left out of the roundup.
The new lightweight materials available today make it possible for cooks to use stainless steel mixed bowls in ways they never had to before. This is good news for bakers, pastry cooks and other cooks. A good mixing bowl should be able to withstand heat, oil, and liquids without breaking or splintering. Mixing bowls in general can be considered "thermal conductors" because as food is heated and cooked it passes over the bowl, which has to be able to withstand that heat.
Nowadays, though, there are many more choices in stainless steel as a material for mixing bowls. These bowls can still be made of all kinds of metals, though their best choice for this job is probably glass. With modern manufacturing techniques, even the glass mixing bowls can be incredibly sturdy and durable.
Stainless steel mixing bowls are available in a variety of colors and designs. They come in many different sizes, and you can choose one based on the size of the mixing bowl itself or on the amount of food you want to prepare at once. You can buy them with or without feet, and even ones with a raised lip around the rim so you can easily add sugar or syrup to your mix.
One thing you'll find if you shop online is that the stainless steel bowls and copper bowls mixing containers can easily be purchased at far less expensive prices than their ceramic, porcelain, or glass counterparts. For example, one set of stainless steel bowls can cost less than half the price of one ceramic mixing bowl. Of course you'll also find that the colors and designs available today have just as many different options as they did back in the day. Just because something was cheaper years ago doesn't mean that it's affordable today.
If you are making soups or stews, you may need more than one mixing bowl. Even though it will cost you less to purchase a single bowl, you'll probably cook more food at once and want to be sure that you have one handy to use when needed. So, as a rule of thumb, you should probably keep a second bowl, a pot or pan, and a mixing bowl at home for emergencies. If you only plan to use one bowl at a time, you can purchase one or two larger pots that will fit easily into a small microwave oven. Keep a spoon and a ladle with you so you can quickly whisk in the ingredients and turn the heat on.
Microwave safe reactive mixing bowls are available. Many websites now carry them, and many major brands offer them in some of their product lines. Microwave safe reactive mixing bowls are available online. Some of them are shaped like cans but with a hole in the center, and you can find bowls that are made from all kinds of materials - plastic, glass, ceramic, glass, metal - and in many different sizes.