It is very important to get to know the features, benefits, and shortcomings of a gas stove food preparation process in order to be able to identify the factors important for buying the proper cookware set. There are several go/no-go factors to be considered when it comes to cookware suitability for gas stoves.
Generally, if you don’t have special requirements, your search for the best cookware for gas stoves will be over after you check the following four factors:
This is definitely the most important factor to consider when buying a gas stove cookware set. As gas stoves do not emit heat evenly, your pots and pans must be experts in heat distribution. Otherwise, your food will probably burn on one side and stay raw on the other.
The best possible structure a gas stove-suitable pot or pan can have is the 5-ply structure. 5-ply structure means that your pot/pan is basically a thick sandwich which consists of five interchanging layers. For example, there can be two stainless-steel and three aluminum layers, or a combination of copper and stainless steel, or even titanium. However, keep in mind that titanium cookware sets are extremely expensive.
When it comes to multi-layering, another important tip is taking care of the finish, inner layer material. It must not contain PFOA, lead, petroleum, iron, and cadmium. Your health must always be the priority.
Multi-layering is relevant for the sides of the vessel as well. The best cookware for gas stoves will have thick pot walls. The walls should have a layered structure too.
Being non-stick is very important for any kind of cookware, especially the pots and pans which will be used on high temperatures. As the gas stove flame produces a very high temperature, both superb heat-resistance and the non-stick feature are essential for a good gas stove cookware set. The non-stick finish must be non-toxic.
Another important tip refers to the heat intensity. You should control the flame intensity to prevent extreme heat. Always comply with the rules set by the cookware set manufacturer. Keeping your cooking process on medium heat will ensure that the non-stick coating stays non-stick for a long period of time.
As gas stove cookware is exposed to high heat and direct flame, warranty terms and conditions are a very important factor to be considered when buying this type of product. Most of the manufacturers offer a limited lifetime warranty, but some offer a lifetime warranty that covers all kinds of damages. However, always make sure you carefully read all warranty terms and conditions before you make your purchase.
Number of pieces
The number of pieces of your set is important for any kind of stove and it is especially relevant for gas stoves. Why? The reason is flame line created while using the gas stove. It is important to use vessels slightly bigger than the flame circle. This is why you should have several different sizes of pots and pans, depending on the amount of food you want to prepare.
Furthermore, the size of your kitchen cabinets, i.e. storage space size, level of proficiency when it comes to your cooking skills and a number of people you want to cook for dictate the number of pieces of your set. Therefore, this is important, but a rather subjective factor.