The joys of owning your own food industry are numerous, but the little details involved can sometimes be a little overwhelming, from choosing where to do the work (BLT Kitchens has your back in that instance!) to knowing all the rules, codes, and regulations in the industry to choosing your cookware for a commercial kitchen. The list of what you must know can often seem limitless, but part of our job is to do whatever we can to help you become a success! Today, we want to take a little time to discuss the core of your work, the cookware you use every day. There are lots of choices on the market, but for the moment we want to focus on the choice between aluminum or steel cookware which is more expensive than other options available.

Aluminum Cookware

There are three different types of aluminum cookware to choose from: untreated, hard anodized, and non-stick coated aluminum. The non-stick coated aluminum being the easiest to use, as it cleans easier. Untreated aluminum has a very steep downside, as acidic foods will actually take on the taste of the aluminum, changing their taste, something no chef wants or needs. On the plus side, aluminum is lightweight, costs less, and conducts heat evenly. It is also easier to clean, although the non-stick coated aluminum should not be placed in the dishwasher, as it can erode the non-stick surface. On the negative end of the list, aluminum cookware cannot be used on high heat or baked in the oven, metal utensils will scratch, and they just don’t have the ability to brown or sear the meat very well.

Stainless Steel Cookware

Also offering three varieties—single ply, bottom clad, and fully clad—stainless steel has often been the choice of chefs all over the world. It’s list of pros is an extensive one, providing a premier heat conductivity, a surface that it is not easily scratched, (meaning metal utensils can be used) it is oven and dishwasher safe and is quite possibly the most attractive of options. The con list starts with a big deal for new businesses, as it can be quite costly to purchase. Food may stick to it more easily, and if you are a hardworking chef, the weight of it can put a lot of stress on hands and wrists after a long day at the stove.

What about ceramic, glass or metal cookware? Find out what might work best for you!

Choose BLT Kitchens to Help Choose Between Aluminium or Steel Cookware

Sometimes the little details can make you feel overwhelmed, and although we can’t solve all your problems, when it comes to your business, BLT Kitchens can make it easier to succeed! Take a tour of our commercial kitchens today and move your business to the next level.

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