Basics of Steel Pots and Pans

While it definitely helps to read reviews and get advice from friends (especially those who love to cook) when it comes to pots and pans for many there are strong personal preferences. Probably no set of cookware is perfect, but you have to determine what is best for you, what fits your needs best and what has more positives for you than negatives. To help with this it’s good to know some basics about pots and pans, about how the different materials heat, handle sticking, their durability etc. Hopefully this will help you on your quest for the perfect, OK almost perfect, pot and pan set.If you’re looking for more tips, Cooking pots ‘n’ pans has it for you.

-Stainless Steel

Stainless steel pans are a very popular because they are sturdy and nonreactive. They aren’t non-stick though so you’ll have to use an oil or other fat to help prevent things from sticking to them, but that also usually adds more flavor to what you’re cooking anyway. Many opt for stainless steel pans that have an aluminum or copper bottom for more even cooking temperatures. Another option is all clad stainless steel which has an aluminum core that extends up the side of the pan with a stainless steel coating.


Aluminum cooks well and if you get a thick aluminum pan it will distribute the heat more evenly. It can handle metal spoons, but in time it can get pitted from cooking a lot of acidic foods in it.

Even better than regular aluminum is anodized aluminum which provides a very durable surface, stronger than regular aluminum. It distributes heat very well and has less of a problem with sticking than stainless steel. They aren’t low priced, but if you get a set they should last for a long time. The main brand name of anodized aluminum pans is Calphalon.

-Cast Iron

Some people have mixed feelings about cast iron pans but I absolutely love them. I wouldn’t want a full set of cast iron pots and pans but having a couple cast iron skillets and pans make the kitchen more versatile. Cast iron cooks evenly, it’s very durable and it’s non-stick when cared for properly. The catch with cast iron is that you have to season it, then once it’s seasoned you shouldn’t scrub it in soapy water or you’ll ruin the non-stick seasoned surface. It’s also very heavy, which can make it difficult to maneuver but it does keep your arm muscles strong.


Teflon is very handy because of it’s non-stick surface but it doesn’t cook quite the same as other pots and pans. If you really want to get into cooking this probably isn’t the best bet for you because it can be harder to caramelize and crisp in these pans. Sometimes the coating can chip too so they aren’t as durable.

Finding the Best Newborn Baby Clothes

Let’s face it shopping for funky newborn baby clothing is so much fun! And every new mummy wants their new offspring in super cool threads. Well… there is no shortage of choice, there are literally thousands of shops and online stores that sell newborn baby clothing. Finding the best shops and stores that you like, suit your taste, quality standards and budget is the hard part. The good news is our team have spend hours trawling around hundreds of these shops and stores and have established a list of favourites that we recommend, trying to meet all the above requirements. As well as finding funky newborn baby clothing we have also established an ‘essentials’ items kit that must be on every new mums list of ‘must haves’. These are the extra comfortable, practical newborn baby clothing items for optimum newborn sleep and days at home. The newborn baby clothing we have found is certainly a little bit funky, a little bit cute, quality is good, prices are affordable, and they are definitely a little bit cool! The newborn ‘essentials’ clothing kit on our favourites list includes things like, singlets, socks, hat, bodysuits, wraps and more. With this ‘essentials’ newborn baby clothing kit you also receive a newborn ‘essential items’ free baby samples bag, that includes things like, a soother, milk/food storage cup, disposable change mat, baby wipes, breast pads, creams and more – free. To get more information try out here  newborn baby clothes

All favourites on our list cover baby boy clothes and baby girl clothes.

Having a newborn baby is such an exciting time, it can also be quite a challenging time, expending all your time and energy. As well as providing newborn baby clothing information and places which is so much fun. We also provide essential free information to assist all the beautiful new mummy’s out there. Just about every baby subject is covered, such as breastfeeding, postnatal depression, newborn sleep, crying baby information, baby weeks and stages, newborn care and generally baby information, and if its not we will help find the answer for you!