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by Berlinger Haus
November 22, 2021
If you’re an aficionado of artisan bread or enjoy baking bread at home, you owe it to yourself to get the best investment you can buy when it comes to artisan baking: a bread box.
Thought to be some two hundred years old, this traditional piece of kitchenware is making a comeback in the modern home as people are giving up store-bought, pre-sliced bread for healthier alternatives. Bread boxes extend the short shelf life of artisan and home-baked bread, allowing it to retain its optimal quality for three to four days, and sometimes up to a week.
If you’re serious about your bread, a bread box should be a priority for the artisan baking resources you need to get. To get familiar with this essential household item, here is a short primer that tells you what you need to know.
What is a bread box?
Known as a “bread bin” in the UK, a bread box is a container with the purpose of preserving your bread in optimal edible condition. This staple of kitchen counters across North America has an uncertain origin, but a specimen found in the Smithsonian dates back to the late 1800s.
How does a bread box keep bread fresh?
A breadbox can keep bread from going stale by creating a controlled environment that provides the perfect balance of conditions that allow it to retain its freshness. To keep it from going stale, bread needs to be in a moist environment, but not too moist; not only that, bread needs to breathe to keep its freshness.
A bread box can do all these things by:
- Providing bread with a cool place with a constant room temperature that can prolong its crispy exterior and satisfying chew.
- Offering a container with a loose lid, thereby introducing an airflow that can reduce condensation and prevent mold from occurring.
- Offering a container with a lid tight enough to slow the drying process and keep away pests, but without being airtight.
What’s wrong with storing bread in the refrigerator or freezer?
Unfortunately, because a cold environment will speed up the staling process, a fridge is a poor place to store your bread. It’s true that you can freeze bread to make it last longer, but it loses its chewiness after getting reheated in the microwave.
And although wrapping bread in plastic may be one way to protect it against the elements, this preservation process will ensure that your bread remains edible, but loses its crispy exterior.
Is a bread box environmentally friendly?
You bet! A bread box doesn’t require or use any plastic. Additionally, by helping to preserve your food, your bread box helps reduce food waste in your household.
Can you customize the chewiness of your bread with a breadbox?
Yes! Because bread gives off humidity, less bread will mean a lower humidity and less chewiness.
Bread box tips to remember
- Don't overfill
- Don't use with oversized bread (e.g. baguettes, boule)
- Keep bread unsliced and unwrapped
- Only put in freshly baked bread after cooling
Are you looking for a bread box for your home? Consider Berlinger Haus’ Bread Box with Metallic Door, a fantastic addition to your artisan bread baking supplies!
With its sleek, stainless steel cover, this 15" x 11" x 7.25" bread box is large enough to hold two loaves of bread, and yet leaves enough room on your counter for all your cooking activities! This stylish and modern bread box provides the proper ventilation needed to keep your artisan and home-baked bread fresh and delicious! Available in Emerald, Rose Gold, Burgundy, and other colors.
Looking for more great kitchen products to complement your artisan baking resources? Explore Berlinger Haus’ Kitchen Accessories in our online store.
by Berlinger Haus
October 18, 2021
Your kitchen probably has a frying pan, and it most likely has a chef’s knife, but does it have an oblong baking pan? If not, you’re missing out on a versatile and practical piece of cookware that offers plenty of value for your kitchen!
What’s an oblong baking pan?
An oblong baking pan is oven cookware used for baking purposes. It is primarily used to make baked goods like cakes and cookies. With its oblong (rectangular) shape, this baking pan offers plenty of room for accommodating baked goods.
Baking pans are lightweight bakeware containers that usually take the form of the cakes they create, and take other forms that include round baking pans, square baking pans, or Bundt baking pans. They can also appear as a flat baking sheet/tray with short surrounding walls.
Sometimes, in specific situations, a baking pan can offer so much more than its original function as is the case with the oblong cake pan. But before we explain any further, let’s talk about two other kinds of similar bakeware that serve different functions.
How is a baking pan different from a baking dish?
Baking pans, baking dishes, and roasting pans have several key differences between them that previously forced homeowners to purchase them differently.
A baking dish is a piece of bakeware commonly made of glass or ceramic that is used to make casseroles. This container has taller walls than a baking sheet, but is shorter than a roasting pan.
This type of bakeware differs from a baking pan in that it is mainly used to prepare dinner meals.
How is a baking pan different from a roasting pan?
A roasting pan is bakeware that is used to cook large cuts of meat, vegetables, and starches at high temperatures.
Their large size is used to prepare food for large gatherings. They are often made from a heavy-duty metal like stainless steel or cast iron, and feature higher walls to retain heat and liquid.
A roasting pan is larger, heavier, and less often used than baking pans. They are usually only used to cook large celebratory meals for holiday festivals. They are usually equipped with a roasting rack or with indentations at the bottom to elevate the meat, and allow hot air to circulate underneath.
As such, we see that a baking pan, a baking dish, and a roasting pan each have different purposes. As it were, there exists a single cookware product that can do the same thing as all of them together.
What is a baking roasting pan?
A baking roasting pan is a hybrid cookware product that can both bake and roast foods in the oven. It is a versatile piece of cookware that is practical enough to use all year long. By serving as a baking pan, a baking dish, and a roasting pan, this oblong pan is an all-in-one solution that comes with a wide range of benefits.
What advantage does a baking roasting pan have over a baking pan, a baking dish, and a roasting pan?
A baking pan, a baking dish, and a roasting pan are each great to have, but having all three can prove to be a burden on your wallet and your storage space.
As a hybrid solution, a baking roasting pan has these advantages over a regular baking pan:
- Its high walls can trap heat inside to allow for better baking.
- Its high walls allow for the storing and collection of liquid, allowing users to make things like pan gravy.
- It allows for tenting (using an aluminum foil cover to lock in heat and moisture).
- Can cook any recipe that calls for a sheet pan/baking tray
It has offers these benefits over a baking dish:
- Larger size allows cooking for more servings
- Non-stick surface is easier to clean
And it offers these advantages over a roast pan:
- Lightweight, more practical to use
- Smaller, takes up less space
- Higher frequency of use than just holidays and festivals
- Non-stick surface is easier to clean
With a single oblong baking roasting pan, you can replace all three bakeware products!
Where can I find a baking roasting pan?
This essential cookware product bakes and roasts poultry, meat and vegetables to perfection. This product is built out of high-grade aluminum and equipped with marble coating for a non-stick experience that is easy to clean.
This specialty oblong pan offers the following features:
- Revolutionary 3-Layer Marble Coating
- Non-Stick Easy To Clean
- Dishwasher Safe
- Made from Heavy-Grade Aluminum
- Convenient handles
- Sturdy construction
Find out how this oblong baking pan can drastically improve your food-making ability for your family with all the different recipes it can make!
What kinds of food can a baking roasting pan make?
Whether you bake or roast, a baking roasting pan can do it all! It can make these foods:
- Cakes, brownies, cookies
- Casserole, shepherd's pie, cobbler
- Vegetables: Potatoes au gratin, brussels sprouts with bacon, asparagus, and broccoli
- Roasted meat: Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas ham, pot roast, standing rib roast, braised short ribs, roasted chicken
- Roasted squashes: Spaghetti squash, butternut squash, and other fall favorites
- Braised meatballs, a deep dish pizza, buffalo chicken dip, lasagna, ratatouille
And, considering it can be used as a water bath for baking custards or souffles, this hybrid oblong pan has moved far from its origins as an oblong cake pan used for cakes and cookies!
Bonus: How can I use my baking pan to roast meats?
Because a roasting pan usually comes with a roasting rack that elevates the meat above its surface, an oblong baking pan requires extra setup for roasting meats. Fortunately, this procedure is relatively simple and can accommodate just about any kitchen!
If you don’t have a roasting rack, try the following steps with your baking pan to turn it into a roasting pan:
- Ball up rolls of aluminum foil to put underneath the meat to elevate it about an inch off the bottom of the pan.
- Cut potatoes and onions in half to prop up the meat above the pan bottom.
- Use a wire cooling rack (such the kind used to cool cookies) to put below the meat.
By following any of these steps, air will be able to circulate more freely underneath the meat. This will allow for an even roast and can brown the skin on the underbelly.
If you’re looking for an all-in-one solution to owning a baking pan, a baking dish, and a roasting pan, consider the Oblong Baking Roasting Pan from Beringer Haus. Enjoy the practicality of simpleness of this high-value cookware product that makes cooking an enjoyable and pleasurable experience.
by Berlinger Haus
October 18, 2021
Date of origin: 17th century
Popularized in: USA
AKA: Dutch Oven, Tetsunabe, Casuela, Braadpan
Makes: Soups, stews, chowders, pot roast
Cast Iron Casserole With Enamel Coating 9.4 inches
Date of origin: 13th century
Other names: Crepe maker, crepe griddle
Makes: Crepes, pancakes, international breads
Crepe Pan 10 inches With Protector
Date of origin: Circa 2000 B.C. during the Han Dynasty
Other names: Guo, kuali
Makes: Stir fried vegetables, steamed dumplings, braised mapo tofu
Eternal Collection 11 inch Wok
Popularized in: Morocco
Date of origin: Late 18th century
Other names: Tajine, maraq/marqa
Makes: Slow-cooked meaty stews
Cast Iron Tagine Pot with Enamel Coating
Country of origin: Unclear; patented in the U.S.A.
Date of patent: 1918
Other names: Bread bin
Function: Keeps bread fresh with proper humidity
Enviro-friendly: Reduces need for plastic bags
Bread Box with Metalic Door
by Berlinger Haus
October 07, 2021
Do you love grilled foods, but don’t have a barbecue? Do you want to grill, but without the hassle and mess of using an outdoor grill? If this sounds like you, then it sounds like you could use a grill pan – an essential piece of cookware that your kitchen needs right now!
A grill pan is a convenient way to emulate most of the advantages of an outdoor grill. It is similar in appearance to a frying pan, but features distinctive raised edges that lie in rows across the bottom of the pan. These raised edges act much the same as the grill of a barbecue to provide the signature “grilled char” look that are lacking in other stove-cooked food.
Want to know how a grill pan can improve your cooking? Follow this guide as we explain all the advantages and reasons why you should buy a grill pan.
What is a grill pan? What does it look like?
A grill pan is a specialized type of pan (or skillet) that brings the outdoor barbecue experience inside. It lets you cook the same foods as a barbecue grill all year round, but without needing to step outside the house.
This type of specialized cookware looks like a frying pan, but differs from its counterpart in many significant ways. A grill pan is usually made with an angular or square shape, and often features a pouring spout. Most noticeably, this type of cookware features parallel ridges rising from the bottom of the pan; this ridges are equally spread out about half an inch apart, and stand ⅕ of an inch high.
How do I use a grill pan? Why does it have raised edges?
The raised edges of a grill pan act much like the grill of a barbecue so that you can basically barbecue inside your house at any time.
Here’s how it works: when a piece of food is put on this pan, the ingredient only makes contact along these elevated ridges. As a result, these limited areas undergo browning much faster than other parts of the food, resulting in pleasing “char” made of dark parallel lines.
But that’s not all. These raised edges also keep food away from any grease or moisture that has collected in the pan. This way, diners can enjoy foods like hamburgers in a healthy way without consuming excess fat.
What’s the difference between a grill pan and a frying pan?
A frying pan is a piece of cookware with a flat bottom that cooks food evenly. Usually manufactured with a round shape and ringed by short sloping walls, this type of cookware is very versatile. A frypan can sear, sauté, shallow-fry, and braise foods, making it ideal for cooking things like eggs, or reheating small amounts of liquid.
A grill pan is defined by its ridges, and specializes in searing foods by grilling it. Its square shaped and elevated ridges distinguish it from a frypan, emphasizing its special place in the kitchen.
What are some of the advantages to using a grill pan?
A grill pan looks to become a fantastic addition to your kitchen by providing numerous advantages like these:
- Grill at any time: Enjoy summer cooking in the comfort of your home without making any consideration to the weather and exterior conditions.
- Beautiful sear: Apply the signature grilled char to your food! Give your family the full restaurant experience with this chic culinary aesthetic!
- Convenience: This type of pan is extremely easy to use and maintain. By comparison, outdoor barbecues require you to prepare and clean a large grill after each use.
- Less oil: The raised edges of this special cookware keep oil away from your food, and no oil is added to the pan while cooking. The result is a healthier meal that is good for the family.
- Less to clean: A grill pan’s raised edges means your food will stick less to your cookware, thereby making cleaning easier.
- Ease of use: Instead of a big barbecue that throws heavy heat into your face, this type of pan is easy to use. This way, your food won't fall between the cracks of a grill!
- No smoky flavor: Because it’s cooked on your stove, food made with this kind of pan won’t have a smoky flavor that can be distracting for some diners.
A grill pan offers a type of specialization that no other kitchen tool can provide. It serves as a high-quality substitute for a barbecue grill, making it a great choice for families that either don’t have or can’t have a barbecue. Its unique function means it can brighten up a chilly winter day by providing foods associated with summer and sunshine.
What kind of foods can a grill pan make?
A grill pan is fantastic at grilling these types of foods:
- Red meat: Make juicy steaks and burgers seared with the signature char look.
- White meat: Cook grilled chicken, pork, and turkey that is moist and flavorful.
- Seafood: Sear seafoods like salmon, scallops, and shrimp to bring a taste of the ocean to your dinner table.
- Sandwiches: Make a proper grilled cheese sandwich or add a baked crunch to your panini.
- Vegetables: Enjoy eggplants, Brussels sprouts, and vegetables of all kinds in a fun way that your kids will enjoy!
What do I need to do differently when using a grill pan?
To cook food with a grill pan, you’ll need to adjust your food preparation slightly in order to get the best results.
- Make sure you cut or shape your ingredients to be no more than a 1/2 inch thick to ensure your food has the same cooking time. Look across your pan to see if your ingredients are lying level with each other.
- Pre-heat your stove to medium-high to get your pan nice and hot
- Instead of oiling the pan, apply oil to your vegetables. Meats (fish/meats/chicken/pork) require no oil when cooking with a grill pan.
What kind of grill pan should I use?
Grill pans are a great piece of cookware to add to your kitchen. For your consideration, we recommend using the Berlinger Haus Grill Pan 11 inches with Protector.
This high-quality, European-designed pan features 3-Layer Marble Coating, an Ergonomic Soft Touch Handle, and a Turbo Induction Base for fast and effective cooking. It comes in a wide variety of colors like Rose Gold, Burgundy, and Aquamarine, thereby making it easy to find the right pan that complements your lifestyle.
If you can’t make up your mind between a grill pan and a frypan, then why not buy both? The Berlinger Haus Frypan 11 inches with Protector is a handy cooking tool that is as elegant in design as it is practical in its execution.
by Berlinger Haus
October 04, 2021
A shallow pot is an essential piece of cookware that can improve your ability to create great dishes in your kitchen. Also referred to as a casserole pan or a shallow casserole, this specialized pot can perform a variety of functions, resulting in a wider range of available recipes you can share with your family!
What does a shallow pot look like?
A shallow pot has a flat bottom with rounded corners and sloping walls. With these characteristics, it looks like a hybrid combination of a pot and a pan. It is deeper than a skillet, and offers lots of room for sauces and stews. Equipped with a lid, it is a compact kitchen tool that delivers top value with its specialized function.
What’s the next closest thing to a shallow pot?
A shallow pot has a lot in common with a Dutch oven, signifying its versatility and high practicality.
Some versions of the shallow pot can be used in the oven, allowing your cooked food to be moved from the stovetop to the oven quickly. Like the Dutch oven, the shallow pot can be used to cook a “one-pot meal” that makes cooking convenient and simple.
With its flat base and focused cooking space, the shallow pot excels at creating many of the same slow-cooked meals, casseroles and stews made famous by Dutch ovens such as the Berlinger Haus Cast Iron Casserole. What’s more, because it isn’t made from cast iron, a shallow pot is much easier to handle, making it very convenient to use in your kitchen.
What can a shallow pot do?
A shallow pot is excellent at braising your food. Braising is the cooking method that turns tough cuts of meat and vegetables into tender, flavorful dishes using steady, even heat and moisture over an extended time.
Additionally, a shallow pot demonstrates its versatility as an exceptional alternative to using your skillet. By using a shallow pot, you can make foods that require shallow frying or steaming, even bringing it to serve your food at the dinner table.
What are the advantages of using a shallow pot?
The great advantage to cooking with a shallow pot is its uncommon shape. Far from being a liability, this shape provides many benefits to wise cooks that understand how to utilize its special characteristics.
A long understated fact about cooking is that a container’s shape has a lot to do with the taste of the food that it cooks.
Deep pots contain extra room to submerge cooked foods in liquids and retain moisture. Ingredients kept in the center of a large, deep pot will be cooked at a more constant temperature and increased pressure, a process that keeps the cooked food moist.
On the other hand, ingredients cooked in a shallow pot will come out less moist. The wide base and shallow sides of this special pot allows food to cook evenly and quickly, making for an effective tool for your kitchen.
What types of food can a shallow pot make?
A shallow pot allows users to make a wide assortment of delectable dishes that will spice up mealtime in your home! These include:
- Stews, chilis, or curries
- Casseroles like mac and cheese, bread pudding, or baked stuffed shells
- Braised short ribs and lamb shanks
- Braised squash, fennel, and other vegetables
- Shallow-fried battered meat, fish, vegetables, potatoes and patties such as fritters
- Steamed vegetables, buns, and rice
- One-pot meals
- Baked goods like biscuits and focaccia in addition to cobblers, cakes, and skillet cookies
Looking for an example? Here’s a quick recipe with which you can delight the diners in your house:
One-Pot Lamb Stew
Satisfy your hungry family by serving up this One-Pot Lamb Stew, a slow-cooked, delectable stew that features an olive and tomato sauce.
Prep time: 6 min
Cooking time: 2 hours
- ½ a bunch of fresh rosemary (½ ounce)
- 28 ounces of lamb shoulder, bone out
- 5 ⅓ ounces of olives (stone in)
- 1 jar of pickled onions (under 10 ounces)
- 2 x 14 ounce cans of plum tomatoes
- Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
- Place a shallow pot on high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and then the rosemary leaves for 1 minute to become crispy. Dice the lamb meat into 1” chunks.
- Remove the rosemary and save for later. Add the cut lamb to the pan for 2 minutes.
- Squash and de-pit the olives. Drain the pickled onions and stir into the pan along with the olives. Mix well. Pour in the canned tomatoes, breaking them up with a wooden spoon. Add 2 cans’ worth of water.
- Cover and cook in the oven for 2 hours, or until thick, delicious and tender. Stir halfway.
- Add the crispy rosemary leaves. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Serve.
To upgrade your kitchen to the next level, consider buying the Berlinger Haus Shallow Pot 4 qt w/ Eterna Coating Eternal Collection.
This product features an innovative Eterna Coating that is non-stick, non-scratch, and extremely durable. With its Energy Efficient Turbo Induction Bottom, this cookware product cooks quickly and efficiently to provide top-notch cooking results every time you use it. It features:
- Precision Fit Tempered Glass Lid
- Luxurious European Design
- 18/10 Stainless Steel Craftsmanship
- Enhanced Thermal Conductivity
- PFOA, Lead, and Cadmium Free
- 100% Dishwasher Safe
Stylish, easy to use, and backed by long-lasting durability, the Eternal Collection Shallow Pot is sure to meet your every cooking need. To meet a wider variety of needs, the shallow pot is also available in a 2.4 qt and a non-Eterna Coating version.
Are you looking for great cookware for your kitchen? Browse the Berlinger Haus online marketplace for great deals on premium products!
Want to learn more great cooking tips? Read our blog to find out the best fall recipes this season, and discover all the things you can make in a crepe pan. Likewise, find out which 5 kitchen tools you need for your kitchen, or to discover the right way to choose the right cookware for your home.
by Berlinger Haus
September 23, 2021
A crepe pan is a versatile and practical kitchen tool that makes for a great addition to any kitchen! By using the Berlinger Haus 10” Crepe Pan with Protector or its Eternal Collection variation, you’ll be able to create a wide variety of food that will delight everyone in your family.
Want to learn some crepe pan recipes? Here’s a list of the many foods you can make in a crepe pan.
1. Crepes & Pancakes
As its name proudly tells us, the crepe pan is an ideal tool for making crepes! This traditional French delicacy is similar to a pancake, but is lighter, thinner, and more delicate. Whereas pancakes are typically eaten flat and in stacks, crepes have much more versatile shapes which involve folding or being rolled up with an interior filling.
The joy of eating a crepe comes from taking a soft, buttery bite that deliciously falls apart in your mouth. This is because without a leavening agent to make them rise, crepes aren’t fluffy like pancakes, giving them an altogether different texture.
While most styles of crepes are sweet like their American counterparts, this scrumptious snack can have savory and salty flavors too. Dessert crepes often feature a combination of these toppings:
- Sugar or powdered sugar
- Cinnamon, caramel, butterscotch or syrup
- Sliced fruit such as diced strawberries or bananas
- Nutella, peanut butter or chocolate sauce
- Whipped cream, ice cream, yoghurt, mascarpone or sweetened ricotta
- Lemon curd, fruit preserves or jam
- Toasted nuts
On the other hand, savory crepes often include the same fillings as you’d find in an omelet:
- Ham, bacon, shredded chicken or shrimp
- Scrambled/fried eggs
- Green peppers, onions or sautéed vegetables
How do you make crepes?
Being that crepes are always so well received, it’s a good thing that they’re also very easy to make! Making crepes is a lot like making pancakes, so you can have a lot of fun making this crowd-pleasing food in your own kitchen!
- The basic crepe recipe calls for a batter made from eggs, salt, flour, and milk by using a liquid-to-flour ratio of 4:1.
- Let the batter stand for an hour after having whisked all the ingredients together.
- Lightly coat your heated 10” Crepe Pan with Protector with butter, then pour a thin layer of batter over the surface.
- Make sure to work quickly to spread it around the pan, and to fill the middle as evenly as possible while also giving it smooth edges.
- For a traditional crepe: Wait for the edges to brown slightly, then flip over. This kind of crepe is a bit crispy and has slight caramelization.
- For an extra soft crepe: Only cook until the surface is done, and has no dry spots. Don't wait for the sides to brown, and don't flip it over to cook.
Protip: If your crepes are turning out too rubbery, you’re either using too much flour, or cooking too slow!
Crepe Pan: The Perfect Pancake Producer
Just as it does with crepes, a crepe pan is ideal for turning out stacks of perfect, plump pancakes! As you would expect, a crepe pan is a fast and practical tool with which you can cook and flip your pancakes due to its lowered lid and smaller mass.
Just butter up its surface as you would with any griddle, and you can use this type of pan as your Sunday morning go-to producer of fluffy flapjacks, hearty hotcakes, and grandiose griddlecakes!
2. Pancake & Crepe Variants from Around the World
As it turns out, people from around the world love to eat pancakes! These different types of pancakes have their own regional characteristics, and best of all, they can all be made using a simple crepe pan.
Use your Berlinger Haus 10” Crepe Pan with Protector to create these mouth-watering international pancake crepe pan recipes:
- Crepioca: This Brazilian pancake is made from an egg and tapioca flour batter that is sold as a salty or sweet wrap.
- Ploye: Originating in New Brunswick, this Acadian yellow buckwheat pancake can be eaten as a savory meal or sweet dessert.
- Jianbing: This savory Chinese crepe-like street food is often served with hoisin sauce and deep-fried wonton wrappers for added crunch.
3. Bread Alternatives from Around the World
Using an oven to bake is just one way to make bread; as it turns out, a crepe pan can be your ticket to cooking up any one of these international flatbreads from around the world:
- Tortilla: A Mexican flatbread used for fajitas, wraps and tacos. Use your crepe pan to serve up piping hot tortillas in no time flat!
- Piadina: A fine, light flatbread pancake made from flour and lard that originates from Italy.
- Dürüm: A Turkish flatbread sold as street food usually filled with typical döner kebab ingredients.
- Roti/Chapati: Unleavened wheat-flour breads originating from the Indian subcontinent that are rolled out much thinner than naan
- Naan: Soft flatbread with air pockets that can be found throughout the world including Indonesia, India, and the Caribbean
- Paratha: A light, flaky bread coated with vegetable oil that is eaten plain or wrapped with a garnish.
- Dosa: This thin pancake from South India features a rice-based crispy dough cooked on one side on a griddle, then folded and garnished with potatoes, sauces and spices.
- Pita bread: This flatbread has a distinctive pocket shape that allows it to be used as a wrap or cut in half and filled, often as a kebab sandwich accompanied by hummus or tabbouleh.
- Maghreb semolina bread: Originating from Algeria, this is the favored bread of choice consumed during the holy month of Ramadan.
- Roti prata: Indian flat bread used for Murtabak preparation in Singapore that is eaten with meat and onions.
4. Most Anything a Frypan or Griddle Can Make
The strong resemblance a crepe pan shares with a frypan isn’t just with its looks. Just as the frying pan can do, so too can the crepe pan.
This versatile cookware product can serve multiple other functions in a pinch, allowing you to cook foods like:
- Sear large-sized meats and meat skewers
- cook fish, seafood, chicken, and pork
- Sauté vegetables
- Prepare eggs (scrambled, fried, omelet, etc.)
Just remember: A crepe pan does not have a raised lid like a frypan does. This means that it shouldn’t be used to cook foods that use or release heavy amounts of liquids or oil (e.g. bacon).
With just this one item, you can cook all these great crepe pan foods. Why not get a crepe pan today to try your hand at cooking any one of these delectable crepe pan recipes?
Interested in getting your own crepe pan? Berlinger Haus offers a wide variety of practical pans and pots that are made to complement your home. Browse our online marketplace to find great deals on high-quality, European-designed cookware and kitchenware.
by Berlinger Haus
September 17, 2021
A growing chill begins to linger as the nights grow longer. The haze of summer gives way to a ruddy profusion that hangs in the branches above our heads. Yes, fall is here, and the best way to pass the changing of the seasons is with great food that celebrates everything great about the autumnal quarter!
Here’s our collection of fantastic fall recipes you can use to bring warmth and cheer to your kitchen table. This compilation features Pumpkin Soup, Baked Mac & Cheese, and Shakshuka with Lamb Meatballs.
Enjoy this cornucopia of traditional fall ingredients and familiar comfort foods that soothe and delight as great meals to have for fun get-togethers and overlong reunions.
Pumpkin is a popular seasonal ingredient that can always be counted upon to creep back into the season’s coffee drinks and dessert offerings. Its plump, mellow flavor makes for an excellent flavor departure that escapes the heavy tastes of summer barbecues.
A great way to incorporate this top kitchen perennial into your meals is by making a delicious pot of pumpkin soup. Rich, filling, and hearty, this soup is an ideal way of making this ingredient live up to its full potential.
This season, bring pumpkin into your home! Enjoy its unsquashable appeal with an appetizing bowl of pumpkin soup!
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 4 cups pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- ½ teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 5 whole black peppercorns
- Use a Berlinger Haus 4.3 qt Casserole Pot with Lid to heat the stock, salt, pumpkin, onion, thyme, garlic, and peppercorns. Reduce heat to low after bringing it to a boil, and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.
- Puree the soup in small batches (1 cup at a time) using a food processor or blender.
- Bring the Casserole Pot to a boil again. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for another 30 minutes, uncovered.
- When complete, stir in heavy cream. To serve, pour into soup bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.
Baked Mac & Cheese
This top childhood favorite isn’t just for Saturday afternoons anymore! Top off a brisk fall day spent outside with a hearty meal featuring this delectable, cheese-optimized crowd-pleaser!
Diners that have grown accustomed to this familiar meal may find themselves genuinely surprised at this inspired iteration. This recipe features a posh melange of cheeses that include Gruyere and Parmesan, and gets an added snap in the form of panko crumbs that will enliven even the most jaded mac & cheese aficionado!
This is a great fall food to enjoy this season!
- 16 oz elbow macaroni, cooked
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 4 tbsp butter, melted
- 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 cups Gruyere cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
- 1 1/2 cups panko crumbs
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika (or regular paprika)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350F. Combine shredded cheeses in a bowl and set aside.
- Cook the pasta until it is one minute shy of reaching al dente status, as according to the package instructions. Remove from heat, drain, and place in a large bowl.
- Drizzle pasta with olive oil and stir to coat pasta. Set aside to cool while preparing cheese sauce.
- Melt butter in a Berlinger Haus 9.4” Cast Iron Casserole Pot. Whisk in flour over medium heat, and continue until bubbly and golden, or about 1 minute.
- Gradually whisk in the milk and heavy cream until it is nice and smooth. Continue whisking; once bubbles appear on the surface, continue to cook and whisk for another 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
- Add two cups of shredded cheese and whisk until smooth. Add another two cups of shredded cheese and continue whisking until creamy and smooth. The sauce should be thick and slow to stir.
- Stir in the cooled pasta, and mix until the pasta is fully coated with the cheese sauce. Once combined, add the combination of shredded cheese.
- In a small bowl, combine panko crumbs, Parmesan cheese, melted butter and paprika. Sprinkle over the top.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown. Serve immediately.
This simple and delicious traditional North African dish consists of poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce cooked with onions, chili peppers and herbs. A great comfort food that is sure to hit the spot, Shakshuka is an inspired choice for a fall food that you can share with your family without too much trouble.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons harissa
- 2 teaspoons tomato paste
- 2 red bell peppers, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- 5 large ripe tomatoes, diced
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
- ½ cup labneh or greek yogurt
- Crusty bread, sliced, to serve
- Heat oil in a Berlinger Haus Cast Iron Tagine Pot over medium heat. Add the onions, harissa, tomato paste, peppers, garlic, cumin, paprika, and salt and stir to combine. Cook until peppers have softened, or about 8 minutes.
- Add tomatoes and bring to a low simmer. Cook until a thick sauce forms, or about 10 minutes. If shakshuka does not form a sauce-like consistency, add a little water. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Use the back of a spoon or ladle to make four divots in the sauce. Crack each egg into its own divot. Simmer until whites are set, but yolks are still runny, or in about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes. Garnish with parsley and cilantro and serve with yogurt and bread.
Want to learn more great cooking tips? Read our blog to find out which 5 kitchen tools are essential for your kitchen, or to discover the right way to choose the right cookware for your home.
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by Berlinger Haus
September 10, 2021
It’s practical, it’s easy to use, and it makes delicious food… It’s the tagine pot, and although you may not have heard of it before, this versatile piece of cookware is something you should strongly consider adding to your kitchen.
As a traditional pot that originates in North Africa, the tagine pot is probably unfamiliar to many North Americans. For a straightforward introduction, consider this:
- Do you like slow-cooked, meaty stews full of tender cuts of beef or mutton?
- Do you enjoy fragrant foods full of aromatic spices and seasonings?
- Do you like to eat hearty meals that are comforting and fulfilling?
Did you answer “yes”? Good news – the tagine pot can make all of these things in a simple and easy fashion, making it a great tool to have in your kitchen lineup. Don’t be deterred if you’ve never experienced Moroccan cooking before; follow this basic guide to explain how the tagine pot can bring outstanding deliciousness to your home and family!
What is a tagine pot? What does it look like?
A tagine pot is a type of earthenware pot native to North African culture. They are slow cookers with round bases and low sides that are used in ovens and on stovetops to make foods like meaty stews.
Tagine pots have a dual role in which they are used for cooking as well as for serving food at the table; for this reason, some tagine are designed as decorative serving dishes specifically made to be put on tables.
Sometimes called “tajine,” these pots traditionally feature a conical lid that gives it its iconic appearance. These heavy, cone-shaped lids help the slow-cooking process by trapping the steam inside and allowing it to trickle back down into the pot, creating dishes that are moist and full of concentrated flavors.
How do you cook with a tagine pot?
- Line the bottom. Create a cushion at the bottom of the tagine using vegetables like onions, celery, carrots, as well as cloves of garlic. This will help prevent the meat from burning and sticking to the bottom.
- Add olive oil. Many traditional recipes call for olive oil in order to create thick and rich sauces.
- Add meat and vegetables. Put the meat, fish, or chicken on top of the layer of vegetables in the center of the pot, and surround it with vegetables.
- Add garnishes and spices. This slow-cooked meal can really benefit by adding fragrant spices that infuse with other ingredients over its long cooking time. Possible spices include cinnamon, cumin, cloves, nutmeg, paprika, peppercorn as well as ground coriander, ground ginger, and ground turmeric. As well, try garnishes like oregano or cilantro. Be as adventurous as you’d like, and try experimenting with new flavors!
- Add water or broth. Put in a liquid base that will help your food stay moist. Adjust accordingly to your recipe. Remember, it doesn’t have to be too much because the lid will keep much of the steam inside.
- Cook. Put your tagine pot over low to medium heat and slow cook for a long simmer. Recipes vary, but try to give it around two hours to prepare. If the liquid base has thickened, add more water or broth to keep it light.
- Serve. Once cooked, let your tagine stand on its own for 15 minutes before serving. Bring to the dining table and serve in its own pot.
What types of tagine pots are there?
Tagine pots come in four different forms that each have their own characteristics:
- Unglazed: This traditional format allows tagine pots to improve over time as spices steep into its porous material. However, unglazed tagine pots need to be cured before using, similar to the process used for a cast iron frying pan. Due to their construction, they are brittle, can not withstand high temperatures, and can not be used in ovens.
- Glazed: This upgrade makes tagine pots easier to use by making them more resistant to burning, but won’t become “seasoned” due to their non-porous surfaces. At the same time, glazed pots share all other disadvantages of unglazed pots.
- Aluminum: These pots are lightweight, portable, and are able to cook hotter than glazed and unglazed pots. Despite their higher durability, these types of pots can only handle smaller ingredient sizes, and can’t cook big cuts of meat.
- Cast iron: Cast iron tagine pots have numerous advantages over their peers. They cook well over high heat, don’t crack or burn easily, and can be used in the oven or stovetop. Due to their versatility and durability, cast iron tagine pots are ideal for beginners.
Out of these four varieties, cast iron offers the most benefits, and is just the type of pot offered by Berlinger Haus.
Our Emerald Cast Iron Tagine Pot features an enamel coating which makes using it simple and convenient. It features Turbo Induction heat distribution that makes it ideal for all cooktop ranges including ceramic, halogen, and gas stoves. Also available in Aquamarine, this 8¾ inch pot is a veritable workhorse that will provide one great meal after another!
What types of recipes can I make in a tagine pot?
Because tagine is a type of cooking rather than a specific dish, there are many delicious recipes you can try out with your tagine pot:
- Meatball Tagine in Tomato Sauce: This popular comfort food pairs well-seasoned meatballs (kefta mkaoura) in a spicy homemade tomato sauce. Garnished with poached eggs, this traditional food has become a fast favorite for many households.
- Vegetarian Chickpea and Carrot Tagine: This hearty meal makes for the perfect vegetarian entree or side dish highlighted by a touch of sweetness from its cinnamon and honey ingredients.
- Chicken Tagine: This traditional Moroccan dish features chicken pieces braised with spices, garlic, onion, olives, and preserved lemons.
- Beef Tagine with Creamed Polenta: Complement the tender and spicy beef with a creamy smooth texture for an enjoyable all-round meal.
- Shakshuka: This simple and delicious traditional dish consists of poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce cooked with onions, chili peppers and herbs.
Interested in getting your own tagine pot? Berlinger Haus offers a wide variety of practical cookware in addition to our own versatile cast iron tagine pots. Browse our online marketplace to find great deals on high-quality, European-designed cookware and kitchenware.
by Berlinger Haus
September 08, 2021
No matter who you are or where you’re from, some rules simply can’t be changed. Case in point: every kitchen needs to have a basic lineup of tools. These tools serve as the bare minimum required to prepare the most basic of meals, and form a great starting point from which a new kitchen can develop.
Maybe you’re a brand-new homeowner that needs to equip an empty kitchen; maybe you’re bachelor on a budget looking to fulfil the necessities; or, maybe you want to ensure that all kitchen fundamentals are covered in your home.
Whichever circumstance best describes you, you’ll find your answer in this list of the Top 5 essential kitchenware and cookware you need for your home.
1. Chef Knife
By far, the most important tool you need to make a great meal is a good kitchen knife. Nothing else moves the cooking process as far forward as this tool. Without a knife, you won’t be able to properly change raw ingredients into a nutritious, edible meal. And, out of the many knives you can buy for your kitchen, the one that you absolutely need is the chef knife.
Well-equipped to handle just about almost any kitchen job, the chef knife’s advantage lies in its versatile blade that gives it strength and durability. It can chop and dice through most ingredients with ease. Moreover, its wide, broad heel curves to a fine tip, thereby allowing it to be rolled back and forth for mincing, or cut through tough ingredients like potatoes.
To be at its best, a chef knife must be sharp and balanced. Poorer-quality, unbalanced knives require more force to cut and are harder to handle. Instead, you want a knife that is comfortable to handle and won't slide around on slick produce.
For a high-quality chef knife that provides excellent results each time, consider Berlinger Haus’ 2-Piece Knife Set. Available in Rose Gold or Burgundy, this knife set matches an 8” chef knife with a 5” utility knife that can perform more delicate knife work.
2. Non-Stick Frying Pan
The vast majority of your cooking needs can be covered by one piece of cookware: the humble frying pan. From frying to searing to browning foods, a frying pan is essential for making foods that range from eggs and bacon to frittata and pork chops, making it an indispensable part of your kitchen.
One aspect that has made frying pans so crucial to home kitchens is their convenience. Modern frying pans heat up quickly, are low maintenance when it comes to cleaning, and have non-stick properties that make them very forgiving when it comes to burns. These pans are extremely easy to use, and are likely to see action in your kitchen on a near daily basis.
As a mandatory part of the kitchen, a frypan (or “skillet” as it is also known) is a stunningly flexible tool. That’s because no matter what your cooking skill level is, you’ll always have a need for a frypan. That means that if you’re an aspiring chef, you can never go wrong by adding a frying pan to your collection.
If you’re looking for a great frypan, try Berlinger Haus’ 10 ¼ inch Frypan with Protector. With variants that include wooden handle-equipped Ebony Maple and Ebony Rosewood, this frypan features a Triple-Layer Marble Coating and a Turbo Induction Base that allow quicker and more efficient cooking, making it a solid upgrade to your kitchen.
As great as a frypan is, it unfortunately won’t cover all of your cooking needs. Although you can make do with a frypan for your stir fry dishes, one aspect in which it won’t perform well is with liquids. For that, you’ll need a pot. And to start, one essential cookware item you definitely need is a saucepan, a great all-rounder when it comes to pots.
These pots are excellent for making all kinds of appealing foods. A saucepan can be used to boil eggs, potatoes, corn, rice, oatmeal, pasta or vegetables; it can simmer sauces, soups, and broth; what’s more, it is perfect for making the perfect 5-minute, universally-beloved food—ramen noodles.
Saucepans come in different sizes, but to serve as a compulsory part of your kitchen, you should find one sized at 1.4 quart. Ideal for a single person, this handy size is convenient to use, heats up quickly, and serves up healthier portions for people looking to cut down on their calorie intake.
To cover all of your basic needs, choose Berlinger Haus’ Saucepan 1.25 qt with Protector. This all-purpose saucepan is stylish, easy to use, and backed by a long-lasting durability that is sure to meet your every cooking need.
4. Kitchen Tool Set
Sweat and determination can go a long way, but even these have their limits with the boiling temperatures achieved while cooking. That’s why in order to properly prepare your food, you’ll need to invest in a proper kitchen tool set that can serve all your needs.
This tool set should feature a robust lineup that can serve a number of different purposes, and include utensils like a:
- Spatula: For lifting and flipping your food. Best made using a thin, front edge that easily slips underneath your food.
- Whisk: Nothing whisks like a whisk. Use this kitchen tool to emulsify a vinaigrette, beat your eggs, make gravy and pancake batter, and whip your cream.
- Ladle: There is no bigger frustration than making a nice pot of soup… and having nothing to serve it with. Solve this dilemma with a ladle.
- Skimmer: A skimmer offers all the stirring functionality of a spoon, but with the option to filter out liquid. Very handy when fetching poached eggs and straining soup.
Anyone in need of these four tools can perfectly achieve all of their goals with Berlinger Haus’ 4-Piece Kitchen Tool Set. Available in Burgundy or Aquamarine, these practical and efficient utensils will turn the time you spend in the kitchen into a joy.
5. Casserole Pot
What the saucepan can’t do, the casserole pot can. This vital cookware utensil will comfortably heat up larger volumes of liquids to help you make great soups, stews, pot roasts, and sauces.
Casserole pots come in various sizes, making the 4.3 quart a good compromise that will find steady use in your kitchen.
Get all your basics covered with Berlinger Haus’ Casserole 4.3 with Lid. This versatile pot is offered in a variety of colors and features ergonomic soft-touch hands and a precision-fit tempered glass lid.Are you looking for high-quality, European-designed cookware and kitchenware at affordable prices? Berlinger Haus has the essential cookware and kitchenware you need! Come visit our online marketplace to discover great deals that perfectly fit your kitchen!
by Berlinger Haus
September 07, 2021
by Berlinger Haus
August 30, 2021
They helped you prepare Christmas dinner; they served the steak you had to celebrate your new job. They’ve been with you through thick and thin, but at some point, it’s time to buy new cookware.
You may not want to give up on your trusty kitchen tools. They’ve been faithful to you, so you want to return the favor. And yet, the signs are all there. Just ask yourself these questions:
- Do your pots never look clean, no matter how hard you clean them?
- Have your pans changed appearance? Do they look much different from when you first bought them?
- Do you find mysterious flakes in your food?
- Is there visible wear-and-tear on your cookware? Do they wobble when you use them?
- Does your food come out unevenly cooked?
Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? Find out if you need to buy new cookware by going through the following checklist. You may find it’s time to upgrade your cookware.
1. Your non-stick pan is severely scratched
Non-stick pans are very popular for being so convenient and easy to use. And yet, some non-stick pans aren’t made to last, and need to be replaced if they are severely scratched.
Scratches happen over time with most things you use on a daily basis. Over time, little bumps and small drops become visible damage. But with cookware, scratches lead to serious damage, especially if the coating is visibly flaking off and getting into your cooked food.
This is the point of no return for a non-stick pan. Even if you’re not concerned about the health implications of ingesting a non-stick pan coating, all this flaking means that your pan has lost most of its non-stick properties. At this point, your non-stick pan is just a “pan.”
For your next frypan, consider Berlinger Haus’ 8” Frypan w/ Eterna Coating from the Eternal Collection. These pans are made using the Whitford Eterna scratch-resistant non-stick coating that provides extra tough durability that lasts.
2. Your pot or pan is warped
If you’ve noticed that your cookware doesn’t cook as evenly as it once did, your cookware may be warped. This means that your pot or pan has lost its original shape, and doesn’t have a flat bottom and won’t sit flat on the stove element.
Caused by things like drastically changing the temperature of your pan (eg. moving it from a scalding-hot stove to a sink full of cold water), warping does not necessarily signify a serious problem. Compared to other problems on this list, your pot or pan is still technically usable. However, it does mean that you can’t depend upon it for reliable results anymore.
Want to put your cookware to the test? Place your pot or pan on a completely flat surface. If it wobbles like an uneven table, you know your cookware is warped and needs an upgrade.
Looking for a grill pan that won’t wobble? Try Berlinger Haus’ Black Rose Grill Pan 11” with Protector for cookware you can depend on!
3. The inner core of your cookware is showing
Cookware often uses a composite construction to give pots and pans added benefits. By combining two different metal alloys, cookware can exhibit two different kinds of properties at the same time. For example, pots and pans will often be built with an outer layer of nickel, tin, or stainless steel for strength, and use an inner layer of copper or aluminum for heat distribution.
As beneficial as this setup is, it doesn’t last forever. Old cookware can get used so often that its outer layer gets worn out. When this happens, the inner layer gets exposed, and will come into direct contact with your ingredients. At this point, you’ll want to replace your cookware because your cooked food may be chemically reacting with this inside layer.
For a strong, multi-layered pot you can trust, consider Berlinger Haus’ 6.4 quart Casserole Pot. This high-quality pot is part of the Eternal Collection and features Eterna Coating for added durability.
4. Damaged and Melted Handles
So far in this discussion about pots and pans, we’ve only concentrated on the quality and condition of their metal components. And yet, there’s an important part of cookware that doesn’t have to do with cooking your food or giving it structural integrity. It’s the handle of the cookware, and if your pot or pan has a broken one, you should seriously consider buying new cookware.
Detractors may see this as a waste of money. After all, if there’s nothing else wrong with the pot or pan, it’s still usable. After all, it still technically cooks food, right?
We beg to disagree. Or, rather, you will. Because if you drop a boiling pot of water or lose control of a pan full of hot oil due to a broken handle, you will have a major problem on your hands.
For cookware that won’t quit on you, buy the Wok 11 inches with Wooden Protector. Its natural wooden grip won’t scald your hand when you touch it, making it safe to use in your kitchen.
5. Your cookware is rusty
When most people think about tetanus, they’ll probably think of it as something they catch from being careless and stepping on a rusty nail. However, this problem may be closer to home than you think. You may risk catching a tetanus infection on a daily basis if you’re using cookware with rust on it.
There are ways to remove rust from cookware, but why play games with your health? Even if you remove the rust, it can come back quickly. Completely avoid the possibility of catching this nervous system infection by making the switch to new cookware.
Are you looking to invest in good cookware? Want high-quality pots and pans that are worth their value? Come to Berlinger Haus’ online marketplace to choose from hundreds of European-designed cookware and kitchenware that cater to all sorts of lifestyles, including yours!
For more great information about cookware, check out our blog! Find out the differences between a wok and a frying pan, the benefits of cast iron cookware, and how a pressure cooker works! We also have an infographic on knives or, better yet, sign up for our e-book Top 5 Features To Look For When Purchasing Cookware on our front page!
by Berlinger Haus
August 23, 2021
For many North American households, the frying pan is the typical answer when it comes to naming the cookware it uses the most. Also known as a skillet or frypan, this reliable tool commonly ranks as one of the first purchases a new homeowner will make for their kitchen.
However, the trusty frypan is far from being the only kitchen cookware. The wok has been gaining wider acceptance as a top cookware tool for homes.
As common as both the frying pan and the wok have become, there remains some confusion between them. What’s the difference between them? Which is better? Do I need to choose between them, or do I need them both?
Let’s begin our discussion of the topic of “wok vs. frying pan” by asking the basic question:
What is a wok?
A wok is a type of traditional Chinese cookware that has been used in Asia for centuries. It features a simple design that makes it strong and gives it the flexibility to be used for a wide variety of cooking techniques.
Wok construction consists of a rounded basin with sloping walls that ease down towards its round-bottomed base. It is equipped with either a single handle, or two carrying clasps. What’s more, this pan is almost always complemented by a large lid that is usually as rounded as its base.
As seen in Chinese restaurants, this type of pan typically sits in a fire pit above which they are subjected to high temperatures. In this fashion, woks have been used to create delicious dishes for generations of grateful diners.
How does a wok differ from a frying pan?
The fundamental reason a wok is so different from a frypan has to do with their construction.
To begin, the base of a frypan is completely flat, and is surrounded by slanted walls (compared to a sauté pan that has vertical walls). This flat bottom offers the advantage of connecting better with the heating elements of a stove, making it ideal for frying and searing. We’re probably most familiar with using frypans to make foods like scrambled eggs and steak.
Although frying pans are quick to heat up, their flat bottoms also mean that heat evaporates more quickly, thereby leading to longer cooking times—a problem that woks don’t have.
Instead, a wok is able to cook food very quickly. Rather than heating up the entire surface of a flat-bottomed pan, this type of pan directs heat to the very bottom of its pan. This characteristic is the main concept behind stir frying—the cooking technique that requires constant stirring and flipping of ingredients to ensure an even cook.
Another characteristic that stands in direct contrast to the frypan is the Chinese pan’s ability to retain heat well. By incorporating its large lid as its upper barrier, a wok is able to establish an enclosed cooking area that consists of different heat zones: a conduction zone at the very bottom, a convection zone above it, and condensation zones that surround them both.
Due to this flexibility, this pan allows for the use of numerous cooking techniques. With a wok, you can steam, pan fry, deep fry, poach, boil, braise, sear, stew and, of course, stir fry.
How has a wok changed for modern kitchens?
The traditional wok has proven to be problematic for modern kitchens. Compared to a frying pan, this traditional pan can be an impractical tool to use in its traditional state.
Round-bottoms woks are difficult to balance on a flat stovetop, and while this has largely been rectified by a ringed pan holder, this hasn’t solved its other problem. Modern stovetops have trouble providing the high temperatures required by these traditional Chinese pans, an issue that is compounded by its limited point of contact with the stove.
To solve both problems, modern woks have evolved to feature flat bottoms. This gives them the stability to stand on their own, and helps them achieve more contact with the stove. These changes have been complemented by other changes; these include switching its traditional material of carbon steel for aluminum and adding a non-stick coating, making it more practical and easier to use.
Which one is the best for you: a frying pan or a wok?
It’s always difficult to choose between two choices, so it’s better to think of frypans and woks as being complementary cookware instead of direct competitors to each other. Clearly, frying pans and woks have different properties that allow them to do different things well. Although there is some considerable overlap between them, each is a tool with a different function.
If you’re going to be cooking a lot of Asian-themed foods, your obvious choice is the wok. However, this traditional pan does not have to exclusively make Asian dishes. These pans are excellent for cooking chopped vegetables and ingredients in large quantities. As well, because liquids pool at the bottom of its rounded base, it’s possible to use less oil when cooking with this type of pan. This equal distribution of oils helps health-conscious diners eat meals that are more healthy.
At the same time, frying pans are likewise a great choice for your kitchen. Frying pans don’t make as much smoke as woks, and are preferable for people who don’t want to always be tending to their pan, or have no need for seasoning. In a pinch, a frying pan can even be used to make a stir fry (provided that you don’t push your ingredients over its shorter edges). As well, frying pans completely made of stainless steel have the added advantage of being oven safe.
How do I choose between a frying pan and a wok?
The good news to this question is that you don’t have to—not when it concerns a frying pan and a wok from Berlinger Haus!
For your kitchen, consider the 11” Wok w/ Protector or the 10 ¼ “ Frypan w/ Protector. Both pans feature triple-layer marble coatings, soft-touch handles, and induction bottoms for improved heat distribution. They also feature ergonomic soft-touch handles that make them practical to use at all times. Or, considering that this wok and frypan come from the same Carbon Collection, choose both for your kitchen!
As well, Berlinger Haus offers wok and frying pans from our other collections. Our Eterna Collection 11 inch Wok and 8 inch Frypan are both scratch resistant and can be used in the oven, making them excellent additions to your kitchen!
by Berlinger Haus
August 13, 2021
Do you want cookware that has range and provides value to your kitchen? Looking to invest in a pot that can make all sorts of mouth-watering foods and delicious meals? Want to take your cooking to the next level?
Look no further, for there’s one cookware that can do it all. Introducing: the cast iron casserole.
Cast iron casseroles are versatile, durable cookware that every kitchen should have. You can depend on these pots to help you create great meals that your family will love. They can prepare a wide range of foods that extend from chowders to pulled pork. In fact, these pots are so strong that they can be put into the oven straight from the stovetop, and can even be used over a campfire!
Put simply, cast iron casserole pots are reliable cooking tools that are worth the investment. If you’re interested in getting one, here are a few things to know:
How is a cast iron casserole different from a regular casserole dish?
Many households are already very familiar with the common casserole dish. You’ll see this cookware make an appearance on the weekends serving up familiar staples like rice and pasta casseroles. Often made from glass or ceramic, this cookware sees its primary use limited to the oven.
A cast iron casserole is similar in concept to a normal casserole dish, but is made out of cast iron that is often coated in enamel. Through this simple change, a cast iron casserole gains many advantages that allow you to do much more with this versatile cooking tool.
What are the advantages of a cast iron casserole?
A cast iron casserole is a versatile pot that provides many advantages to a kitchen. Often referred to as a Dutch oven, the cast iron casserole offers superior heat retention that cooks food evenly. It distributes heat equally by way of its cast iron material as well as a sturdy construction that features a thick base and walls.
This cookware also benefits from having a specially designed lid. In addition to retaining heat and smoothly distributing it throughout the pot, this heavy lid keeps steam and moisture in to allow for “self-basting” that naturally keeps food supple and moist.
Another thing about cast iron casseroles is that they are very adaptable. They can be used with a variety of heat sources and cooktop ranges that include ceramic, halogen, and even gas stoves. Due to this versatility, this type of pot can cook at temperatures both high and low. Additionally, it can be used over long periods of time to accommodate slow cooking techniques that can provide some amazing results.
The most noticeable characteristic of a cast iron casserole is its heavy weight, something that adds to their durability. Cast iron casseroles are known to last, and are durable workhorses that will serve your kitchen for years to come.
With its unique ability to retain heat, the cast iron casserole dish offers a wide variety of advantages that extend its usefulness in the kitchen.
Fun fact: Known throughout the world by other names that include Tetsunabe and Casuela, the Dutch oven is named after the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 1700s. Despite what its name suggests, this pot does not have European origins.
What can a cast iron casserole do? What kind of food does it make?
This type of cookware can broil, braise, and bake. It can sauté, simmer, or fry on any stovetop. You can use it to roast food in the oven up to 500° F, or use it to marinate and refrigerate ingredients. In fact, with the lid off, you can use it in a pinch to even bake bread.
Some cast iron casserole recipes you can make include:
- Braised beef, braised lamb shanks
- Pulled pork, beef short ribs, and other fall-off-the-bone dishes
- Soups, stews, chowders, and chilis like chili con carne
- No-knead bread
- Pot roast with carrots and potatoes
- Slow cooked salsa verde chicken
If you love food and love to cook, a cast iron casserole is a must-have for your kitchen.
What kind of benefits does enamel coating provide for a cast iron casserole?
The first thought many people have when thinking about cast iron cookware is the time and effort required to properly take care of them. As much as this is true for many cast iron frypans, this is not the case with cast iron casseroles—especially when it comes to ones equipped with enamel coating.
Cast iron casserole dishes with enamel coating provide all the benefits of cast iron without any of the hassle. This type of cookware has been coated with thin layers of porcelain enamel. This coating makes the surface of these cookware non-stick and easy to clean, two of the most important advantages that most customers look for when shopping for new pots and pans. As food won’t stick and clean up is a snap, cast iron casserole dishes are convenient and practical to use.
One great advantage provided by enamel coating is that these types of pots are non-reactive and non-leaching. Unlike uncoated cast iron, enamelware pots don’t react with acidic ingredients; this gives you free reign to use ingredients such as tomatoes, and allows these pots to make soups and stews.
And, perhaps most importantly, cast iron casseroles with enamel coating have the great advantage of being rust-proof. Unlike regular cast iron that requires special seasoning techniques, this special cookware is ready to go at all times, making it a great choice for your kitchen.
Lastly, there’s one further benefit of enamelware that shouldn’t be overlooked: color. Compared to the standard black of all cast iron skillets and frypans, cast iron casseroles with enamel coating can come in a variety of colors. If you want to add a pop of color to your kitchen, enamelware is a great option that allows you to stylize your kitchen decor the way you want.
How do I care for an enamel-coated cast iron casserole?
This type of enameled cookware needs a bit of care to make it last. When looking after your new cast iron casserole, try these following tips:
- Be sure to clean your enameled cast iron casserole regularly. This will keep it in good shape, prevent stains from building up, and stop flavors from carrying over to the next use.
- Use warm water to wash your enameled cast iron casserole. If there is a build-up of stubborn stains, try leaving it to soak for an extended period of time.
- Use a non-abrasive sponge and wash by hand. These pots are safe to put in the dishwasher, but will really benefit from personal attention.
If used properly without incident, a cast iron casserole pot will be able to serve you for many years to come.
Where can I get a good cast iron casserole?
If you’re looking for a cast iron casserole for your family, consider Berlinger Haus’ Cast Iron Casserole w/ Enamel Coating. This 9.4 inch version comes from the Emerald Collection, and is also available in Burgundy.
This amazingly adaptable cookware can help expand the culinary possibilities of your kitchen. Its turbo induction base is ideal for all cooktop ranges—including ceramic, halogen, and even gas stoves—so you can get the most out of every meal and every tasty idea.
Other variants include an 11.8 inch oval version along with a 10¼ inch shallow pot. Browse the Cast Iron Collection to find a diverse selection of cast iron casseroles along with our great lineup of tajine pots!
Come browse the Berlinger Haus online marketplace to find the perfect cookware and kitchenware for your home!
by Berlinger Haus
August 10, 2021
In the Age of Information, it’s hard to keep a secret anymore. But that’s what the humble pressure cooker is: an open secret that many kitchen households don’t know about. This is a shame because this device provides fantastic advantages that make it an essential kitchen tool for many people.
What is a pressure cooker?
Simply put, a pressure cooker is a practical kitchen tool that is easy to use and makes cooking quick and efficient.
What does a pressure cooker do?
A pressure cooker is a special, airtight container that significantly speeds up the cooking time of anything it cooks. Instead of taking 25 minutes, you can cook risotto in just 6; Instead of 50 minutes, you can cut down barley cooking times to less than 20. And what’s more, food cooked in this type of pot is often tastier and more nutritious than regular boiled food.
Are pressure cookers safe?
Modern pressure cookers are completely safe to use. They feature improved safety features that were lacking in previous versions. Pressure cookers are routinely used in kitchens around the world with no problem.
How do pressure cookers work?
There is a bit of science behind these types of pots. They are able to bend the rules and achieve shorter cooking times by lowering the pressure inside their specially designed shells. With the help of a modified lid that creates an airtight seal, a pressure cooker can trap steam and use it to increase its interior air pressure.
By raising the atmospheric pressure to 15 pounds per square inch (15 psi), a pressure cooker can raise the boiling point of water from 212°F (100°C) to about 250°F (120°C). As such, the food inside a pressure cooker is surrounded by hotter-than-normal water as well as steam that can’t escape. The end result is higher cooker temperatures (which can’t be replicated under normal circumstances) which bring about faster cooking times.
Of course, the steam won’t stay there forever. Once the cooker has reached a certain limit, a release valve will automatically open and release steam to maintain a constant interior temperature. What’s more, these cooking devices are equipped with a backup vent or an overpressure plug that releases excess pressure that keeps your family safe from harm.
What kind of benefits do pressure cookers provide?
Although the primary function of pressure cookers is to cut down on cooking times, they also provide a wide variety of benefits.
Because they are able to cook up to 30% faster, this kind of cooking pot can save 50 to 75% more energy than their unpressurized counterparts. As well, these devices are very handy for cooking at high altitudes where water boils at lower temperatures and cooking times are longer.
And, as good as they are for sustainability, these devices also make for a healthy option for diners. Since less water is used during the cooking process, food cooked in a pressure cooker is better at retaining nutrients and flavour than food boiled in a regular pot.
What’s more, this specialized cookware also provides some exquisite cooking techniques. These cooking devices are able to inject liquid into food more easily, resulting in very tender cuts of cooked meat. As well, these devices are responsible for elevating caramelization and browning to an altogether new level of culinary enjoyment.
What kinds of foods can be prepared in a pressure cooker?
Denis Papin, the Frenchman who invented the pressure cooker in the 1600s, would have been delighted to hear how the pressure cooker has benefited modern kitchens. Papin wanted to apply the new scientific discoveries of his time to cooking and, with this invention, he has certainly succeeded in his task.
By easily achieving higher temperatures, this type of pot is great for boiling, braising, and simmering foods. And because it greatly cuts down on cooking time, pressure cookers are ideal to use with hard-to-cook ingredients. These include:
- Legumes and grains: Dried beans, whole grains, risotto, polenta, grits, and chickpeas
- Dense vegetables: Beets and carrots
- Meat for braising: Beef chuck, pork shoulder, and chicken parts
Of course, you can always experiment and try out your own recipes. See what new concoctions you can come up with!
In all, these devices are excellent kitchen tools for making soups, stews, and stocks. Instead of having to wait for the weekend, your family can enjoy these types of dishes on a workday. Use a pressure cooker to make meals the quick way!
How do I cook with a pressure cooker?
There is a bit of a learning curve to overcome when first using this kind of pot. But, with its ease of use, you’ll become familiar with this great cooking device in no time flat.
The basic steps for operating a pressure cooker are:
- Add water and heat it up
- Add food, and seal the lid
- Cook for a certain time and at a specific pressure level
- Finish the process by releasing the pressure
The biggest issue for people unfamiliar with this type of pot is step #3; it is difficult for a beginner to know when the food is done. A pressure cooker can’t be opened while cooking, and if it is, the process must be restarted. For this reason, newcomers may need to experiment a few times before they discover the best way to cook their recipes.
Another big problem for first-time users is overcooking. By letting your food cook in a pressure cooker by a couple of minutes past its point of readiness, it’s possible to easily overcook your meat. Stay vigilant and time your efforts, and you’ll be able to avoid this common beginner problem.
What’s a good pressure cooker to buy for my kitchen?
For your consideration, try the Berlinger Haus Turbo Pressure Cooker. This product comes from the European cookware designer’s Black Collection and comes in 6.3 qt and 10.5 qt versions. Featuring a stainless steel body and a turbo induction base, the Turbo Pressure Cooker provides 35% faster cooking and is completely dishwasher safe!
Interested in more quality cookware at affordable prices? Come to the Berlinger Haus online marketplace for your one-stop shop to discover great tools for your kitchen!
by Berlinger Haus
August 04, 2021
With all that we have been through recently, no other year can use a fresh start quite like 2021. To bring about this new beginning, homeowners are renovating their homes in an effort to invigorate these all-too-familiar places. And there’s no better choice for a home renovation than the kitchen, the veritable heart of the home.
To help guide any kitchen upgrades you may be considering, here’s a list of some of the hottest design trends for kitchen remodeling and renovation in 2021. We give you the lowdown along with some great tips to make your home life the best it can be!
1. Warm Colors
Break your family out of its regular, dreary routine by introducing warm colors to your kitchen! We can all use a little inspiration, and a kitchen decorated in eye-catching colors will do just that!
A warm color palette opens up so many possibilities. You can start your day on an upbeat tone by making breakfast in an optimistic orange environment. Or, return home to recharge in a kitchen styled with soothing aquamarine hues. With so many vibrant colors to choose from, the only thing to hold you back is how daring you’re willing to take your kitchen design.
For all the rooms in your house, it makes the most sense to introduce warm colors in the kitchen. Warm colors evoke comfort, and no place is more suitable for that than the kitchen. Complement your comfort food with comfortable colors, and see your home atmosphere improve for the better.
The coordination doesn’t stop there! Match the warmth of your kitchen with the majestic hues of the Berlinger Haus I-Rose Collection’s 10-Piece Kitchen Cookware Set. With over 15 colorful collections to choose from, Berlinger Haus has a cookware color palette that is ideal for your lifestyle.
2. Organic Style
For all the harm it has done, the pandemic has had the positive effect of shifting the public’s focus towards the natural environment. For this reason, a hot kitchen trend for this year will be the introduction of organic style elements that emphasize openness and natural materials.
Newly refurbished kitchens will feature earthy tones and wood grain textures. This trend will see kitchens get refurbished with larger, more expansive areas; large, openable windows will bring in bright sunlight and fresh outside air. Additionally, an enviro-centric interior design will see the rise of energy-saving lighting fixtures and an emphasis on natural materials.
This design trend will usher in the popularization of neutral color palettes for many kitchen renovations. Homeowners will be able to coordinate their kitchenware to this upgrade using the muted tones of the Carbon Collection 2.3 qt Casserole Pot with Lid. Or, match your sleek kitchen interior to the streamlined, single-colored blades and handles of the 6-Piece Knife Set from the Black Rose Collection.
From stainless steel to cast iron, you can complement your cozy kitchen with a suitably matching product from Berlinger Haus.
3. Touchless Faucets
An inevitable result of an era where physical contact is to blame for viral transmission is the rise of hands-free devices. An increasing number of public utilities and services will become operable without contact, a trend that will get introduced to the home in the form of the touchless faucet.
Although improved hygiene will be the main reason, the adoption of this new trend will bring numerous benefits to the homeowner. Instead of fumbling for the faucet, kitchen sinks will provide the level of convenience that we already experience at public restrooms at airports and hotels.
If you’re after convenience, consider upgrading your kitchen with the easy-to-clean 9.5 inch Frypan from the Eternal Collection. With its rugged scratch-resistant Eterna coating, this frypan is the perfect tool for cooks that want a no-hassle clean up.
4. Increased Storage
Home cooking has seen a huge resurgence as people around the world do their best to eat well while complying with stay-at-home orders. And, now that a large number of home cooks have supplemented their cookware inventory with new purchases, kitchens will need to accommodate them with increased storage space.
As logical as this kitchen trend is, there’s only so far that homeowners with space limitations can go. So instead of knocking down a wall to make room for all the kitchen gadgets you’ve accumulated over the years, why not try to save some space in the first place?
Consider hanging your cookware using products like the Grill Pan 11 inches w/ Protector from our Carbon Collection that accommodates hooks and hangers. Or, free up your kitchen cabinets with this Aquamarine 12-Piece Cookware Set with Detached Ergonomic Handles that are stockable, safe for ovens, and can be conveniently repurposed as storage containers.
5. Specialty Ovens
Home baking has not been this popular for a long time, thanks to the pandemic. And as baking neophytes discover the joy of freshly baked cookies for the first time, more advanced bakers are delving deeper into their hobby by investing in increasingly popular specialty ovens.
One oven variety that has been warmly received by the public is the convection oven. This advanced appliance incorporates an internal fan to blow hot air around your food for a more even bake, thereby providing better results.
Also gaining popularity is the speed oven that combines convection and microwave abilities for a faster cooking experience. Meanwhile, the steam oven and its healthy cooking process is gaining converts, picking up steam along the way.
However you bake, you’ll be able to do it style with Berlinger Haus! Our 9.8 inch Bundt Pan from the Black Rose Collection lets you make great-tasting Bundt cakes, while our Aquamarine 13.75 inch Oblong Baking Roasting Pan fulfills a number of baking functions while sporting a cool exterior.
At Berlinger Haus, we’ve got the perfect cookware and bakeware to complement your lifestyle! Our products feature the pops of color you need in your kitchen! Come browse our online marketplace to see what we can offer you!
by Berlinger Haus
July 29, 2021
- 8" size with a flat blade and a straight edge
- Wide heel that curves to a fine tip
- Chopping, mincing and dicing vegetables, fruits, and herbs
- Versatile blade can be rolled back and forth
- Broad heel can perform heavy-duty cutting (like potatoes)
- 8" long, slim knife that tapers to a sharp point
- Narrow width allows for more precision
- Cutting poultry, pork, lamb, and beef into thin slices
- Great for cutting larger fruit and vegetables (like melons) and cakes
- 8" size with an even blade and a sharp, serrated edge
- Cuts softer items like bread, bagels, and bread rolls
- Grooved edge cuts without crushing; keeps items intact
- Also great for slicing cakes, melons, and tomatoes
- 5" size that is smaller than a chef knife, but larger than a paring knife
- Sharp tip tapers to the spine to allow for intricate work
- Chopping smaller foods and vegetables (like shallots)
- Similar to a chef knife; allows precision with smaller items
- 3.5" size with a short, even blade and a pointed tip
- Basic tasks like cutting, chopping, slicing, peeling, mincing, and removing seeds
- Lightweight and easy handling allows for delicate work
- Great versatility, durable, and maneuverable
- Long, metal rod with a handle at one end
- Used to correct a blade's edge before and after use
- Alignment makes knives more effective
- Strong blades and a big handle to accommodate more fingers
- Stronger cutting force can easily cut through tough ingredients
- Can cut herbs off vines, open up packaging, and cut meat into bite-sized chunks
by Berlinger Haus
July 29, 2021
6-PIECE ROSE GOLD KNIFE SET
3-PIECE FRYPAN GRILL PLATE SET
The secret to great cooking lies in top quality frying pans. This 3-piece set includes everything you need to turn out amazing recipes with little cleanup. With 3-layer marble coating and an ergonomic soft touch handle, these induction-based frying pans and grill plate are elegantly designed, and perfect for cooking.
They’re even eco-friendly.
4.3 QT CASSEROLE POT WITH LID
24-PIECE STAINLESS STEEL SATIN
FINISH CUTLERY SET
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by Berlinger Haus
July 28, 2021
When it comes to the kitchen, cleanliness is a must. It’s not just about wiping down surfaces and keeping things spic and span for the sake of healthy food preparation. A clean kitchen sends a good message to your family, and your guests. Cookware was designed to get dirty, which means it needs extra attention not just for cleanliness, but longevity as well.
In order to keep your cookware looking its best, and in tip-top shape for years to come, it’s important to follow a few tips. Do this regularly, and your cookware will look the part, and stay ready for your next big meal.
BE GENTLE WHEN CLEANING
They may look tough and durable, but cookware can be subject to damage if you’re not careful. Make sure to go easy on your cooking products by avoiding things like rough scrubbing sponges and steel wool. The last thing you want is to damage the coating, which can lead to rust and other problems. Stick to warm water and dish soap, and go easy on the scrubbing. For tough to clean oil spots and burnt food, consider mixing baking soda with water, and applying the mixture for fifteen minutes or so. Then, wipe away gently and avoid any scrapes and scuffs.
READ THE STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS
Most cookware comes with specific instructions when it comes to proper storage, and that’s important for things like induction sets or non-stick products. Try to avoid piling pots and pans on top of one another as the damage from contact can start piling up rather fast. Hang your pans if possible so they don’t come into contact with one another, and put adequate space between cookware items to prevent them from bashing together when moving things around.
KEEP SHARP OBJECTS AWAY
It’s no secret that even the most durable cookware doesn’t fare so well against sharp objects. Like any other kind of material, knives and other sharp items can scratch and severely damage your cookware. The same goes for metal utensils. If possible, stick to wooden or plastic spoons that won’t scratch or chip away at your cookware. Once the inner coating comes off, your cookware is vulnerable to rust and other damage that will quickly pile on.
BE MINDFUL OF NON-STICK COOKWARE
Non-stick cookware is a staple of any kitchen, and these cookware items are becoming more and more popular each day. However, there are a few things you should know about non-stick pans, including what products to use on them. For instance, cooking spray tends to cling to non-stick pans like a magnet, and it’s hard to get off. Over time, this spray will continue to build up, which will make cleaning them that much harder. Second, make sure to lubricate your non-stick cookware by wiping them with a paper towel and some oil. This maintains their brilliance, while also increasing their lifespan. Remember that non-stick cookware has a delicate surface that can be damaged by impact or from continuous rubbing while cleaning. A gentle hand means a longer life for these great cooking products.
So, with a little bit of foreknowledge and a steady hand, you can keep your cookware looking beautiful and vibrant for many years. Not only is it good for the pocketbook, but it’s also a way to impress your guests when they see just how new your cookware looks, even if you’ve been using it for some time!
by Berlinger Haus
July 27, 2021
Cookware is an important product that many homeowners buy when moving into a new house. But, with so many available options, it can be difficult to tell which cookware suits your needs the best.
Among the most popular cookware options are aluminum and stainless steel, two materials with distinct characteristics that are sometimes unclear to customers. Which one is best for you?
With this rundown, we’ll help clear up any confusion by explaining the difference between aluminum and stainless steel cookware. What’s more, we’re here to help by informing you what you should look for when shopping for cookware.
Aluminum is a commonly-found metal that imbues cookware with a wide range of benefits. One of its best properties is its strong ability to conduct heat, something that is equally matched by its competitive pricing.
Aluminum is an excellent conductor of heat, meaning aluminum-made pots and pans will heat up faster over the stove, and will cool down quickly and become safe to touch within a shorter time frame.
An interesting fact about aluminum is that it has a higher heat capacity than stainless steel. However, aluminum cookware isn’t able to retain heat well because of their second advantage: they are incredibly light. Compared to stainless steel, aluminum pans are lightweight and convenient to use. They are well suited for people who don’t want to use heavy pots and pans when cooking.
The third important advantage to aluminum cookware is their ability to heat up evenly. Due to its strong conductivity, an aluminum-made pot will cook its food evenly by distributing heat equally.
Cookware made from stainless steel is strong, durable, and made to last, making it popular in kitchens throughout the world.
Stainless steel has a tough, outer shell that is derived from the chromium in its composition reacting with the air. Besides making it strong, this chemical reaction also allows stainless steel to withstand high temperatures, making them safe to use in the oven.
As a result, stainless steel cookware is also known for being a scratch-resistant, corrosion-resistant, non-reactive addition to your kitchen. And because stainless steel is inert, it won't corrode or rust. Because they aren’t prone to chemical reactions, they can be used to easily cook acidic foods like citrus fruits or tomatoes.
Above all else, stainless steel cookware is practical to use. They are dishwasher-friendly, and can be used on any type of cooktop including an induction cooker.
On the other hand, stainless steel heats and cools slowly, and is not a great conductor of heat. Its construction requires a thicker base that makes it heavy to use. What’s more, there’s a premium on stainless steel cookware, meaning that they are usually more expensive than average cookware.
Although aluminium cookware and stainless steel cookware each have their own distinct merits, their complementary advantages make you wonder if an ideal compromise between the two exists.
And, it does.
Introducing: A New, Innovative Combination That Didn't Exist Before
For the best of both worlds, consider buying cookware containing aluminum and stainless steel.
By incorporating these two different metals, the result is a pot and pan that provides more than the sum of its parts.
Aluminum and stainless steel cookware have a strong structure, and are good at conducting heat. Surrounded by stainless steel on both sides, the aluminum remains inert and won’t chemically react with anything. Safe and durable, this type of cookware is as friendly to dishwashers as it is to rough handling, all while providing excellent performance that results in evenly cooked food.
Berlinger Haus offers all these benefits and more with its 4-Piece Cookware Set with Eterna Coating from the Eternal Collection. This cookware features a triple layer construction featuring:
- 18/10 stainless steel layers on the top and bottom that provide greater durability and resistance to wear and tear, and
- An aluminum inner layer that provides even heat distribution
By incorporating these layers and their unique properties, pots and pans become much more practical to use. Not only are they extremely scratch-proof, but their induction surfaces ensure exact heat distribution. In this way, triple-layer construction speeds up the cooking process and prevents food from sticking.
But that’s not all. This cookware set is protected by an Eterna coating, a revolutionary non-stick coating that makes cooking easier and cookware even tougher. Durable enough to handle metal utensils, this coating is incredibly tough and can handle just about anything in the kitchen.