Plan on regularly cooking for five or more people
Squarish shaped cooking utensil will allow the cooking of larger portions of
Menu includes: stir fries, scrambled eggs, pancakes etc. but not chicken, roast
or other deep friable meats.
Below below 450 degrees will work just fine. Probably don't need with high
sides. Rounded shape bottom and sides works better for
sauteing. Stainless steel too heavy for
sauteing. Consider aluminum with non stick coating.
Menu includes: Deep friable meats such as chicken. Roasting,
Temperature control that goes up to at least 450 degrees. High sides allow
more food to be cooked. Thicker bottom better for even heating. Good
choice for more even heating. Can also use aluminum with non stick.
Most or all cooking going to be done in one place
Consider a cooking product made with stainless a steel
Take on picnics
Consider a cooking product made with aluminum
Where will most of the cooking be done?
Good idea to get measurements of counter top space and compare against
measurements provided in advertisement. Electric skillets & grills take up
more space than their gas powered peers because of the heating element. Electric
is safer than an open flame. Recommend electric for indoors.
No size limit. Space is not likely to be an issue. If going to use
electric consider if there will be an outdoor socket available for use. If
gas or charcoal, be aware American Cancer Institute recommends not allowing the
flame to come in contact with the meat.
Ease of clean up important?
Consider getting a heat control that separates from the pan. The pan can
then be cleaned via a dishwasher or fully immersed in a kitchen sink.
Safety Recommendations for all cooking utensils:
Heat resistant handles to prevent burns
If getting skillet, deep fryer, or grill with a dome
Consider a see a see though glass dome. Less need to be constantly lifting
the lid to see if food has been cooked enough. Resulting in less chance of
A stainless steel make