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Why Should You Buy a Stainless Steel Pot? - Why a Stainless Pot is a Good Investment

Updated on January 15, 2012

Buying a stainless pot is probably one of the best decisions you can make. It is a good decision to own stainless steel pots because they are relatively inexpensive, they are durable, and they are easy to clean. Stainless steel pots also look very good and can look as good as new for years with proper care. They can be heated to high temperatures without any damage and they do not react to acidic foods like corn and butter and alkaline foods like carrots and beans. There is a chance that some of the metallic elements might leach into food but there are in such miniscule amounts that it is not harmful in the least.

Stainless steel pots do not conduct heat very well so most quality pots have a base of aluminum or copper to spread the heat more evenly. One other positive aspect of stainless steel pots is that they are very light and useable; cast iron pots are good to own too but they are almost impossibly heavy for many people.

From Wikipedia
From Wikipedia

History of Stainless Steel

Stainless steel has been around since the early 1900s and has been used in pots since the 1920s. In 1913, while trying to reduce rust in rifle barrels, someone came across the metallic compound for stainless steel (which is an alloy of iron containing approximately 18%chromium and 10% nickel.) John Brown & Co. and Thomas Firth & Sons of Sheffield, England initiated the industrial era of stainless steel in 1915. The first product was table cutlery. It was only a matter of time before stainless steel pots and pans were manufactured.

Cleaning a Stainless Steel Pot

When you first buy a stainless steel pot you should wash it well with warm, soapy water making sure to dry it well to avoid spots. To clean a stainless steel pot you can wash it with warm, soapy water again. If you have stubborn stains or food that has stuck to the bottom, you can combine vinegar and water and let it sit for a while which will make the stain easy to come off. For the outside of a stainless steel pot, a glass cleaner works well to remove finger prints. You can also invest in a specialty stainless steel cleaner such as Bar Keeper’s Friend and use it with a soft mesh scrub pad. The pots are dishwasher safe but over time the caustic dishwashing liquid can scratch or ruin a pot. Also, when you are finished using a stainless steel pot do not put it in cold water until it has cooled down, otherwise it can warp.

With proper care and treatment of your stainless steel pot it can be an important asset to your kitchen tools for years.  So what are you waiting for, invest in some stainless steel pots and pans, you will not regret it.


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    Sally Branche 4 years ago from Only In Texas!

    This is good advice! All my pots and my percolator are stainless steel. I believe in buying it once and buying it right. It's so much better for the environment and my budget! I find really fine stainless steel pots at the thrift stores pretty often, and I have a nice collection of them. I actually found a rare and valuable Duncan Hines 3-ply frying pan with a lid in excellent condition sitting on top of the steel recycling bin one time. I'm not proud! I picked it up and brought it home. That thing's worth $45!

    Good information! Voted up and interesting! ;D

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    Stacie L 7 years ago

    I 've had a stainless steel pot for over 25 years and it was given to me by my mom who owned it 30 years,

    The teflon coated pots are a health hazard and I'm going to replace them

    good info.

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    Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Thanks for the comments. Very funny funnebone :)

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    maribin 8 years ago from USA

    great hub.

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    funnebone 8 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

    If I ever find the domesticated goddess that I yearn for, I will be sure to have her read this and in the kitchen of course! A fine job as always.

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    dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

    Some great tips about stainless steel pots, UV. I'm a stainless steel junkie and LOVE perusing through kitchen stores and department stores in search for necessary tools to help me fire up my next concoction. I want to personally customize/design my own kitchen in my dream house one day! Thanks!