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Buying Guide For Kitchenware

Jul 17, 2008
Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for you to find what you're looking for in kitchenware, so we've put this guide together to help you make your choice

Index

*Dinnerware
*Cookware
*Bakeware
*Cutlery & Utensils
*Glasses
*Kitchen Textiles

Dinnerware
Most modern dinnerware is dishwasher safe and can be split into four separate areas as follows:

Bone China: Extremely strong and doesn't chip easily so it's great for everyday use; however, its smooth appearance makes it ideal for special occasions too.
Earthenware: A heavy duty style of pottery with a rustic appearance
Porcelain: Extremely strong and incredibly smooth with a translucent appearance. It's the finest of all ceramics
Stoneware: A heavy ceramic, dense in structure and suitable for everyday use

Cookware

Aluminium Pans

*Non stick
*Suitable for use with gas, electric or halogen hobs
*NOT suitable for use on induction hobs
*Heats food quickly and evenly
Stainless Steel Pans
*Suitable for use with gas, electric or halogen hobs
*NOT suitable for use on induction hobs
*Corrosion resistant
*Easy to clean

Bakeware

*Ceramic oven to table ware is suitable for use in ovens at high temperatures and is all completely microwave and dishwasher safe
*Pyrex is heat resistant glassware suitable for oven use, serving and storage. All Pyrex items are both microwave and dishwasher safe

Cutlery & Utensils

Cutlery

There are a lot of cutlery ranges to choose from; three that stand out are listed below, all of which are stainless steel and completely dishwasher safe

*Aspen
*Dakota
*Elements

Kitchen Knives

A lot of kitchen knives are made from forged stainless steel; they're completely dishwasher safe and carry a lifetime guarantee. They are 'full tang' which means that the blade extends the full length of the handle improving the weight and balance of the knife.

The range includes:

*Paring Knife - a small knife used for preparing fruit or vegetables
*Bread Knife - a serrated blade knife designed for cutting through crusty bread
*Utility Knife - a serrated blade knife for general use including preparing meat, vegetables or sandwiches
*Chef Knife - (also known as a French knife) a specialist knife sharp enough to slice very finely
*Cheese Slice - a utensil used for preparing very thin and even slices of cheese

Plastic Utensils

Most plastic utensils sets combine modern style with easy to clean materials. They have nylon grip handles for easy use and are completely dishwasher safe. The range includes:

*Slotted Spoon
*Slotted Turner
*Solid Spoon
*Potato Masher

Glasses

You can buy glasses for all types of drink and all types of occasion; they are durable, high quality and completely dishwasher safe. Some notable ranges include:

*Tulip - a range of everyday glassware suitable for most uses
*Twilight - a sophisticated range of smoke tinted glass
*Vinello - an elegant range of fine rimmed glassware
*Bianco - Hand made contemporary shaped glasses with a fashionable frosted stripe

Kitchen Textiles

Kitchen textiles are used for both protection and decoration. Most items form a range so everything will match in your kitchen or on your table. Some notable ranges include:

*Vintage Blue
*Portofino
*Dots
*Grid
*Madrid
*Mother of Pearl
*Leaf Cutwork
*Chrysanthemum
*Linier Aqua
*Modo
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