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- COOKWARE Waterless Cookware Revival - The Healthy Choice ~ Steve Denning
Waterless cookware has attracted a wide and informed audience–the choice of most celebrity chefs on major network programs, seen in TV infomercials, covered by newspapers and cooking journals, found at state fair and in-home demonstrations. The internet offers a cornucopia of informative articles, user ratings and testimonials. The buzz is real.
Reasons for today’s waterless revival are numerous and important to know, but waterless cooking isn’t new. The method is actually old news, a simpler, easier, old-fashioned way of cooking healthy, nutrient-rich, tastefully served meals.
For many of us, the flavors that once billowed in the savory air of Grandma’s kitchen are being newly discovered in kitchens throughout America. Perhaps you’re old enough to remember when baking was once a stove-top, waterless practice. Old news is good news.
What is modern, of course, are micro-waves and precooked convenience entrees, highly processed food material (boxed or canned), or frozen foods generally prepared at home using oils, fats or water for frying or boiling. Some foods (breaded nuggets and fillets for example) are simply heated in the oven—very convenient but far from healthy.
Today’s ‘cooking’ has prompted a generation of cookware coated with synthetics or glass to compensate for high heat sticking (Teflon and ceramics for example). But high heat damages the nutrient complexity of fresh, whole foods.
Maybe, like the nature of quality cookware (designed to retain and preserve complex vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants of cooked food), the truer tastes of nature's efforts have been forgotten too. Waterless cooking retains 40% to 50% more nutrient value than other common cooking methods—boiling for example. The point: cooked foods should satisfy more than appetite.
Mother Nature’s honest efforts rely on cookware capable of preserving and retaining taste, aroma, texture and wholesome complexity—vegetables and meats served as intended, fully appreciated, fully valued, fully themselves. Quality waterless cookware does this; but just as important to families, stainless steel waterless cookware also helps home cooks re-visit the fundamentals of real cooking—easily, comfortably, saving time, effort, money, and food value. For a fresh & healthy review of cookware value, consider these brief articles:
Cook healthy, eat honestly and thrive.