Characteristics, Uses and Care of Different materials for making utensils
Cooking equipment and utensils are made from different types of materials such as glasses, wood, assorted metals, plastics. The materials used for making a utensil determines the use of the utensil and the care it requires.
Here are basically some of the materials used for making utensils, their characteristics, uses and care.
1. Aluminium - This is w very good conductor of heat and it does not rust easily. It is widely used for many kinds of equipment like kettles, sauce pans, frying pans, water filter, etc. It is to be washed with warm soapy water and rinsed thoroughly; soured with mild abrasive if necessary and dried with soft kitchen cloth.
2. Iron - This is a good conductor of heat. It is strong, heavy and durable. It can rust easily unless coated with suitable materials for example enamel, zinc. It is used for producing cooking pots, kettles, sauce pans, etc.
3. Stainless steel - it is a poor conductor of heat, it is strong and durable, it does not rust. It is used for making tea set, trays, plates, kitchen sink, cutlery, cups, frying pans and saucepans. It is to be washed with warm soapy water. Rinse well and scour with mild abrasive when necessary. Dry with non-fluffy dish cloth.
4. Tin - it does not tarnish and it wears well, it may be used as coating on iron to prevent rusting.
It is used for making cake tins, baking tins, jelly moulds, food cans, etc. it is to be washed in hot soapy water, rinsed thoroughly, dried with clean soft cloth, avoid abrasive or sharp objects.