Which is Better: Aluminum or Stainless Steel Kitchen Utensil?

The saying “too many cooks spoil the broth” actually does not only stop there. The wrong pans do too. When it comes to home and restaurant kitchen utensils, it is an important decision to make when choosing the correct kitchen utensil. Commonly, most pots and pans used in commercial homes and restaurant kitchens are either aluminum or steel. Some people prefer French steel and cast iron, however pans made of these materials need special care and can be a hassle in busy restaurants. Always opt for commercial kitchen utensils that are sold in house ware stores as these kitchen utensils are tested multiple times for its heat consistency, durability and its health safety for public use.

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Here are some of the pros and cons of stainless steel kitchen utensil and aluminum cookware that you should take into consideration.

Aluminum Kitchen Utensils

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  1. Aluminum has high specific heat capacity, allowing it to heat up and cool down quickly, making it popular with short-order cooks in restaurants or busy ladies at home who need to work super fast. However, the handles get hot just as quickly as well, so the user has to keep an eye and be extra careful with it.
  1. It is cheaper than stainless steel kitchen utensils, which appeals to restaurants on a budget and families with lower income.
  1. Aluminum is also noticeably lighter in weight, making it easy for homes that cook in various techniques and need to move their pots and pans here and there as well as restaurants.
  1. Aluminium is easily corroded and degraded by acidic foods and these aluminum particles can leach into food, acting as a slow poison. It is generally recommended by kitchen utensil manufacturers to avoid using aluminum cookware for highly acidic or very salty foods, namely salted fish, sauerkraut and tomato ketchup. However, anodizing your aluminum kitchen utensil will allow for it.
  1. Chemical reactions that occur when cooking can eventually warp the aluminum kitchen utensils, rendering them useless. However, because aluminum cookwares are so cheap, they can be easily replaced often.

Stainless Steel Kitchen Utensil

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  1. Stainless steel kitchen utensils are more balanced because they are heavier. And the handles are generally stronger because stainless steel is hard. However, just like aluminum kitchen utensils, the handles get hot as well, even though they take longer to heat up, the user has to still handle with extensive care.
  1. Stainless steel, unlike aluminum, has high specific heat capacity. Meaning it can hold heat for a longer time, making it extra useful when it comes to dishes with a long cook time – like steak.Image result for stainless steel kitchen pinterest
  1. The nonreactive noble surface of stainless steel kitchen utensils means you can cook anything in it, and it won’t become a chemical reaction. Most stainless steel kitchen utensil manufacturers recommend not allowing salty or acidic food to sit in the cookware for a long period of time as it could pit the surface of the cook ware.
  1. Stainless steel kitchen utensils are obviously more expensive than aluminum. But it lasts longer, thus making it more cost effective.
  1. Stainless steel kitchen utensil manufacturers recommend users to buy pots and pans which have equal thickness top and bottom because thin gauge pans can scorch products extremely easily.Image result for stainless steel cookware pinterest

When you go to your local house ware supply store to get your kitchen utensils, consider the price and functionality of the pots, consider the mobility and the kinds of food you usually make. Use the information above to make the right decision.




3 Tips on Planning the Perfect Pre-Wedding Photography Session

Why do people take pre-wedding pictures? First, it lets you be more familiar with your wedding photographers so it will be easier to work with. It is also one of the most acceptable times to take super cheesy pictures. But really, pre-wedding photography sessions serve to be the most memorable photography session of your lifetime. Here are some things you should ask yourself when planning the perfect pre wedding photography session.Photo by Simplifai Studios

  1. Do you have a theme in mind got your pre-wedding photography session?

Do you want your pre-wedding photography to be about where you first met? Or inspired by a movie you both love? Do you want it to have something to do with your ethnicity, like something bohemian? If you do not have any ideas, head over to Pinterest. You will be flooded with choices. Before you call the photographer, make sure you have discussed about the theme with your partner and make sure he/she is okay with what you have selected. You have to talk to each other about having your pre-wedding photography posed, or candid, and formal or casual?Image result for engagement pictures pinterest

  1. Indoors or outdoors?

    Now think about where you are going to have your pre-wedding photography session? Is it going to a park, a waterfall, or a city landscape? Or do you want to go to the café in which you had your first date? You and your partner should both talk about this. If you are planning to have a pre-wedding photography session outdoors, make sure there is a washroom nearby to switch up your outfits and plan for it to be on a day with perfect weather because you do not want to be sweating and all oily in your pre-wedding photography.

  1. Finding the perfect photographer for your pre-wedding photography session

As soon as you get an idea on how you want your pre-wedding photography session to be, it is time to look for talented photographers who are able to give you what you want. Look through each photographer’s portfolios to get to know their photography style. Every photographer has their own style. Check with your partner to see if he/she likes the style. Do not forget to check their rates as well, ensure that it is within your budget.  Be sure to know what is included in their packages. Some photographers are more expensive but they offer more. So these are a lot of things you need to take into consideration.

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Buying vs. renting Your Wedding Gown in Singapore

We all know that wedding gowns in Singapore can be very costly. For some brides, it’s the biggest purchases for the wedding. And while some stores in Singapore offer much more affordable options, it is incredibly hard to resist certain designer wedding gowns you recently spotted on the internet or in the magazine, even thought their wedding gowns are way out of your league.

One option for Singaporean brides that is becoming more and more common is wedding gown rental. Just like how the grooms frequently opt to rend a wedding tuxedo instead of spending a whole lot of hard-earned money to buy a suit that he is only going to wear once a year, it is now a common option for brides in Singapore to rent wedding gowns.Buying vs. Renting Wedding Dresses - Inspired by ThisBuying vs. Renting Wedding Dresses - Inspired by This

Here are the pros and cons of renting your wedding gowns in Singapore.

The Pros:

  1. You get to save a lot of money. In 2013, the average cost of a wedding in Singapore soared up to $SGD29,000, with the cost of an average wedding gown clocking at $SGD1263. Not all couples can afford this luxury. If you decide to rent, you can find great wedding gowns as low as only $SGD100.
  2. The wedding gown of your dream is unattainable and too heavy of a burden. Designer wedding gowns are said to be given away for rental as low as 1/5th the retail price. You are not going to use it anymore anyway, why not opt for it?
  3. Need not worry about preserving your wedding gown that will take up a lot of space at home and you will never even touch it again. Just return it from where you rented it from.wedding dress

The Cons:

  1. When you rent a wedding gown, it is not yours and you are forfeiting the experience of ever passing down the wedding gown to your daughter or future daughter-in-law.
  2. It may feel a little less special to know you never really owned a wedding gown in the first place.
  3. You need to be careful to make sure your dress is in mint condition when you rent it because who knows how many brides have worn it before? And make sure it is still in perfect condition when you return it.