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Essential cleaning tips for the 7 most popular cookware materials

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Pots and pans sure look gleaming and gorgeous coming out of the box, but after years of spaghetti dinners, roast chickens and holiday feasts, a well-used cookware arsenal is bound to show its age. Make your sauté pans, stockpots and skillets worthy of the hanging pot rack once again with a little elbow grease and a couple of easy-to-find, mild cleaning products (including ketchup, of all things) — and learn how keep the glow once you’ve got it back.

Below you’ll find daily care and stain removal tips for cookware made of stainless steel, copper, enameled cast iron and more.

Good practices for all cookware. No matter the type of cookware, it is best to wash it as soon as possible after cooking (cleaning as you go is ideal), and use the least abrasive cleaning method you can. Washing by hand is always preferable, even for pots and pans that claim to be dishwasher safe. Washing by hand will prevent the scratches and discoloration that can happen in a dishwasher over time.

The tips and techniques that follow are good general guidelines, but you may also want to check the manufacturer’s suggestions. If your cookware is under warranty, using the wrong cleaning product can void your agreement, so it pays to do your homework.

Stainless Steel

Everyday care: Ideally, wash your stainless steel pots and pans by hand soon after use, using regular dish soap. That said, stainless steel pans are one of the few types that can handle a trip through the dishwasher — so if you are in a rush, don’t worry about tossing it in with the dishes. Regular cleaning in the dishwasher may create spots or a cloudy surface.

Stain removal: To brighten up cloudy or spotty stainless steel, rub the surface with a rag dampened with white vinegar. To treat stains on the bottom of the pan caused by high heat, sprinkle a gentle scouring powder (like Barkeeper’s Friend) on a wet sponge or rag to create a paste, and rub it onto the stained area. Rinse with water.

Copper

Everyday care: Wash copper pots and pans by hand, using warm, soapy water.

Stain removal: Bring that lustrous finish back to discolored copper by covering your pan with ketchup (yes, ketchup) or lemon. Let the ketchup sit on your pan for at least 10 minutes, then rub the discoloration away with a rag or sponge. Rinse clean with warm water.

Enameled Cast Iron

Everyday care: Allow the pan to cool before washing it — a sudden temperature change may crack the enamel. Soak the pan in warm water first, then use a soft sponge and a mild dishwashing detergent to clean it. Do not use abrasive scrubbing pads, as they can damage the enamel finish.

Stain removal: Treat discoloration on the outside of the pan using a mild scouring powder, like Barkeeper’s Friend. For tough stains on the inside surface, fill the pan with white vinegar and water and bring to a boil on the stovetop. Turn off the heat and let the pan soak with the vinegar solution, then wash as usual.

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Hard Anodized Aluminum

Everyday care: Allow the pan to cool completely before washing it, and never place a hot pan in cold water, which can cause warping. Wash by hand, using a mild dishwashing detergent and warm water — putting your hard anodized pans in the dishwasher may void your warranty.

Stain removal: For stains on the outside only, use a paste of baking soda or a mild scouring powder, like Barkeeper’s Friend. Rinse with warm water.

Nonstick

Everyday care: Use low to medium heat only — higher temperatures can permanently damage nonstick pans. Wash promptly with a soft sponge and warm, soapy water. If scratches or flakes begin to appear on the nonstick surface of your pan, recycle or toss it immediately. Otherwise those flakes will end up in your food … not something you want to happen!

Stain removal: On the outside only, try using a paste of Barkeeper’s Friend or a similar scouring powder.

Cast Iron

Initial seasoning: When you buy a new cast iron pan, wash it by hand in warm, soapy water. Dry the pan with a towel, then put it in a 300-degree oven for about five minutes to dry it completely — even a bit of remaining moisture can cause rust to form on cast iron pans. Next, using a paper towel, rub about a tablespoon of olive or vegetable oil over the surface of the pan, inside and out. Wipe away excess oil — you are aiming for a thin coat. Put the pan in a 300-degree oven for an hour, let it cool, then rub it all over with a clean rag.

Everyday care: Never use soap on your cast iron pan. Promptly after each use, wipe out the pan using a paper towel and a bit of oil. If food is stuck on, run the pan under hot water and scrub the food off with a soft brush or plastic scouring pad — remember, no soap! Soap will remove the seasoning, which is what creates that wonderful nonstick surface.

Stain removal and long-term care: For really tough, stuck-on food, boil water in your pan on the stovetop for a few minutes, then clean it as usual. Reseasoning occasionally will help maintain the finish.

Clay Pot

Everyday care: Most clay pots must be soaked in water for 15 to 30 minutes before each use. Always place your clay pot in a cold oven so the pot can come up to temperature gradually. Do not use your clay pot on the stovetop or under a broiler, and never put a hot pot on a cold surface — any sudden temperature changes can break it.

Clean it promptly, using a paste of baking soda; rinse with warm water. Soap is not recommended for unglazed clay pots, though you may be able to use a mild soap on clay pots that have been glazed; check with the manufacturer.

Stain removal: Try leaving a paste of baking soda on the discolored area for at least 10 minutes, then wipe away and rinse with water. Do not use abrasive sponges or harsh cleaning products on a clay pot.

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Top 5 Vendors in the Global Residential Combination Steam Oven Market – Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio
has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global
residential combination steam oven market
report from
2017-2021. This market research report also lists six other prominent
vendors that are expected to impact the market during the forecast
period.

Competitive vendor landscape

The global
residential combination steam oven market
is comparatively a very
new market and still at a nascent stage. The presence of prominent
players in this niche market will create opportunities for customers to
select from a wide range of products. The leading vendors are focusing
on offering a very diverse portfolio of products that includes both
basic and innovative products. The major players in the market include
Electrolux, Samsung, Robert Bosch, Haier, and Metall Zug Group. Some of
the big conglomerates have a worldwide presence and have various brands
under them selling combination steam ovens.

According to Tamal Saha, a lead analyst at Technavio for home,
kitchen, and large appliances
research, “Samsung markets
combination steam oven under the brand names of Samsung and Dacor. Haier
took over GE Appliances and now manufactures and sells combination steam
oven under its brand name. These companies are leaders in the home
appliances market but face competition from local brands and private
label brands, such as SMEG, SUB-ZERO WOLF, and Bertazzoni, which also
have a wide variety of products and are mostly available in local
markets.”

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vendors:

Electrolux

Electrolux designs and manufactures home appliances via three segments,
namely small appliances, major appliances, and professional products.
Major appliances are fridges, washing machines, freezers, stoves, ovens,
microwaves, and air conditioners. Small appliances include small
domestic appliances, vacuum cleaners, and accessories. Professional
products comprise equipment for foodservice and professional-grade
laundry solutions.

Haier

Haier is a multinational company that designs, manufactures, and markets
consumer electronics and home appliances such as refrigerators,
television sets, freezers, washers, consumer electronic appliances, and
integrated kitchenware. Haier runs its appliances business through Haier
Electronics Group. The company is involved in the manufacturing,
marketing, and sales of upstream matching accessories for household
appliances as well as the manufacturing and sales of mold.

Metall Zug Group

Metall Zug Group designs, manufactures, and markets products under
Household Appliances, Infection Control, and Wire Processing segments.
Under the Infection Control segment, it has Belimed Group. Under the
Wire Processing segment, it has the Schleuniger Group. The company
manufactures products for laundry, kitchen, gastronomy sector as well as
provide services for the same.

Robert Bosch

Robert Bosch is a multinational company that provides electronics and
engineering solutions. The following are the four business segments
under which the company runs its operations: mobility solutions,
consumer goods, industrial technology, and energy and building
technology. The company is a home appliance manufacturer, which sells
products such as ovens, microwaves, freezers, washers dryers,
dishwashers, refrigerators, and vacuum cleaners under various brands.

Samsung

Samsung has three business segments, namely IT and mobile
communications, device solutions, and consumer electronics. Samsung
designs, manufactures, and markets various consumer electronics such as
digital TVs, color monitors, DVD players, computers, LCD panels, and
printers as well as mobile communications devices such as smartwatches,
smartphones, tablets. Under device solutions, it offers product like
solid-state drive (SSD), dynamic random-access memory (DRAM), and NAND
flash.

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Calphalon Introduces Space Saving Cookware Line – HomeWorld …

Calphalon has introduced the Calphalon Premier Space Saving line of non-stick and stainless steel cookware, which stacks securely to save space in the kitchen.

The cookware features specially designed handles and flat glass covers, which allows the pots, pans and lids with the same diameter to stack and nest in any order, the company said.

The Premier Space Saving non-stick line features a hard anodized construction, allowing for even heating, and a durable three layer non-stick surface. In addition, the stainless steel line is crafted with a heavy-gauge aluminum core to quickly and evenly distribute heat. Both non-stick and stainless steel lines have handles that stay cool while cooking, are dishwasher safe, and come with a full lifetime warranty, the company said.

“Through our research, we found that the average size of the American home is shrinking, and that many consumers have limited space in their kitchen to store cookware,” said Tim Anderson, director of brand development for Calphalon. “Calphalon Premier Space Saving cookware provides home cooks with 30% more space in their cabinets, helping to declutter their kitchen so they can focus on what matters, creating a great meal for family and friends.”

The Calphalon Premier Space Saving cookware starts at a suggested retail price of $99.99 and is available both in-store and online at Bed Bath Beyond, Williams Sonoma, Crate Barrel and Macy’s.

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Calphalon Introduces Space Saving Cookware Line

Calphalon has introduced the Calphalon Premier Space Saving line of non-stick and stainless steel cookware, which stacks securely to save space in the kitchen.

The cookware features specially designed handles and flat glass covers, which allows the pots, pans and lids with the same diameter to stack and nest in any order, the company said.

The Premier Space Saving non-stick line features a hard anodized construction, allowing for even heating, and a durable three layer non-stick surface. In addition, the stainless steel line is crafted with a heavy-gauge aluminum core to quickly and evenly distribute heat. Both non-stick and stainless steel lines have handles that stay cool while cooking, are dishwasher safe, and come with a full lifetime warranty, the company said.

“Through our research, we found that the average size of the American home is shrinking, and that many consumers have limited space in their kitchen to store cookware,” said Tim Anderson, director of brand development for Calphalon. “Calphalon Premier Space Saving cookware provides home cooks with 30% more space in their cabinets, helping to declutter their kitchen so they can focus on what matters, creating a great meal for family and friends.”

The Calphalon Premier Space Saving cookware starts at a suggested retail price of $99.99 and is available both in-store and online at Bed Bath Beyond, Williams Sonoma, Crate Barrel and Macy’s.

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Michelle Williams: From Marvel to Jeff Koons’ Studio



“My friend did it — we did it late at night one night,” Michelle Williams said on Thursday evening. The actress was debuting a new pink-hued hairdo at Jeff Koons’ studio, where the pop artist’s latest bag collaboration with Louis Vuitton was the focal point of the evening.

“I’m excited to hold this little guy,” added Williams, who was toting a clutch from the new Masters 2 collection featuring a work by J. M. W. Turner. “I’m a Turner fan. I like Venice.” Williams is a regular at Vuitton-sponsored art outings, having also attended a dinner for the first part of collection at the Louvre in Paris last April.

“It was really special. Even I took selfies that night, and they’re not normally my thing,” Williams said.

The actress has a busy fall, including filming the Marvel film “Venom.”

“My name’s Ann. That’s all I know now — that’s it,” she said. “I really like the people I’m working with. It’s Tom Hardy, and I just think he’s a genius, so I’m really excited to get into the ring with him. I’m hoping that by the time it comes out my kid will be old enough to see it. It keeps you relevant when you make movies that your kid wants to take their friends to. My daughter’s so excited about ‘The Greatest Showman’ coming out, she like can’t sleep at night,” she added.

Vuitton chief executive officer Michael Burke, who marveled at Koons’ exacting approach, and Delphine Arnault were in town for the launch event, which was cohosted by Garage Magazine. The evening marked something of a kickoff for new editor in chief Mark Guiducci. “The way I think about it is turning on the lights in a new apartment,” he said. “And looking toward our spring issue, that’s when we’ll have a housewarming party.”

“This is my 3-D digital department,” Koons explained during a pre-dinner cocktail, where many of the computers in the room were queued up to renderings of his sculptures. “I do a lot of reverse engineering here.”

His second collection for Vuitton is a continuation of his relationship with the wider LVMH family; he previously collaborated on a bottle design for Dom Pérignon as well.

During the dinner, Koons touched upon the idea of materials as a way to communicate emotion. “When people have feelings, that turns into ideas,” he told the room, which included Jessica Chastain, Alexa Chung, Jeffrey Deitch — and covetable dinnerware. (Each guest got to take home a plate bearing the same artworks as the bags.)

“With the Louis Vuitton Masters Collection, I hope that everybody that sees the collection can feel the presence of my ideas,” Koons added.

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New American Spot ‘La Stella Wood Fired’ Opens Its Doors In Wade

A new gastropub and New American spot has opened its doors in the neighborhood. Called La Stella Wood Fired, the new arrival is located at 2420 Hillsborough St. in Wade.

Described as a “Neapolitan gastropub,” La Stella, as the name suggests, specializes in food cooked in wood-fired Stefano Ferrara ovens. The restaurant doesn’t utilize microwaves, grills, or fryers to cook anything on its menu. 

The headline item is Neapolitan-style pizzas, with options both traditional (a margherita with San Marzano tomato sauce and buffalo mozzarella) and unusual (the “Hottie Hawaiian” with chili-pineapple pesto, prosciutto, and spicy nduja sausage). Diners can also build their own pizzas and salads, with a variety of toppings. 

The menu also offers a number of other dishes cooked in the wood oven, like skillets of mac and cheese, meatball sandwiches, and wings. For dessert, there are “skillet s’mores” and skillet apple pie. (The full menu is available here.) 

The restaurant’s second-story roof deck features a bar with TVs showing sports games, and it plans to host a variety of events each week, including Wednesday trivia night and live music on Thursdays and Fridays. 

With just two reviews on Yelp thus far, La Stella Wood Fired currently has a five-star rating.

Bernadette E., who was the first Yelper to review the new spot on October 11th, said: “Amazing food, amazing atmosphere, amazing service. I must say, it doesn’t get much better than this. This is a must, and the menu has something for everyone, kids, foodies, vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free.”

Courtney L. agrees: “This place is amazing! The food is great, service is great, and they have valet parking on weekends! You have to try it.”

Swing on by to take a peek for yourself: La Stella Wood Fired is open Monday–Wednesday from 11am–midnight, and Thursday–Saturday from 11am–2am. (It’s closed on Sunday.)

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Movie review: ‘Battle of the Sexes’ a relevant spin on a 1970s tennis match

At a time when Venus and Serena Williams reign supreme — and seem to have done so forever — it’s difficult to visualize a time when the fight for gender equity in tennis was front-page news. But Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris bring that era to life with verve and humor in “Battle of the Sexes,” a warm, earnestly entertaining film that revisits a pivotal 1973 match between a 55-year-old former Wimbledon champion named Bobby Riggs and 29-year-old tennis star Billie Jean King.

The showdown  hyped to hell and back before being staged at the Houston Astrodome — was comeuppance in the form of performative kitsch, with the competitors arriving in the midst of Vegas-like fanfare and gaudy retinues (leggy ladies for Riggs, bare-chested men for King). For weeks, Riggs, a notorious hustler, had been partying, pulling off stunts and playing the media instead of practicing. King, the bespectacled, intensely focused workhorse, had been busy working out, honing the precision shots that would prove lethal to her opponent’s shockingly lethargic game. She beat him in straight sets, winning the $100,000 prize money and striking an epochal blow for women’s rights that made her an instant feminist icon.

“Battle of the Sexes” looks beneath the ballyhoo and horsing around to provide context on the heightened stakes that informed Riggs and King’s confrontation. Portrayed in an uncannily spot-on impression by Steve Carell, Riggs comes across as a compulsive gambler eager to reclaim the spotlight and save his marriage. (Elisabeth Shue delivers a dignified, quietly bemused performance as his wife Priscilla). Carell and the filmmakers are clearly having a ball as they re-create Riggs’ famous exhibition games, in which he handicapped himself by dressing as Bo-Peep (complete with live sheep) and playing with skillets instead of rackets.

For her part, King — played in a less physically convincing but quietly sympathetic turn by Emma Stone — wasn’t explicitly political at all. She was simply interested in getting equal pay on the tennis circuit. But when she establishes an instant erotic connection with a hairdresser named Marilyn (Andrea Riseborough), she realizes that her sexual orientation may jeopardize the progress she’s been working for.

Best known for their dysfunctional-family comedy “Little Miss Sunshine,” Dayton and Faris skillfully delineate the personal issues that were riding on the match between “the lobber and the libber,” as Riggs and King were dubbed, introducing a possibly malign presence in the form of a judgmental Margaret Court (Jessica McNamee) and an outright villain in the form of pro-tour chief Jack Kramer (Bill Pullman). And they brilliantly lean in to the titular battle as a camp event, casting an ensemble of gifted comic actors in supporting turns that crackle with winking good fun: Alan Cumming, Chris Parnell and Fred Armisen are all on hand in small but crucial roles, but Sarah Silverman is particularly delicious as Gladys Heldman, the spiky, chain-smoking publicist for King’s newly established Women’s Tennis Association. Tricked out with sprightly period detail — down to the Robert Redford sideburns of King’s handsome husband (Austin Stowell) and the terrific 1970s soundtrack — “Battle of the Sexes” is a pleasure to watch, both as a nostalgia trip and collection of pop artifacts.

When the big night finally arrives, the actual tennis is a relative letdown. The filmmakers don’t address long-held rumors that Riggs threw the game to pay off gambling debts. But what’s most astonishing and memorable about the climactic sequence is the filmmakers’ use of actual footage of ABC’s Howard Cosell delivering a steady stream of patronizing remarks about King’s abilities and attractiveness. Riggs, however, is depicted less as a genuine sexist than as a bumbling ally, his outrageousness a matter of showmanship rather than animus.

Therein lies the touching subtext of “Battle of the Sexes,” which is almost remedial in its timeliness, given last year’s political grudge match. It gives audiences a glimpse of where we’ve been, how far we’ve come and, soberingly, how far we’ve yet to go.


Three stars. PG-13. Contains some sexual material and partial nudity. 121 minutes.

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