When you’ve invested in top quality stainless steel cookware, you want to make sure your investment lasts and stays in tip top shape. Stainless steel cookware is not as fussy to clean and look after as some other types of cookware (we’re looking at you non-stick cookware) but it’s still a good idea to treat it with care and respect to be sure your cookware lasts well.
While the type of cooking utensil you use on non stick cookware is vitally important (the wrong sort can scrape the non stick surface right off the pan), stainless steel cookware can cope with most types of utensils.
It’s one of the many advantages of cooking with stainless steel, it’s generally hard wearing and can cope with any utensils. But, if you use the best cooking utensils for your stainless steel pans, you can try to prevent even small scratches from appearing in the finish of your pots and pans.
So, what are the best cooking utensils for stainless steel pans?
Generally speaking soft utensils are better than hard utensils that could potentially scratch the surface of your stainless steel pans.
I’d recommend using utensils made from wood, bamboo or silicone as the ideal types of utensils that should keep your cookware in top shape and both looking and performing well.
Silicone Cooking Utensils For Stainless Steel Pans
Of these 3 materials, silicone would be my top pick for ensuring you don’t scratch or damage your expensive cookware.
Silicone cooking utensils are long lasting, heat resistant (you can even leave them in the pan!) and dishwasher safe. Silicone utensils are also very affordable.
You can buy a whole 10 piece set which includes everything you might need – tongs, spatula, spoon, soup ladle, whisk etc for around $20. That’s pretty good value for money!
What’s more, if you do have some non stick cookware (as well as your stainless steel cookware), silicone utensils are safe to use on non stick coatings as well. So silicone utensils, like the set below, are a good investment to keep any cookware safe.
Here’s a great 10 piece silicone utensil set which I think offers great value for the money.
One of the great advantages of cooking utensils made entirely from silicone is that you can rest your spoon or utensil in the pan or pot after stirring and when you come back to use it again, it won’t burn you like a metal utensil would. They also won’t melt like nylon or other plastic utensils can so they really are a great addition to your kitchen.
If you’re not sold on the look of full silicone utensils, you might prefer a combination of stainless steel and silicone. These types of utensils tend to look a bit fancier as they have handles made from shiny stainless steel, but then the heads of the utensils (whether they be a spoon, spatula, flipper or whatever) are made from silicone.
These kinds of utensils offer you the best of both worlds in that you get the firm rigidity and stylish look of the stainless steel handles but then the soft yield and non scratch qualities of the silicone heads.
You tend to have to pay a bit more for these sets of utensils as the stainless steel adds some extra expense. Even so you can pick up a pretty comprehensive set of stainless steel and silicone utensils for around $30, so that’s still a pretty good deal.
Bamboo Cooking Utensils For Stainless Steel Pans
Now I know some people, for whatever reason, aren’t keen on using silicone. I guess it’s not as “natural” as bamboo or wood. If you fall into that camp and are looking for good cooking utensils for your stainless steel pans, I’d suggest you get yourself a set of bamboo utensils.
Bamboo is a fully renewable and sustainable resource, so not only is it good for your stainless steel pans, it’s good for the environment as well. While they are durable and affordable, bamboo utensils have a downside – they need to be hand washed as they are not dishwasher safe.
They also require some additional maintenance compared with other cooking utensils – they need oiling occasionally to keep them from becoming dry and brittle. So, while good for the environment, bamboo utensils do take a bit of extra care and maintenance.
That being said, you can also get bamboo cooking utensils these days that come pre-coated so you, apparently, never have to oil them. This at least cuts out that part of the maintenance required, but you still need to hand wash these utensils.
This set by Riveira also comes with a “Limited Lifetime Manufacturer’s Warranty” so you can rest assured that if you’re not happy with the product, you can return it for a full refund. So, if you’d rather bamboo cooking utensils for your stainless steel pans, you’ve got nothing to lose by trying out this set.
So, while I would strongly prefer silicone cooking utensils (you really can’t go wrong with them), the choice is yours if you’d prefer the more natural bamboo. Whether silicone or bamboo you can feel comfortable in the knowledge that you are using the best cooking utensils for your stainless steel cookware.