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How Does 360 Cookware Save Energy?

  
  
  
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Great question!

How NOT to Overcook Your Meat

  
  
  
360 cookware saute pan

There are several benefits to cooking using the Vapor® Cooking Method. One of which is the succulence achieved when cooking your favorite meats. Meats are tender, juicy and absolutely delicious. Once you've tasted the difference, it's hard to return to the traditional way.

The Science Behind The Best Cookware

  
  
  

Spoil alert: This article is going to discuss the science behind 360 Cookware — construction, heat conductivity, metal, thickness, etc. If you enjoy the more warm-and-fuzzy type articles, this may not satisfy your needs. However, for all you food/cooking geeks out there (term of endearment), this is going to make you very happy.

Keeping Halloween Healthy

  
  
  
Healthy HalloweenTrick-or-treating is truly a national pastime, and children of all ages look forward to this time of year. As the jack-o-lanterns, colossal bags of candy, and imaginative costumes fill grocery and department store aisles, it seems like all our healthy eating habits are placed on hold till the candy is gone.

But believe it or not, a healthy Halloween is possible! Following these simple rules will allow your kids to celebrate in style and keep your healthy eating practices on the right track, minus any nutritional guilt.

Replacement

Pre-packaged treats are a must, but rather than choosing candies made from highly processed sugars and chemical flavorings, why not offer some healthier alternatives?

Select replacement goodies such as, chocolate covered peanuts, raisin packs, and spiced pecans, or visit your local confectioner’s shop for individually wrapped taffy, rock candy, or caramels. These types of hand-made treats rarely contain preservatives or refined sugars, but will perfectly satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

More than likely, a confectionary shop will also offer charming little Halloween themed “White chocolate lollipops”. Spooky ghosts, bats, or pumpkins on a stick are a delicious substitute for calorie laden candy bars or other typical treats.

Balancing Act

Offset the fat or sugar intake of Halloween by preparing dinners of hearty stews, rich in nutrients. Vegetable broths, lentils, and grains are a good source of vitamins and protein, and contain little to no sugars or fats.

Use your 360 Cookware 4 Quart Stock Pot to make yummy casseroles, chicken and dumplings, or spicy gumbo that will delight your family. Chock full of veggies, warm, and flavorful, these dinners will hit the spot on chilly nights.

Served with whole grain crackers or rice, this kind of delicious comfort food offers superior nutrition for your healthy lifestyle, and can help balance out those sweet treats.

Moderation

Moderation, above all, is the key to maintaining your healthy eating habits during and after Halloween. Trying to deny yourself candy corn, those stupidly good, peanut butter taffy things (those orange and black candies), or any other yearly favorite would be stressful and almost impossible; and forbidding the kids their hard-earned goodies would just be cruel.

So set reasonable limits on when and how much Halloween candy can be consumed. You know your family best; perhaps the treats could act as motivation to finish homework or household chores.

Healthy eating isn’t about a strict set of rigid rules that must never be broken, it’s about making deliberate food choices that help your body, not harm it. The occasional candy cream pumpkin won’t nullify all your efforts.


Using moderation, balancing your menu, and replacing traditional treats with healthier alternatives will allow you to enjoy the fun of Halloween while keeping your healthy eating habits in good form. 





























Waterless Cookware - The Best Cookware

  
  
  
Waterless Cookware from 360 CookwareMaintaining your active, healthy lifestyle isn’t always a breeze. It’s more than just skipping the junk food and taking the stairs; it takes commitment, and requires a conscience daily effort to eat right, which can be extremely difficult given the bazillion things you have to do every day. Moreover, the meals you prepare for your family aren’t just about providing basic sustenance, you want the most important people in your life to have the best tasting, most nutritious food you can create, which is why professional and home chefs everywhere choose waterless cookware.

Although you may have heard the term, most people are unfamiliar with waterless cookware, and its revolutionary concept for range top cooking that makes it the best cookware for preparing every day meals or any delicate culinary masterpiece. Due to its superior construction, innovative cooking method, and unparalleled quality, waterless cookware offers a lifetime of cooking excellence, but equally fantastic is the fact that it simplifies ways to remove fat and increase the nutritional content of your meals.

Superior Steel Construction

Waterless cookware, like your 360 Cookware pots and pans, are formed using insulated layers of surgical grade stainless steel to create a cooking environment that distributes the heat evenly to every surface of the pan. These products are designed and manufactured to last a lifetime, so the polishing and finishing processes follow a specific set of precision guidelines, and then each item is individually completed by hand to ensure absolute perfection.

Furthermore, the high quality materials used in the construction of waterless cookware retains constant, even heat for more controlled cooking, without hot or cold spots, and no sticking, allowing you to cook foods at lower temperatures in less time, reducing your daily energy use.

An Innovation in Food Preparation

Because of its superior design, waterless cookware allows you to prepare foods without grease or added fats, and actually creates a concentrated cooking environment that allows you to bake right on your stove top. When applied to low or moderate heat, the advanced technology used to create waterless cookware generates a unique vapor seal around the lid using the natural moisture already present in most foods.

This means that it isn’t necessary to boil away the nutrients in vegetables by cooking them in water, or bake out all the succulent juiciness of lean meats in your oven. In addition, the vapor seal redirects the food’s moisture back into the dish, so meals turn out not only splendidly cooked, but actually more flavorful and nutritious.

Healthier Cooking

With waterless cookware, you can prepare meals using little to no additional fat, making it easy to maintain your healthy eating lifestyle. Fresh or frozen vegetables don’t decrease in nutritional value when cooked with vapor technology, and because of the convection-like properties of waterless cookware dishes remain savory from the intensified flavors without additional salt.

Waterless cookware is the best cookware you can buy for many reasons, and its price reflects that fact. But just because you may not be able to replace every piece in your kitchen tomorrow doesn’t have to stop you from becoming one of the millions who enjoy tastier, more nutritious meals every day through vapor technology. Start slow and build your collection, let your friends and family know about your wish list for birthdays, or create a gift registry for upcoming events. However you begin, your waterless cookware will quickly become your favorite cooking tool.





















Cooking for a Large Family

  
  
  

Stove Top Baking ~ Healthy Cooking

  
  
  
Stovetop Baking with 360 Cookware

Have you ever wished for a warm, sweet, home baked treat without having all the trouble of pre-heating the oven and warming the entire house? Even with new product innovations, microwave baking still leaves much to be desired. Overcooked edges and gooey centers don’t really evoke the mouth-watering images traditional baked goods usually inspire.

However, stove top baking is an easy and practical alternative to conventional methods, and a great way to create delicious home baked treats. You can whip up tasty cakes, scrumptious goodies, and even yummy cobblers on the top of your stove using your 360 Cookware.

Stove top baking offers many outstanding advantages and benefits for the home chef. It beautifully unites your love of baked goods with your desire for healthier cooking and reduced energy consumption by providing a simple, yet delicious way to bake.

Healthier Baked Goods = Healthier Bodies

We all know that most prepared, store bought desserts and pre-packaged cakes and treats contain a multitude of preservatives, additives, and high levels of refined sugars and Trans fats. By baking at home, you can reduce your family’s intake of these unhealthy ingredients, without giving up sweets. Even more so with stove top baking because it requires far less fat for baking, and you control what is added to the recipe.

Reduced Energy Use = Saving Money and the Environment

Recipes that utilize the stove top for baking consume significantly less amounts of energy while cooking, reducing monthly bills. It just makes sense. Generating enough heat to fill and maintain a constant temperature inside the entire oven requires higher amounts of energy than the amount needed to heat one burner on the stove top.

Vapor® Technology creates a stabilized temperature inside the pan, providing perfectly even baking without hot or cold spots that exist in most traditional ovens. Ovens also project a large amount of heat into the kitchen, affecting the room’s temperature. During the summer, this will naturally cause the air conditioner to compensate for the additional warmth, consuming more energy and costing you money.

Not so with stove top baking. The low heat is transferred symmetrically throughout the pan, allowing you to bake evenly. Creating wonderful baked goods minus all the extra energy use.

Easier Baking = Saving Time

Busy moms rejoice! Stove top baking saves time by making it simple to prepare dessert while making meals. So easy and quick, just mix up any batter, pour into the prepared pan, and then place on the back burner using low heat. A yummy warm dessert is waiting for you after the meal. (For those who have cleaned their plate, of course.) Particularly awesome for recipes that require a steam bath, with stove top baking the entire dessert is surrounded by moist heat. This makes it an exceptional way to bake perfectly cooked puddings and custards.

Although it may seem strange and a little unorthodox, you’ll discover that stove top baking is simple and efficient, and with your 360 Cookware you can bake up sweet or savory treats that taste great and save you time. 























How To Cook With Stainless Steel Cookware - Tips and Tricks

  
  
  
Carpenter ToolsThe saying goes, “A carpenter is only as good as his tools,” and the same statement is true for the home chef. The quality of your cooking utensils, stainless steel pots and pans, and other kitchen equipment has a significant impact on how easy and delicious your culinary results will be, plus, the intrinsic value of your highly crafted stainless steel pots and pans makes them an asset definitely worth preserving.

Believe it or not, the way you use your range top cookware can have a major impact on food flavors and the longevity of your cookware. When preparing meals and cooking with your stainless steel pots, these tips and tricks will have you cooking like a pro, and ensure that your 360 Cookware stays functional and beautiful for a lifetime.

Stainless steel pots and pans are a popular choice for professional chefs and those of us who want to cook healthier, due to their quality, consistency, and durability, but if you’ve recently made the switch from non-stick, or upgraded your cookware from inferior copies, the cooking techniques are a little different. However, by familiarizing yourself with a few simple rules, you can avoid any cookery mishaps, and/or damage to your stainless steel pots.

1. Keep the burner temperature at medium or lower. This is the cardinal rule when cooking with stainless steel pots. Because highly tempered steel conducts heat so perfectly, medium to low temperatures are completely adequate for any recipe. Furthermore, heating or cooking with the pan at higher temperatures will cause unsightly discoloration, which can eventually affect the finish.

2. Always pre-heat the pan, unless the recipe specifically states not to. This rather important step allows your stainless steel pots to create the optimal cooking surface for searing meats, and ensures that the temperature is consistent throughout.

3. Buy the best. Perhaps this tip should be at the top of the list, because you essentially get what you pay for. The price of finely crafted stainless steel pots may seem a little steep, but when you consider that not only will it cook foods splendidly, it will last a lifetime, instead of purchasing inferior grade cookware, buy a piece at a time if necessary.

4. Making sauces. Stainless steel pots are perfect for searing meats and then creating tantalizing sauces. To ensure success, don’t move the meat until the pan releases it, this will sear the juices in and create the “browning” so critical for delicious sauces, and remember to add cold liquids to the hot roux for a satiny smooth texture.

5. Use non-abrasive utensils. Although your stainless steel pot can tolerate metal spoons and whisks, they can make small surface scratches. Using heat-proof silicone spatulas and other tools will prevent this. If any scratches do occur, a stainless steel cleaner or a simple mixture of baking soda and water works well for restoring the luster.

6. Rules about acidic foods. Cooking tomatoes, citrus fruits, and other acidic foods in stainless steel pots is fine, however, don’t store such items or salted meals in the cookware because it can harm the surface.

Remember, your stainless steel pots and pans are created to last. By following these simple cooking techniques, your heirloom quality, 360 Cookware can be handed down to the next generation of home chefs. 
 






















Create Sweet Apple Treats on Your Stovetop

  
  
  

What do you want to be when you grow up?  This is a question we pose to children because they are still full of promise and have their entire life ahead of them.  We, on the other hand, have done all the growing up we are going to do.  We are already who we are going to be when we grow up.  Or are we?  I would like to submit for your consideration that if you like to cook, you are a Chef. If you like to write, you are a writer. And if you like to sing, you are already a singer. Whatever you have passion for and enjoy regularly is who you are no matter how you earn a living. 

Cooking Up Warmth for Fall (Recipes)

  
  
  
fall warmth

Fall weather is moving in. The halcyon days of summer have flown, replaced by overcast skies of grey, chilly temperatures, and dismally cold rain. If it weren’t for nature’s stunning autumnal displays of fabulous colors, it's almost enough to make you want to curl up and hibernate till spring.

But brisk winds and soaking rains don’t have to chill you to the core; you can cook up some warmth this fall using your 360 stainless steel pots. These recipes offer delicious comfort food quick, but taste like they have simmered for hours.

Using staple ingredients from your pantry and fridge and stainless steel pots, it is simple and easy to create hearty, healthy meals for your family, in a flash.

Cold Weather Chili

1 ½ lb lean ground beef
1 large Vidalia onion, chopped
1 large Green Bell pepper, diced
2 15 oz cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 15 oz cans seeded, diced tomatoes in juice
1 jar Heinz chili sauce
½ cup White Vinegar (If you use red wine vinegar, increase to ¾ cup)
1 package chili seasoning (Or, 4 T. chili powder, 2 t. salt and pepper)
Optional hot sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Brown the beef in a 4 Quart Stock Pot over medium heat with the onion, and pepper. Add the remaining ingredients, and stir to blend. Cover and cook on med-low heat for 15-25 min., or until thoroughly heated and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
Serve with hot corn bread or tortilla chips, and garnish with sour cream or cheddar cheese.

Apple Chicken with Scallions

This recipe uses abundant seasonal apples to create a tasty dish.

1 ½ lbs chicken breasts, chopped into 2 inch pieces
4 scallions cut into 1” lengths
1 large apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2 T. apple jelly
1 T. Dijon mustard
Dash of salt
1 T. Butter
1 t. cornstarch mixed with 2 t. cold water

Using 360 Cookware, stainless steel pots, heat the 3.5 Quart Saute´ Pan over medium heat until water dances on the surface. Add the chicken, and stir to seer the sides. Add the apples and scallions, cooking for approx. 2 minutes more. Add vinegar, jelly, mustard, and salt, then cover and cook 7-9 min. Remove from heat and stir in the cornstarch and butter. Serve over rice or noodles.

Hearty Beef Soup

1 ½ lbs chopped beef tenderloin or stew beef
4 cups beef broth
1 medium onion, chopped
4 celery stalks, chopped
½-cup pearl barley
4 medium carrots, chopped
1 15 oz can tomato juice
Salt and pepper
Worcestershire sauce to taste

Heat the 4 Quart Stock Pot over medium heat until water dances on the surface. Add the beef and seer then add the vegetables, cover and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the beef stock, barley, and tomato juice, recover and reduce heat to med-low. Simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until barley is cooked. Season to taste. Serve with hot cornbread or a crusty French loaf.

Your stainless steel pots provide the perfect way to cook filling, wholesome meals that will warm you and your family this fall. 





















































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