Here is what you will learn:

Use the following grid to help guide your customer to the nonstick coating level that is right for them.

Promotional or OPP (Level 1) Moderate (Level 2) Upper Moderate (Level 3) Gourmet (Level 4 and 5) How often do they cook? 1 or 2 times per week 3 times per week 4 to 5 times per week In the kitchen daily and on weekends Do they enjoy cooking? Rather be doing something else As long as it takes 30 minutes or less Likes cooking, and trying new recipes, but not very adventurous Loves to cook, love to experiment and is very food savvy How long do they expect to keep the pan? Don't really care. When this one is done, will just buy a new one. A couple of good years of use, but doesn't mind buying a new pan down the road. Wants the pan to last for several years. Wants the pan to last as long as it is in their kitchen.

Last but not least, see what they have used before, if anything, and try to guide them to step up to the next level - if they are looking at a level 1 or level 2 coating. With nonstick coatings, as with most products, you get what you pay for - and despite how often they cook or how much they like to cook, if they are looking for a long life out of their pan or have high expectations - spending a little bit more will pay off in the end.
 
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How do I select the right product, and the right coating?

Whether a buyer for the retail floor or a consumer looking for specific products, the following considerations are helpful in the selection and purchases of cookware or bakeware.

  • What was used before? Work within that comfort level and consider the next step up. With nonstick coatings, as with most products, you get what you pay for - and despite how often someone cooks or how much they like to cook, if they are looking for a long life out of their pan or have high expectations - spending a little bit more will pay off in the end.
  • Cooking utensils with flat bottoms or ones with concave bottoms designed to flatten on heating, straight sides and snug-fitting covers are more efficient in the use of energy than other shapes. Heat enters the pan directly and is retained.
  • Most flat-bottomed, warp-free cookware may be used on many of the smooth-surface, ceramic-glass cooking tops. Check the range manufacturer's instructions.
  • Avoid colored bottoms as these can fuse with the glass top if they are overheated.
  • Cookware should be durable enough to withstand daily use. Cooking equipment should be made of a material that will not affect the color, flavor or nutritive values of foods being cooked.
  • Knobs and handles should be made of a sturdy, heat-resistant material, preferably with a flame or heat guard for cool handling. Attachments should be strong enough to support the weight of the cookware when it is filled and should be securely attached.
  • Cookware should resist tipping whether full or empty.
  • Construction and finish should make cookware easy to clean. Look for flaws, interior seams, crevices or rough edges that could harbor food residue or bacteria.
  • Buy the best quality cookware the budget will allow. Most kitchen equipment is used frequently and should be durable enough to last many years. Carefully read all labels, tags and manufacturers' pamphlets for use and care information. File these instructions for future reference.
  • The appearance of cookware, its color, style and finish, should be pleasing.
  • Versatile sizes should be selected to accommodate many cooking tasks. Use small pans for small quantities and larger pans for larger quantities of food. Top-of-range cookware is often sold in sets comprising the most common sizes. Keep in mind, sets may be less expensive than the same number of items purchased individually.

For those on the selling floor, use the following grid to help guide your customer to the nonstick coating level that is right for them.

Promotional or OPP

Moderate

Upper Moderate

Gourmet

How often do they cook?

1 or 2 times per week

3 times per week

4 to 5 times per week

In the kitchen daily and on weekends

Do they enjoy cooking?

Rather be doing something else

As long as it takes 30 minutes or less

Likes cooking, and trying new recipes, but not very adventurous

Loves to cook, love to experiment and is very food savvy

How long do they expect to keep the pan?

Don't really care. When this one is done, will just buy a new one.

A couple of good years of use, but doesn't mind buying a new pan down the road.

Wants the pan to last for several years.

Wants the pan to last as long as it is in their kitchen.

Compliments of the Retailer Buyer's Learning Tools from the Cookware Manufacturers Association

 

 
 
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