Stainless steel is a widely used metal, and its versatility, strength, and durability mean it is used in several ways from construction to cutlery, storage tanks to surgical instruments.
Stainless steel is also one of the most commonly used materials in the kitchen. While you may not notice it, this durable metal is found in everything from sinks to kitchen islands and utensils to pots and pans.
So why is stainless steel the material of choice for kitchen fixtures and appliances? Well, not only does it look smart, but it also happens to be one of the toughest metals around making it perfect for withstanding the pressures of a busy, bustling kitchen!
Stainless steel – ideal for kitchen appliances and products
Steel is an iron alloy which means it is incredibly strong and it shouldn’t chip, bend, or crack easily. So you can stick it in a pan of boiling water, hold it over a flame, use it to slice through hard foods, and generally do whatever you need to do to create that perfect meal safe in the knowledge that it is up to the challenge.
Steel, though susceptible to scratches, also keeps its shine despite heavy use, so providing you take care of your products they will stay looking sleek and stylish for many years to come.
While steel by itself can go rusty, the beauty of stainless steel is that it is also is a chromium alloy. The chromium is very useful in preventing rust as it reacts with air, forming a film of chromium oxide over the entire surface of the object.
This film provides a defensive shield that protects the stainless steel from moisture and air that could damage it. Even when subjecting the stainless steel to high heat or if it gets scratched in use, the non-toxic chromium oxide film will just reform and continue to protect it.
While all metal conducts some heat, stainless steel does this much more poorly than other metals such as copper or aluminium which can be useful when cooking on the hob. This is why many top quality saucepans are made from stainless steel as the heat shouldn’t conduct to the end of the pan handle, making it easier to lift off when you have perfected your dish.
Naturally, when picking kitchen utensils, you want to ensure that they can be used over and over again to make sure you get the best value and that they remain clean and hygienic at all times. In short, no one wants a product that’s going to start rusting and eroding after the first use, so once again stainless steel provides the ideal solution.
Stainless steel also won’t flavour food, and let’s face it, no one wants to be left with a strange metallic taste in their mouth, especially after slaving over a hot stove for hours on end!
If that wasn’t enough, stainless steel is also corrosion resistant. This means that when cooking with acidic foods, it won’t react and wear away. So if you enjoy using acidic foods in your dishes, then investing in stainless steel cooking utensils is the smart choice.
Cleaning stainless steel is also relatively easy, and because kitchen surfaces and utensils need frequent cleaning to keep them hygienic and ready for next use, this is another plus point in its favour. It’s dishwasher safe too, so chucking pots, pans, and utensils in the dishwasher and letting it do the hard work for you is also a hassle-free option, making cooking even more enjoyable.
Discover the joy of stainless steel kitchen products at Dexam
At Dexam, we are pleased to offer a range of excellent value stainless steel products from fantastic utensils such as spoons, mashers, and skimmers to handy mixing bowls, poachers, saucepans and even kitchen scales! All our products are crafted from top quality stainless steel, designed not only to look great but to last too.
Simply put, stainless steel is the perfect material for the kitchen because it’s one of the strongest, easiest, most versatile, and hassle-free metals available. So why not shop our range today?