Healthy, energy-efficient cooking with waterless cookware (video)

[image-1]The inner layers of the pots are made of aluminum and copper which helps the cookware to heat up quickly and distribute that heat evenly, and the non-porous stainless steel prevents food from sticking. From a cook's point of view, both of those features are a plus.

The health aspects of using waterless cookware is that you rarely need to use oils, butter, etc., to cook your food in because the surfaces are non-stick. The main method used with the cookware is steaming and this helps keep in flavor and nutrients in your food. So if you're looking to eat healthier, this product might be right up your alley -- plus, it'll give you a great excuse to start cooking more and eating out less.

I cannot personally attest to all of the claims made by the manufacturers of waterless cookware brands, but I did go online to look up reviews from people who have purchased them. I read many excellent reviews and the only major complaint I encountered was that some users had issues with food sticking to it. But these same reviewers also admitted to not watching the instructional DVD and/or reading the user's manual, which most likely means they were cooking at much higher temperatures than they should have been and charred the crap out of their food.

My advice? If this sounds like your cup of tea, do your research and look at some of the different brands available (and read the reviews). offers many different brands of waterless cookware sets at much lower prices than those found on the manufacturers' websites.

I leave you with this cheesy cooking demo video for waterless cookware:

I recently read an article on Planet Green about energy-saving cookware and came across this type I'd never heard of before: waterless cookware. Now, I don't want to sound like an infomercial in this article, but this cookware has a lot of great features — using less energy than conventional pans and having non-porous, non-stick surfaces — as well as health benefits.

Obviously, as its name says, there is no water needed (for the most part) to cook food in it. It's also energy-efficient in two different ways: the steam created inside of the cookware circulates around the food, cooking it faster, and the food is started on a medium heat setting, then lowered once the pressure inside the cookware rises. Most brands also have thermometer knobs built into the lids to regulate the cooking temperature.

The quality brands of waterless cookware are covered in surgical stainless steel. This is good for many reasons — it's non porous, so it won't leech metals or chemicals into food (like pans with non-stick coatings do) and this also prevents the growth of bacteria on it, which can be caused from stuck on food residue.

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