Best Utensils for Stainless Steel Cookware

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You've got your stainless steel cookware. Now what utensils do you need?

You’ve got your stainless steel cookware. Now what utensils do you need?

When cooking, there are several different types of cookware you can use. Cast iron, carbon steel, non-stick, stainless steel and a few more.

One of my favorites of all the cooking material to choose from is easily the stainless steel cookware. Stainless steel is extremely durable and very versatile making it one of the most used, and most recommended surfaces to cook on.

When getting a new set of stainless steel cookware you will likely want to get some utensils as well. Stainless steel is one of the most versatile cooking surfaces. You can use almost any type of utensils on them without having to worry about damaging the surface. This post is going to be geared toward getting you the best utensils for your cooking set.

Wooden Tools

The first type of utensils I’ll talk about are wooden utensils. I like these most for making or mixing sauces and not really much else. Although wooden or bamboo spatulas are very good for cleaning off the food that gets stuck onto skillets while searing.

Certainly, there is no real issue in using wooden utensils. They are sturdy, they look nice and they are relatively inexpensive. My issue comes into play when I have to clean them. They cannot be put in the dishwasher. Hand-washing them doesn’t seem to get the tools clean enough for my liking.

Here’s a nice set of wooden cooking utensils made by OXO on Amazon. 

Nylon/Plastic Tools

Another type of popular material for utensils are your everyday nylon tools. These are pretty versatile and can be used on any surface you are cooking with.

Calphalon has a pretty good set of nylon tools on Amazon. 

Pros:

  • Nylon utensils are inexpensive and are good for everyday use.
  • They are very flexible and that gives them a little bit of an advantage.

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Cons:

  • The issue I generally have with these is they can get pretty flimsy and begin to melt (especially if you cook with extremely high heat).
  • Another con of nylon tools is that they are difficult to clean. Often times I find myself using spoons and knives trying to scrape off the food that has gotten stuck on them.

Here’s the best sponge for stainless steel cookware.

Stainless Steel Tools

My personal favorite tool to use on stainless steel surfaces are stainless steel utensils. They are good looking tools and can be used in nearly all situations.

This set on Amazon of stainless steel utensils is excellent.

So much to cook. So many utensils to chose from.

So much to cook. So many utensils to chose from.

Pros:

  • Stainless steel has a lot of benefits when cooking, the greatest of which is how it is able to withstand so much heat. Being metal makes it safe to use when you are cooking at very high temperatures.
  • They are much easier to clean than nylon tools. Because they are metal, they can be made much thinner than other spatulas while remaining sturdy enough to handle heavy cuts of meat.

Cons:

  • Of course nothing can be all good, and these tools have a downside as well. Stainless steel, while being beautiful and sturdy tools, are going to be much more expensive than any other type of kitchen utensils you will be able to purchase. The silver-lining is that these will last a very long time.

Here’s my favorite stainless steel cookware without aluminum.

Silicone Tools

Silicone tools are excellent utensils to have handy as well.

Pros:

  • Silicone is resistant to degrees that are much higher than you will usually ever be cooking with while cooking indoors, so you can use it confidently in any situation.
  • It is non-corrosive so it will not react negatively to certain types of acids that some foods will contain. What that means to you is they will be able use these on a daily basis and they will still be in good condition for a long time. Ones of the strong points of silicone utensils also happens to be one of its downsides.

Amazon has a silicone set that’s pretty decent. 

Cons:

  • The flexibility in these tools is great for some things, but there are moments where you will need to have something with some weight to it. Luckily, there is a good solution to this.

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Hybrid

The best utensils, in my estimation, are the ones that utilize stainless steel along with silicone technology. Some stainless steel utensils are made with a silicone coating that gives you the benefits of sturdiness of stainless steel and the easy cleaning ability of silicon.

Here’s a nice hybrid set. 

Wrap-Up

There are several different types of cooking utensils, all of which have their use in the right circumstances. Because of that I cannot simply tell you what the single best material to use for stainless steel is.

I would recommend getting some stainless steel utensils for sure. You should also get some silicone utensils. The wooden ones are also very good to have laying around.

I will say though, I do not use nylon utensils at all when cooking with stainless steel. It’s too difficult to clean and entirely too sensitive to heat.

If I had to choose just one type of tool to use, I would go with stainless steel.

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