Special cookware for all types of recipes
We all use lots of different cookware, whether we're making pasta, cooking vegetables, or grilling a steak. Today, every kitchen is equipped with saucepans and frying pans, or the staples of everyday cooking. But other, lesser-known cookware is just as easy to use and lets you prepare all your usual recipes as well as new dishes.
Slow cookers, couscous pots, steamers, "rondeaus," stock pots... At Sitram, we offer a wide selection of practical and efficient cookware. So how do you choose the right cookware? Which material should you choose? And how do you care for your cookware?
Choosing specialty cookware
As its name suggests, specialty cookware is used to prepare one-of-a-kind dishes and recipes. But it can also be used to make more authentic and traditional meals. Sitram offers several types of specialty cookware so you can surprise your guests with new and unique recipes.
The slow cooker, for keeping nutrients intact
These cookers provide for slow and gentle steaming. Unlike pressure cookers, slow cookers operate at no more than 100°C (212°F). Slow cookers regulate and keep steam at a constant temperature. As a result, they preserve the vitamins and nutritional qualities of food, which is cooked without drying out.
Made of 18/8 stainless steel, the Sitram 6 L slow cooker is sold with a tripod and a steam basket. It can be used on all types of cooktops, including induction hobs. Its triple-layer base provides for optimal heat distribution. The lid can be opened during cooking, and a sliding handle made of heat-resistant plastic makes the cooker easy to maneuver. The inner surface of our slow cooker is engraved with a liter scale to facilitate the preparation of recipes (for 4 to 6 people).
The couscous pot, for party dishes
Couscous pots are perfect for cooking large quantities of food. They are designed as a large two-tiered pot with a perforated basket and a lid, and can be used to make any number of delicious recipes (including couscous). Couscous pots let you cook several foods at the same time: put your meat or vegetables in the bottom part, and your semolina or rice on top (the steam part). The food in the basket is cooked by the steam from the food below.
Made of stainless steel, the Sitram couscous pot comes equipped with a triple-layer base for optimal distribution of heat. It is compatible with all cooktops, including gas, electric, vitroceramic, and induction hobs. Thanks to its 10 L volume (24 cm diameter and 19 cm height), it lets you prepare dishes for 8 to 10 people.
The steamer, for healthy and nutritional cooking
As its name suggests, a steamer is a device that steams food. Steamers preserve the vitamins and minerals of food and are therefore perfect for preparing healthy and nutritional meals. This specialty cookware can be used to prepare all kinds of foods, including vegetables, meat, fish, rice, and eggs. It comes in many different formats, with a variety of volumes and food baskets.
Sitram offers two models, each able to cook for 4 to 6 people. Both are done in stainless steel with a triple-layer base for optimal distribution of heat. One is made with heat-resistant plastic handles while the other has riveted stainless steel handles. Our steamers are compatible with all types of cooktops, including induction hobs. The glass lid is designed with a hole for the steam.
Other specialty cookware
Accessories for baking, cookware for making pizzas, molds, scales, cutting boards, colanders, thermometers...there's no shortage of kitchen tools to help you master your recipes.
One such accessory is a "rondeau," which has higher rims than a sauté pan but lower rims than a cooking pot. The Sitram "rondeau" is perfect for sweating foods, steaming vegetables, and making candied chestnuts. It comes in several sizes.
Meanwhile, stock pots are used for certain recipes that call for large volumes. Sitram stock pots can be used on any cooktop, and cook for 10 people (24 cm diameter) or even up to 50 people (40 cm diameter). They are also perfect for sterilizing jars. Finally, our double-boiler saucepan is made with a spout for easy pouring and lets you gently melt or cook certain foods.
How to choose your cookware
Our specialty cookware comes in a variety of shapes, materials, and sizes to meet the cooking needs of all users. So how do you choose the right cookware?
The first thing to consider is the primary material of the cookware. In other words, the material with which your new couscous pot, slow cooker, steamer, or stock pot is molded. Stainless steel, copper, cast iron, aluminum...each material has its own characteristics and strong and weak points.
At Sitram, our specialty cookware is made of 100% stainless steel. Stainless steel is extremely robust and resistant, does not rust, and can withstand high temperatures. It can be used on all cooktops.
All our specialty cookware is equipped with a triple-layer base consisting of the body, an aluminum center, and a stainless steel outer shell for compatibility with induction cooktops. This extra thickness offers outstanding protection against extreme differences in temperatures, while the aluminum provides for optimal, homogeneous distribution of heat.
Feel free to consult our guides for more information on the coatings and materials of our cookware.
Consider how many people you wish to cook for. Simple everyday recipes for the family are not the same as meals for large groups of guests. For example, our 6 L slow cooker lets you cook for 4 to 6 people: perfect for a family of 2 adults and 3 children!
On the other hand, if you want to throw a dinner party with some delicious couscous or make steamed vegetables for the whole family on Christmas, opt for cookware with a larger volume (a 10 L couscous pot, for example). Our stock pots are ideal when cooking for holidays and special occasions. The lower part of our couscous pot can also be used as a stock pot.
How do you care for your
Different materials require different care. However, there are some things you can do to maximize the durability of your cookware, regardless of its material.
General precautions for your
1. Never heat when empty: This can cause your slow cooker or couscous pot to warp or make it unusable.
2. Never run hot cookware under cold water immediately after use: the difference in temperatures can damage or warp the cookware. Wait at least 10 minutes before soaking or washing your cookware.
3. Never use a knife to cut food directly in the cookware, especially if the cookware has a non-stick coating. In general, avoid using metal utensils.
4. Whenever possible, wash your cookware by hand (instead of in the dishwasher). Dishwasher detergents are more aggressive than dishwashing liquids. Over time, they can cause deposits to form and even shorten the lifespan of your cookware.
5. Avoid extremely aggressive products such as oven or barbecue cleaners and never use bleach. We offer many tips for removing stubborn stains.
6. Wipe your couscous pot, steamer, or slow cooker with a cloth before putting it away. This prevents stains caused by water drops that are left to dry on their own.