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Four Reasons Why You Should Cook With Stainless Steel

Cooking with Stainless Steel pots and pans is different from cooking on non-stick surfaces like teflon or ceramic. I’ve found that there are some meals that I prefer to use stainless steel on, specifically to help my meats brown nicely, or to be able to really scrap up the bottom of the pan without worrying about damaging the non-stick surface of the pan. I was recently given the opportunity to try out one of the Stainless Steel Frying Pans from Made In and it has since become my go to pan for perfect fried eggs every time.

Four Reasons Why You Should Cook With Stainless Steel

Reason 1 – Stainless Steel Is Durable

No matter how much you baby your pots and pans, life happens and even if you remove all metal utensils from the kitchen someone is going to use that metal spatula on your treasured non-stick pan. Stainless steel holds up for years and doesn’t show the wear and tear from everyday use as easily. If you NEED that non-stick finish, make sure to check out Made In’s PFOA-Free Coated Fry pans that won’t leach chemicals into your food. 

Reason 2 – Better Heat Distribution 

Have you ever cooked a piece of meat to discover that while one area is burned another looks completely raw? I have. That’s what happens when your pan is not conducting heat properly. Made In pans are made with five layers of thick aluminum, ensuring that your pans heat evenly for the life of the pan. 

Reason 3 – Improved Browning

Some recipes call for browning your meat as the first step and when you are cooking a roast or another red meat, that browning traps in the juice and flavor. Stainless steel is hot enough to ensure that your meat is beautifully browned with nice crisp edges. This beautiful look is called the maillard reaction.  Anything stuck to the pan after browning is perfect for scraping up and giving additional flavor to the dish. In a non-stick pan, it’s impossible to scrap up those flavorful bits without damaging the pan. Have you ever seen a professional cook use a non-stick pan? There’s a reason why! 

Reason 4 – Chemical Free

Most modern non-stick pans are chemical free already, but stainless steel is naturally so. You don’t have to worry about any cracked teflon or other nonstick coating flaking off the pan into your meal. 

Butter melts beautifully in stainless steel pans and is perfect for frying up eggs to making into a rich and wonderful sauce. As a home cook, one of the barriers keeping me from investing in an entire set of stainless steel pans is the cost. That’s one of the fantastic things I love about Made In Cookware. Your cooking tools are an investment at will last for a lifetime, and Made In has made it easy to start adding high quality pans into your cupboards at a fraction of what you might spend in a boutique store. 

 

By selling direct to customers through their website, all the extra overhead and cost that comes with selling at a store are gone. That means that the value you get out of your cook wear is where it should be – in the quality of the product itself. 

What are your favorite kitchen tools? Leave a note in the comments and let me know what other tools I should check out! 

Disclaimer: I received a product sample from Made In to inspire this post. All writing and opinions are my own. 

 

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Daily Skin Care Routine Helps Combat Dry Winter Skin

Living in Colorado the dry weather is a constant battle. During the winter months, the cold dry air wages war on your skin. As a native Coloradoan I’ve learned that most skincare products are too harsh and the chemicals are more likely to dry skin out than help keep your face looking refreshed throughout the winter. 

When I first found Derma-E I was so excited to find skincare line with a focus on all natural products. The sulfate and paraben-free formulas are gentle and has helped me combat dry winter skin throughout the harshest Colorado weather. I’ve been a fan of Derma-E for the last few years so when I received the opportunity to join their blogger program I was so excited to get to share some of my experience with their products with you! 

Throughout this article I’ll break down some of my Colorado Dry Winter Skin secrets and share why Dermae-E is a go to in my daily skincare routine! 

Activated charcoal is all the rage with beauty and fashion bloggers right now, but finding a charcoal mask and cleanser that isn’t going to leave your skin dry is harder than you’d think. A lot of the fly by night ‘peels’ on amazon are actually terrible for your skin and can leave your face angry and red instead of clean. 

As an all natural cleanser, Derma-E is good for your skin and the charcoal helps draw out bacteria, dirt and pollution out of your pores, preventing acne and giving you a fresh look everyday. The Purifying 2 in 1 Charcoal mask is the perfect weekend skincare treatment while the Purifying Gel Cleanser is mild enough for everyday use. 

I use the Purifying Gel Cleanser most mornings before getting ready to head into the office. Without a heavy chemical scent, it’s perfect for starting the day off right. If the weather is really cold, the Radiant Glow Face Oil is perfect for adding a bit of hydration to my skin. Afterwards I use a daily moisturizer with SPF 15 to help lock in the moisture to keep dry winter skin at bay throughout the day. 

Daily Skin Care Routine

Throughout the winter months, I’ve found its just as important to go to bed with a clean face as it is to start the day with one. Before heading to bed, I wrap up my daily routine using the Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil to remove eye makeup without adding any extra wear and tear on my face. The purifying daily detox scrub is perfect for taking away makeup and impurities from the day and providing natural toxin fighters that absorb throughout the evening. 

Since starting a daily skin care routine I’ve been amazed at how big a difference it’s made on my skin. I don’t feel dry skin throughout the day and my skin is that much clearer! 

Disclaimer: I received product samples from Derma-E to inspire this article. Links throughout this post contain affiliate tracking code that supports the maintenance and upkeep of this blog. 

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Holiday Cleaning Tips for a Stress Free Christmas Sponsored by Shark

As you get ready for the busy holiday season, now is the perfect time to do a deep clean of your house before decorations go up and guests start to arrive.

Our house is a tri-level, meaning that each room is broken up into smaller spaces but the connecting open floor plan makes everything feel bigger. During the holidays, we need to be creative to add the tree and holiday decorations into the living room without making the room feel cluttered. Continue Reading…