Lids are one of the unsung heroes of any cooking experience. They are versatile and they don’t get the same celebration that pots and pans do. However, there’s no denying that your cookware pieces deserve high-quality lids. Lids are versatile. Whether you need a clean surface to rest your cooking utensil on or need to let your pasta simmer to the perfect al dente texture, a lid can help you achieve your cooking goals.
If lids are so important, why don’t they get any press? For the most part, lids are supplied with the cookware sets that they come in. However, there are many cases in which you may need to purchase a separate lid for your cookware. For example, lids are more prone to being dropped or mishandled and may end up needing to be replaced much sooner than pots and pans. Or, you may want to pair a favorite pan with a better lid, especially if the one that it came with is missing or gives you second-degree burns every time you forget to pick it up without an oven mitt on.
Regardless of the reason that you happen to be browsing for lids, we’re here to help. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you find the best lid for you and your cookware.
Not every lid is created equally. Even those lids that have been heralded as universal may not be the best fit for you and your cookware. That's why it's essential to make an informed decision before buying a lid. There are several things to consider before making your purchase. Don't know where to start? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here's everything you need to know about what to look for in a lid and how to choose the perfect one for you.
This one may be the most obvious, but you want to ensure that you are choosing a lid that fits the pot or pan that you are shopping for. A lid that is too large won’t trap heat or steam effectively, and it may present a burn risk as it isn’t able to evenly distribute heat — hot spots can happen. A lid that is too small simply won’t work at all. Like one Goldilocks, your lid fit needs to be just right. Measure the diameter of your lid from one end to another to get an accurate number regarding the size you need.
Our cookware lids are a part of a wider selection, so our customers have a lot to choose from. You can choose from copper lids to stainless steel with varying thicknesses. Not only does this help to ensure that you choose the best lid for your needs, but it also allows you to pick-and-choose or mix-and-match as much as your heart desires.
Improper size, poor heat distribution, and a bad fit are all factors that may contribute to an unsafe lid that poses a burn or fire threat. That said, it’s important to choose a lid that is made from quality materials, fits the pot or pan that it is being used on, and doesn’t develop hot spots. One of the best ways to ensure that your lids are safe is to use them with the collection they are made for. While it’s possible to use a universal lid on a pot or pan, it is safer and offers a better cooking experience to use a lid that was made to use with a specific pot or pan.
If you need help choosing, don’t worry! Our experts can help you choose the best lid for you and your needs, whether it happens to be one of our coveted copper lids or our enviable stainless steel hybrid lids. Shop CopperSmith today!