Carbon steel cookware—a stainless steel and cast iron hybrid— is a popular choice among professional and home chefs. It has advantages, but can it stand up to the heat in the kitchen?
Is Carbon Steel good for Cookware?
Cooks have plenty of options when it comes to choosing their preferred cooking material: cast iron, copper, enamel, stainless steel and carbon steel. Carbon steel is a special alloy that has a higher concentration of carbon than other metals. It is similar to cast iron—a long-time favorite for chefs—with some added benefits.
Here’s why professionals and home cooks turn to carbon steel cookware:
- It’s light
- It heats quickly
- It’s durable
- It does not scratch easily
These characteristics make it seem like an obvious choice. When compared to cast iron, carbon steel is almost half the weight, provides a naturally slicker cooking surface and heats food in a fraction of the time.
But carbon steel has detractors as well. Some of the disadvantages to carbon steel cookware include:
- Cookware is often designed for a single purpose
- It must be seasoned (oiled)
- It does not provide consistently uniform cooking
- It can rust over time
- It must be hand washed
Choosing Quality Cookware
Each 360 Cookware piece is produced with three bonded metals: The cooking surface is T-304 Surgical Grade Stainless Steel, the outside layer is T-400 series stainless steel and the interior—safely surrounded by stainless steel—is aluminum.
This combination creates superior cookware that heats quickly and evenly. Cooks benefit from the safe, nonporous, chemical-free stainless steel exterior, while the aluminum interior provides fast and uniform cooking.
- Heats food faster
- Locks in flavor and nutrients
- Eliminates the need for oils and fat
- Avoids chemicals
- Is safe and sustainable for generations
Unlike carbon steel, these materials won’t break down or rust. Our products are heirloom quality, meaning your investment in high-quality cookware and bakeware can be passed down for generations. 360 stands up to the heat in the kitchen and the test of time.