Cookware & Bakeware Testing Methodology

how to test cookware

When selecting pots, pans, baking sheets, and other kitchenware to power farmhouse culinary creations, durability, and cooking performance should top the priority list.

That’s why our team assesses leading cookware and bakeware across a range of testing protocols before recommending makes and models best suited for rural kitchen demands.

Key Testing Criteria:

1. Heating Consistency

Evaluate how evenly cookware distributes heat using a combination of thermal imaging cameras and probe-based temperature sensors.

2. Durability

Assess resistance to scratches, dents, warping, handle wear, and interior degradation from exposure to dropped utensils, metal cleaning, and oven/dishwasher cycling.

3. Cooking Efficiency

Time recipe preparation tests for standards like searing, simmering, and baking to compare fuel, and electricity usage across units.

4. Care & Cleaning

Review manufacturer guidance against results of applying typical farmhouse cleaning products and procedures.

5. Ergonomics

Quantify weight, balance, handle security, pour ability, and other physical interaction elements that impact usability.

What we didn’t consider

1. Lifetime Durability

While we assess dent, scratch, and wear resistance through lab endurance trials, we cannot replicate decades of long-term use to predict the ultimate lifespan.

2. Specialized Cooking

We focus testing on conventional baking, frying, simmering, etc. rather than niche techniques like candy-making, canning, or clay pot cooking that may require specific features.

3. Commercial Comparison

Our testing criteria benchmarks home kitchen performance needs rather than commercial-grade requirements of restaurant supply cookware.

4. Cost Analysis

Reviews center on quality and expected usable life for rural families rather than formal cost benefit analysis against other materials.

5. Aesthetic Critique

We assess country kitchen suitability but do not formally score based on style preferences, instead focusing review commentary on cooking utility.

How do we rank cookware and bakeware

When compiling our cookware and bakeware recommendations and rankings, we rely on a methodology weighing durability, heating effectiveness, ease of use, and cleaning highly based on rural owner priorities:

Establish Category Weightings

Durability accounts for 30% of the scoring, followed by 25% heating efficacy, 20% cleaning/care, 15% ergonomics, and 10% country design suitability.

Score Individual Pieces

Applying test measurements and observations, all models are graded on a 100-point scale per weighted category.

Calculate Total Scores

Weighted averages are computed to yield overall scores for comparison purposes against user needs and standards.

Consider Owner Feedback

We include candid reviewer commentary on convenience factors and real-world functionality.

Finalize Rankings

Accounting for total scores and qualitative insights, we rank the top performers offering optimized blending of ruggedness, cooking power, and practicality.

Our methodology identifies cookware and bakeware that balances both lab marks and in-kitchen quality for family heirloom-worthy selection.

Our reviews

Armed with both lab and in-kitchen findings across these vital categories, our testers can authoritatively recommend reliable, high-performing cookware and bakeware items suited to producing incredible country cuisine for years on end. Please reach out with any questions!