February 27, 2013

360 Cookware Review + Stir Fry Recipe

360 Cookware is a cookware company that specializes in vapor cooking. What does that mean? That you have to use little to no oil or other fat to cook your food in. The food is cooked using minimal water and cooks with vapor heat.

For my review, I was sent the 2 piece stainless steel cookware set. This set retails for $299.95. It comes with a 1 quart saucepan with cover and a 3.5 quart saute pan with cover. When I received these products, I could not wait to try them. I cook almost everyday and could not wait to try a new-to-me style of cooking. The biggest selling point is that you do not have to use oil. Many times when cooking vegetables, oil or something similar is necessary to prevent the food from sticking to the pan. 360 Cookware allows you to cook without oil and still get delicious food.
See my recipe below using 360 cookware.

Something important that is recommended with this cookware is that you need to watch the instructional video and follow recipes carefully since it is different than cooking with a regular pan.

It uses vapor technology which is made possible by the design of the pan and the high quality metal used. You cook the food using low to medium meat because the metal is efficient. You leave the lid on while cooking and the natural juices cook the food without extra grease or water.

It lets you make your food with less fat, calories and cholesterol making it healthier. As a registered dietitian, I love finding ways to make foods healthier. Keeping the lid on the food creates a vapor seal that captures the heat and keeps it moving around the food instead of escaping.

My Opinion: The first thing that I noticed was how beautiful the pans were! The stainless steel design looks great and I would even consider keeping one of these on my stove for display. I have been cooking a lot of greens in these pans since I received them and really like them. I love that all I need is a sprinkle of water to cook my food.
Using this cookware, I created a stir-fry with Asian greens that turned out excellent.

Asian Greens Stir Fry

6 cups of raw, chopped Asian greens
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons liquid amino acids (can also use low sodium soy sauce)
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:1. Cook greens according to directions (I just used a small amount of water). The greens took about 3-5 minutes to cook.
2. Spread the greens to the side of the pan and add peanut butter to the center of the pan so that it can melt.
3. Mix peanut butter and the rest of ingredients into the greens.
Serve immediately!

My husband and I love making stir-fries with the addition of peanut butter. It makes it more filling, binds the sauce together and is very tasty.

So far, I am really enjoying my new 360 Cookware. I look forward to using this for all sorts of different recipes including this 360 Skillet Cheesecake that looks awesome!

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