Why this is important. In general, any kasha can be cooked in regular saucepans. Just remember, that if a recipe requires cooking in an oven then your saucepan must be oven-safe. However, while cooking processed grains, a combination of water and high temperature surface of the cookware may result in kasha sticking to the bottom of a cookware and get burnt. This is why if recipe requires cooking kasha in boiling water, it also usually requires constant stirring to prevent sticking. Many other factors increase possibility of kasha getting burnt during contact with high heated surface of a cookware. For example, many recipes require at some point to reduce a heat and keep cooking for up to 2 hours until kasha is ready. In the same time, especially while cooking crumbly kasha, it is strongly recommended not to stir kasha during cooking to keep grains shape and prevent them from sticking to each other. Not to mention that some recipes require choosing exact amount of water so all water is absorbed exactly by the time when kasha is ready. Such factors as accuracy of the heat source, altitude, age and quality of grains also play significant role in cooking.
Choosing right cookware for preparing kasha makes big difference. Ideally the cookware you want to use to cook kasha should be made of material which provides even heating. Good example of such cookware could be enameled cast iron cooking vessel made of cast iron covered with a porcelain surface. It provides good heat distribution combined with a non-reactive, non-stick surface. Cast iron can also withstand very high temperatures. You may consider using french ovens, dutch ovens, or roasters. It will benefit even more if the cookware you are planning to use has smooth bottom which is thicker than the walls. Always check if the cookware can be used on the cook top and in the oven.
One more comment. During cooking, grains absorb water. Kasha thickens and increases in volume. As the result prepared product may take more volume than all original ingredients combined. Take this into consideration when selecting the cookware.
There are several useful tips on how to cook kasha
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