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Can You Cook Using a Clothes Iron ?


Dorm room dining is all about improvising, and you would be surprised at how efficiently a clothes iron comes in handy. This good old household appliance is a lifesaver for poor resourceful college students but these are not the only people who enjoy the handiness of cooking with a clothes iron. Have you ever travelled on a budget with very few options as to how to feed yourself while in that hotel room? Well, we can’t all enjoy the luxury of five-star room service, now can we? As long as you have the best steam iron in the market, you can whip up quite a number of fresh delicacies. Of course, you just need to remember to turn off the steam function before you start cooking’.

Steam Iron Soleplate Types

First things first though, which are the different steam iron soleplate types we have in the market and which one would be the best for your dorm or hotel room clothes iron cooking?

1. Ceramic Plate

These are usually a plastic or aluminium plate given a ceramic coating. On the one hand, these soleplates have good heat conducting capabilities but on the other hand, the ceramic coating could wear and peel with time. So perhaps these may not be exactly the best irons to get if you intend to make quesadillas on a daily basis.

2. Stainless Steel Plate

Stainless steel soleplates are easier to clean and they allow for even heat distribution. This means that your bacon and eggs will cook all the way through and if you make any accidental spills, it would be easy to clean the stainless steel soleplate. Be warned though: picking melted cheese out of the soleplate might not be so pretty. Stainless steel plates also make for the best gliders by the way, hence guaranteeing faster and easier cooking.

3. Titanium Plate

Titanium soleplates are corrosion-resistant, they transfer heat evenly and very fast and they are incredibly lightweight. If you plan on doing some cooking with the iron upside down, such as when making omelettes, then these might just be the best steam iron soleplate types to go for. Keep in mind though that these stem irons could be quite costly and especially for the typical poor college student.

4. Non-Stick Plate

These irons are coated with non-stick materials such as Teflon, anodized aluminium, enamelled iron, silicone, etc. These plates are easy to clean, even when you are dealing with cheese melted on the soleplate; and they are also very durable. The downside is perhaps the fact that non-stick iron soleplates do not glide as well as stainless steel and ceramic plates do.