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08-01-2013 02:30 AM
MSG
A nicer set of cookware will heat more evenly....

It totally depends on your stove & the type of fuel it uses. Electric will require a nice thick bottom to cook food properly.
  • A better set will distribute the heat more evenly & you'll create more edible food instead of turning the ingredient into carbon. Less likely to warp if you need to dunk it in cold/ice water to stop the cooking process.
  • Cheap light cookware limits the types of cooking techniques you can use. Also will melt nicely in a oven that's heated over 400 degrees.
  • You don't have to spend a lot of money. $20-$40 will get you a decent pan, but choose something that enables you to utilize your style of cooking & will accommodate the amount of food you need to prepare.
Most people don't really NEED a full set of cookware.
07-24-2013 07:53 PM
secuono We have a random stainless set from Amazon. I see no difference between the cheaper stuff and the pointless high end stuff other than you buying a name.
07-24-2013 07:42 PM
JustJen I have the Calphalon tri-ply and LOVE it. It's heavy enough to be sturdy, but not so heavy it's awkward to handle. Quality is really good - nicely balanced, even pans. If you follow the instructions and heat them up properly with a skim of butter or oil, they are nearly as non-stick as true non-stick. They're easy to clean too - barkeepers friend on everything but the shiny part will easily remove any/all marks your food may make on them.

If you're patient, you can find a lot of the Calphalon pans at TJ Maxx and Ross. I built my entire set without actually buying a "set". Just the other day I found a saute pan that runs $100 at BBB for $40 at TJM
07-24-2013 06:18 PM
WallaceGrover
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Originally Posted by thelub View Post
All-clad would be my dream set. I'll probably buy some piece at a time, but I've been looking for stuff I can buy a few at once that will instantly replace my current cheapo set. I did get a set off an overstock sales site and they are alright, but won't last long. I went with a ceramic coated SS. The pans are light and the ceramic coat isn't great, but they'll work to replace a couple of the teflon pieces.
I bought a Tramontina SS set because it had been touted many times as the cheap alternative to all-clad, and apparently it is almost as good at half the price. Check this review out comparing them: http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/08/e...a-skillet.html
07-22-2013 04:40 PM
MSG
3 pieces that caught my attention yesterday



Discontinued I believe. All 3 are 12"/30cm. Weight & construction were what impressed me. Nice & balanced. I'm thinking of grabbing one of them so I'm not going to reveal the location or brand until I have some time to think it over.
  • Stir Fry that looks more like a oversized saucier.
  • Fry pan = center
  • Chicken fryer = end

I came across this higher end AC C-Core after & twisted my wrist. Way too HEAVY. I don't know how anyone can use this pan unless they're on steroids. Also I just remember it almost slipped out of my hands onto the floor because I applied sunscreen on someone. Once again, beautifully crafted, but not "practical" for everyday use.

07-21-2013 05:59 AM
thelub All-clad would be my dream set. I'll probably buy some piece at a time, but I've been looking for stuff I can buy a few at once that will instantly replace my current cheapo set. I did get a set off an overstock sales site and they are alright, but won't last long. I went with a ceramic coated SS. The pans are light and the ceramic coat isn't great, but they'll work to replace a couple of the teflon pieces.
07-21-2013 05:02 AM
Bandit1200 I was looking at the All-Clad as well as I'm still on my "made in America" bandwagon. Any others with experience with US made cookware? I'm going to buy a set of something come next spring, possibly sooner if my current junk makes me any madder.
07-20-2013 05:11 PM
mayanjungledog I just recently purchased a Calphalon tri-ply set from Macy's. I compared it side by side with a comparable All-Clad set but the All-Clad was way heavier and a few hundred dollars more. For the value and weight for everyday use, the Calphalon set was the best fit for our kitchen. I have a decade old set of anodized Calphalon pans that were made in the US. Not sure if any of their stuff is made in the US anymore.

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07-20-2013 02:06 PM
AnotherHobby
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Originally Posted by flutterbug View Post
I agree on All-Clad I have a set of Stainless and I love it. My mother accidentally left a pot of macaroni to boil all the water off and form a solid burnt on mass. I was able to soak it a bunch of times and and got it off, I still use the pot today. It just has a weird spotty look on the bottom. These pots and pans are tough!
A little elbow grease and some barkeepers friend might make the spots go away.
07-20-2013 04:12 AM
flutterbug I agree on All-Clad I have a set of Stainless and I love it. My mother accidentally left a pot of macaroni to boil all the water off and form a solid burnt on mass. I was able to soak it a bunch of times and and got it off, I still use the pot today. It just has a weird spotty look on the bottom. These pots and pans are tough!
06-24-2013 01:03 PM
AnotherHobby I love All Clad cookware. Once I started using it, I could never go back to cheap cookware. When I go to my in-laws cabin I even bring a few of my staple pieces with. It's not cheap, but it's also a lifetime investment. It will out live you.
06-24-2013 04:10 AM
thelub I've watched a lot of Alton Brown and he has had very good clear suggestions on cook ware, but I thought I'd get some real world suggestions.
06-23-2013 06:16 PM
mistergreen Anything that feels solid and heavy is good. I love my cast iron but haven't touched it in a while. I bought it in Brooklyn, NY and had to walk 1.5 miles for it. It was quite a work out.

It's something you'd need to touch and feel before buying. Target does have some cheap good options.

Here are ideas for skillets
06-23-2013 05:56 PM
thelub WOW MSG thanks for the great info! Lots to mull over. I love cast iron. Don't have any ATM but I will be getting some. I prefer the old used ones that are well seasoned (great garage finds). From what I understand, a properly seasoned cast iron pot/pan will naturally be non-stick.
06-23-2013 05:34 PM
NWA-Planted I have been very happy so far with my quisinart multiclad set

I do love having cast iron pans around to!!



That's my wife not me... Just fyi lol.

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