|08-01-2013 03:30 AM|
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.
|07-24-2013 08:53 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 08:42 PM|
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 07:18 PM|
|07-22-2013 05:40 PM|
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.
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 06:59 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 06:02 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 06:11 PM|
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 03:06 PM|
|07-20-2013 05:12 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 02:03 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 05:10 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 07:16 PM|
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 06:56 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 06:34 PM|
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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