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  • Marauderer
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    Wow, thanks for all the input. It is all valuable to me. I have cooked on SS for the last 20 yrs and I am very comfortable with it. I have a gas stove top and gas convection/standard oven and I really don't care for electric stoves. At one time I had over $2K worth of Calphalon but decided that I did not want aluminum and anodizing on my cookware. I fry eggs at least twice a week and do fried hash browns from scratch and have absolutely no sticking problems with my ss pans. I also have three different size cast iron pans that are specialty pans for me

    I have a Stainless double set now by J A Heckels and I use them all at least once a month for the stock pots that you can't see on the right in the back. I wash all my pans by hand after every meal. My wife has put the sauce pans in the dishwasher for a lot of years and the exposed cores have oxidized away. That has prompted me to look for a new set.



    I was at the local Sur la Table yesterday and talked to another customer and he was very passionate about his All Clad. He talked at least for 30 min and I bet he has stock in All Clad for the amount of their cookware that he has. I think that the basic ss All Clad is what I am leaning towards and possibly just replacing those pans that are oxidized for now.

    Of course the punch line is my DW doesn't like long term projects and would like me to do a complete change out now and be done with it. I would like to say that this will be the last set of cookware that I buy and eventually my kids can have them or sell them in an estate sale for nothing.

    Please don't think because i am still going to get ss cookware that I didn't value your iinput Like the old saying goes "Different Strokes for Different Folks".

    Now I just need to find the specials on the cookware and the sales. I understand that All Clad has big sales on the 4th of July and Xmas and I will just have to keep my eyes open so I don't spend more that I have to.

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  • HC in SC
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    Also wanted to add that my parents have the Calphalon (regular, not SS) on their gas range and love them.

    I have found myself using a Calphalon pannini pan w/ press for everything from bacon, grilled Sabretts to acutal grilled sandwiches.

    I would second what mgartez says about just buying the pots and pans you need in lieu of a whole set - we have a hodge-podge of ones we use regularly and probably 4 or 5 that came with the Emeril set that just gather dust.

    The set is always attactive because it feels like you are getting more for less -- and in some cases you are; but are you really going to use what you get?

    Good luck.
    Last edited by HC in SC; November 24, 2014, 07:12 AM.

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  • Medusa
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    I bought the T-Fal based on CI's recommendation. It's one of our favorites. Also have the 10", and an 8" KitchenAid. All non-stick.

    Have several All-Clad skillets - (2) 12", (1) 10", and a StirFry. Don't use them as much, but if I want to Pan Sear steaks, they're choice.

    Love my army of Cast Iron skillets and LeCreuset Dutch Oven

  • Huskee
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    Originally posted by The Burn View Post
    Now I know why I cook outside on the grills and smokers. If I bought new cookware I wouldn't be able to put anything them
    I hear you. I tend to opt for the T-fal and Good Cook skillets. They work great, are affordable, but when they start aging and declining they're cheap enough I don't mind replacing them. I'm not the type to buy a $100-200+ skillet.

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  • The Burn
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    Now I know why I cook outside on the grills and smokers. If I bought new cookware I wouldn't be able to put anything them

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  • Huskee
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    Barry, here is America's Test Kitchen's reviews for three pan categories- Traditional skillets, stainless skillets, and nonstick skillets. They do pretty stringent testing, as described in each blurb. I hope you find this useful.

    Note: their review pages contain many more, these are just their top 3 in each category for simplicity's sake.

    If it's hard to read them, you can enlarge your screen by pressing the "Ctrl" key plus the Shift key plus the "+" key. This should zoom your page. "Ctrl" plus "-" keys will unzoom it back after.

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  • mgaretz
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    All Clad D5 or tri-ply. Don't buy a set. WS has promo pieces to which you can add some regular-priced stuff. Their 4 at salute/simmer pan is my go-to pan for most everything. Add a non stick pan for eggs and hash, a 4qt sauce pan and that's about all I regularly use. I tried Sur La Table brand tri-ply and while it cooks fine, it doesn't clean up nearly as easily.

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  • HC in SC
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    We have the Emeril SS that have the copper sandwiched between aluminum on the bases and we love them. The only complaint is they look like crap if you put them in the dishwasher. They claimed to be dishwasher safe, but no dice.

    We also have several pieces of LeCruset ceramic covered cast iron. They cook great but are heavy as heck and also must be hand cleaned.

    Only use Lodge cast iron on the grill - or for frying chicken. Check out the latest Consumer Reports - they are usually close to being on the money.

    Allclad is overpriced IMHO.
    Last edited by HC in SC; November 24, 2014, 05:20 AM.

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  • Marauderer
    started a topic What is your Favorite Cookware Manufacturer

    What is your Favorite Cookware Manufacturer

    I am getting ready to purchase a new set of Cookware. I have looked at All Clad, which is Mh's preferred cookware. I want to stay with stainless and am looking at All Clad, SS, D5 SS, and Copper Clad SS, also the Mauviel, Demeyere, and the Williams Sonoma. I am leaning toward the All Clad SS or D5 SS but am open to comments and suggestions.

    Let me know your thoughts.

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