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  1. #1
    itsjoannotjoann Guest

    Default New Cookware!

    A few weeks ago I posted a question about hard anodized cookware and
    the consensus was it was about as rare as hips on a snake. There were
    lots of good suggestions and comments so I decided not to drive myself
    crazy trying to track it down and then mortgage the house to pay for
    it.

    I've searched groups, online sites, many discussion boards and I think
    the best choice is tri-ply clad, not encapsulated bottom, cookware.
    This is where the aluminum or copper bottom is extended all the way to
    the rim of the cookware thus insuring even heating with no hot spots
    leading to stuck food.

    Armed with a magnet tucked in my pocket off I went to store after
    store. 'Clink, clink, clink' I'm sure everyone was wondering what
    that annoying noise was. I confess, it was me. Sometimes I had to
    chase down my magnet as it went rolling across the floor when it
    failed to stick to the sides of pans. Goodness, but there is a
    plethora of cookware to choose from and every price range
    immaginable. Some dirt cheap because it was cheaply/poorly made
    cookware, some quite expensive and some of that comes with the brand
    name. Some quite nice, well made cookware with a decent price that
    most anyone can afford.

    The deciding factor for me was the handles. I'm sure AllClad has many
    different lines but what I saw had pencil thin handles which were
    uncomfortable to lift. I can only imagine how much more uncomfortable
    they would have been with a pot full of food. Tramontina has some
    really nice pots and pans and the handle wasn't bad but weird
    configurations in their sets. By the time I ordered what I would have
    wanted the price would have been comparable to what I bought.

    Bed, Bath, and Beyond had a set of tri-ply clad Calphalon Contemporary
    in the pieces that I wanted. The handles are great! Very comfortable
    in the hand with good heft and the handles don't transfer the heat.
    Glass lids, too, and I've never had glass lids! (I'm easily
    entertained.) With a 20% off coupon that knocked $100 off the price,
    I got a Calphalon 5 quart Infusions stockpot as a free gift (I didn't
    want it as I'm trying to get away from non-stick so it will be given
    to sister-in-law), and a $50 giftcard. I'm pleased with my purchase
    and I intend this being the last cookware I'll ever have to buy.

  2. #2
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!


    Please post an update in a couple of months letting us know how you
    like it.




  3. #3
    sf Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!

    On Thu, 19 Aug 2010 13:36:52 -0700 (PDT), itsjoannotjoann
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > A few weeks ago I posted a question about hard anodized cookware and
    > the consensus was it was about as rare as hips on a snake. There were
    > lots of good suggestions and comments so I decided not to drive myself
    > crazy trying to track it down and then mortgage the house to pay for
    > it.


    Congratulations! I'm kinda-sorta in the market for new cookware too.
    Let us know what you think of it.

    --

    Carrot cake counts as a serving of vegetables.

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    Janet Wilder Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!

    On 8/19/2010 3:36 PM, itsjoannotjoann wrote:
    > A few weeks ago I posted a question about hard anodized cookware and
    > the consensus was it was about as rare as hips on a snake. There were
    > lots of good suggestions and comments so I decided not to drive myself
    > crazy trying to track it down and then mortgage the house to pay for
    > it.


    I hope you like your Calphalon as much as I like mine. I love the glass
    lids and the handles stay nice and cool.
    --
    Janet Wilder
    Way-the-heck-south Texas
    Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

  5. #5
    sandi Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!

    itsjoannotjoann <[email protected]> wrote in

    > Bed, Bath, and Beyond had a set of tri-ply clad Calphalon
    > Contemporary in the pieces that I wanted. The handles are
    > great! Very comfortable in the hand with good heft and the
    > handles don't transfer the heat. Glass lids, too, and I've
    > never had glass lids! (I'm easily entertained.) With a 20%
    > off coupon that knocked $100 off the price, I got a Calphalon
    > 5 quart Infusions stockpot as a free gift (I didn't want it as
    > I'm trying to get away from non-stick so it will be given to
    > sister-in-law), and a $50 giftcard. I'm pleased with my
    > purchase and I intend this being the last cookware I'll ever
    > have to buy.


    Lucky you! Congrats. :-)

    I onlu use glass lids any more (with metal edges because I am a
    klutz). I do want to be entertained... watching the food in the
    pot boil. ;o)

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!

    On Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:09:01 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia wrote:

    > Please post an update in a couple of months letting us know how you
    > like it.


    I learned never to buy an expensive set of cookware without trying a piece
    of open stock first. I hated my Magnalite - the only set I ever bough (
    piece (5 not counting lids)t.

    From then on out I decided functionality is more important than having
    matching cookware hanging from the ceiling. And open stock often turns out
    to be cheaper when bought gradually as each piece goes on sale. I think I
    at least 2 pieces of every major brand of cookware.

    -sw

  7. #7
    gloria.p Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!

    Sqwertz wrote:
    > On Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:09:01 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia wrote:
    >
    >> Please post an update in a couple of months letting us know how you
    >> like it.

    >
    > I learned never to buy an expensive set of cookware without trying a piece
    > of open stock first. I hated my Magnalite - the only set I ever bough (
    > piece (5 not counting lids)t.
    >
    > From then on out I decided functionality is more important than having
    > matching cookware hanging from the ceiling. And open stock often turns out
    > to be cheaper when bought gradually as each piece goes on sale. I think I
    > at least 2 pieces of every major brand of cookware.
    >
    > -sw



    That's good advice. I bought two very expensive Scanpan skillets when
    we got our sealed burner electric range many years ago and I hated them.
    Everything stuck and the coating began peeling off. Yes, I know
    people here have recommended them. They didn't work for me.

    gloria p

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    Golden One Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!

    On Aug 20, 11:01*am, "gloria.p" <gpues...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Sqwertz wrote:
    > > On Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:09:01 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia wrote:

    >
    > >> Please post an update in a couple of months letting us know how you
    > >> like it.

    >
    > > I learned never to buy an expensive set of cookware without trying a piece
    > > of open stock first. *I hated my Magnalite - the only set I ever bough (
    > > piece (5 not counting lids)t. *

    >
    > > From then on out I decided functionality is more important than having
    > > matching cookware hanging from the ceiling. *And open stock often turns out
    > > to be cheaper when bought gradually as each piece goes on sale. *I think I
    > > at least 2 pieces of every major brand of cookware.

    >
    > > -sw

    >
    > That's good advice. *I bought two very expensive Scanpan skillets when
    > we got our sealed burner electric range many years ago and I hated them.
    > * Everything stuck and the coating began peeling off. *Yes, I know
    > people here have recommended them. *They didn't work for me.
    >
    > gloria p- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    I have a full set of SS Scanpan pots, and I hate them. I am forever
    burning myself as the handles and pot lids heat right up. They are
    also very heavy especially full of food. This would not have bothered
    me when I was younger, but my wrists have gotten weaker as I get
    older.

    I find myself reverting to the SS no-name pots that came from my
    grandmother.

    JB

  9. #9
    itsjoannotjoann Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!

    On Aug 19, 4:09*pm, Kalmia <tweeny90...@mypacks.net> wrote:
    > Please post an update in a couple of months letting us know how you
    > like it.


    >
    >

    I washed the 8 inch skillet last night and used it today to scramble
    eggs for breakfast. I did nothing different but golly those eggs were
    delish!! Just a fluke or will the stainless steel really make foods
    taste better than Teflon???

    I cooked them on medium to medium low heat as suggested on several
    sites. Clean up was a breeze! Almost like the pans were Teflon
    coated. So far I'm very pleased and impressed. And the set I bought
    had everything I wanted.

  10. #10
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!

    On Aug 19, 11:35*pm, Golden One <jpbu...@westnet.com.au> wrote:

    >
    > I find myself reverting to the SS no-name pots that came from my
    > grandmother.
    >
    > JB


    Boy, I know what you mean. I rue the day I ever sold some Farberware
    stainless skillets after I fell for T-fal. The nonstick ability is
    gone. I at least kept the Farberware small saucepan and the doulbe
    boiler, but I let go the 5 qt. pot and two skillets, 8 and 12 inches.




  11. #11
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!

    On Aug 19, 11:01*pm, "gloria.p" <gpues...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Sqwertz wrote:
    > > On Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:09:01 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia wrote:

    >
    > >> Please post an update in a couple of months letting us know how you
    > >> like it.

    >
    > > I learned never to buy an expensive set of cookware without trying a piece
    > > of open stock first. *I hated my Magnalite - the only set I ever bough (
    > > piece (5 not counting lids)t. *

    >
    > > From then on out I decided functionality is more important than having
    > > matching cookware hanging from the ceiling. *And open stock often turns out
    > > to be cheaper when bought gradually as each piece goes on sale. *I think I
    > > at least 2 pieces of every major brand of cookware.

    >
    > > -sw

    >
    > That's good advice. *I bought two very expensive Scanpan skillets when
    > we got our sealed burner electric range many years ago and I hated them.
    > * Everything stuck and the coating began peeling off. *Yes, I know
    > people here have recommended them. *They didn't work for me.
    >
    > gloria p


    Thanks - I'll add Scanpan to my do not buy list.

  12. #12
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!

    On Aug 19, 6:16*pm, Janet Wilder <kelliepoo...@yahoo.com> wrote:

    > I hope you like your Calphalon as much as I like mine. I love the glass
    > lids and the handles stay nice and cool.



    Can they take a few minutes under the broiler?

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    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!

    On 8/20/2010 8:50 AM, Kalmia wrote:
    > On Aug 19, 11:35 pm, Golden One<jpbu...@westnet.com.au> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> I find myself reverting to the SS no-name pots that came from my
    >> grandmother.
    >>
    >> JB

    >
    > Boy, I know what you mean. I rue the day I ever sold some Farberware
    > stainless skillets after I fell for T-fal. The nonstick ability is
    > gone. I at least kept the Farberware small saucepan and the doulbe
    > boiler, but I let go the 5 qt. pot and two skillets, 8 and 12 inches.
    >
    >
    >

    Huh! I've not had a problem with the nonstick finish of my T-Fal pans
    unless some idiot uses a metal utensil in them. I've got T-Fal skillets
    that are ten or twelve years old and still work as good as they ever did.

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    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!

    Kalmia wrote:
    >
    >I rue the day I ever sold some Farberware
    >stainless skillets after I fell for T-fal. The nonstick ability is
    >gone. I at least kept the Farberware small saucepan and the doulbe
    >boiler, but I let go the 5 qt. pot and two skillets, 8 and 12 inches.


    Does Farberware make a 5 qt classic stainless pot?
    I've seen 4 qt and 6 qt but not 5 qt.


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    Mr. Bill Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!

    On Fri, 20 Aug 2010 06:50:43 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Boy, I know what you mean. I rue the day I ever sold some Farberware
    >stainless skillets


    My Farberware is over 30 years old. Still preforming as good as the
    day it was purchased. I have added a couple of ScanPans and a couple
    of All-Clad braziers but Farberware remains my choice.







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    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!

    On Fri, 20 Aug 2010 10:22:14 -0400, Mr. Bill <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Fri, 20 Aug 2010 06:50:43 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia
    ><[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>Boy, I know what you mean. I rue the day I ever sold some Farberware
    >>stainless skillets

    >
    >My Farberware is over 30 years old. Still preforming as good as the
    >day it was purchased. I have added a couple of ScanPans and a couple
    >of All-Clad braziers but Farberware remains my choice.


    Anyone who actually knows how to cook needs nothing fancier than
    Farberware plain vanilla. For any cooking in liquid, which is what
    most do, an old #10 can works as well as any $300 All-Crap. For non
    stick cast iron works but unless you're into Gold's Gym, carbon steel
    cookware is much more utile. Cookware companies are no different from
    any other, they'll gimmick up a product just to extract the most
    dollars from consumers... everyone occasionally falls for product
    hype, even me.

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!

    On Thu, 19 Aug 2010 20:45:13 -0700 (PDT), itsjoannotjoann wrote:

    > I washed the 8 inch skillet last night and used it today to scramble
    > eggs for breakfast. I did nothing different but golly those eggs were
    > delish!! Just a fluke or will the stainless steel really make foods
    > taste better than Teflon???


    Spending $400 always makes food taste better psychologically.

    -sw

  18. #18
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!

    George wrote:

    >>> I find myself reverting to the SS no-name pots that came from my
    >>> grandmother.

    >>
    >> Boy, I know what you mean. I rue the day I ever sold some Farberware
    >> stainless skillets after I fell for T-fal. The nonstick ability is
    >> gone. I at least kept the Farberware small saucepan and the doulbe
    >> boiler, but I let go the 5 qt. pot and two skillets, 8 and 12 inches.
    >>

    > Huh! I've not had a problem with the nonstick finish of my T-Fal pans
    > unless some idiot uses a metal utensil in them. I've got T-Fal skillets
    > that are ten or twelve years old and still work as good as they ever did.


    Similarly, my ScanPan is still slick and nonstick after 3 1/2 years of
    medium-heavy use. I can't account for the bad experiences others have had
    with that brand; I'm perfectly satisfied.

    Bob




  19. #19
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!

    Clueless AOL newbie Sheldon "Pussy" Katz wrote:

    >> I rue the day I ever sold some Farberware
    >> stainless skillets after I fell for T-fal. The nonstick ability is
    >> gone. I at least kept the Farberware small saucepan and the doulbe
    >> boiler, but I let go the 5 qt. pot and two skillets, 8 and 12 inches.

    >
    > Does Farberware make a 5 qt classic stainless pot?
    > I've seen 4 qt and 6 qt but not 5 qt.


    Wouldn't matter at this point. When Farberware outsourced their
    manufacturing to China, quality plummeted.

    Bob




  20. #20
    aem Guest

    Default Re: New Cookware!

    On Aug 19, 2:45 pm, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    > On Thu, 19 Aug 2010 13:36:52 -0700 (PDT), itsjoannotjoann
    >
    > <itsjoannotjo...@webtv.net> wrote:
    > > A few weeks ago I posted a question about hard anodized cookware and
    > > the consensus was it was about as rare as hips on a snake. There were
    > > lots of good suggestions and comments so I decided not to drive myself
    > > crazy trying to track it down and then mortgage the house to pay for
    > > it.

    >
    > Congratulations! I'm kinda-sorta in the market for new cookware too.
    > Let us know what you think of it.
    >

    I'm mildly curious about this and about the OP. What makes one think
    about new cookware, as in a set of matched pieces? My pots, pans and
    woks are a completely unmatched mishmash accumulated over the years as
    they were needed at the time. Or they were inherited and kept while
    other pieces were passed on. At present they all are fundtional;
    something will have to wear out for me to think about buying more. -
    aem


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