September 26, 2020

Basic Cookware Explained

What is All-Clad stainless steel cookware and why is it the best top-of-the-line bake ware you can buy? All-Clad cookware is made with a heavy aluminum inside which extends up the sides of the pan.

It is coated with a stainless steel cooking surface and has an outside layer of magnetic stainless steel. This type of bake ware is ideal for cooking on a gas stove where the flames can burn up the sides of the pots and pans.

These types of pots and pans are heavier than the less expensive kinds that you find at cheap discount stores. This cookware is extremely popular among the expert chefs, holds up well in high heat up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and it comes in a nonstick version as well.

Maybe you like to do lots of browning. If so you may want to use uncoated or non coated cookware for your favorite recipes. A top brand of uncoated pots and pans are made by Wolfgang Puck.

Chances are you will never see a review that will not give Wolfgang Puck high marks for its baking performance and price value. Uncoated bakeware has an aluminum plate as the foundation or base. It does not run up the side as does the All-Clad type which is a big reason why uncoated is less expensive.

Calphalon nonstick bakeware is a hard anodized aluminum bake ware with a nonstick coating. If you are looking for a cheaper brand that will perform almost as well as the more expensive ones this may be what you are searching for.

Plus it is also lighter in weight than most All-Clad varieties or brands. It may require a little more energy on your part during cleanup though since most Calphalon nonstick pots and pans are not dishwasher safe. Another positive aspect to this type of cookware is that it can be used in your oven in temperatures up to about 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Similar to Calphalon, Emeril (Emerilware) is a high quality cookware that compares favorably to other top-of-the-line pots and pans and is a very good value for the money. Your favorite recipe will still taste delicious. Famous TV chef Emeril Lagasse has this line made by All-Clad which is similar to their hard anodized cookware.

The major difference is the designs added to the pieces. This cookware is made of hard anodized aluminum with nonstick cooking surfaces. It is not recommended for the dishwasher, but comes with a lifetime warranty. That is something you do not see everyday.

The debate about nonstick or uncoated has endured for many years, but which is actually better? Experts have always said that uncoated cookware gives better results, but nonstick has its advantages too.

Fried eggs and pancakes are a couple of obvious examples of foods that are more fun to cook or bake on a nonstick surface. No more sticking to the pan during cooking or cleanup. Scraping cooked eggs off the pan is not one of the most enjoyable cooking activities.

High quality nonstick skillets will contain a fully coated aluminum plate bonded with stainless steel allowing for even heat distribution. You can also find top brands that are dishwasher safe, although most manufacturers will recommend hand washing.

Starting with high quality cookware is a must if you are looking for the most enjoyable cooking experience. And before you can purchase the most ideal bakeware for your needs you have to ask yourself a few questions.

How much can I afford? Will it bother me if they are not dishwasher safe? Do I want nonstick or uncoated? Would I prefer better cookware or easier cleanup?

After answering these questions you will have a much better idea as to the type of cookware best suited for your personality.

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This is a cookware review of Cuisinart 77-7 Chef’s Classic Stainless 7-Piece Cookware Set. It’s our pleasure to present this.

Cuisinart 77-7 Chef's Classic Stainless 7-Piece Cookware Set

  • Set includes 1-1/2-, 3-quart saucepan; 8-quart stockpot; 10-inch skillet–all with lids
  • Cookware and lids constructed of mirror-polished 18/10 stainless steel
  • Aluminum encapsulated in base ensures quick, even heating
  • Stay-cool stainless-steel handles; dripless rims on lids
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards

Bringing the Good Life Home Inspired by the great French kitchens, Cuisinart began making professional cookware over 30 years ago. Constructed of the finest materials available, to perfectly perform all of the classic cooking techniques. Designed to last a lifetime, Cuisinart cookware makes family meals memorable and entertaining a pleasure. Savor the Good Life right at home, with family and friends. Cuisinart makes it absolutely delicious. Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless is an investment Read the full review here…

List Price: $ 260.00


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9 thoughts on “Basic Cookware Explained

  1. Hi Shawn, no you weren’t had. The copper core is an excellent set. Copper
    is very conductive, and so the copper core is very high performance. I say
    it’s not worth it generally because from a value perspective, the price
    doesn’t make sense. But don’t worry, you weren’t had in any way. Congrats
    on your awesome cookware!

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  2. 267 of 269 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Quality Cookware at an Excellent Price, December 11, 2003

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    This review is from: Cuisinart 77-7 Chef’s Classic Stainless 7-Piece Cookware Set (Kitchen)
    I purchased this set about six weeks ago am very pleased with it to date. I enjoy cooking and cook most meals “from scratch,” rarely relying on anything pre-packaged for a meal, so these pots and pans get a workout on a daily basis. Since purchasing them I’ve cooked dishes from oatmeal to pork tenderloin, squash soup to rice pilaf.
    The set is good looking, the lids fit perfectly, the pot handles are comfortable to grip even with a full pot (much better than my one Calphalon pan). In my kitchen, if it isn’t dishwasher safe, it is evicted, and these pots and pans do just fine in the dishwasher, unlike the aforementioned Calphalon. The pans are satisfyingly weighty, yet well balanced and the long pot handles stay cool to the touch (unless they are too close to another burner or the oven vent). The lid handles do get hot, but I always have a potholder handy.
    Cooking: I find the cookware is very responsive to my gas range; the pans conduct heat very efficiently and it is essential when using these pans to keep that in mind. I recommend starting with a lower temperature than you think you need and increasing the heat if necessary until you become accustomed to the way the pans respond to heat. The pans heat very evenly, I’ve successfully melted chocolate with no burning on the lowest heat setting, and rice cooks perfectly at a low simmer with the lid firmly in place. I prefer these over non-stick pans when sautéing, these pans allow good browning which leaves yummy bits behind for deglazing into a sauce; these pans perform well in that capacity. The rolled rims mean liquids pour driplessly from the pan, a feature I find extremely valuable. The entire set is oven safe and I find that also an excellent feature. You can quickly sear a pork tenderloin and then pop the skillet right in the oven to roast it to perfection. One less dish to clean, all the cooked-on bits in one pan to deglaze.
    Cleaning: I have not had any problems with cleaning the pans after use. Following the manufacturers recommendation, I add a little water to the warm pan and leave it to soak in the sink during dinner. Then the pan is loaded in the dishwasher with the rest of the dishes. Occasionally food may stick around the rivets, but the dishwasher usually takes care of that with ease. The manufacturer suggests avoiding citrus dishwashing products so I do. The mirror like finish is beautiful, but this is actually my least favorite feature of the set. Fingerprints and water spots show up readily. This in no way interferes with the cooking value of the set, but if you are concerned with the way the set looks, this is a flaw. If you must have it, a quick wipe with Barkeepers Friend or Cameo polish will restore the mirror finish.
    The set includes a 1-1/2- & 3-quart saucepan, 8-quart stockpot, and 10-inch skillet. Lids for the saucepans and stockpot are included. I received the bonus 2-quart sautee pan with my set which has proved very useful. I would have preferred a 12 inch skillet to the 10 inch but even so I find the set an excellent value. I saw no need of an 8 inch skillet which is why I chose this set instead of the 10 piece set. I hope Cuisinart will be adding to the open stock available in this line. I have the 16-quart stockpot with steamer basket and pasta insert, but would love to find a pasta insert and steamer for the 8 quart stock-pot.
    I think this set is an excellent value, and will satisfy me for years to come treated with a bit of care. I am replacing a set of Copper-bottomed Revere Ware my mother received as a wedding gift in 1950 (and used daily until she gave them to me 20 years ago), and I am hoping these will last as long, if not longer.


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  3. 81 of 84 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great buy for the money, May 7, 2004
    pie_panned “MNR” (Chicago, IL, USA) –

    This review is from: Cuisinart 77-7 Chef’s Classic Stainless 7-Piece Cookware Set (Kitchen)
    If you are looking for the quality of All-Clad or Calphalon but not necessarily willing to fork over the dough, then this is a great set for the money. Fast, even heating; good looks; versatility (stove to oven to even freezer, if need be…); and a decent combination of pieces in the set made it the perfect choice for me, after nearly a year of research.
    I don’t find it as difficult to clean as other reviewers have commented. I will say that the mirror finish does show wear after just a few uses. It’s not bad, by any means, but just know they won’t stay perfect if you plan to use them. A few notes…
    *They heat up fast! Don’t ever leave the pan to heat up and do something else while waiting. You’ll be at the temp you need lickety split.
    *It’s a good idea to soak them a bit after cooking something sticky–then cleanup is a breeze.
    *Lid handles do get hot when covering to allow something to simmer or boil, but I’ve found my handles stay cool enough to take off the stove with no problem.
    *I have yet to stick them in the dishwasher, but I know you can, so that’s a plus. I have a tendency to soak them, wash them, and dry them right away so as not to get the water spots on the pretty finish that others have commented on.
    All in all, I’m very happy with this set. After years of hand-me-downs with handles falling off, dented sides, and nonstick coating that wears off in no time, I feel safe and healthy cooking with my new Cuisinart.


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  4. 96 of 104 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Solid construction and design, July 15, 2003
    Melissa McCarthy (North Chili, New York) –

    This review is from: Cuisinart 77-7 Chef’s Classic Stainless 7-Piece Cookware Set (Kitchen)
    Any shopper who is name conscious should stop for a moment and seriously consider this seven piece set. Cuisinart, a mainstay in the kitchen offers the cook in the household this wonderful 7 piece cookware set and offers it at an exceptional price.
    The set features 18-10 Stainless Steel construction that makes each piece feel substantial. The design also aids in convection and, thus, requires less heat from the stove top but that Heat is not transferred to the handle making the handle cool to the touch.
    Each piece features a high shine and bears the brand name on the side. Each piece is also rated up to 550 degrees which means it could double as bakeware.
    The only thing I would have liked would have been a 12 inch rather than a 10 inch skillet but with that said, the 10 inch skillet is a great piece.


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