Comment on Review: Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel Cookware, Multi-Pot, 8-quart by Jeffd.
Pasta insert goes all the way down!,
1. Eliminate the need for my in-sink pasta strainer
2. Have an easy (or easier) way to make my usual dozen hard boiled eggs each week.
That should be easy right? Well…it’s not so easy as I have found out. I’m no culinary expert, so I didn’t even know the correct search term for what I was looking for. But eventually, I stumbled on multi pots. I found numerous multi pots on Amazon and as I started reading reviews, I found that it was fairly common place to see, “Pasta insert too shallow”. In fact, there is another Calphalon multi pot that had those exact words in some of the reviews. I quickly understood the problem with a pasta insert that didn’t go down far enough. And if you are here, you are likely of the same mentality. But each time I found a multi pot that was within my price range, it was pretty vague as to how far down the pasta insert went. It never seems to be defined in the item description. AND, just about every photo I’ve seen, seems to partially hide the true depth of the insert….as if it’s being intentionally concealed so it doesn’t scare you away.
When I found this Calphalon version of the multi pot, I saw fewer reviews, no one was complaining of depth issues, and the photo ALMOST looked like the insert had more depth than the rest in this price range. So by this time I figured the heck with it, I’ll order it and see what I get. And when I opened the box…..Behold, the insert had the depth I was hoping for…I measured is at 1.5 inches off the bottom.
I have yet to try it out…as in make a batch of spaghetti or eggs. But since there are so many inserts out there that are “too shallow”, I’m beginning to wonder if it’s actually a functional issue. In other words, if the insert goes down too far, will you get a good boiling action or circulation in the pasta compartment. That remains to be seen in my case. As for my dozen egg requirement, I don’t see where that would be an issue.
Again, I’m no chef. I’m more of a weekend warrior in the kitchen. I don’t know jack about cookware…well maybe a little. But this pot seems very well made. I know that doesn’t mean much coming from a bachelor who eats spaghetti 3 times a week. But compared to the junk I just threw away, this is a high quality pot. You may not agree but let’s look at my needs and point of reference. There is a nice glass lid and a steamer which I will likely use. All seem to be very well made. Even when I lift the pot, it’s not overly heavy, but it is a very substantial piece of metal.
Anyway…In case there is someone out there wildly trying to find an insert that goes ‘down far enough’, look no more…this is the pot for you.