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Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

Yes. And Mauviel M'Cook/M'Elite, too. In summer, they've usually got some deBuyer skillets in the grilling area.

about 4 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

Hi Randy,

<their flagship line (Atlantis) isn't available in a single major US brick and mortar retailer>

I don't know if it's still there, but last summer Atlantis was still found on the shelves of the Sarasota, FL SLT.

AC is losing it's grip on my local BB&B, no longer sitting front and center, but relegated to a back row, off to the side. Poor All-Clad.

Duffy

about 4 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

Hi Randy,

That strategy can be a major problem for induction owners. Going for the bargain, even some of those vaunted Analon pans, people end up with pans that run the gamut from quick heat all the way to no recognition. And usually there's no way to know until you bring the pan home how well it will work on your hobs. My aluminum nonstick pans are in the really slow heating category. They get the job done, but at a snail's pace.

<I am betting there isn't something significant on the horizon in non-stick technology.>

Have you tried a ceramic coated pan? And do you treat them gently?

Duffy

about 4 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

Hi K,

I didn't argue that people don't shop at WS that way, I only pointed out that *this* discussion is about cookware, not what you perceive are overpriced groceries or gadgets. They're too rich for my budget anyway. I've never even looked at the catalog.

Duffy

about 4 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

Hi Randy,

<Granted, some of these are one-offs, and they still weren't cheap, but good deals are out there if you are patient, willing to pull the trigger when a deal comes along, and a little lucky. >

I agree, and this has been my point. Patience pays. Like the $50 TruCad skillet I recently scored on clearance from C&M. I do still take exception to the notion that WS and SLT, with pricing pretty much right in line with BB&B, C&M and Amazon, are overpriced. Either all the major sellers are overpriced or none of them are. And there is still something to be said for a liberal return policy. I returned my Demyeyere Proline (same deal as you got) to BB&B after 6 months. There aren't many bargain eTailers that will let me do that. And if they will, I'm going to pay some horrendous shipping charges.

Duffy

about 4 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Inauguration of my Mauviels

<I wouldn't wash a 2.6mm pan right off the burner, but I wouldn't wait for it to cool down all the way either.
>

I reheat with water until boiling. It's a quick and easy deglaze that removes everything but partially polymerized oil. That stuff needs to be blasted off with BKF anyway.

about 4 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware
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"Ideal" Cookware Set - A La Carte - Ikea Style

Hi bwbmr,

Looks like you've put together a good, versatile set of cookware. FWIW, my 3qt sauté with a ceramic nonstick coating is one of my most-used pieces, for precisely the reasons you mentioned. It's perfect for a pasta toss, too. We cook a quick sauce in the sauté pan while the pasta cooks, then add the pasta to the sauce and toss it with tongs. We tend to use silicone tongs with almost everything in that pan, because it's easier than chasing food with a turner. Okay, scrambled eggs. I use an olive wood turner to serve those. But that's about it.

Duffy

about 8 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

Pet food, too, was well documented. A dear friend lost her beloved cat to tainted food. It was bad QC from an otherwise respected brand.

I happily buy SS cookware from China when the price is right, but that's not nearly same as drywall or pet food. ECI, well, I don't like the quality. I bought a MIC DO at Costco. After the first use it developed a pinhole chip in the enamel floor. No, thank you.

about 9 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

And returns can be easier.

about 9 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

It's a struggle, isn't it? Finding storage for something new usually means I have to offload or move something else.

about 9 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware
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Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

Hi K,

<Finding another retailer who also overcharges isn't much of a disproof.>

If Amazon, BB&B, eBay, cutleryandmore are all overpriced, where do you suggest one look for Demeyere? I mean, seriously, haven't I hit most of the bases here?

As for the rest, I personally know of no one who shops for groceries at W-S. I suppose such people exist, but they're not relevant to this discussion. We're discussing cookware pricing.

Duffy

about 9 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Inauguration of my Mauviels

Hi Johan,

For the M'Cook, do as Kaleo suggests and learn to use the Leidenfrost effect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB-SCA... Resist the urge to use high heat. Medium or med-high will get your pan plenty hot.

For the M'Stone, keep heat mostly to medium and under. Med-high for short sessions is okay, too. High heat is never good. Ever. No metal, and absolutely no cooking sprays. Use real butter/margarine or oil every time you fry or sauté in them. To get the best browning, wipe a very thin smear of oil over the pan, then cook. If it begins to lose it's nonstick, scrub it using a paper towel or soft scrubber with a paste of baking soda and water.

Enjoy!

Duffy

about 9 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

My cleaver is in a drawer.

about 10 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Which mini-cocotte Staub or LC?

What are you making in them?

about 10 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

Agree. Clutter makes me an irritable cook. I bitched and moaned about not having enough cupboard room for my new rice cooker. It's small, only 8 cups, but still. I eventually banished one of my infrequently used 2 qt. slow cookers to the garage so I'd have room to park it out of sight.

I feel better for having done it. :-)

Duffy

about 10 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware
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Cloverleaf Dough Ball Size?

First, Good Gods no! I do bake sandwich loaves in it, but might use my regular oven in winter. For now, even at the end of October, we're still getting 80+º days. Yeah, I like living in Florida. :-)

Second, ooh, great tip. Thanks!!

about 10 hours ago
DuffyH in Home Cooking

Cloverleaf Dough Ball Size?

Hi chefj,

Thanks for the information. I thought it might be close to an ounce.

<How do you make them in a Bread Machine?>

The same way I make pizza dough... on the dough cycle. It mixes, kneads and takes the dough through 2 rises. Then it's done. I remove the dough, shape it, let it rise once more, and bake.

My bread machine does a better job at mixing and kneading than I ever have. It's marvelous for that, a true set-and-forget process. It also uses it's baking element to warm the chamber during rises, making for a pretty bullet-proof rise.

Duffy

about 11 hours ago
DuffyH in Home Cooking

Pulled pork--better in crock pot or dutch oven?

Ok, whatever. That has not been my experience.

about 11 hours ago
DuffyH in Home Cooking

Pulled pork--better in crock pot or dutch oven?

Hi chowser,

Modern ovens have timers, too. The only ones I've owned that didn't have a time cook feature were builder's grade. One of the nice features about them is that they double as kitchen timers. Even some low-cost (sub-$600) ranges offer basic timers, that will turn the oven off when time is up.

Better ones will also offer a delay start, enabling us to specify start and cook times.

Duffy

about 11 hours ago
DuffyH in Home Cooking

Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

Hi Chem,

<Of course, if your Ikea and TeChef nonstick pan last a long time, then why do we buy a $100+ Scanpan? :)>

Sometimes it's because the underlying pan is worth the extra cost. I can't speak to zackly's pans, but often cheap nonstick pans are cheaply made, subject to hot spots, uneven cooking and warping. A better pan can last longer and perform better.

Again, this is a general observation, not implying anything about IKEA,TeChef or Scanpan pans.

Duffy

about 11 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware
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Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

Hi PST,

My skillet came from cutleryandmore.com. They don't have a great return policy, but I had pretty high confidence that barring visible damage, this would be an excellent pan. And so it is.

One of my favorite places to buy is BB&B. They almost always have a 20% off coupon, and returns are very generous, taking used items back for no better reason than you don't like it. I would never buy from SLT or WS without having one nearby. My nearest SLT is over an hour away, but their policy is generous, meaning there's no pressure to return something immediately. Fortunately, WS and BB&B are very close.

Duffy

about 11 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

Hi Kaleo,

Your indictment of WS would make sense, if their standard price wasn't very often exactly the same as everyone else's. So in that respect, given their liberal return policy, WS can be a more desirable place to shop.

I find this especially true on high end cookware. Currently, all the major players are carrying the Zwilling Sensation 9.5" skillet for $99.99. This includes Amazon, Cutleryandmore, BB&B and WS. It's more on eBay (~$130).

The lone exception right now is SLT, which has it's twin, the Demeyere Industry 5, on sale for $79.99.

Sure, it's just one example, but it's a little random. I got the sale notice from SLT this morning, so decided to sleuth out the other stores. WS may have been more expensive once, but now they're right in line with most other retailers.

Duffy

about 12 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Pulled pork--better in crock pot or dutch oven?

<The crock pot would probably come out too mushy for me>

Why would you think so? The pork is still intact until it's pulled. As Rasputina pointed out, both DO and SC are slow braises. Not different in any appreciable way.

about 12 hours ago
DuffyH in Home Cooking

Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

Hey zackly,

I am gentle with my nonstick pans, This is because I follow the maker's directions for use & care. It's pretty straightforward.

I do realize that most of the world (not an indictment of you) believes any frying pan worth it's name MUST be able to take high heat for as long as they choose to keep it on the burner. I take the makers at their word.

Duffy

about 13 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Cloverleaf Dough Ball Size?

I'm making cloverleaf rolls in my bread machine right now, and need to know the best weight for each dough ball. I saw some photos of a recipe that calls for 1" dough balls, those were too small, and resulted in rather flat, squished rolls.

The other recipes I've found all say to divide the dough into X pieces. I'd feel more comfortable weighing them and making as many rolls as I have dough for, if that makes sense. My recipe is for 1 pound of dough, if that helps us figure it out.

Duffy

about 16 hours ago
DuffyH in Home Cooking

Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

Hi PST,

If you're patient and willing to wait, you can score some great bargains. I recently scored a Zwilling TruClad 12" SS skillet for $49. It's normally found at ~$90-100. It's a heavy-duty pan, equal to or better than All-Clad. Color me happy.

Don't forget to check eBay, too. There are some cheap new items, but also great savings on used items, especially in cast iron. Le Creuset is so easy to find there.

about 18 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

Hi zackly,

I have one thick aluminum (w/steel disk) frypan that's coated with Teflon. It's nice, very slick, but I can't speak to longevity yet. I've only had it 10 months. My nonstick pans tend to last a long time, so I expect I'll have it for many years. I've also got a ceramic coated pan that gets more use. I like it better because it does a better job browning foods and builds a little fond. Not as much as my stainless pans, but some. My Teflon pan builds zero fond. The much lighter color of the ceramic pan makes it easier to see when food is properly browned.

Duffy

about 18 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

<A $15-25 aluminum pot will likely last you longer than a LC for sure.>

Yes. I recently read a review of an ECI DO that complained of short life span. After using the pot to make rice and beens every week for 2 years, the interior enamel failed. The reviewer noted the rice and beans are cooked for a long period over high heat.

The reviewer was wrong to blame the pot for her misuse. ECI pans are not meant for high heat and the makers warn against it in their use and care instructions. The proper pot for the purpose is an aluminum caldero.

Duffy

about 21 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

Why are kitchen tools so expensive?

There is another non-MIC ECI brand. Fontignac. This is Staub's lower-priced brand. While not exactly a bargain brand, the 5 qt. round costs ~$100, it's less expensive than LC and Staub. There is a limited selection, 5-6 ovens and a grill pan, but if you're looking for a DO, it's certainly worth a look. Check BB&B, they carry the full line. Add a 20% coupon, and now we're in bargain territory.

about 21 hours ago
DuffyH in Cookware

What appliance or gadget for making ginger-garlic paste? Maybe also for grinding whole spices?

Another small FP is not the answer. My Cuisinart Mini-Prep is worthless for the small amounts you want to use.

I think the M&P is your choice. The spices shouldn't be flying out. I have a small, deep marble one. I put my hand around the pestle, covering the opening of the bowl and drop the pestle down to crack the spices. They stay put.

Duffy

1 day ago
DuffyH in Cookware