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Cast iron alternative for use on induction

Thanks so much for the info again ellabee (and everyone else). My mom will be test driving the stainless steel DO this weekend - if it's a pass, I'll get her the All-clad d5 dutch. I was reading somewhere the site that sells irregular all-clad cookware and it seems like a decent deal - especially with 20% off all items not on special. that would put the DO just under $180.

If it fails her test...well...I guess she'll keep the thin cast iron DO she picked up at a hardware store. And I'll be out of christmas ideas.

Dec 10, 2012
manhattan01 in Cookware

Cast iron alternative for use on induction

Personally, I don't like non stick cookware either but mainly because I've never had good success with them. I find them very difficult to produce good fond. Also, I've found on my two non stick skillets I own, the non stick coating is deteriorating (likely due to my mishandling). How durable would you say the tramontina is? Thanks again.

Dec 09, 2012
manhattan01 in Cookware

Cast iron alternative for use on induction

Wow...that is really nice looking too. That's pretty much everything on my checklist - and I'll probably get this if my Mom is ok with the non-stick coating.

And they ship to Canada...that's a bonus. :)

Dec 09, 2012
manhattan01 in Cookware

Cast iron alternative for use on induction

Thanks Chemical, I've been reading a few posts elsewhere and most seem to say that the All Clad SS dutch is the way to go. Both my Mom and I are big fans for ATK and Cooks Illustrated and they gave very positive reviews for the All Clad as a cast iron alternative.

But yes, for my Mom, Induction ready and lighter than traditional cast iron are a must. The enameled factor - not a big deal though through my own experience, it is a little easier to clean than stainless steel.

I'll lend her my stainless steel cuisinart pot - it's not great - the evenness of the heating is poor but it might be good enough for her to see if she likes cooking in it before I pull the trigger on the all clad or tramontina.

Dec 08, 2012
manhattan01 in Cookware

Cast iron alternative for use on induction

I checked - the largest they have is just under 4 qt. But I love the look and tech. Might get one for myself one day. I'm at a loss.

Dec 08, 2012
manhattan01 in Cookware

Cast iron alternative for use on induction

Hi all, my mom loves my le creuset cast iron dutch oven and how it cooks but it's too heavy for her (she's looking for a 6 qt). She also has an induction cooktop which cast iron works wonderfully on.

My challenge this Christmas is to find her a cast iron alternative dutch oven that works on her induction cooktop. I don't want to use a disc so the Emile Henry line is likely out of the question. Ideally, the dutch oven is enameled as well.

Can anyone recommend products for me to look at? Cost is not a factor.

Dec 08, 2012
manhattan01 in Cookware

Whole foods/Joes in south Maui?

Hi all, we'll be going to Maui for the first time this coming April and I plan to do a lot of cooking in our place. I know there's a Whole foods near the Airport but is there anything similar to that or Trader Joes in South Maui (closer to Wailea/Kihei)? I'm also looking for a place that sells good, fresh fish. I've googled markets in maui and there are lots but I don't know which are good. Thanks in advance!

Feb 13, 2011
manhattan01 in Hawaii

pro or semipro kitchen faucets - are they any good?

I'm looking for a new kitchen faucet for my 2 basin kitchen sink. I prefer single hole, single handle options with a pull out (filter for drinking not required).

I really like the look of the pro or semi-pro faucets, esp this Hansgrohe Axor Citterio:
http://www.hansgrohe-usa.com/us_en/12...

I like the largish handle and love the swooping spring neck.

My question is, does any one use something similar or have had experience with them? Are they practical? The price tag for these are insane so I'm trying to figure out if it's worth it.

Thanks,

May 13, 2010
manhattan01 in Cookware

Looking for a new 30" range - too many questions

Great...thanks for that. :) I just started reading about them now. Interesting but I'd have to go home and check my cookware. I have a lot of aluminum which won't work. I have some SS that might and my Creuset cast irons should be good to go. I like that they seem to be more efficient - I'll check some out.

Apr 28, 2010
manhattan01 in Cookware

Looking for a new 30" range - too many questions

We bought a new home and we're moving in beginning of July...so I'm starting to shop for a new range to replace the electric range there.

Would like to stick with Dual Fuel as that's what I'm used to. Don't think I need 5 burners but I won't exclude options because of that. I've read open burners are more efficient and I don't have anything against cleaning. However, I current;y use a sealed burner Frigidaire range and don't have a huge issue with it. Ok. That said...

1) It's a slide in range that's there now...is it a waste or an impossibility to look at freestanding ranges to go in it's place. There seems to be a lot more freestanding options than slide-in options.
2) I've DREAMED of owning a Wolf, DCS, Dacor, Thermador, Viking, etc. and now that I have the opportunity to consider one of those, the price tag on them is really hitting home - especially considering we just bought a new home. Are the higher end, commercial style ranges that much better than say a sub $2000 Frigidaire, Maytag, etc?
3) Are there any concerns in purchasing demo, open box or scratch and dent models? How likely are warranty issues to occur with higher priced ranges (if warranty's weren't covered).

Thanks in advance...

I'll have more questions later when I look at refrigerators. :)

Apr 28, 2010
manhattan01 in Cookware

Need advice on Big Green Egg

And one other point - There is an active community forum for Primo which Primo themselves monitor for warranty issues. Most, if not all users, are very happy with Primo warranty. 20 years on most parts - so take a picture of a cracked firebox (which might happen when firing pizza at 600 degrees) send it in, they send you a new one. You can continue to use the cracked firebox (nothing wrong with it) and then replace it when you want. Same is probably true with a BGE but I cannot comment on their warranty procedures.

Apr 28, 2010
manhattan01 in Cookware

Need advice on Big Green Egg

Yes...typically cheaper though it depends on where you go or are. The Primo Jr., is about $600 us or $750 cdn. The Primo XL is about $900 us or $1200 CDN. BGE prices are slightly higher than that IF I recall...it's been a while since I looked though. I know the BGE large here in Vancouver (Kerrisdale Lumber) is $1600 while the Primo XL is $1200...so quite the difference in price from the Primo XL. Keep in mind, those are CDN prices and I have seen them a lot cheaper in the US.

Forgot to mention that accessories are pricey for both lines so consider that in your price. Some accessories are a must...some aren't.

One thing I have noticed...when I was shopping for my Primo, there was only 1 retailer locally that stocked them. I ended up buying it just south of the CDN border in Olympia, WA. Now...after looking up the prices, I see almost all major (high-end) grill and appliance stores stock Primo.

Apr 28, 2010
manhattan01 in Cookware

Need advice on Big Green Egg

I considered the BGE a while ago but opted for a similar ceramic cooker in the Primo. You can't really go wrong with either as using a ceramic cooker is fantastic. Keeps the food very moist and is very versatile. They're a little tricky in controlling temp but you can purchase electronic fans to regulate the air inflow - those can be pricey and IMO not really needed...just practice. If I had to do it all over again, I'd get the larger Primo. It's also just my wife and I do entertain. BTW, the primary difference between the BGE and Primo is that the latter is oval...I found that that gives you a more efficient use of space.

Apr 28, 2010
manhattan01 in Cookware