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Can I safely remove the non-stick coating?

Yes, you can sand off the plastic, but I'd recommend taking it to someone with a bead- or shot-blaster. Many auto mechanics have them, and almost every metal finishing shop.

DO NOT burn off the PTFE. Its combustion products are highly toxic.

14 minutes ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Help me build a great cookware set!

Hi, JTP:

In the case of my own epiphany, the reaction was chagrin over wasting so much time and money with/on Le Creuset.

Since you like aluminum, I encourage you to keep an eye out for some of the vintage Mauviel pieces they did in *very* thick aluminum--like 5-7mm. They weren't anodized, though.

Aloha,
Kaleo

about 1 hour ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Help me build a great cookware set!

It can only be fun if it's intellectually honest...

about 2 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Help me build a great cookware set!

Ray:

What you're focused on is less clear all the time. In fact, I don't see any focus whatsoever.

I and others have tried to help answer your questions, give you the basics of how induction works, sought out information from makers, reasoned with you, provided data by other testers, all to no avail. You're completely immune.

You move the goalposts like no one I've ever seen. You wanted a scientific, logical basis for your surmises, and now you want to leave science and logic behind when those disciplines are proven not to support your preconceived (yet inchoate) ideas.

Good luck to you, but I'm done with you. Waste someone else's time.

Aloha,
Kaleo

about 13 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Depardieu: ‘I drink 14 bottles of wine a day’

He's just trying to outdo Randy Quaid and Gary Busey...

about 15 hours ago
kaleokahu in Wine

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

Come to Washington's Skagit Valley in July...

about 15 hours ago
kaleokahu in Food Media & News

Help me build a great cookware set!

Hi, Ray:

I've done my time with patents and other IP.

You're obviously a stranger to science and logic.

Aloha,
Kaleo

about 15 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Best Cookware Of 2014

Counts as selling to me. But thanks for being honest.

about 18 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Best Cookware Of 2014

Are you not compensated by anyone for having those Buy Now buttons?

Of *course* Falk tarnishes--it's copper. And Falk tarnishes far less than either Mauviel or Bourgeat.

A-C CC isn't even really copper cookware, either. It breaks credulity to even include CC in this ranking.

about 19 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Does Seattle have it's own cool coffee place like Intelligensia or Blue Bottle?

+1. Parallels with overhopped IPAs abound.

about 22 hours ago
kaleokahu in Greater Seattle

Consumer Reports Investigates Exploding Pyrex

And here's the article: http://www3.nd.edu/~rroeder/ame60646/...

The lawsuit against these two academics *alone* is enough to justify a boycott of World Kitchens' products.

about 22 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware
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Best Cookware Of 2014

Hi, davie:

I note that your site lists All-Clad Copper Core clad as the best of all copper wares, ahead of Mauviel and Bourgeat. I'd be interested why you think the CC is better than Falk.

Do you only evaluate the lines you offer to sell?

Aloha,
Kaleo

about 23 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

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Hi, randallhank:

He also ran the same tests on the same pans using gas, with highly similar results. http://www.centurylife.org/2013/10/29...

Drawing distinctions (and faulting the test methodology) based on the fact that the tester used sautes and not frypans is just silliness, IMO.

Aloha,
Kaleo

about 23 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware
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Scandinavian Minimalist Cookware

I think these "modern" designs are a good window into one's personality and worldview.

I get the stylistic appeal, I do. What I will characterize as "Modern Danish" isn't my style, but I'm happy there are offerings in it for folks whose style it is.

But what prompts me to giggle every time I see this style exemplified in cookware (and to some extent tableware) is that what is passed off as advancement in industrial design is almost never any advancement at all. The universe of possible improvements in, say, the spoon or the saucepan, is infinitesimally small at this time. If everyone was shot up with sodium pentothal, I think they'd admit that "success" in this task really means "Hey, this stuff isn't as bad as I expected."

Anyone know the construction details or specs of this particular cookware?

about 24 hours ago
kaleokahu in Cookware
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Puyallup Fair 2014 Food Recs?

Thanks, GY! Tried the Dole Whip (actually the soft-serve-only version; the DW is juice topped with the soft serve) last night. Delicious and raises the bar of Fair food. Nota bene: The DW stand *isn't* listed in the Fair programme, and it's tucked into the extreme NE corner of the fairgrounds just inside the Gold Gate.

I MUST break my annual habit of eating at Earthquake Burger, though. A Swissquake, fries and lemonade breaks the bank at $24.98! It's not even very good...

1 day ago
kaleokahu in Greater Seattle

What is the best cookware for someone who's very lazy: cast iron, traditional non-stick, or ceramic non-stick?

Hi, cstefan:

I wasn't referring to cleaning. I was referring to being so lazy the person won't season or preheat a SS pan properly.

Aloha,
Kaleo

1 day ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

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LATEST UPDATE!!! THIS ALSO JUST IN FROM ALL-CLAD:.

Q: The description of d5 says the middle steel layer makes d5 20% more even. Is there any evidence at all to support this claim that you can share? For instance, is there any thermography which shows d5 to be more even-heating than your other lines?

A: "Unfortunately we do not have that information, that is proprietary."

So All-Clad is making claims it refuses to back up *at all*. All that product development R&D, and you'd think they wouldn't be so afraid to share the truth.

1 day ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Help me build a great cookware set!

Gibberish is generally unintelligible...

1 day ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Help me build a great cookware set!

Prove it, Ray.

1 day ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Help me build a great cookware set!

They're batshit crazy if they think either that more aluminum made this pan more induction-capable, or that it sped up anything. Unfortunately, it's this kind of nonsense I've come to expect from CI.

1 day ago
kaleokahu in Cookware
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Help me build a great cookware set!

Ray:

I don't know what more to offer for you to understand.

As we've proven, there is only one bottom layer in each that heats in the induction field and the layer is exactly the same in all A-C lines. There is nothing about *induction* that is going to make 3-ply any different than this 5-ply.

What there *may* be is *some* evening effect. I have seen no evidence of this, but it is what A-C claims. To do a meaningful comparison on this (on induction, gas, electric, Food-A-Tron or any other modality), you're going to have to look at the heat pattern created by individual hobs. But this has nothing to do, per se, with induction or "tuning". d5 *might* provide more even heat on a crappy induction appliance than A-C SS, just as it *might* provide more even heat on a crappy gas hob. Again, there is no special connection, relevance or relationship between d5 and induction.

Aloha,
Kaleo

2 days ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Help me build a great cookware set!

THIS ALSO JUST IN FROM ALL-CLAD: All the induction layers in all lines...wait for it...

Is there any difference in the magnetic alloy used in d5 versus your other induction lines, or are all the bottoms the same?

"There is no difference, it is the same metal and grade."

Turns out "simplistic" is the right answer.

2 days ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

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Hi, Duffy:

Yes, exactly.

Yesterday, I tried to find any recent A-C patents for d5 and came up empty. IF there is one, it would be interesting to read the claims made there, rather than in the ad copy.

My cynicism about d5 being any better than the A-C triply springs from how thin all these layers are. If, as has been reported, A-C uses 0.41mm-thick outer cladding, then there can only be [OAT minus 0.82mm] of other stuff in the lines. Whether that's further subdivided into 3 additional layers in d5 or not, it's not a lot of thickness regardless. I suspect this thinness limitation is why A-C says d5 is only "20% more even"--and we know that they will stretch credulity to reach even that small number, using the most uneven hobs they can find.

Aloha,
Kaleo

2 days ago
kaleokahu in Cookware

Help me build a great cookware set!

Ray, buddy, the different process doesn't work differently above the bottom magnetic layer. There isn't any *tuning*, aside from picking a steel to use in that layer.

I suggest you imagine two pans, which are identical except for ONE detail. They have the same number of layers, all of exactly the same thicknesses, all the same nonmagnetic materials. The ONLY difference is that the bottom, magnetic layer on one is fusion-bonded to the pan (a la A-C's patents), whereas the second pan simply sits, unbonded and loose within a conforming shell (the bottom layer). Other than the efficiency realized by virtue of not having tiny interstitial spaces, the bonded pan is not going to perform any differently than will the unbonded one. This is true whether or not the pans are run on induction or gas, electric or solid-top.

As I've written here many times, all induction does is turns the bottom of the pan (or the converter disk) into the heat source.

It is possible d5 employs a different or newer magnetic bottom steel which is more efficient, but I doubt it. Why don't *you* ask A-C if the magnetic bottoms of their various induction-compatible lines are all made of the same alloy?

Aloha,
Kaleo

Sep 16, 2014
kaleokahu in Cookware
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Help me build a great cookware set!

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT... ALL-CLAD d5 EXPLAINED!!!

From the horse's mouth: "The middle layer of stainless in the D5 line is not induction compatible, it is 18/10 stainless steel."

My work here is done.

Sep 16, 2014
kaleokahu in Cookware
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Puyallup Fair 2014 Food Recs?

Wahine & I are going later this week. I'm wondering if there are any new food stands or items that folks deem Chow-worthy.

Mahalo,
Kaleo

Sep 16, 2014
kaleokahu in Greater Seattle

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Hey, Ray, now you're asking a different unclear question. Distinguish responsiveness of fry pans only? Distinguish that *from* what?

I will bet you my new Chow shirt (marked XXL, but effective size M) that they would tell me they use exactly the same magnetic alloy on the bottoms of all their induction-compatible lines. But I didn't ask that question; you need to be asking these questions yourself.

Aloha,
Kaleo

Sep 16, 2014
kaleokahu in Cookware

Help me build a great cookware set!

Hi, Ray: "You can't compare a situation in which a home cook bakes a pie once or twice a month, to a kitchen that might pump out a hundred per day."

Sure I can. When it comes to artisanal bakeries and bakers, the comparison is apt. If such pro bakers aren't favoring low-conductivity bakeware, that's a pretty good indication the pros don't get better results with it.

Aloha,
Kaleo

Sep 16, 2014
kaleokahu in Cookware

Help me build a great cookware set!

Hi, Ray:

Do the admissions by the company concerning stability and bonding hold any sway with you?

Your persistence in thinking there is some kismet with regard to d5's performance on induction has prompted me to inquire directly to All-Clad. I'll pass along anything they share on the subject.

Aloha,
Kaleo

Sep 15, 2014
kaleokahu in Cookware

Where are our T-shirts?

On behalf of all, thank you for posting this size discrepancy the way you did...

Sep 15, 2014
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