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Of All-Clad & Steaks

Agreed! The Rouxbe panfrying video lesson is well worth the effort. Thanks subal

Jun 16, 2011
stvls in Cookware

Share your recent cookware/kitchen-related purchases here!

Found some Norpro "Nonstick Stainless Locking Mini Tongs" at Home Goods. Actually a replacement for a pair I had several years ago that had lost a battle with a hot burner. I had been looking forever but was unable to remember the maker.

Love them because of their really small size. Perfect for turning bacon or any fine scale work. Paid less than $3 - got several 'just in case . . . Available for only a little more on amazon et. al. but then there's the postage, that about doubles the price.

Very happy to have found them again!

Jun 15, 2011
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What is the best set of budget clad cookware? Tramontina? Better Homes & Gardens? Kenmore? Other?

Actually, Tramontina makes both types of cladding. I have not had good luck with the clad-bottom type. It wasn't anywhere as controlable, and tended to burn at the edges.

I stick with the 18/10 tri-ply. You can tell by looking at the bottom. The bottom-clad will reveal a definite 'seam' where the cladding meets the pan( they're joined by a layer of aluminum - which can melt out if you're dumb enough to let it overheat- which, of course, I was). The tri-ply will have a smooth curve to transition from bottom to sides.

I haven't used the Better Homes and Gardens, but I did look at it because my local Wallmart didn't stock tramontina, and I was surprised at how similar the two brands seemed. If I remember correctly, the BHG has glass lids, and I much prefer the solid SS lids on my tri-ply. But that being said, BHG looked interesting. Given other peoples' positive comments about Lodge pieces, I would be inclined to take a second look at Wallmart for anything. But maybe just to look. I'm crazy about my Tramontina 18/10 tri-ply!

May 18, 2011
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Tramontina Tri-ply cookware...an ATK top choice.

Originally settled on Tramontina because of the review at Cook's Illustrated. Have been using it for about seven months now and I'm still awed at how good the pans are. Originally got the eight piece set on e-bay (saved about forty bucks), and have had such a great time filling out with other pieces, again on e-bay. Be careful, tramintina also sells clad bottom pieces, which I avoid because I have not had such great luck with in other brands (Emeril). Stick with the 18/10 tri-ply.
I have filled out my pans with a CI fry pan ans a few non-sticks ( I like analon) but my heart is still with the tramontina. Beautiful to see and to use, easy to clean. No down-side that I have found yet.
BTW, the advice about barkeepers friend is right on the money. I bought my first can on-line and GROSSLY overpaid ($6 I think), but even then, it was WORTH it. Great job on the stainless and also on my glass-top. Gotten smarter ( 'bout this " much) in my old age. BkF is about $2 at my Home Depot, and is available other places too. It's also a fabulous copper cleaner.
Have had such a blast cooking with the pans that I moved-up to some classic Wusthof knives to replace my 'Tools of the Trade 14 Piece Set" (I'm a little embarassed to admit). Limited myself to 8" Chef, 8" Slicer, 6" Boning and 3.5" paring knife. What a difference, and I haven't even lost any digits yet! And such fun searching e-bay, Home Goods, etc. Danged pans will be the death of me yet!
Hope you will enjoy yours as much as I have. Enjoy!

May 18, 2011
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what is the most useless gadget in your kitchen

Took me a good ten minutes to stop laughing. Ah, the indescretions of newbys. Guess we've all been there! Loved the list, and agreed with about 49.

Apr 18, 2011
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i need pots and pans

I don't think I actually got any at Walmart. I got the eight piece set on e-Bay and have filled with other pieces there and on amazon. Careful! I'm a 'TRUE BELIEVER'.

Apr 12, 2011
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i need pots and pans

I'm not a fan of non-stick either. Use for eggs etc., but not for general cooking. The Tramontina I have is the tri-clad, which is a SS/Aluminum sandwich construction. Really looks and cleans great and heats evenly to cook like a dream. One thing I learned, which I undoubtedly should have known before, is to cook at a lower temperature. It just wasn't possible with my old 'classic' RevereWare. I just love cooking with the T!

Apr 12, 2011
stvls in Cookware

i need pots and pans

You really ought to look at Tramontina tri-clad. I just absolutely love it! From Walmart-oh yeah, but also e-bay, amazon, etc. Just so superior to everything else but AC, but you don't go broke in the process! Some 'mismatch' task specific are probably in order too, but for a central set, check it out. See the review at Cooks Illustrated. And don't forget the Barkeepers Friend

Apr 12, 2011
stvls in Cookware