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Trader Joe's Wine Recs?

2009 Spiral Wines Cabernet Sauvignon. $5 - great wine for price (same as wines 2-3X price). Drinks better after being open for a day.

Aug 18, 2011
VancityCookro in Wine

Ultimate Steak - Whats yours?

even the dash of balsamic? I know a bit weird for the steak but I find it gets into the fibres and loosens the steak up a bit. not too much --> table spoon between two flatirons.

Aug 14, 2011
VancityCookro in Home Cooking

Tramontina Tri-Ply vs. Kirkland Signature Pots and Pans

They are really similar to all clad, held them both.

Aug 14, 2011
VancityCookro in Cookware

Ultimate Steak - Whats yours?

Flatiron, esp with a bit of marination (salt, pepper, olive oil, small touch of balsamic vinegar and about 6-8 hours of marinating). not as tender as a filet but more than the other cuts yet as flavour like the other cuts. I also like that they somewhat self portion into 8 ozs which when you think about it is a lot of beef and filling when not inhaled in 2 mins.

Aug 13, 2011
VancityCookro in Home Cooking

Kirkland stainless pans - yea or nay?

I found staining problems. I returned and bought the Tramontina triply clad set from walmart.com. Much happier. The newer version of the kirkland set that I saw last week is lower quality, changes to the handles that make look ugglier/less easy to handle, and some of the pot sizes seem smaller. The only improvement seems to be that it does have nicer flared rims for pouring.

Aug 13, 2011
VancityCookro in Cookware

Tramontina vs. All Clad

Tramontina is almost the same and pans are not thinner. Also very similar to all clad in construction and quality. In terms of finish it seems like tramontina lets its product out of the factory with more cosmetic type imperfections, nicks, marks, etc.. but at 1/4th of the price it's worth the trade off. I find their mirror polish interiors are better than all clad.

Aug 13, 2011
VancityCookro in Cookware

Tramontina Tri-Ply vs. Kirkland Signature Pots and Pans

I bought the Kirkland set a couple months ago, returned it, and bought the Tramontina triply from Walmart.com. As a Canadian this was no easy feat as walmart doesn't allow canadian credit cards nor shipping.

Kirkland Set

Pros
- Number of pieces for price is good. You get a casserole pan, jumbo cooker, and a pasta insert. these not found in the tramontina set and you have to get open stick.
- Great handles, prefer them to the Tramontina. Tramontina are still satisfactory.
- Good quality construction for a base set

Cons
- Capped Base vs try ply. I found that on the sides of pans, casserole pan, saucers, etc.. the lack of triply all the way up made a big difference. Not as much control.
- Small bases meant that you had the center of the pan very hot but rest of pan just SS
- Saute/fry pans were too small: 8 inch and 9 inch. 8 inch was not very useful at all.
- Even using medium to low heat I found that things stuck to the pan too easily. Pans get too hot too quickly with the copper plus the finish inside was matte which made the sticking worse.
- Welded joins on the lids vs bolted

Tramontina

Tramontina well described here and consistant with my expectations. while I think they let more cosmetic imperfections out of the factory than all clad, for the most part they are comparable in quality and function.

Moreover, the Tramontina has far less sticking than the kirkland and I feel is a true life time set. I do wish the Tramontina set had an 8 qt stockpot with pasta insert vs a 12 qt and no insert.

Aug 13, 2011
VancityCookro in Cookware