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What's in your cookware collection?

I've had maybe three collections over time. I had to change a lot when I upgraded to induction. I don't have a set of anything, and I am keeping my stuff basic:

Stainless
1 9" chef's pan, Sitram Profiserie
1 large rondeau, Sitram Profiserie
1 1qt. Tramontina s/pan w/lid
1 larger lidded s/pan, with glass lid, Berndes
1 slightly larger s/pan with lid, Fissler
1 med/lg soup pot, with glass lid, Rohl
1 very large stainless DO, Lenox brand
1 AC unlidded small saucier
Non stick
1 9" Tfal fry pan
Cast iron
3 CI skillets, small, medium and large (old)
1 CI Lodge grill pan
1 large CI wok

With the exception of the Sitram pieces, the rest of the stainless was purchased at off price stores, such as Home Goods. Two of the CI pieces are old, one skillet is an older Lodge, and the wok came from Costco.

about 19 hours ago
sueatmo in Cookware

Pot racks - yes or no?

You should put the rack in for function. A kitchen with clean pots hanging over the cook top, looks like a working kitchen. Nobody wants to see dirty or crummy pots though. But it sounds as if you have the good stuff. I would hang it if doing so made the kitchen work better for you. That's the only reason you need. It is nice to have a pretty kitchen; but the best kitchens are efficient workplaces.

Have fun with your new cooking adventure!

1 day ago
sueatmo in Cookware
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Why remodel a kitchen and put in an electric range?

In 2013, We easily replaced an electric smooth glass top cooktop with induction. I am not sure what you mean by "that can't be removed easily." We had it installed of course, and it slipped right in. The guy was done in 15 minutes.

As to your question, I think people install the easiest thing. If you have only electric, and if you have to run a separate gas line, then you might not want the expense of the gas stove or cooktop. In some cases, gas might not be even available. If the kitchen has just been remodeled, it might be that the owners simply don't care because they intend to move right away.

And then, there are many, many people who don't cook that much. But they know a remodeled kitchen will aid in home value and resale.

Over a decade ago, during a remodel, we put in an electric cook top to replace an electric top with cast iron burners. I had no other options; we did not have gas where we lived. I don't think induction was widely available in 1999, either. Or if it was, I didn't know about it.

When we searched for a house in the PNW in 2012, I looked in vain for gas. It was seldom available in our price range. When it was, the stove or cooktop was pretty small and basic. But most of the cooktops or stoves were indeed electric. I ended up getting electric--a dirty smoothtop. We replaced the awful thing after a few months with an induction cook top. I love it.

1 day ago
sueatmo in Cookware

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

I have one of these and I like it.

1 day ago
sueatmo in Cookware

Poll: Favorite everyday glassware?

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store...

I have a set of 12 of these 16 oz coolers, and a few of the juice glasses. They are durable and I like how they feel in my hand.

Years ago I bought some of the Picardie glasses (which are similar) from WF, and I was disappointed in the rims which seemed to wear down. These from Libby don't do that.

I don't usually drink alcohol, so I can't give any recs for stemware.

Mar 23, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Tips for cooking with stainless steel cookware?

Just want to mention that when I was married over 40 years ago, Teflon was fully available in pans. I remember that it was available before that during the time I was in college, in the late 1960s. Non stick pans, using Teflon, have been around as long as you have been alive.

I'm not saying they were very good pans, mind you. But they are not new by any means.

Mar 23, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

PC advise, please

Thanks for your info on the Futuro. I have been thinking of buying this set for ages, but I haven't pulled the trigger. I like that it has handles on each side, instead of a long handle that sticks out, among other things. I also love the idea of having a smaller pot to use for pressure cooking. Thanks again.

Mar 23, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

How do induction users use their highest burner setting?

I forgot about boiling pasta! Which I don't do as much anymore. Yes, boost would give you boiling water for pasta very fast.

I am leery of using boost with my teakettle, since it is simply enamel over steel. But I might try it anyway. Boost gives me boiling water fast.

Mar 23, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

How do induction users use their highest burner setting?

I was thinking about this today. I use my top burner setting for boiling water in my teakettle. (Before I got my teakettle, I used the boost setting with a good small saucepan.) The only other time I use the top setting is when I preheat my CI grill pan. I preheat for several minutes and then lower the heat to 6.5. I use the second highest setting for my wok. The highest gets it too hot too fast for my comfort.

When do you use your highest setting? When do you boost?

And anyone ever use the lowest setting?

Mar 22, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Healthy Ledgend Cookware

I had the same thoughts.

Mar 21, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

PC advise, please

I went easily from PC cooking on a glass topped stove to induction. I did so without missing a beat. The key though is to monitor the time it takes to bring the cooker up to pressure. My method is to begin to back the heat off as the cooker is almost up to pressure. I do this gradually, one step down at a time. I like to cook with the least amount of pressure possible.

I also think, that getting a newer designed cooker with high and low pressure settings would be good for a novice.

Mar 21, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

PC advise, please

Oh, please tell us more about your Futuro set. I've dithered about buying this for myself. Do you like it? Is the Futuro easy to work? I use an old Splendid that I've had for over a decade, and before that a garage sale Presto, and before that a couple of other old cookers. Tell us all about the Fagor Futuro, especially the set. I'm all ears.

Mar 21, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

PC advise, please

Cooking presoaked beans usually takes between 15 and 20 minutes. But as I mentioned, I will often continue slow cooking off pressure on top of stove for awhile longer. I usually take out the veggies I put in the pot originally, except for the chopped onion, and I add, say sliced carrots or chipotle, and probably a few other things. The exception would be beans I cook for chili. Those I simply take out of the PC and refrigerate until I use them. The key for fast cooking is presoaking the beans, preferably for several hours during the day.

Occasionally I make stew in the PC, but I can't remember how long I cook it. I use an old recipe not meant for a PC, and I guess I just wing the time when I make it. The PC does make a good stew though.

Mar 21, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Tips for cooking with stainless steel cookware?

I just want to mention that my great grandmother probably used cast iron--not stainless.

Mar 21, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

PC advise, please

My PC heats up my kitchen because it lets off steam. An electric PC might not do so, however. I have no personal experience with an electric PC, but the demos I have seen on QVC seem to indicate that steam is not released when in use.

A PC can handle a small roast, but that is not how I use mine. I cook beans in mine, and stews and chilies, and sometimes broths from chicken bones. I think beans done in the PC are the best. I usually cook mine after soaking, and after pressure cooking, I continue in the pot on low, no pressure, with seasonings and such. We have air conditioning though, and I don't worry too much about over heating the kitchen.

Mar 17, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

What is your most disgusting grocery store convenience food purchase?

I've been trying to find reduced carb, moderate fat ready made soups at WF. I've failed. The last product was split pea soup, which I adore, but never make because Mr. Sueatmo doesn't like it. I thought I found a promising product that had reasonable carbs and might do the trick. But no. It tasted strongly of onion. Since it was vegetarian, I suppose onion was used for flavor. Trouble was, the onion flavor was intrusive.

I tolerate Campbell's split pea soup. I might sneak a can into my eating plan. Awfully salty though.

Mar 17, 2015
sueatmo in General Topics

Tips for cooking with stainless steel cookware?

http://www.foodnetwork.com/how-to/art...

There are good tips here. But nothing about "priming" stainless pots.

Mar 17, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware
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Healthy Ledgend Cookware

http://www.healthylegendcookware.com/...

The Healthy Legend site has email contact info. I'd email to ask he question about where it is manufactured. The do flog the fact that the coating is made in Germany. And the pans apparently are made to be used on induction.

Mar 17, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

Great find! Congrats!

Mar 15, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Tips for cooking with stainless steel cookware?

Where in the world did you come across this advice? I've never done anything like it and I've cooked with stainless for decades. The beauty of stainless is the lack of prep you have to do to it. Please tell us your source for this information.

Mar 15, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Three saute pan alternatives to All Clad, which one do I choose?

I bought my Sitram Profiserie saute pan for my new induction cook top and I like it a lot. It is responsive and it goes into the dishwasher without a problem. I like the very comfy handle that stays cool too. I recommend it. It isn't stove jewelry, like some highly polished stainless, but it has a nice look. This stuff is supposed to be commercial grade, and it should give you years of good service. The only thing I might mention, is that the lid is not the same as the pan. It is sturdy enough, and it has a vent hole, but it isn't the same heavy gauge stainless as the pan. The bottom of the Sitram is a disk of aluminum, with some magnetizing metal that allows it to work on induction. The disk is thick. The pan itself is quite sturdy and easy to handle.

Mar 12, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

I Don't Like This; Giving it To My Kid

I have given my kids many things. I handed out pots when I got my induction range, for instance. It amused me that one child and spouse had to think about whether they wanted my Cuisinart pots. But they decided they did. And I gave other pots to another child and spouse. Another child often leaves my house with something from my kitchen. But I have never offered anything that I didn't feel was useful. If it isn't useful or decently designed, I would probably donate it to GW.

Mar 11, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

You are a super shopper. Enjoy your finds!

Mar 11, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

Well, please share your source! Sounds like two good deals to me.

Mar 11, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

The brand is Konitz. Is that Rosenthal? I know the mugs are made in Germany.

If you shop Overstock, you can select for Konitz and see all sorts of nifty mugs. They have several shapes for various coffees, and they also have decorated mugs. I like buying packs of four.

The mugs are really nice.

Mar 11, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Let's talk about Penzey's:

I think Penzey's makes good products. And who else would send out a spice catalog that themed around Pi? With pie recipes. There have to be 5 separate piecrust recipes alone in the latest catalog.

I've seen this chain come a long way. I really admire what they do. They put out a great product(s) and put a positive spin on everything.

Mar 11, 2015
sueatmo in Chains
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Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

Several weeks ago I ordered 8 plain white coffee mugs from Overstock. The price is $19.00 for four. I liked the design and I liked the price.

http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/...

They came nicely packaged and pretty fast. The mugs are good quality. I'd do this again.

Mar 09, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

Deals are always good, right?

Mar 09, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Good strong coffee at home

Yes. I found this after posting here:
http://www.amazon.com/Delonghi-EMK6-A...

I think it might be doable. My stove is across the kitchen from my coffee bar, and I'd like to be able to make this in the coffee bar area.

I haven't looked at the gear they offer with it in detail. Anything I must have to make this work, other than the moka pot?

Mar 08, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware

Good strong coffee at home

I am starting to think that I want to be able to make myself an Americano or sometimes a latte. I can't do that of course with my handy dandy Cuisinart coffee maker. Is there a coffee machine that can make a pot of coffee, but also an espresso? I have limited space for coffee gear. I would need a multipurpose machine. I don't desire a Keurig.

Would a separate pour over setup work for me? (Can you tell I'm NOT a barista?)

Does anyone have a machine that does what I describe? And does it make good coffee?

Thanks in advance.

Mar 07, 2015
sueatmo in Cookware