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Found an old Calphalon 3/4 quart commercial hard annodized pan at Ross for $10 the other day. Not sure what depth of the stock room they went to find this but I haven't see older long handle Calphalon in a long time.

Also not pan related, but at Kohls I scored BIG time on retired Fiestaware! All Chocolate brown and one Cinnabar fruit bowl (another relic find! retired in 2010) Well actually the one Fiesta Oval Casserole would be pan related :)
After there 80% + Store Coupon and my $10 Gift card I paid about $20 out of pocket? The one 40 ounce large bowl alone would of cost that retail! Attached a photo of some of the pieces.
- 1 Large Bowl
- 4 Gusto Bowls
- 8 Fruit Bowls + 1 Cinnabar
- 1 Buffet Plate (bit flatter then dinner plate)
- 1 Oval Individual Casserole

Crazy but curious question, newer silverware ink? stamped country of origin or laser etched?

Ah, so it's laser etching..I guess my biggest concern with thinking it was ink is that I have a latex allergy, a lot of inks on the market contain latex.

Jun 19, 2015
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Crazy but curious question, newer silverware ink? stamped country of origin or laser etched?

I'm noticing on some of the newer pieces of Silverware I get, as opposed to older/vintage silverware the country of origin is now stamped on the bowls of spoons and below the tines on forks. I got a couple of Reed and Barton Seashell teaspoons recently and that's what really piqued my curiosity. Is this ink and does it rub off and or get in food over time?

I emailed Reed and Barton just to ask and they couldn't say, all they could say is there in the middle of being bought out and there is no one left in the office.

Pic of what I'm talking about

Jun 19, 2015
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Dinnerware safety--brand suggestions?

I been using Fiestaware for about a decade, I highly recommend it, though if you can buy it retail as opposed from online (especially Amazon) most the pieces I've had trouble with (glaze pops on interior, glaze skips, etc..) have come from Amazon. Not to say it's exclusive problem to them, just my luck I guess. I hand wash and dry everything, and all my dishes are still in great shape, no chips.

The Fiesta mugs I've had quit a few of the handles show glaze wear. Though I drink upwards of 6 cups of coffee a day and wash them quit often through the day. I'm looking at buying some Made in USA mugs Starbucks started selling in 2013 they contracted Pioneer Pottery in OH to make them. Just have to check the bottoms as it's the only one they sell right now that's US made. http://store.starbucks.com/starbucks-...

Also some of the Fiestaware colors show silverware marks, more then others, especially some of my older turquoise bowls. Again that's not exclusive problem to Fiesta, my Corelle and old us Pfaltzgraff show marks too.

Jun 19, 2015
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Affordable, but decent quality flatware, does it exist?

Yea that's kinda about what I did I saw the results and how many pages I'm like :o saw a brand or two I reconigized clicked on them and got a few. Could literally be trapped there for hours if you don't close the page.

Jun 09, 2015
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Affordable, but decent quality flatware, does it exist?

I remember seeing some wood ones at Worldmarket,not sure if they where real or not. Seems like so many things older is better, I should of remembered that before wasting money on current flatware.

Finding all kinds of stuff on eBay though, just have to decide what I want now, got a few Reed Barton but seen some other older flatware that might be good too.

Jun 09, 2015
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Affordable, but decent quality flatware, does it exist?

Thanks, I didn't think to check eBay, found some individual old stock Reed and Barton pieces. Try a couple of them, if I like them I'll look to maybe get a set, well since there retired probably have to look at there new stuff, though looking on Amazon pretty pricey.

Jun 08, 2015
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Affordable, but decent quality flatware, does it exist?

Thanks, I'll take a look to see what they have.

Jun 08, 2015
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Affordable, but decent quality flatware, does it exist?

I'm looking mainly for by the place setting or single pieces as I live alone so don't really need a whole set. That said, I'm having a real hard time finding something that's both affordable and decent. First I tried the Oneida Mooncrest, the spoons out of the pack of 4 I ordered directly, 2 where rusty (made in Indonesia) the forks, made in China, not rusty but really ruff and cheap feeling.

Then I picked up some single pieces at World Market, I really like the design of the Teardrop http://www.worldmarket.com/product/te... but they almost seem plated, I hand wash and hand dry everything. There pitting in spots, other spots loosing finish, so there not holding up after just a couple months of light use. I also picked up the Slate Pattern, there holding up better, but still far from durable funny considering there 18/0. No clue what teardrop is def has some kind of nickel content though just by looking at the mirror finish.

I had American made Oneida from my childhood that parents gave me, and lost pieces over the years, those survived all kinds of abuse and never really looked any worse for the wear, not sure if I'm picky or if Silverware has just gotten this bad.

Any suggestions for some brands that might be off the beaten path but good? I'm no partial to any brand, I'd prefer Matte over Mirror finish. 18/0 vs 18/8 or 18/10 don't really matter since hand washing.

Jun 08, 2015
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Dishware "glaze pops" pin hole etc.. safe to use?

Yea there a bit vague on composition https://www.fiestafactorydirect.com/t...

"Fully vitrified ceramics – industrial strength - Will not absorb odors or moisture"
^ That's assuming there are no wholes in the glaze I would assume.

"What material is Fiesta® Dinnerware made from?
Composition materials of the Fiesta® body includes Clay, Feldspar, Silica, and Alumina adding strength and long lasting durability. "

Jun 01, 2015
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Dishware "glaze pops" pin hole etc.. safe to use?

Thanks Indy, these are all new current production pieces, I've bought a few new old stock pieces from ebay but non older then probably 2000. So far most the pieces with the pin holes I've just sat to the side and haven't used.

Maybe it's time to find another manufacture to fall in love with, hard to find any that haven't been bought and manufacturing moved out of country though (Used to like Pfaltzgraff, and a few other companies back in the day).

Jun 01, 2015
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Dishware "glaze pops" pin hole etc.. safe to use?

Like this last bowl there are several marks like this in the bowl...Color is better in person crummy mobile phone pic.

Jun 01, 2015
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Dishware "glaze pops" pin hole etc.. safe to use?

Ok, maybe a crazy question, most dishware I buy is Fiestaware I love the color. I seem to have the worst luck (especially from Amazon) buying pieces and finding these pin hole type glaze pops. It's hard to tell if there fully glazed over or not. So I'm just curious if these bowls, plates, etc.. would be safe to eat from with such defects? I mean it's obvious if it's on the handle or exterior it would be fine, it's the interior I question.

Jun 01, 2015
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Cleaning Tacky Oily Stainless Pan

I have a similar problem from cooking ground beef all the time in my skillet, I've figured the stuff was just stained? If you find a good non smelly solution I'm all ears!

I've tried Bon Ami, Baking Soda, Vinegar... nothing seems to clean the brown staining from my SS pan. It's not tacky/sticky, just stained more or less. I haven't tried BKF yet I been reserving that for last resort

Feb 28, 2015
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Shears or Knife to open tough to open packs of meat?

Thanks for all the suggestions everyone! Just a follow up anyone have recs for replacement sheers? Mine have rush spots on the blade, and the metal under the plastic button, I had the green Wusthof like these at Cutlery n More http://www.cutleryandmore.com/wusthof...

Feb 28, 2015
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Shears or Knife to open tough to open packs of meat?

Ok maybe an inane question, but I'll ask anyone. I use a brand of grass fed ground beef that comes in vacuum sealed plastic. The stuff is flippin impossible to cut through, I was using a spare Wüsthof paring knife I got on the cheap at TJ Max but it bent the tip and dulled the blade (I open at least several packs a week). I also had a pair of Wüsthof take apart shears but they rusted (hand washed and dryed!) and didn't seem to make the task any easier.

I know I don't need anything expensive or fancy, but I'm wondering if I should get a Utility knife? I've never had one in my arsenal I'm not sure if there any more durable then a paring knife. The Wüsthof paring kife I had was so flimsy, so something with a lot less flex is what I need.

Feb 28, 2015
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Looking for stainless steel Kettle, preferably not made overseas.

Thanks for the reply, I ended up giving up on the Kettle idea I at first decided to try 2 more over seas ones One I remember off the top of my head was a Cuisinox it reeked of strong polish smell or something I soaked it with mild detergent, then baking soda, tried vinegar nothing got the smell out so I sent it back.

I ended up with a made in France Sitram spouted saucepan that seems to work pretty good, easy to pour maybe not quit as fast as a kettle to heat up but it's made decent and didn't reek so I kept it. Sitram spouted pan: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

Feb 02, 2015
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Glasstop stove + disc bottom pans compatible? Having issues with Stiram Frypan now w/photo.

Definitely, any pan that's new to me I always start low till I get a grasp of it's temperature range.

Oct 14, 2014
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Glasstop stove + disc bottom pans compatible? Having issues with Stiram Frypan now w/photo.

Alright, I've gotten around to trying out the catering pan, I thought I was going to hate the handle, but for some reason not even thinking I grabbed it from the bottom like an under hand grip and got allong with it fine that way. Leads me to wonder if all these years if I been grabbing handles wrong.

In use that pan is completely different, pre-heat not even medium low, tested the surface with water after about a minute, it was ready to cook. I had a beautiful crust on the grassfed burger I was cooking, to which I pretty much ruined by covering last few minutes of cooking. I usually try to get beef up to 150 before pulling and letting carry over finish cooking. Have to see in a few days how it holds up and if it develops any heat issues.

Oct 14, 2014
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Glasstop stove + disc bottom pans compatible? Having issues with Stiram Frypan now w/photo.

It's funny you should mention quality, they honestly look like 2 completely different pans. The Catering compared to the Pro is just completely different. It's also feels a lot lighter and better weight control in the handle. The finish inside looks a lot nicer as well, my pro had mars, some weird dimple looked like a drop of molten metal fell and cooled.

My other Pro pans are decent though, so maybe I just got a factory dud, happens to the best of companies.

Oct 11, 2014
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Glasstop stove + disc bottom pans compatible? Having issues with Stiram Frypan now w/photo.

Yea I try to go less abrasive, usually start with the dish soap then I'll hit it with BS if there is still stuck on.

Reminds me re ceramics, well more serving ware then pans, but I been trying to find stuff to get silverware marks off my Fiestaware dishes. BS and BA both a no go, though I haven't tried letting it sit on the surface. Not sure if it's the 18/10 that's more apt to cause marks (nickel) might experiment if I get them clean with some 18/0 no nickel since I hand wash everything anyway not to worried about rust.

Oct 11, 2014
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Glasstop stove + disc bottom pans compatible? Having issues with Stiram Frypan now w/photo.

I wish the 1865 BA wasn't so hard to find, supposedly Ace can order it, I haven't tried that yet. The original BA I can't touch that stuff with out gloves kills my hands. That's probably why I haven't even gone near BKF.

I do wish how ever I could find something to keep my spouted pan cleaner, I use it as a kettle and the bottled water leaves hard white residue in the pan. I really don't want to ruin this pan, I've alredy ruined 2 other saucepans with impossible to remove scaling and corrosion. So every day I'm scrubbing it with Baking Soda, and it still has residue. Haven't tried the whole vinegar thing yet, my asthma and vinegar do not get allong!

Oct 11, 2014
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Glasstop stove + disc bottom pans compatible? Having issues with Stiram Frypan now w/photo.

Just in case anyone is ever curious as to what the difference between the Pro and Catering is. Both 7 7/8" pans

Oct 11, 2014
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Glasstop stove + disc bottom pans compatible? Having issues with Stiram Frypan now w/photo.

IMHO Baking Soda, my cleaning arsenal consists of Planet Dish soap, Baking Soda, and 1865 Formula Bon-AMi. Baking soda also widely varies sometimes it's fine like powder other times I buy it's coarse and ruffer then beach sand. Also if all else fails sea salt.

Oct 10, 2014
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Glasstop stove + disc bottom pans compatible? Having issues with Stiram Frypan now w/photo.

Thanks Duffy, I didn't even think to look for a grip yet. Good to see it's 100% silicone too. I wishlisted it for now till I get another order over 25 .

Oct 10, 2014
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Glasstop stove + disc bottom pans compatible? Having issues with Stiram Frypan now w/photo.

Hey Duffy,

I just wanted to let you know, they did said the catering and I got it today. That handle will take some getting used to if it was just flat it would be fine but flat and concave :/

Does anyone know if the 1866 Formula of Bon Ami (the gentle version only has feldspar and tallow soap) will hurt copper? I wasn't even thinking about it till I already used it, I can't stand that bleeping bleep bleep label Sitram puts on there pans. Usually a 1/4 roll of paper towels, a liberal amount of elbow grease and bon-ami the sticky comes off. I have ashtma so I do not tolerate Goo gone or anything with a smell for that matter so Bon-Ami is my go to.

I don't even think that copper is exposed I didn't see it at least.

Oct 10, 2014
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Glasstop stove + disc bottom pans compatible? Having issues with Stiram Frypan now w/photo.

Thank's :D Guess I'll be hanging out in the nail aisle at the drugstore later, lol.

Oct 08, 2014
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Glasstop stove + disc bottom pans compatible? Having issues with Stiram Frypan now w/photo.

Hey Duffy,

Do you have opinions on the Sitram catering they called me today and told me that's all they currently have to send me as a replacement only difference is the handle. I'm looking online it looks like it uses copper as opposed to aluminum but also it has a different lid. I called them back there not sure if they can replace the lid or not
To be honest the profiserie lid I bought with my fry pan I need to modify it somehow the vent hole is sharp as ... cut my finger every time I hand wash it.

Ok they called back there not going to replace the lid they don't know why the lid would be sharp around the vent hole. I guess I'll have to get something to deburr it a bit I dunno maybe a green scrubby I don't want to use anything that could damage it.

Oct 08, 2014
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Glasstop stove + disc bottom pans compatible? Having issues with Stiram Frypan now w/photo.

O wow I never knew that had a name, I usually drop a little water and when it dances around and dissapate I figured it hot enough. I never seen nothing like that one ball dancing around though that's interesting :)

Oct 07, 2014
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Glasstop stove + disc bottom pans compatible? Having issues with Stiram Frypan now w/photo.

Hey Duffy,

I just wanted to let you know that I heard back from Sitram, they said that the pan is definitely heat damaged and they are going to replace it. So that's pretty awesome!

Is there anything I can do to prevent this damage on the next pan, I'm not going to use that front hob anymore. I honestly think there was something wrong from the start with this pan though, there was a few surface defects but I was just going to live with them, one for lack of a better example looked like a metal pimple on the surface near the sidewall but it felt smooth.

I guess I'll just see what happens with the new pan and not get to obsessive over it, lol.

Oct 07, 2014
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