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Brand new Sitram fry pan Pitting? Defect? Keep or send it back w/picture

I just got this 8" Sitram fry pan yesterday from Amazon, I hand washed it, and then I simmered some water to poach an egg (just water nothing else) when I noticed all these pit like marks in the pan. I dumped the water and didn't even bother cooking in it.

If it wasn't for the herculean sticker on the bottom and the 20 minutes of peeling, scraping, and scrubbing with Bon-Ami I would send it back in an instant. What do you all think?

I'm not trying to be picky about appearance, all my stainless get's used and it shows it I'm not looking for show pieces..I just want to make sure I don't have something with defects in the surface :/

Sep 05, 2014
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Sitram Profiserie lids + black specks around rim

I'm not sure if I can get a picture of what I'm talking about or not, but I use a 2L Sitram Pofiserie for nothing but rice, I noticed the other night when I was hand washing and drying the lid (never use dishwasher) there are black specks around the rim of the lid, doesn't look like rust to me . Anyone else ever have that happen with stainless steel? I do use maybe 1/4 teaspoon of salt but the rice is stirred and simmering before I cover it, so I can't imagine it's from the sea salt.

I haven't hit it with the Bon-ami yet, probably try that tonight.

Sep 05, 2014
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Any cheap ideas for knife storage with little to no counter space & no wall space?

I found a temp solution I think, I don't normally go in Wal-Mart but was in there today they had some small plastic bins that I think will fit in the draw and hopefully make things a bit more organized. For under $2 for 3 I figured if they work great if not well I'm not out anything. Might cut the front off at least one of them for convenience sake.

These are them http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-N...

Sep 04, 2014
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Any cheap ideas for knife storage with little to no counter space & no wall space?

Trust me if I could get rid of those fluro's they would be gone, they make me ill, I don't know how many times I end up cooking in the dark or with just the over head light on the stove lol..

Good idea though for when I do get rid of them

Sep 04, 2014
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Any cheap ideas for knife storage with little to no counter space & no wall space?

Thanks for all the ideas, I greatly appreciate it! Cork I'd love but I have an allergy to latex so that's out. I'll have to see how much space I can get between the counter and the fridge...The previous owner shoe horned a huge side by side fridge in a spot that probably was only designed for a small fridge...I know it sticks out a good 6" past the counter and right to the entrance of the kitchen lol.

Magnet on the cabinet door is another idea I'll look at, I'll have to measure how much space I have between the middle shelf and see if that will work.

Sep 03, 2014
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Any cheap ideas for knife storage with little to no counter space & no wall space?

I don't have a big budget as my knife collection shows, but I'm growing tired of them getting tossed around in the draw getting banged up, dulled and majorly inconvenient in cooking. Magnet strip is out of the question with the under cabinet fluro lights (that I intend to rip out one day) and counter space is at a premium.

Budget Free - $20? I'm open to non conventional & re-purposing things it doesn't have to be a knife block or anything too fancy. The simplest thing I'm sure would just be a plastic container (preferably something with a lid) but figured I'd ask around here for a few ideas. No cleavers or anything huge in my rotation, some Wusthof take apart shears probably the biggest thing to store.

Thanks

Sep 03, 2014
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Did I just overheat my Sitram cookware or is this discoloration normal?

Ugh I made the biggest mistake last week, speaking of Cuisinart I bought the chef classic 1qt to make hot cereal in and or small tasks. So I boil water on medium high heat add salt and was about to add oatmeal when I noticed soon as I added the salt there was black flecks all over the pan. So I tturned it off, let it cool washed it (of course I through washed before use) after I washed it and dried it the pan started rusting. I read some one star reviews on Amazon and others had the same issues with both salt burning and rusting in the Chef's classic. So that pos went right back to Amazon after one not even use just boiled water.

As I mentioned earlier I also have the Cuisinart multi-clad, and after a year and a half of nothing but cooking plain white rice every other day, hand washing, hand drying it recently started showing signs of rust on the lip and a few spots inside. The rust inside I can't seem to get out no matter what I use to clean it.

Needless to say that is one brand I am more then done with.

May 13, 2013
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Did I just overheat my Sitram cookware or is this discoloration normal?

That would be a bit of a drive, but thanks for the link to cookwareandmoresite, def something to think about. I ordered the Sitram from Amazon, not sure where they stored these pans (the sun comes to mind) but the labels looked like they baked onto the pans, it took Bonami and quit a bit of elbow grease (and a few well placed curse words) to get that stuff off.. So if I order more Sitram I'll probably look for another source.

May 13, 2013
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Did I just overheat my Sitram cookware or is this discoloration normal?

Yea I was wondering the same thing, but I also have to wonder to the quality of metal there using. Might just be a pan that gets an early retirement and pushed to the back of the cupboard. Might order a couple more Sitram pans, once I can stop looking like a newbie and figure out the heat efficiency thing. Wouldn't mind some All-Clad but there just out of my price range.

May 13, 2013
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Did I just overheat my Sitram cookware or is this discoloration normal?

I've had some food staining, but nothing really like over heat staining that I can remember, Majority of my old stainless was Wolfgang Puck that I bought in the 90's.

Also I guess I shouldn't say no staining, I have a Multi-clad Cuisinart that I bought a year and a half ago that I cook nothing but rice in it and hand wash, it keeps developing rust on the rim and inside of the pan.

May 13, 2013
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Did I just overheat my Sitram cookware or is this discoloration normal?

I just got my first Sitram Profisere (2lt Saucepan) I guess I'm not quit used to such a quick heating pan, I had it on the electric burner maybe 4 or 5 minutes, dropped a few drops of water to test it and it was way to hot. I let it cool down some then heated it back up and seared a small roast, then let it simmer on low till it was done.

I noticed after cooking and cleaning the pan there is a brownish hue along the outer inside of the pan. I hit it with some baking soda and water and scrubbed to no availi. I'm hoping I didn't just ruin a brand new pan already....

I been cooking with Stainless for as long as I can remember and never had this happen, first time for everything though I guess.

Edit:
I forgot to try vinegar, so I just wiped it down with vinegar and it seems a lot better. Not trying to be OCD, I just want to make sure it's still safe to use.

May 13, 2013
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Is there a decent cheap'ish analog thermometer?

Are they really that much better? I'm open to some suggestions on digital then as well, just never really tried one.

Jun 23, 2009
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Is there a decent cheap'ish analog thermometer?

I was just wondering if anyone has a recommendation for a cheap but accurate analog thermometer? I've tried several that are non calibratable, and seem pretty inaccurate, the one I have now is showing boiling water to be 150° -160°F (I'm at sea level, Florida) Seeing as I can't find a decent one where I live I'll have to find something online.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations

Jun 23, 2009
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Is there a decent cheap olive oil (serving, not cooking with)

I just had a look at the Colavita again, I can swear the first time I picked it up, it said it was from different sources. There where two 8 ounces bottles on the shelf (publix for $5.24) that sated that it was pure Italian olive oil, so I bought some.

I think the Colavita beats the Goya, it's not quit as strong, but it has a nice mild fruity flavor, and taste a bit fresher, even though the Goya is well within date.

if anyone else is looking for a cheap Olive oil with taste so far the Colavita is the winner for me. I wish I could find some of the other cheaper oils mentioned (Trader Joes, Costco, etc..) just for comparasion.

Looking for stainless steel Kettle, preferably not made overseas.

Thanks all for the ideas, I'm still looking around..

The welds that hold the handle on my Schulte-Ufer sauce pan are breaking, so I guess I'll just have to buy anything at this point. I don't want to end up with boiled water all over me Ouch lol.

Jun 09, 2009
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Is there a decent cheap olive oil (serving, not cooking with)

The last buy one get one I remember Publix having was Crisco, but it came in plastic bottles, so I didn't buy any of it.

Is there a decent cheap olive oil (serving, not cooking with)

Thanks =) , I do like Pink Floyd mainly DSOTM and The Wall, but the nick also sums up how I feel a great deal of the time (and no I'm not referring to drug or alcohol use people lol)

The Goya reads Extra Virgin, First Cold Press and comes in a medium/small bottle, I believe it's 8 ounces.

I've also tried the Newman's again, seems since the first time I opened it; it has a little more of an aroma to it, and a very mild olive flavor. I still think it could pass for a much more neutral oil though IE: Canola

Is there a decent cheap olive oil (serving, not cooking with)

I've seen some stuff at Tj Maxx but can't remember the brand, I just always feared how fresh it is, and how it's been shipped and stored as there not exactly a food store. The one by me reeks of cheap potpourri, perfume and shoes, not something I would want getting in something I'm putting on food, lol...

Looking for stainless steel Kettle, preferably not made overseas.

Thanks for the idea, I just read some reviews at Amazon, and it's got some pretty bad reviews. I guess they sub it out and don't actually make the kettle, it's a shame you would think with the All-Clad name it would be a top notch product.

Jun 05, 2009
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Looking for stainless steel Kettle, preferably not made overseas.

Thanks Politeness, that does look interesting, I'll add that to a very lonely list of possible candidates :)

Jun 05, 2009
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Looking for stainless steel Kettle, preferably not made overseas.

Main reason is due to some medical issues, I don't want water that's been boiled in a plastic interior.

Jun 05, 2009
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Looking for stainless steel Kettle, preferably not made overseas.

Thanks for the replies,

- I'm looking for a kettle to boil water; I have a teapot to prepare tea in

- Country of Origin, again I'm not looking to ruffle feathers by saying I want something not from China. It's a preference, after many failed attempts with products. I'm fully aware even if it's stamped made in 'insert country here' it could have parts from anywhere and everywhere.

- Material, I really prefer metal I have a glass top stove and worry glass with out a diffuser may shatter (maybe I'm wrong). I really want to stay away from plastic, thus why I haven't really looked at electric kettles much, I looked at a Russel Hobbs model that was all steel but it's not made anymore. Others even if metal have plastics inside, from what I can find online.

Jun 05, 2009
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Looking for stainless steel Kettle, preferably not made overseas.

EDIT to my first post (thank you to Politeness),

I'm looking for something not made in China, so anything over seas minus China would be fine. I just need to phrase my words better....

Jun 04, 2009
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Looking for stainless steel Kettle, preferably not made overseas.

Sorry i wasn't thinking and should of said China, I was just trying to think of a way to not offend anyone, it won't let me edit the topic now. I wouldn't mind purchasing anything made in Japan, Finland, Germany, etc...

The Chantal I had was before they started there stainless line, I had the enameled version, and the enamel is what chipped and fell apart.

Jun 04, 2009
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Looking for stainless steel Kettle, preferably not made overseas.

I'm looking for a new Tea Kettle, well actually have been for several years now. I want a stainless kettle, and prefer it to not be made over seas. Main reason I say that I've had 2 now that where assembled in China and they have been utter failures. My last one was a Wolfgang Puck, which had seems that rusted inside and hard to clean when it needed cleaning. It does have to be stainless steel though, I made the poor choice of buying a Chantel once, it's not cool when the interior starts chipping apart and sitting in your cup of tea, how it chipped with nothing touching it is a mystery to me.

For the last 8 months I been using a small german sauce pan, not ideal for boiling water, but it beats the Wolfgang Kettle by leaps and bounds.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, and thanks in advance.

Jun 04, 2009
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Is there a decent cheap olive oil (serving, not cooking with)

Thanks again everyone for the replies, I bought some Goya, I have to say it's pretty good, it has a decent aroma to it and a pretty strong but not over powering flavor. Now if they would would change to a darker glass bottle it would be almost perfect =)

I also looked at the Coavita, well the reviews seem to be pretty good, I'm a tad leery about buying a mixed oil. The label had multiple countries that "it could" be from.

Is there a decent cheap olive oil (serving, not cooking with)

Thanks everyone for the replies so far..

I don't believe we have Trader Joes here in Florida, I wish we did I keep hearing great things about them. I forgot to mention I live smack dab in the middle of nowhere right now, within driving distance I have Target, Publix (supermarket), Tj Max and Ross. There is a Wal-Mart but I try to avoid going there, to busy amongst many other reasons. Now if I happen to be a few towns down there are places like World Market, and Costco but I don't get down there very often.

Is there a decent cheap olive oil (serving, not cooking with)

Thanks for the links, I must not of searched deep enough, maybe I'll try DaVinci or Colavita next.

I would really like to try the whole foods brand, but I'm a good 75 miles away from a whole foods.

Is there a decent cheap olive oil (serving, not cooking with)

I'm looking for a decent olive oil mainly to drizzle over salad and basmatti rice before serving (sounds strange but I like a light drizzle of good oil on my rice)

I bought Newmans Own organic olive oil (source shows: Tunisia ) tonight about $8 for 17 ounces, it has no nose to it at all and it's about as neutral as canola oil. I know for 8 bucks I'm not going to buy a top of the line oil, but I would like something with flavor.

Any supermarket brand suggestions? Thanks in advance