Lifetime Cookware Decision
Q: Ok, so I'm about to commit a substantial amount of my net worth to cookware. What should I buy? Given that I'm making this 'great investment' I want it to be for lifetime. I've narrowed my search to these products: - Calphalon non-stick - Cuisinart stainless I've been trying a Cuisinart pan for the last two weeks and I like it very much, although I hate it when things that shouldn't stick do stick. Before this new stainless pan I've always used cheap non-stick products and like the convenience of easy cleaning and little oil need. The idea I have is to get one of the sets either from Calphalon or Cuisinart, and get pieces from the other set. Dunno which set or what pieces to buy though. I would like to hear any pros and cons regarding these products and the idea I have. Any experiences good or bad will be helpful. Thanks in advance,
A: In all the discussion about various pots & pans, I haven't seen anyone mention one of the reasons I love All-Clad -- the handles never get hot. The Claphalon handles become too hot to manage within seconds in my experience (I've never tried Cuisinart.) And it just makes it so much easier to manage these heavy pans when I don't have to worry about keeping track of one of those rubber handle covers or slippery pot holders. Plus I find the shape of the All-Clad handle much more comfortable to manage. That plus the generally perfect performance I've had so far from both my non-stick and stainless All-Clad have convinced me that they are worth the extra money. Cuisinart is superior cookware for electric stove cooking. It has too little conduction in the sides for easy gas cooking, so stuff has a tendancy to burn at the edge of the clad bottom if you are not carefull. If I could do it all again I would get a set of full clad cookware ( conductive core in the side walls ) with moisture seal lids. I have one such pot and it is superior to both the calphalon and cusinart.