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Old 03-18-2015, 10:05 PM   #1
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Question Question re: Best Cookware -Copper Core vs. Aluminum Core

Hello Everyone,
My apologies if I'm posting incorrectly, this is my first time posting questions to any forum.. I love cooking and have a large family and am in desperate need of some new cookware. I'm tired of the non-stick pans whose coatings keep disintegrating on me and want to upgrade to something that will really last, trying to decide which of the tons of options out there are right for me.. I was hoping to find out people's experiences with stainless steel coating and an aluminum core vs. stainless steel with a copper core. Basically I'm trying to determine if that copper core (like in the All-Clad Copper Core line) provides enough of a difference that it's worth the price difference over an aluminum core (like in the All Clad d5 Brushed stainless steel line). (And if you have another line you'd recommend that's appreciated too.) So if you have any experience with aluminum core or copper core, or even better both and wouldn't mind sharing I would greatly appreciate it!! Thanks for listening! Happy Cooking Everyone!
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:31 PM   #2
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If there is a difference between alum. and copper core, almost no one would be able to detect that difference.

I have had different brands of tri-ply SS cookware and I prefer it over the other options. All-Clad is top notch but you can find excellent equipment in other brands. Consider Cuisinart, Tramontina, Calphalon and others.
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Old 03-19-2015, 12:44 AM   #3
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I'm sorry to hear you've had issues with your non-stick cookware, Happy Cooking. I've had my Analon cookware for over a dozen years when I replaced my 25-year-old Club Aluminum. The Analon never goes into the dishwasher (unless Himself is left on his own) and I almost never use metal utensils in it. It has served me well and recommend it. Of course, there is the no dishwasher/metal utensil thing.

I also have one each of Calphalon SS (10" fry pan), Emeril (1-qt saucier) copper-core SS and T-Fal (8" fry pan) and have found each of them useful and durable.
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If there is a difference between alum. and copper core, almost no one would be able to detect that difference.

I have had different brands of tri-ply SS cookware and I prefer it over the other options. All-Clad is top notch but you can find excellent equipment in other brands. Consider Cuisinart, Tramontina, Calphalon and others.

I actually can tell quite a difference and much prefer the copper core.

Admittedly, I don't own it myself but cook at a friend's house a lot and I cannot wait to get my mitts on her All Clad copper core and cook with it!

Problem is that my 15 year old All Clad pots and pans (seconds from cookware and more) function like new and don't need replacing, so I can't really justify the $$ to buy myself a copper core.

Unless you cook a lot, they're probably not worth the higher price.

And yes, switch from that non-stick to some good stainless cookware!
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I actually can tell quite a difference and much prefer the copper core.

Admittedly, I don't own it myself but cook at a friend's house a lot and I cannot wait to get my mitts on her All Clad copper core and cook with it!

Problem is that my 15 year old All Clad pots and pans (seconds from cookware and more) function like new and don't need replacing, so I can't really justify the $$ to buy myself a copper core.

Unless you cook a lot, they're probably not worth the higher price.

And yes, switch from that non-stick to some good stainless cookware!

I'm not surprised you can tell the difference.

Maybe you should donate the old stuff to a needy family and treat yourself to new copper core.
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Welcome to DC. If you have a question, or need information this is the place to come to. And along the way you will have lots of laughs.

I have Cuisinart. And I love it. One of the main reasons is that the handles do not get hot. And I have no problem with food sticking or burning. They are easy to clean, and I don't have to worry about the coating from non-stick pans becoming part of my meal.

I also have a couple of Revere Ware with copper bottoms. I have had them for more than 30 years and they have served me well. The drawback? Polishing the bottoms. I have a couple of friends that "just have to have the best" in cookware. I have mid-range with the Cuisinart and am pleased with it. My friends after all these years now see, that mid-range in price can give you the same service with proper care.
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Old 03-19-2015, 02:15 PM   #7
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For what it's worth......I bought a couple of skillets from this line and three years later, they are like new.

http://www.amazon.com/Circulon-Conte...95ZF6T977ZR0V4
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I'm sorry to hear you've had issues with your non-stick cookware, Happy Cooking. I've had my Analon cookware for over a dozen years when I replaced my 25-year-old Club Aluminum. The Analon never goes into the dishwasher (unless Himself is left on his own) and I almost never use metal utensils in it. It has served me well and recommend it. Of course, there is the no dishwasher/metal utensil thing.

I also have one each of Calphalon SS (10" fry pan), Emeril (1-qt saucier) copper-core SS and T-Fal (8" fry pan) and have found each of them useful and durable.
I'll bet that non-stick wouldn't last as long if you didn't have the SS and used it all the time.

I have one non-stick skillet. We only use it for eggs or stuff with cheese. Really makes for easier clean up. But, I prefer cooking with SS pots or enamelled cast iron or regular cast iron.

Happy Cooking, welcome to DC. I would suggest that you don't buy an entire set of SS cookware. If you buy just one piece, you will get an idea of how well you like it. There are also other excellent choices, such as cast iron and enamelled cast iron. They each have different useful characteristics.
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I'll bet that non-stick wouldn't last as long if you didn't have the SS and used it all the time.

I have one non-stick skillet. We only use it for eggs or stuff with cheese. Really makes for easier clean up. But, I prefer cooking with SS pots or enamelled cast iron or regular cast iron.

Happy Cooking, welcome to DC. I would suggest that you don't buy an entire set of SS cookware. If you buy just one piece, you will get an idea of how well you like it. There are also other excellent choices, such as cast iron and enamelled cast iron. They each have different useful characteristics.
I don't know about CG, but my two Circulon Contempo Hard Anodized non stick skillets have been used nearly daily for three years with no signs of wear. Good stuff.

http://www.amazon.com/Circulon-Conte...95ZF6T977ZR0V4
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Welcome to DC. If you have a question, or need information this is the place to come to. And along the way you will have lots of laughs.

I have Cuisinart. And I love it. One of the main reasons is that the handles do not get hot. And I have no problem with food sticking or burning. They are easy to clean, and I don't have to worry about the coating from non-stick pans becoming part of my meal.

I also have a couple of Revere Ware with copper bottoms. I have had them for more than 30 years and they have served me well. The drawback? Polishing the bottoms. I have a couple of friends that "just have to have the best" in cookware. I have mid-range with the Cuisinart and am pleased with it. My friends after all these years now see, that mid-range in price can give you the same service with proper care.
Cuisinart Chef's Classic stainless was on my short list for my mom. I started reading reviews on Amazon and the most recent reviews were complaining about corrosion and rust spots. I did some investigating and found someone who actually called Cuisinart and was told that if it isn't stamped with 18/10 than it isn't 18/10. I found out what it was, Macy's seems to be the only one listing that the cookware is 18/4. So Cuisinart has cheapened the product and hopes that nobody will notice. I looked at some in stores and found no 18/10 stamp.

It's a shame, I had decided on that set as it was the one that I was going to buy for myself if I hadn't run across my current set (which I love).

I found an excellent deal at Costco.com and got mom a set of stainless clad cookware in 18/10 for $129, and it is gorgeous, seems slightly nicer than mine!
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