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Old 03-08-2008, 08:59 PM   #1
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Question In need of some new pots & pans. Help please

Ok, my "lifetime warranty" Farberware pots have now all cracked. My Analon 12" skillet has almost no teflon left. The only stainless pan I have is my Farberware 10" and I could probably floss my teeth with the steel, that's how thin it is. Lately I have been doing most of my cooking in my 10" Berendes skillet which is almost on its last leg. My absolute favorite cooking vessels are both wok's. I have a Commercial Aluminum Cookwear Company 10" teflon wok and a 14" Berndes solid cast iron wok. With that said, it's time for some new stainless.

So, what I want to know is this... With this HUGE forum filled with pro's and amateur's alike, who makes the best stainless for the best price.

Here is what I really don't want... I don't want to put any money into the pockets of the Emeril's, Rachel's, Giada's, or those pompus Iron Chef's.

I just want really good stainless steel & maybe a good non-stick for pancakes and eggs. Any ideas? What do you all use?

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Old 03-08-2008, 09:54 PM   #2
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If you want stainless I recommend try ply clad of some type. If you want American made, you want AllClad and you will pay top $$ but can get some good bargains at Marshalls TJ max and Cookware and more AllClad outlet for cosmetic seconds. Check their website.

If you don't mind Pacific Rim made then you can get some good stainless that should be similar to AllClad from places like Le Gourmet Chef, Sur La Table and others. You will save much money going that route.
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Old 03-10-2008, 04:22 AM   #3
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Tramontina's TriPly-Clad at Wal-Mart seems to be fairly well received (and good-looking, I have to admit).
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Old 03-17-2008, 08:01 PM   #4
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I had the same problem this past fall with my non-stick cookware starting to fail and decided I was going to invest in stainless steel. After a lot of "weight-testing" I found that most pans had all the weight in the handle and not in the base of the pan, including a lot of the name brands. I finally settled on Macy's Belgique stainless cookware, it is part of their "Tools of the Trade" line, and I love it!!! I bought open stock pieces, not the full set, and got exactly what I wanted to replace and then some. If you are near a Macy's I'd recommend checking them out. They make both all stainless and stainless non-stick but I bought the all stainless of course.
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Old 03-17-2008, 08:26 PM   #5
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Saw Cuisinart tri ply stainless clad 10 p set for $299...looked decent, China made.

As far as your non stick items, get some thick aluminum silverstone coated pans from a kitchen or restaurant store.
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Old 03-17-2008, 08:43 PM   #6
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Robo410, where did you find that?
I did a "tri ply" search on Cuisinart's site and didn't come up with anything. I have Cuisinart's Chefs Classic.... but it doesn't say the "ply". It could be one for all I know (lol).
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:16 PM   #7
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Yeah, I got a set of Farberware for a wedding present - in 1984 It did the job, till I learned how to really cook

DH gave me a set of Calphalon cookware for Christmas. I already had one All-Clad saute pan. The Calphalon is great - I think it's as good as the All-Clad, but at a much better price. I also have one non-stick pan used almost exclusively for fried eggs and omelettes. I also have several cast-iron pieces for different purposes, and I'm starting to collect Le Creuset enameled cast-iron for bakeware. HTH.
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Old 03-18-2008, 09:15 AM   #8
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I did a "tri ply" search on Cuisinart's site and didn't come up with anything. I have Cuisinart's Chefs Classic.... but it doesn't say the "ply". It could be one for all I know (lol).
I think Cuisinart has a "multi-clad" line that is at a higher price point than the "Chef Classic". I have a few of the multi-clad pans bought 2nd hand on craigslist (I try to buy as much as possible used so my spending stays local and untaxed) they seem pretty nicely made but they are pacific rim.

I have really been trying to buy local lately and avoid cheap imports but all-clad is really too expensive to justify for most peoples budgets.

Whatever you do dont pay full price there is a HUGE markup on all cookware. Keep an eye out for a deal (weather it is at a major department store or a flea market)... and when you see it pounce.

I would also consider getting at least one enameled cast iron dutch oven... they are indespensible.
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Old 03-18-2008, 09:51 AM   #9
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I have the Calphalon tri-ply (bought the 13pc set), and love it. I agree that when comparing pans, the only others I saw I would have rather had (if I had endless money) would have been the copper core all-clad. However, compared to their regular stainless aluminum core, this stuff seems very comperable. So far its durable and after just a couple months of use, it still looks like new, and I've had some BIG messes in and around 'em.

The best tip I can offer is to make sure whatever stainless you get, is that its thick all the way from the bottom to the edge, especially if you cook on gas as I do. Really helps put the heat around the entire pan evenly. Oh and also, for cleaning up, get some Barkeepers friend, its seriously magical stuff. You won't believe what it will clean up, I've since cleaned several stainless things I have that I'd given up on ever looking good again, and it has brought everything back to almost new, EXCELLENT stuff. Buy some barkeepers friend when you buy your pots and pans.

Also, I bought mine at LNT, I went ahead and used their in-store fininancing to receive 20% off my purchase, and got a calphalon cheese knike set for free. So walked out paying less than the 399.99 retail price with a gift, and its now paid off anyhow with that credit account closed. So definitely worth delaying the payment for a month :)

Good luck and let us know what you get!

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Old 03-18-2008, 06:12 PM   #10
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If you are looking for new cookware Macy's is having a one-day sale tomorrow, March 19, 2008 and the website shows sales on almost all their cookware, both sets and open stock, including Calphalon, All-Clad, and Tools of the Trade. Like PanchoHambre said "don't pay full price".
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