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Old 08-07-2006, 08:10 AM   #31
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I have never had a problem washing my All Clad at home. I find they clean up just as easy as anything else I use.
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Old 08-07-2006, 08:36 AM   #32
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All-Clad is a great pan, one of the best, but if you can't cook it's not going to work for you. It's like showing up for a race with a Dodge Viper and you can't drive stick. You can have the very best equipment but if you don't know how to use it then it's pointless. The two most common errors that home cooks make are:

1. Not enough oil
2. Not enough heat

If you do one or both of these, All-Clad won't work for you.
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Old 08-07-2006, 09:43 AM   #33
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I don't doubt that All Clad is super nice pan, but...they're a huge pain to wash, especially when oil gets burnt on. I've scrubbed thousands of them (I'm sure it's thousands), and it takes a good while with a lot of elbow grease and a good "green scrubby" or two to make them almost like new again. Of course, I'm washing at least five year old pans that are used in a resteraunt. At home, I'm sure they wouldn't see the same kind of abuse they do where I work. God...washing dishes...what a pain.
Buy some Dawn Power Dissolver to remove the burned on grease. It works very well.
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Old 08-07-2006, 09:55 AM   #34
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All-Clad stainless

My two cents.... I own a full set of All-Clad and two years ago after chairing the SkillsUSA National Culinary Arts Contest, Calphalon gave me two sets of their top of the line cookware (one regular and one non-stick). I have all three sets of cookware hanging over my cooktop and have sauted in both brands at the same time. While I am a professional chef and culinary arts teacher and I do love my All-Clad, I cannot say enough good things about Calphalon. The structure of the pans retain the heat as well as All-Clad and the handles don't heat up. For a "consumer" kitchen, I would go with Calphalon personally. If you want to check out some incredibly comfortable knives, see Calphalon's new line "Katana" - they are tapered from the knife blade though the bolster, and they are incredibly comfortable to hold for hours on end!
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Old 08-07-2006, 10:43 AM   #35
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all clad is very fine cookware
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Old 08-07-2006, 11:59 AM   #36
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"i'm waiting to buy a wide, 6 qt covered saute with a stainless cooking surface (outside doesn't matter), so i put my name on a mailing list for when they go on sale again. also, i'd like a 14" non-stick fry pan."

I know you have your heart set on All-Clad, but if you could lower that qt requirement to 5, you really should consider the Henckel's International Classic Clad saute casserole that I linked to in my other post on this thread but will do so again here. I love All-Clad, too, and have many pieces, but this pan is its equal, if not slightly superior, in construction and design. I particularly like the two helper handles, which makes it fit easily in the oven if need be.

And the price on Amazon, where I bought it, is $99, free shipping.
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Old 08-07-2006, 12:12 PM   #37
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COOKWARE AND MORE -- cosmetically challenged ALL CLAD at discount prices. Every day.
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Old 08-07-2006, 02:39 PM   #38
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To answer your question this way, there are many fine pans out there. All Clad ranks with the best. It is all round versatile and durable. Many pros use it. You can pay more for some stainless lined solid copper, and you can certainly pay less for lots of stuff...some probably as good, most not. However, for a set listed on your registry, something guests and friends can find and deliver and afford, and that will last longer than you do on this planet given reasonable care, All Clad stainless is a fine choice. Congratulations and best wishes btw!
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Old 08-08-2006, 01:05 AM   #39
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"i'm waiting to buy a wide, 6 qt covered saute with a stainless cooking surface (outside doesn't matter), so i put my name on a mailing list for when they go on sale again. also, i'd like a 14" non-stick fry pan."

I know you have your heart set on All-Clad, but if you could lower that qt requirement to 5, you really should consider the Henckel's International Classic Clad saute casserole that I linked to in my other post on this thread but will do so again here. I love All-Clad, too, and have many pieces, but this pan is its equal, if not slightly superior, in construction and design. I particularly like the two helper handles, which makes it fit easily in the oven if need be.

And the price on Amazon, where I bought it, is $99, free shipping.

thank you, suzy-q.

i'm gonna look into that. i never thought much about the fact that the long handle on the all clad might be tricky to maneuver in my regular ol' sears oven.
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Old 08-13-2006, 09:41 PM   #40
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I went out and got a full set of all-clad when I decided I would like to cook. The Mrs. took contention to the idea that we were now going to discard the heirlooms we got as wedding presents and such but we got through it. I was stunned at what you could do with a real pan. I am now convinced that we should have got these pans a long time ago. I can't say enough about them.
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