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Old 12-03-2006, 07:00 AM   #1
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Buying for Wife - All Clad - Q. on Frying Pan

Getting the 9 piece set. It comes with frying pan either non-stick or plain (SS). Which frying pan do I get? From what I've been reading, seems like the only thing I will need non-stick for is eggs. If this is correct, we already have a small (cheap) non-stick pan and I'm thinking of going with a full SS set. Thoughts? THANKS in advance.


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Old 12-03-2006, 07:32 AM   #2
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She's a lucky lady. That's a great gift! I agree with you to go with the all SS. You do have a non-stick, and she will find that when she uses the AC correctly (i.e., medium heat, as opposed to high) if she warms the pan first then films it with oil, it will behave very much like a non-stick pan.

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Old 12-03-2006, 08:05 AM   #3
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Absolutely do the stainless steel. I got new pans years ago and went all stainless. Never going back to non-stick. Makes you cook food wrong by being tolerant of using the wrong temperatures.
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Old 12-03-2006, 08:59 AM   #4
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I say stainless steel, they don't make them like that anymore. You can get a good non-stick any old day.

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Old 12-03-2006, 09:03 AM   #5
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Another vote for the SST - no nonstick skillet. I love mine!!
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:24 AM   #6
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The only way to go is SS, All for the reasons above.
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:30 AM   #7
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OK I am going to go a bit against the grain here possibly.
If I were shopping for myself then I would agree with everyone above. SS is the way to go.

I think we need more info first though. Does your wife like to cook? Does she know what she is doing in the kitchen? If the answer to either of those questions is yes then I agree that SS is the right choice.

If you answered no then non stick might be better. Someone who does not want to worry about technique or the 'right" way to cook would be better off with something as easy as non stick.
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:32 AM   #8
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If you have only one cheap non-stick pan in the kitchen, that suggests you don't use it much. Go with the SS.
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:50 AM   #9
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Getting a nice n' thick pan made of aluminum with a non-stick surface coating is cheap. You can get some of the higher-end T-Fal frypans for about $10-$15. The thing that makes All-Clad pans expensive is the way they bond a stainless cooking surface to the aluminum body. I'd go with the SS pan and then pick up a 10" T-Fal pan at Walmart for $10-$15 (along with some cheap cast iron from Lodge).

Also, take a look at the pans you most commonly use in your kitchen. Make sure that the set you're buying includes those items. If it doesn't, you may be better off slowly piecing together a set consisting of pots/pans you use a lot (what I did). For instance, the most commonly used pans in my kitchen are 8qt pots, 3qt sauciers, and 10" skillets. I then have a couple 1qt sauciers and 8" skillets for the odd small-job.

I've yet to find a great roasting pan though. When I purchased my big All-Clad roaster I thought it was aluminum bodied with stainless surfaces, but it's just a stainless pan that is terrible on the stovetop when finishing sauces.
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Old 12-04-2006, 04:20 PM   #10
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Thanks To All That Responded

Thank you all for helping me out here. I did a littler more research and found that Cuisinart sells the MultiClad Pro set that others seem to like. There is nowhere within 100 miles that has a display of the stuff to show her. I guess it is basically is an internet item for the company. I'm not sure if I like the brushed SS on the outside anyways.

So I showed my wife yesterday what I was up to - no surprises here - I want her to get something she wants. In the end, she saw the AllClad and liked it. I asked her what sizes she would like of each pot/pan and it appears the 14 piece set is the one that will do the job better (most items larger in the set). Looks like I'll go that route. The 14 piece set over the 9 piece will be a surprise! Much, much more money then I wanted to spend - but she's worth it. Besides, we have five kids and they will have something to fight over when we're gone.

Thanks again to all for your input and have a great Christmas!

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