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Old 03-16-2011, 11:53 AM   #1
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Cuisinart 14 piece S/S cookware set

OK, so I didn't get any new cookware yet. I did see a Cuisinart 14 piece S/S cookware set at the Navy Exchange for $179.99 and I have a scratch off card that will give me at a minimum of 5% off and no sales tax at the Exchange. Pretty sure that's a decent deal, just not sure if I really want to go S/S. Is it that big of a learning curve if you are going from a nonstick set to S/S?

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Old 03-16-2011, 12:09 PM   #2
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OK, so I didn't get any new cookware yet. I did see a Cuisinart 14 piece S/S cookware set at the Navy Exchange for $179.99 and I have a scratch off card that will give me at a minimum of 5% off and no sales tax at the Exchange. Pretty sure that's a decent deal, just not sure if I really want to go S/S. Is it that big of a learning curve if you are going from a nonstick set to S/S?
The only time there is an important difference is when you are using a skillet to fry or sauté. Saucepans are typically a non-issue for SS vs. Non-stick.

If the set is multi-clad (tri-ply) this sounds like a great deal. Grab it. You won't do better.
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:29 PM   #3
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It's the same one Amazon has for $199.00

Amazon.com: Cuisinart 77-14 Chef's Classic Stainless-Steel 14-Piece Cookware Set: Kitchen & Dining
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:37 PM   #4
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That's Cuisinart's Classic line. These pots and pans have a body of single ply SS with a disk on the pan bottom with an aluminum center. These pans can do well on an electric stove.

Some of the pieces can be an issue on a gas burner. Because the skillets have curved sides, the flat part of the bottom is smaller where the disk is attached so the disk is smaller. If you turn up the flame, it can go beyond the edge of the disk and heat up the single ply SS causing the food to burn in the pan. This is also true on smaller pots and pans.

If you have electric, it's not a bad set.
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Personally I don't think there's much use for anything but a non-stick skillet or two. Definitely no need for non-stick in this set.
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Gas only, maybe I should keep looking.
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I had a similar set. That's how I discovered this issue. I gave the set to my daughter and bought tri-ply.
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I had a similar set. That's how I discovered this issue. I gave the set to my daughter and bought tri-ply.
Cuisinart or a different brand?
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Cuisinart or a different brand?

I have a mix. Some All-Clad, some Kirkland (Costco), some Tramontina, some Calphalon, etc. I have gone with tri-ply SS as my first choice. I also have some cast iron and enameled CI, carbon steel.
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I have some Chefs Classic pieces, two saute pans and two skillets. They work well for me, on my gas stove. And yes, there is a learning curve going from non-stick to SS. Nothing a touch more oil and not trying to flip your food too soon won't cure.
If you want all those pieces, I say go for it.
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