Originally Posted by Andy M.
Kelly, some of the smaller pans or pans with small disks on the bottom such as the skillet with its curved sides, run the risk of a full flame's extending beyond the edge of the disk and heating the single ply stainless directly.
As SS does such a poor job of heat distribution, a hot spot is created where the flame hits the SS and burns (scorches) the food in the pan.
I had a set of Cuisinart Everyday (disk bottom like the Wolfgang Puck stuff) that gave me that problem so I got rid of it and switched to tri-ply, some of which is All-Clad. My daughter has the old set and has no problem on her electric stove.
I'm not dissing the WP stuff, just trying to point out a possible drawback for gas stove users. Nor am I suggesting that gas is better than electric for stovetops. Both deliver heat to the pot and you can cook great meals on both. It's just a matter of getting used to the tools you use.
My sister has the electric version of my gas stove (same brand and model). Her large burners deliver a lot more heat than my "high-output" gas burners.
I felt kind of silly after I posted, and realized you were talking about the food
It's just that I have had no problems at all with scorching food, so that was the furthes thing from my mind. And yes, I realize at this point, you're probably rolling your eyes and saying "I'm talking about cooking with gas
, dummy!" I don't blame you, but please read on.
Does the cookware you are talking about have a disk that covers the entire bottom of the pan? It would seem to me from your description that it does not, and leaves at least part of the bottom stainless exposed. I can certainly understand why such a design would lead to scorching on a gas burner, and it seems to me that such a design wouldn't be the best even on electric burners.
However, as I said, the disk on all the WP stuff covers the entire bottom of the pans, so I can't imagine turning a gas burner up high enough that flames would get beyond it and come in contact with the sides of the pan. As I also said, I've never used them on a gas range, so If I am wrong, please let me know. I'm not trying to argue with you; please forgive me if this seems to be the case. It's just that this set has been such a great value for me, and I would hate to see someone dismiss it out-of-hand because of a problem that might not apply.
Thanks for your patience.