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Old 01-25-2009, 10:43 AM   #1
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Please help me decide.

I'm a health nut, Noo Teflon.

I have a old set of Hard Anodized, and I have used SS. My problem is everything stuck to the SS and very very hard to clean.

I want the safest healtiest cleaning cookware. I tried to fry a grilled cheese (yes not healthy) but the bread stuck to the pan even after using butter.

Is there a way to use SS without it sticking so much, or should I stick with hard anodized?

Help please.

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Old 01-25-2009, 10:54 AM   #2
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First off, welcome to the site.

There is nothing unhealthy about teflon as long as it is used properly. That just means you can't heat it to extreme temps. You would have to actually try to heat to extreme temps as normal cooking would not accomplish that. Teflon is a great and safe way to cook and not have things stick.

The food was sticking to your SS because of a few possible reasons.

1. The heat was not high enough.
2. You did not use enough fat.
3. You played with the food while it was in the pan instead of letting it it cook undisturbed for a while. Initially food will stick, but given some undisturbed cooking time it will release. If you play with it before it releases then you have food stuck to the pan.
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:59 AM   #3
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Hi, Chris. For grilled cheese, I'd use a cast-iron skillet. To use SS, make sure the pan is heated, but not too hot. I butter the bread, then put the buttered side down, add cheese and the top piece of bread, buttered side up. When it's browned, it should release easily. Flip over, brown and serve.

To clean SS, when browning meats in it, use the browned bits on the bottom of the pan to create a delicious pan sauce; search this forum for lots of advice on how to do that. You basically add liquid, bring to a boil, and scrape up the browned bits; they'll release easily. If you don't want a pan sauce, you can clean the pan the same way - boil some water in it and, when it starts to boil, scrape it with a wooden spatula to release the browned bits, then wash by hand or put in the dishwasher. HTH.
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:06 AM   #4
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I am looking at the cookware at samsclub. I am 25 and don't have a lot of money. I was looking in the $100 - $150 range.

Its the SS model. It says it is try ply?
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Old 01-25-2009, 12:54 PM   #5
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Chris... welcome.

While there is a lot of super expensive fancy cookware out there you dont need to spend ton of cash to have a serviceable kitchen.

I would pick up a piece of two and try it out... learn how to use it and see if you like it before you get a set. Just make sure if you go with stainless it is either multiclad or has a heavy disk bottom. You might look at your local restaurant supply store for reasonable priced heavy duty versions of either which you can buy by the piece.. .or at a discounter like TJ Maxx or Ross

I would also look beyond SS and anodized and pick up both an enamel cast iron pot (probably a medium size dutch oven 4-5 qt) and a good quality cast iron skillet (probably 10-12 inches so sizes 8-10 will do) You can find both of these inexpensively either new at discount at a stores like I mentioned before or target or wal-mart or on ebay. For the skillet my personal choice would be to buy either a vintage American made skillet (they don't make em like they used to) or a new Lodge. Pretty much anything else is of questionable quality. This should not cost you more than $20 and possibly alot less. Once you get it seasoned well it will be an invaluable addition to your kitchen.

These two items will help compliment your other cookware be is SS or anodized and help you out with alot of different cooking techniques.
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:12 PM   #6
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Welcome to DC, Chris. You have your answers and they are all good ones. I just wanted to say, "hi!"
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Welcome to DC, Chris!

For someone with a limited budget, I think you get your best qpr by going to a restaurant supply store. Yes, you don't have to be in the business to shop there. To determine what pieces you will need, I suggest two things: 1. make a list of what you like to cook and what pots/pans you would need to do those things; 2. take a look at a site that lists basics for a new bride. That usually covers the basic items like a stock/pasta pot, a couple basic sauce pans and skillet/sauté pans and the like.

As to the sturdiness of restaurant quality cookware here's a personal story! Back in 1981 when I started my catering business I purchased a 16-quart stock pot at a local restaurant supply store. This is 2009, and I am still using that pot on a regular basis for not only stock and large amounts of pasta, but also crowd-feeders like chili and red beans and rice.
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Old 01-25-2009, 04:49 PM   #8
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Ok so now I am lost, I have seen the Castiron non stick enamal. What is that?

I have used SS before and alot of things stuck to it. I kinda want something that does all purpose. If that means buying the wulf gang puck SS tri-ply, from Sams club and then going out and buying one 12" hard anodized pan non stick, so things like chicken and bread, eggs, won't stick.

Can someone help me as in, yes chris those at sams are great, or your best bang for your buck is Tj maxx or ross, this set and then you might want to buy here and there this stuff.

I have a Wulfgang Puck Griddle/smooth surface electric grill. Non stick.
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Can someone help me as in, yes chris those at sams are great, or your best bang for your buck is Tj maxx or ross, this set and then you might want to buy here and there this stuff.
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I think you get your best qpr by going to a restaurant supply store.
Best value is never to go with a product with a famous person's name attached to it, imho. There is always money in it for the one whose name is attached. Why should you support him/her?

Enameled cast iron -- as in Le Creuset -- is excellent for slow cooking. However, the best of these are quite expensive, and until you are ready to do this type of cooking, unnecessary. Most of the folks I know who have Le Creuset got it as a wedding present.

In the end, you are going to buy what YOU want. So tell us what you are going to do with the cookware, and we can better advise you what we think works best for your specific needs.
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Old 01-25-2009, 05:26 PM   #10
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That is fair to ask, lol I am a very picky eater. This is a quick list of what I make. Also I don't want to have to spend 1 hour a night trying to make my cookware shine so people coming over to eat look at it and say , gross

My list of what I cook.

Soups, chili, taco soup, and can soup
Spaghetti
Chicken (grilled, Japanese chicken Teriyki) can't spell that one lol
Rice
Broccoli
gravy
grilled cheese
steak maybe
hamburgers

I think that is about it. I know that probably anything will work.
I just want to get something that is very easy to clean and I don't have to use the dishwasher. I just kinda remember with the SS it had burnt or spots where food was browned and left in there.
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