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Old 12-13-2006, 08:16 PM   #1
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Which Cookware?

I used to have a set of Le Creuset back in the 80's. When she got custody of that, I bought a set of stainless Cuisinart. My brother adopted that set and now I'm back to starting from scratch with no cookware except an old miro stainless frying pan. Been reading Americas Kithen. Sometimes they recommend Le Creuset, sometimes All Clad. I love cooking soups and would want at least a Dutch Oven (so what is the difference between a "Dutch" and a "French" oven anyways? - not really the reason for this thread though).

So which is it, stainless like all clad (but so expensive), Cast Enamel like Le Creuset (also expensive) or something else? And a set or open stock. And lastly, where to buy this?

thanks for your help.

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Old 12-13-2006, 08:41 PM   #2
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The two are not the same at all. You may want a LC French oven (I don't think the French will call it a " dutch" oven!!)--even one of a lesser "name" than LC that will still do that long slow braise.
Then you might want a non-stick saute pan for those special needs. After that, maybe SS or anodized aluminum.
KitchenAid has a very nice set of tri-ply as does Tramontino. You might shop on Amazon for sets or pieces. Sam's and Costco have AllClad and Calphalon lookalikes that are VERY serviceable and a LOT cheaper.
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Old 12-13-2006, 09:26 PM   #3
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I guess if I went ss, I'd want something all clad and not just a disc on the bottom (from what I have been reading and learning). Other than the All-Clad brand, what other brands have that same all clad through the cookware. And then how do these other brands compare to the All Clad when it comes to the cooking. What would a cook notice in the different kinds of all clad pots on a ceramic stove cooktop?

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Old 12-13-2006, 09:34 PM   #4
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bluemack, check out older posts in this forum for some really thorough discussion of the best and worst of different cookeare.
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Old 12-13-2006, 11:47 PM   #5
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http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11123605&whse=BC&Ne=4000000&N= 4017652&Mo=35&cm_re=1-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&No=2&ViewAll=36&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&cat =54916&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&Sp=S&search=cookw are&topnav=&s=1

Is this stuff from Costco like All-Clad or just an aluminum disc on the bottom of the pan?
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Old 12-14-2006, 09:27 AM   #6
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It's fully clad, tri-ply, just like All-Clad. I'd guess you would get excellent performance from this set. All the pieces look like they would get regular use.
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I'm switching all my cookware to non-riveted, so my choices are limited. But if you already like All-Clad, I've been seeing some very good reviews on the Member's Mark 18/10 SS Set, available from Sams Club.



I can't find any specs online - but the Tri-Ply-Clad 11-piece set costs $130. Consumer Reports found it to be a very good deal:
ABC12.com: Consumer News-Testing cookware

Here are some specs (no guarantees that this is the exact same specs for the Sam's Club version):

1. Tri-Ply Cookware Set has 11 pieces
2. Premium line with pure aluminum core between two layers of 18/10 SS extended all the way up the sidewalls to maximize performance.
3. Lifetime Warranty
4. NSF Certified
5. Premium heavy gauge 18/10 SS
6. Polished mirror finish exterior and interior
7. Heavy-duty rivets with SS caps
8. Dishwasher Safe.

Also highly regarded is the Kirkland Signature Tri-Ply SS set.

Some other good brands are:
Tramontina, Calphalon, Farberware, Sitram, Demeyere...
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Old 12-14-2006, 10:48 AM   #8
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Does anyone have any infor about the Sam's Club tri-ply cookware. Are they in the stores?
Also has anyone cooked on both the All Clad and the other tri-ply brands and noticed and experienced differences. That is one h*** of a difference in price.
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Old 12-14-2006, 10:55 AM   #9
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My Costco warehouse does not have the tri-ply so I can't say. I bought a Costco tri-ply set about 5-6 years ago and it's absolutely as good as All-Clad.

I regularly cook on All-clad, Costco and LeGourmet Chef tri-plys. I get the same results with all. the LeG stuff is a little thinner than the others but works fine for my saucepans. (1-qt to 6-qt sizes).
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Old 12-14-2006, 11:04 AM   #10
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you get what you pay for...get good stuff.
enameled cast iron (the cheap stuff chips easily, stick with le creuset) heavy, holds the heat...great for slow hearty cooking.
Tri ply or bi-metal All Clad, Falk or Mauviel copper, some kitchen aid, etc...pricey stuff but built to last and to work. Get the pieces you need. If that means a set, great.

CHeck outlets both online and in person... Cooks Resource, Cookware n more, copperpans.com, Smart Bargains, Cooking.com, etc. Enjoy the collecting experince
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