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Love that it works on both induction and regular cook tops
on December 5, 2012
Have you ever bought "stainless steel" pots and pans with manufacturers' claims that they work on induction burners - but do not? I have had that happen twice. So I immediately tested the Anolon Stainless Steel Set on both my induction and regular burners ( my cooktop has both types of burners, two induction and two standard burners).
I was delighted to learn that the Analon Chef Cookware does indeed work very well on induction burners, a "make it or break it" factor for me. My storage space is limited so I only want multi-functional pots and pans. It is also very helpful to see the words, "induction suitable" and "dishwasher safe" printed on the bottom of each piece of cookware, a nice reminder since I do have a few older pots which are not dishwasher safe.
Other features which I love:
1. The weight of each pot, pan and skillet. They have a very nice heft and they cook food evenly. Lesser cookware allows food to burn on the outside while the inside is still raw, even cold to the touch. But this isn't an issue with the Anolon.
2. They are both dishwasher and oven safe (up to 500 degrees F). They can even be used under the broiler.
3. The set has every type of basic pot and pan I use regularly: 1, 2, and 3 quart saucepans, a 6 quart stockpot (perfect for homemade soups and broths), two sizes of open skillets, etc.
4. The glass tops are also a "make it or break it" feature for me as I like to check on recipes as they cook - without having to pick up the lids, releasing steam, juices, and heat. Glass tops save time and energy.
5. While non-stick cookware has its benefits, I like the fact that the Anolon doesn't have to be treated too carefully. I can use both metal and wooden spoons with each piece and don't have to worry about family members scratching the cookware.
6. The brushed aluminum exteriors are very attractive. They clean easily and have a lovely shine.
I'm also pleased that Analon is a sponsor of Slow Food USA and Slow Food Nation, with its emphasis on cooking at home with fresh and season ingredients. There is even a brochure with the cookware which has tips on how to "go slow". Planting a garden. Buying locally. Making recipes from scratch. While it certainly isn't necessary to use cookware sets from a company which supports Slow Food programs, it is a nice bonus for me because I do like the focus of the Slow Food Movement - to help people to enjoy cooking at home, relaxing, and making tine for good meals shared with family and friends.