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This review is from: All-Clad 700393 Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe 7-Piece Cookware Set, Silver (Kitchen)Concern 1: Stick & Burn
I cook a lot but I'm always in a hurry. Young, single guy on a budget. I need to cook quickly. For this reason, I had almost gone with non-stick. Most likely hard-anodized. That would have been a mistake. Stick is non-existent with these pans. First thing I did was to take out the 8" frying pan and fry and egg, the ultimate test of stick. I listened to the reviews. Let the pan heat up first, add the butter, then the egg. I nervously went for the flip expecting the egg to be stuck, but it was so slick it almost hit the ceiling when I flipped it. The egg came out perfect and the pan was clean as new with some hot water and dish soap. I never thought I'd have such a stupid grin from flipping an egg. I've heard quality has a huge affect on the stickiness of stainless and this is obviously quality.
Concern 2: Use & Cleanup
Before this set, I cooked mostly with cast iron (and some horribly old teflon, but we won't talk about that). Cast iron was great, but the cleanup was terrible, the pans were so heavy and don't even get me started on the seasoning. Not to mention you can't use acids in cast iron. With my new stuff, all of that is thrown out the window. They are light enough to work with easily, transfering from stove-top to oven. And cleanup is a breeze. I haven't cooked anything yet that hasn't come up with hot water and dish soap. There are odd-colored stains here and there from use, but those are removed easily with Bar Keepers friend. Other than that, they are idiot proof, which is great for me making bacon and eggs drunk at 4 am. Which came out perfect, by the way.
Concern 3: Price
This was a big one. If you'd asked me 2 weeks ago if I was going to drop $350 on cookware, I'd have called you crazy. That's what I earn in a week. But one night, I'm cooking and my teflon pan is flaking. Gross. I grab the cast iron, nearly breaking my wrist and I'm fed up. The search begins and this is wear I really shine. I did days of research to find the best I could afford. That was about half this much. A nice set of Rachel Ray Hard Anodized. At the end of the day, though, it was the reviews that led me to the right choice. People explained to me the difference between an aluminum wrap and just a bottom coating. How much even heat distribution will affect stick and even cooking. How no matter how good, non-stick will lose it's non-stick coating, but stainless will last forever. Up the ladder I went until I found this set. At the price, it's a steal for this quality but it comes to whether you need this particular set. Many people say the pieces are too small. As a singe guy, I find them perfect. I think for a family of 2-3 they would be excellent as well.
Conclusion: The cooking world is now my oyster and I plan on tackling it head on. I've got a list of recipes prepared and these bad boys and I are going to knock 'em out together. If you're looking to give yourself a way to cook and I mean really cook, invest in yourself and invest in some excellent stainless.
edit: After over two years of use, the pans are showing some serious wear, mostly in part to the outside finish that others have complained about. I'm dropping a star because if they had not had the aluminum finish they would still look much nicer.
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Initial post: Dec 3, 2011 1:02:15 PM PST
Jamieson Clem's wife #1 says:
Thanks so much for taking the time to write a thorough review-this was really helpful for me.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012 8:42:19 PM PDT
excellent review that i can relate to being single too. i just bought the 10 inch frying pan and now im thinking of getting this set to have all the pots and pans a single guy will ever need. i had the same great experiences you did with my new expensive frying pan.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012 12:24:40 AM PDT
Alex Smith says:
thanks! Been awhile since I wrote that, but I love the pans just as much today as when I bought them, maybe more. Easily the best long term investment I've made yet. Ok, so pretty much the only long term investment I've made yet, but still great.
Posted on Oct 14, 2012 2:05:36 PM PDT
Youssuf Ahmad says:
Hi - so your review went from great initially, great thee months later, but now you've updated it to two stars... Could we get more info? What kind of residue? What kind of wear? Any ideas why everything started sticking? Really interested in this set for the price but would hate to regret it six months after the fact...
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