5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I like it, but I don't love it.
, May 15, 2012
This review is from: Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel 5-Quart Sauteuse (Kitchen)
I like that the pan is big enough to cook four pancakes or grilled cheese and can hold alot of vegetables. Of course, it does stick more than non-stick, even though I started using oil to cook scrambled eggs. After I plate my food, I add some hot water to the pan and put the lid on so it can soak while I'm eating. When I go to wash the pan, the food can be hard to scrub off, but it is not too bad. If it took me 30 seconds to wash my non-stick, it takes about two minutes to wash the stainless, I can live with that. When I want my pan to sparkle, I'll use the barkeepers friend, just sprinkle some on, rub it around for 30-60 seconds, rinse off and dry, good as new. A couple of things about the pan that do bug me, it doesn't conduct heat as well as I thought it would. The pan is lighter than my old non-stick, and just like my old pans it has hot spots. I poured some egg whites into the pan, put the lid on and watched. One side of the pan cooked the eggs, the other side was completely raw (gas stove). Also, I expected to be able to cook at a lower temperature than I did before, but I have to turn the heat up to Med-Hi to cook pancakes or they come out pasty colored, not browned at all. I bought another set of cookware around the same time, used, from the well-known auction site, ebay, the Kirkland Stainless. Those pans are heavy like I expected this one to be. I use this pan more than any of my other pans, because I love the size so much, but I expected better from a $100 pan, considering that the whole set of Kirkland Stainless cost less, yes they were used, but they sparkled like new after washing with Barkeeper's Friend.
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