All-Clad Master Chef 2 5-Quart Casserole Pan
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- 5-quart pan for baking casseroles, simmering soups, poaching chicken
- Stainless-steel interior; handsome brushed-aluminum exterior
- Pure aluminum core for even heating
- Comfortable lid and stay-cool loop handles riveted for strength
- Lifetime warranty against defects
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7305 MC2 is the contemporary iteration of the legendary Master Chef-All-Clad's original cookware collection. Subtly redesigned and substantially reengineered, MC2 presents a classic commercial aesthetic, light weight, and outstanding cooking performance. The 18/10 stainless steel interior complements the matte-finished, brushed aluminum exterior, providing an ideal cooking surface and exemplary heat distribution. Sculpted stay-cool handles add a finishing touch of polished stainless steel. MC2 is the ideal cookware for the professional chef or culinary enthusiast with an eye for professional style. The Casserole can go from stovetop to tabletop and offers superior cooking performance and exceptional styling. Cook, serve, and store, all with the aesthetic appeal that is a welcome addition to the table. MC2 Technical Details: MC2's patented three-ply bonded design utilizes a pure aluminum center core and an aluminum alloy exterior to produce extraordinary thermal characteristics. In addition to creating even heat distribution, this extensive use of aluminum also reduces overall item weight. An 18/10 stainless steel interior provides the ideal cooking surface that won't react with foods, and accommodates rigorous use of metal cooking utensils for optimal results, every time. Features: -Patented 3-ply bonded design produces extraordinary thermal characteristics. -18/10 Stainless steel interior provides the ideal cooking surface that won't react with foods. -Aluminum alloy exterior reduces weight for ease of use. -Polished stainless stay-cool handles are secured with sturdy, non-corrosive rivets. -Beautiful polished stainless lid fits evenly with the pan's edges to seal in flavor. -Classic commercial aesthetic. -Made in the USA. -Lifetime Warranty. Specifications: -Materials: 3-Ply bonded construction: Brushed aluminum exterior, 18/10 stainless steel interior, pure aluminum inner layer. -Capacity: 5 Quarts. -Oven safe up to 500° F. -Handwash only. -For cleaning, care
The second generation of All-Clad's Master Chef line (MC2), this cookware combines brushed aluminum with stainless-steel accents for a contemporary look. Like All-Clad's other renowned cookware collections, Master Chef provides serious and professional cooks with all the virtues that make All-Clad's worldwide reputation unsurpassed. Key to its high performance is a three-ply, bonded construction. Sandwiched between the brushed aluminum exterior and an 18/10 stainless-steel interior lies a thick core of pure aluminum that spreads heat evenly across the bottoms of pots and pans and all the way up the sides. The interior is highly polished so it's stick- as well as corrosion-resistant. Handles, rivets, and tight-fitting lids are all gleaming stainless steel.
This tall 5-quart casserole pan illustrates the Master Chef line's stylish yet practical design. It's ideal for baking casseroles, simmering soups and stocks, cooking pasta, poaching a chicken, and slow-cooking stew in the oven under its polished lid. Because the aluminum core extends up the sides, foods cook uniformly, even though the pan is 6 inches deep (8-1/4 inches in diameter). And because the interior is nonreactive, tomatoes and other acidic foods won't taste metallic. Its lid and stay-cool loop handles are riveted for strength and won't be harmed by an oven's highest heat. Master Chef cookware carries a lifetime warranty against defects and should be hand washed. --Fred Brack
Top Customer Reviews
It's a great size for making soups. The tall sides and relatively narrow width assure minimal evaporation; the heavy All-Clad bottom means that there are no hot spots. Some of the recipes I use begin with "blooming" spices in a bit of oil and softening onions and/or garlic, too. There's no worry about scorching.
For our empty nest, it's just the right size for preparing pasta, too. Smaller pots don't hold enough water to cook the pasta without it sticking or becoming gummy; larger pots -- well, who wants to boil eight to twelves quarts of water just to cook less than a half pound of spaghetti? This pot is the perfect "between" size.
I'm not sure why All-Clad calls it a casserole pan. Casseroles are one thing I don't imagine cooking in this pot. But I'm glad I ignored the name and decided to give it a try for the tasks I've described. It's perfect.
One other thing. Finally I've begun acquiring heavy, GOOD pots and pans. What a difference these make. It's wonderful to be able simply to cook without having to fight one's equipment. I never realized how much difference it would make, not only in the quality of the results, but also in my enjoyment of the process of cooking. Buying a cheaply made pan or pot is a false economy, one that will never again tempt me.
Technically you could put your MC2 cookware in the dishwasher, but it isn't recommended. Not only would the 5-quart casserole not really fit very well (it's a bit tall) but this can eventually ruin the nice finish, causing discoloration. This is one of the real down-sides to All-Clad cookware in an age when most new cookware is dishwasher safe.
I also find that the 5-quart casserole (I actually think of it as a stockpot because it seems closer to that in shape) isn't the most useful size. It seems like most of the things we make need to be in a smaller or larger pot; there are few things that fit perfectly in a 5-quart pot. The one thing this pot does have going for it, however, is that aforementioned shape. The tall, comparatively narrow shape of it means that if you're cooking something that you want in a large pot due to spattering worries, but that you want in a narrow pot because you aren't cooking much of it and don't want to burn the bottom of it, this is one pot that'll do the job well.