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Calphalon Contemporary Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware, Shallow Sauce Pan, 2 1/2-quart, Black
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- Heavy-gauge aluminum construction ensures even heating and is hard-anodized for durability. It also makes it dishwasher-safe.
- Interior includes three layers of nonstick coating – two layers provide durability and the third layer offers easy release performance.
- The long, brushed stainless steel handles are designed to stay cool on the stovetop. Pans and covers are also oven safe, making it ideal for finishing a gourmet dish.
- Shorter sides than regular sauce pans make it easier to stir risotto, sauces or gravy, stews, chowders, and soups. Tight-fitting lid locks in moisture and flavor.
- The nonstick surface means you can cook healthier using less fat, with effortless cleanup. Comes with Calphalon's full lifetime warranty.
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From the manufacturer
With its sleek, curving style, this nonstick sauce pan lends an elegant aesthetic to your kitchen
At a Glance:
- Stylish and durable nonstick sauce pan
- Short sides for easy whisking and stirring
- Hard-anodized aluminum for even heating
- Easy clean multi-layer nonstick interior
- Dishwasher safe
- Oven safe to 450 degrees Fahrenheit
Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 2.5-Quart Covered Shallow Sauce Pan
The Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 2.5-Quart Covered Shallow Sauce Pan features a stylish, modern design that looks great in the kitchen while offering reliable everyday performance. Ideal for cooking risotto, sauces, potatoes, or rice, this sauce pan has shorter sides than regular sauce pans making it easier to stir or whisk. And unlike most hard-anodized cookware, this sauce pan is dishwasher-safe. The Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 2.5-Quart Covered Shallow Sauce Pan is oven safe to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and backed by a lifetime warranty*.
- *For more information you can contact the official customer service or visit the official website.
Shallow Sauce Pan for Reliable Everyday Cooking
Ideal for cooking risotto, sauces, potatoes, or rice, the Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 2.5-Quart Covered Shallow Sauce Pan features shorter sides than regular sauce pans, making it easier to stir or whisk while using the pan.
Hard-Anodized Aluminum for Even Heating
This heavy-gauge sauce pan is made of hard-anodized aluminum that offers consistent heat distribution, making it ideal for simmering, boiling, and more. A long, sturdy stainless steel handle stays cool while you’re cooking on the stovetop.
Dishwasher and Oven Safe
The Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 2.5-Quart Covered Shallow Sauce Pan is dishwasher safe for quick and easy cleaning. You can use this sauce pan safely in the oven at temperatures up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. This sauce pan is intended for gas, electric, electric ring, halogen, or glass ceramic stove tops, and should be used with nylon, coated, or wooden utensils to protect the nonstick coating from damage.
Thanks to a durable triple-layer, PFOA-free nonstick interior, the Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 2.5-Quart Covered Shallow Sauce Pan lets you cook confidently without worrying that food will stick to the pan. The nonstick surface also allows you to use less oil or butter for healthy, low-fat cooking.
See-Through Tempered Glass Lid
Effortlessly monitor your food as it cooks thanks to the see-through convenience of a tempered glass lid.
Full Lifetime Warranty*
This product is backed by a full lifetime warranty. Calphalon will replace any item found defective in material or workmanship when put to normal household use and cared for according to the instructions. To register your products, visit the official website.
How to Cook with Nonstick?
- Never use cooking spray. Aerosol cooking spray leaves a gummy residue that is difficult to remove, and that residue will cause food to stick. Instead, use an oil mister filled with olive or vegetable oil, or dab a bit of oil on a paper towel and carefully wipe the interior of the pan.
- Use the correct heat setting. Use low heat for warming, simmering and preparing sauces; use medium heat for frying, grilling, sautéing, searing or stir-frying; use high heat for boiling or reducing liquids.
- Preheat the pan. Nonstick cookware can take a minute or two longer to preheat compared to aluminum or stainless steel cookware. For best results, make sure your nonstick pan is heated to the proper temperature before adding food.
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Featuring a hard-anodized exterior and nonstick interior. Calphalon ContemporaryNonstick combines durability and performance with fast clean-up and easy low-fat cooking.. Heavy-gauge aluminum construction ensures even heating and is hard-anodized for durability. It also makes it dishwasher-safe. Interior includes three layers of nonstick coating – two layers provide durability and the third layer offers easy release performance. The long, brushed stainless steel handles are designed to stay cool on the stovetop. Pans and covers are also oven safe, making it ideal for finishing a gourmet dish. Shorter sides than regular sauce pans make it easier to stir risotto, sauces or gravy, stews, chowders, and soups. Tight-fitting lid locks in moisture and flavor. The nonstick surface means you can cook healthier using less fat, with effortless cleanup. Comes with Calphalon's full lifetime warranty.
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The first pot we received was warped so the lid wouldn't fit, and we had to submit for a replacement. Sending Amazon returns is a pain because the last two times we opted for carrier pickup, the return just sat in the lobby of our building collecting dust. Since we don't have a car it's difficult where we live to send it via other means. So we end up eating the price of the item when mailing it back is more trouble than it's worth. In this case, at a 100 bucks for a medium-sized (but heavy) pot, we have no choice but to take the trouble to ship it back.
Our new Calphalon pot is virtually identical to the one it replaced (that has grooves scratched in it by overzealous stainless steel whisking), yet the nonstick coating in the new pot is far inferior to that of the old pot. It's the same exact model from their "Contemporary" line, looks virtually identical from top to bottom and handle to lid, but Calphalon has very obviously cut corners on the updated version. The coating is already sloughing off (into our food). You can even tell at a glance, just by placing the two nonstick surfaces side-by-side that they're different – the new pot's nonstick surface literally LOOKS cheaper!
This nonstick surface was also leached far more chemicals than our old pot. Giving it a good scrub was not nearly enough, which we found out after attempting to eat the first bowl of oatmeal we christened the pot with. It tasted just as much like chemical nonstick coating as it did oatmeal, the leaching was so intense. So we had to boil the pot in soapy water. Whether or not this is standard procedure for nonstick, all we know is that we have never before boiled a pot in dishwashing liquid, and yet have never as a result tasted nonstick chemicals after cooking in a new set of pots and pans.
As for cleaning it, for many foods (like sticky hot breakfast cereals) we still find ourselves using the old pot instead, even though much of the nonstick coating is worn. And whenever we use the new pot we now spray it with Pam, just as we do with our stainless steel pots – something we never had to do with the old pot. As customers we now have to take with a grain of salt reviews posted a mere year or two previously because the product reviewed is more and more likely to have changed in the interim.
It is interesting to have had a frame of reference with this purchase, a convenient point of comparison with an identical model, yet I believe the drop in quality is significant enough that we would've noticed anyway. Were we new customers, we otherwise might not have known any better because it is still easier to clean than stainless steel. So for the price we paid and trouble we took, the outcome of this purchase has brought us back to square one, continuing to take up time, money, and energy as we now look to replace the pot that failed to replace the pot. It's such a shame because we have owned nothing but Calphalon for many years (both stainless steel and nonstick) and this experience now has us looking elsewhere.
Calphalon has likely determined that enough customers won't notice the incremental changes to what many customers won't know used to be a significantly better product. For most big businesses this drop in product quality is worth the added profit weighed against the potential hit to their reputation. But it's not worth it to us. Just like a business has to do what a business has to do, a customer has to do what a customer has to do. In our case it's look elsewhere for a pot that has more durable and easier to clean coating. The last place we will look is at Calphalon's line of premium nonstick models – which I would venture to guess have similar quality nonstick surfaces to the pot we haplessly attempted to replace. Falling prey to an up-sell from their already overpriced Contemporary line would just add insult to injury, and needlessly reward this prevalent trend of systematically sneaking in incremental hits to product quality.
Companies have gotten product deterioration down to a science. Fine, make certain products lines more affordable. It's to be expected with commoditized product categories. But they've taken it way too far. Companies will wait until the reviews are pumped up on a product, and then bank on that as they rig production lines to alter the product's standards with cheaper parts, manufacturing methods, and quality control. There are ENTIRE product categories that have gotten so bad that even if one opts for the best reviewed, most expensive humidifier, coffee grinder, bathroom scale, microwave, treadmill, thermal underwear, pair of socks, etc. – the drop in standards to fit and finish, durability and reliability, utility and useability is immediately apparent to older consumers who have purchased multiple of a product category over the years.
I hope this review is helpful for you.
Update 4-15-14: The lid also fits on a 3-qt Calphalon Contemporary Pot that I have. Love it!
Update 4-3-15: And it's dishwasher safe. I've just used it - again - and again- I had to come back and check to make sure it's safe to put in dishwasher (some newer are and the older ones are not).