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Calphalon Contemporary Stainless 13-Piece Cookware Set
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- A heavy-gauge aluminum core is sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel by means of high-heat, high-pressure impact bonding for extreme durability.
- Aluminum core provides superior conductivity and even heating for excellent browning and control of the cooking process. Non-porous stainless steel cooking surface is safe for use with all utensils.
- Clear tempered-glass lids let you see food while it's cooking and are oven safe, so you can finish covered dishes in the oven or keep them warm until ready to serve
- Long, brushed stainless steel handles stay cool on the stovetop. All cookware is dishwasher-safe and carries Calphalon's full lifetime warranty.
- Includes 8-, 10-, and 12-inch omelette pans, 1 1/2- and 2 1/2-quart sauce pans with lids, 3-quart saute pan with lid, 3-quart chef's pan with lid and 8-quart stock pot with lid.
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At a Glance:
- Stylish and durable 13-piece cookware set
- Full aluminum cores for even heating
- Brushed stainless steel exterior
- Long, stay-cool stainless steel handles
- Oven and broiler safe
Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel 13-Piece Cookware Set
Enjoy stunning design and premium performance in your kitchen with the Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel 13-Piece Cookware Set. This cookware set is the stylish and functional choice for chefs with a taste for all things modern. Sturdy stainless steel construction surrounds a full aluminum core, providing even and consistent heating. Designed for reliable everyday cooking, this 13-piece set features everything you need for searing, simmering, frying, boiling, and more. The Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel 13-Piece Cookware Set is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, oven and broiler safe, and backed by a full lifetime warranty.
Stylish and Functional Kitchen Set
The Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel 13-Piece Cookware Set includes all the essentials for everyday cooking. Featuring 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch omelette pans, 1.5-quart and 2.5-quart sauce pans and covers, a 3-quart chef's casserole and cover, a 3-quart sauté pan and cover, and an 8-quart stock pot and cover, this stainless steel kitchen set offers the versatility and quality discerning cooks demand.
Full Aluminum Core for Even Heating
Combining the beauty of stainless steel with the superior performance of aluminum, this Calphalon cookware set is made with full aluminum cores between two layers of stainless steel for superb conductivity and even, consistent heating. Modernly styled with a brushed stainless exterior, stainless steel is the ideal cooking surface for browning, searing, and sautéing foods, as well as deglazing to make pan sauces. Cast, brushed stainless steel handles stay cool when stovetop cooking and provide a stable grip.
See-Through Tempered Glass Lids
Effortlessly monitor your food as it cooks thanks to the see-through convenience of tempered glass lids with stainless steel rims and handles.
Dishwasher and Oven Safe
The Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel 13-Piece Cookware Set is dishwasher safe for quick and easy cleaning. You can use this cookware in the oven and broiler. This cookware set is intended for gas, electric, halogen, ceramic, and induction stovetops.
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 our official site.
Add Modern Style to Your Kitchen
With its sleek curved design, this cookware set lends a stylish aesthetic to your kitchen.
- Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel 13-Piece Cookware Set with 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch omelette pans, 1.5-quart and 2.5-quart sauce pans and covers, 3-quart chef's casserole and cover, 3-quart sauté pan and cover, and 8-quart stock pot and cover.
Easy Tips for Cooking with Stainless Steel
Enjoy great results from your stainless steel cookware by following these simple steps for no-stick cooking:
- Take the chill off foods. Remove foods from the refrigerator 10-15 minutes before you start to cook.
- Pre-heat over medium heat. Don't try to save time and preheat on high. It only takes a couple of minutes to preheat Calphalon cookware at the proper temperature to help prevent sticking.
- Try the butter test. Pre-heat pan on medium, then test by rubbing a teaspoon of butter over the inside of the pan. When the butter begins to bubble briskly, it’s properly preheated. If the butter begins to brown, the heat is too high. Carefully wipe the pan with a paper towel, lower the heat, wait a minute, and try the butter test again.
- Keep your cookware clean. Residue from previous cooking or aerosol cooking sprays is a common cause of sticking.
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Clean lines and curves crafted from lustrous, brushed stainless steel combine sophisticated style with the professional performance you expect from all Calphalon cookware A heavy-gauge aluminum core is sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel by means of high-heat, high-pressure impact bonding for extreme durability. Aluminum core provides superior conductivity and even heating for excellent browning and control of the cooking process. Non-porous stainless steel cooking surface is safe for use with all utensils. Clear tempered-glass lids let you see food while it's cooking and are oven safe, so you can finish covered dishes in the oven or keep them warm until ready to serve Long, brushed stainless steel handles stay cool on the stovetop. All cookware is dishwasher-safe and carries Calphalon's full lifetime warranty. Includes 8-, 10-, and 12-inch omelette pans, 1 1/2- and 2 1/2-quart sauce pans with lids, 3-quart saute pan with lid, 3-quart chef's pan with lid and 6-quart stock pot with lid.
Top Customer Reviews
Great heat distribution and extremely high efficiency. You actually have to learn to cook with less power than what you're used to.
Can be used with any cooktop, electric coil, flat electric, gas and induction. (These are downright amazing with induction!)
Doesn't scratch or lose its surface like any non-stick will do
Can use metal or nylon utensils
Non-stick results if used according to directions.
Easy to clean if you use Barkeeper's Friend.
Will be the last cookware you'll have to buy.
I also got the wok, and am thinking about getting another. With two of these woks, I could cook anything and rule the world.
Unfortunately, Amazon is currently out of the woks, so I have to wait for them to restock.
Unfortunately right now Amazon is not the price leader. They often have a $30-$50 discount from the retail $499, but as I write the review the price is back up to list.
Other sources also offer additional free pieces, gift cards, etc. You'll have to weigh that against Amazon's no sales tax.
If you shop hard, you can usually find a 20% coupon elsewhere, plus extra items. I hope Amazon sharpens their pencils soon.
Also, a lot of the Amazon listings under Calphalon Contemporary are for external vendors, so if you see above-list prices, keep on scrolling down to find the Amazon entry.
By the way, even if you don't get these from Amazon, avoid Macy's, who lists this set at $549 plus tax.
Notes after ten months of use (December 28, 2011):
If you can't tell, I really like this stuff, so I got the 8 quart dutch oven for Christmas 2011. I cooked a beef roast and roasted vegetables for Christmas dinner with excellent results.
So in addition to all the cook tops that it works with, add "oven".
You can cook eggs without sticking. Make sure you use PAM or butter and remember that these pans need lower heat than you're used to with aluminum or whatever you've been using.
To remove stains and anything you've managed to "bake on", use stainless steel scrub buds (not steel wool, which scratches!) and Barkeeper's Friend. Most heat discoloration can also be removed with distilled vinegar and a scrub sponge.
Amazon's price is still at list, but they have listings from Amazon store front vendors fulfilled by Amazon at significant discounts, so you can get a good price, no tax, and Super Saver and Prime shipping are applicable.
Notes after about 20 months of use:
Nothing bad to report, still works great, no damage or wear. I'm still cleaning with stainless steel scrub buds and BKF and there is no visible scratching. Have had some of the pots dry out and food burn and blacken when I or my wife have gotten distracted when there was something cooking. An overnight soaking followed by a liberal application of elbow grease have gotten them 100% clean. A pot with a nonstick coating would have been ruined.
- Incredible heat transfer
- Okay to use metal utensils! I was sick of flexible nylon ones.
- Dishwasher-safe, oven-safe (to 450F), and induction stove-compatible
- Hold temperature extremely well
- Glass lids mean easy viewing without opening pots
- Perfect quality (no issues with lid fit as seen in other reviews)
- None specific to these pans, but see below for things you'll have to adjust to if you're used to Teflon
Adjustments from Teflon-coated Cookware:
- Cleanup is not nearly as easy. Will require scrubbing and Barkeeper's Friend.
- Cannot use aerosol cooking sprays - very important!
- Heat slower due to additional bottom thickness
- Will need to adjust your stove temperature down (due to better heat transfer)
[Update] Safety Note: Barkeeper's friend (particularly the active ingredient oxalic acid) is highly toxic. If you have children in the house or prefer not to use gloves, baking soda is a good alternative, albeit less effective.
I received this set of pots one year ago, and I have put them through a testing regime that even Calphalon would cringe at - and would rightly void any warranty on. Before I start this story you should know I have a Wolf stove - restaurant grade, so it puts our more heat than the normal home stove and has an extreme ventilation system (thank goodness).
First disaster - One dinner I placed some sauce in a pot to thicken and then we had a crisis happened at the back of our property that made us rush out of the house to address - forgetting the pots on the stove. Six hours later we returned home - the sauce was gone and charcoal remained at the bottom of the pan. I thought the pot was shot. A little Bar Keepers and elbow grease and (to my amazement) the pot was as good as new.
Second disaster - both my hubby and I were exhausted from work and put some food on to boil (I use a Foodsaver so it's the ol' `boil in a bag' meal bag in those instances), but we both fell asleep waiting for dinner. At 3AM when I woke up (Hubby still snoring) the water was long gone in the pan and the bag had turned to charcoal - way beyond the melted bag stage - try `fused to the pan' stage. OK, the pot is a goner - nope, with elbow grease and Bar Keepers as good as new.
Third disaster - dinner's back on the stove and one of our horses went down at the back of the property. Back out the door we went forgetting the pots. When we returned to the house we were so exhausted we went to bed forgetting about dinner. In the morning (approx 8AM) we went out to the kitchen for breakfast finding our stove still on and the pots had all turned to a tan color. OK, now the bottoms have to melted out of them and they have to be shot. Nope, a little more Bar Keepers and they all were just like new.
You all have to be thinking at this point - why hasn't this person burned down the house yet...I'm asking the same question...I'm lobbying for an in-home cook now, but Hubby isn't hearing of it (chuckle). In over 30 years of cooking I've never had disasters like this, but I'm amazed these pots have handled it.
All the above stories my family is chuckling around the table about these days - but it's the reason I'm writing this review. Over the years I've cooked with Teflon, cast iron, copper, etc - and this cookware is the best I've ever used. Teflon flakes, cast iron needs caution handling (plus it's heavy), copper needs `babying' to keep it looking good - this product is bullet-proof. Through all my abuse it hasn't warped, tarnished, and so on. This product is truly AMAZING and well worth the money. The thing that still amazes me is through all my disasters this year I was still able to pick up the pans without a pot holder - the handles were cool to the touch. All I did was place the pot off to the side (away from the heat) until it cooled down, then added water and heated it again, and finally scrub it with Bar Keepers - and they all went back to their new shiny pot-state - AMAZING! So, I'm hoping for no more disasters like these in 2012 (more than I've ever had in my entire life). If you are looking for the `Sherman Tank' of cookware that you don't have to baby - this is it! I'm now a die-hard Calphalon fan. I hope you all get a good chuckle out of my `disasters' - I (and my family) swear they are all true (to my embracement - which is now out there for everyone to see).
PS - Before we purchased this set we read all the reviews and I wasn't sure if this was what we should buy. I was nervous that they may need special care, some unique needs for cooking in, etc. Heck, from the reviews you should be able to tell they are a beautiful cookware set that can be hung up for everyone to see - but from my experience you can determine they can handle everyday use (no babying) and end up being a 'hand-me-down' for generations to come. If they survived me this last year they'll probably be around for generations to come - kinda like the cast iron cookware from years gone by.
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