Cuisinart CTP-11AM Copper Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 11-Piece Cookware Set
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- 1-qt saucepan, 2-1/2-qt saucepan, 5-qt sauté pan w/helper handle, 8-qt stockpot and lids; 18cm steamer insert; 8-inch skillet, 10-inch skillet
- Professional triple ply construction ensures optimal heat; oven safe to 500 degrees
- Heat Surround Technology allows heat to be evenly distributed along the bottom and side walls of the cookware
- Copper exterior heats and cools quickly for precise temperature control
- Contoured, stainless stick handles remain cool and provide comfortable grip
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|Color||Copper||Stainless Steel Copper||Silver||Black||Silver||Stainless Steel|
|Item Dimensions||24 x 15.25 x 10 in||10 x 20 x 4 in||14.2 x 24.2 x 10.7 in||12.5 x 23.38 x 13.62 in||12 x 23.75 x 16 in||13 x 22.75 x 19 in|
|Material Type||Copper||18-10 Steel||Stainless Steel||Aluminum||Copper||Stainless Steel|
|Number of Pieces||1||1||1||11||1||1|
|Size||11-Piece||—||12 Piece||11 Piece||11-Piece||10-Piece|
Cuisinart Copper Tri-Ply Stainless Cookware is an investment that will prove its worth every time you use it. Exclusively designed triple-ply material provides superior heat conductivity and even heat distribution to meet the demands of gourmet chefs everywhere. When properly cared for, your Cuisinart Copper Tri-Ply Stainless Cookware will give countless years of service and pleasure.
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As far as the actual product? A dream to use!!! I love using these!!!!!!!!!!
I just received this set in the mail today. I was surprised by how big the box was that they came in and I immediately delved into the box. Each pot and pan that I pulled out was not only beautiful, but extremely heavy. I immediately started washing each piece and I was somewhat amazed by how the water gathered, I know that sounds strange but it felt like I was washing a non-stick instead of stainless steel, this added to my excitement because I couldn't help but wonder if it meant that things would not stick like they do in my other stainless steel cookware. Next, I took one of the skillets and cooked a chicken breast, covered it, lost track of time and ultimately (accidentally) left it in the skillet for 15 minutes (on low). Keep in mind that I did not flip the chicken. I tossed it in a plate and ate it, it tasted like all the flavor had been maintained, the top was just as cooked as the bottom which proved the even cooking and the pan was a breeze to clean. The only thing that seemed weird was that the bottom of the pan turned this brilliant color, I am not sure why or if that will go away.
This is the part where I put my two-cents into other peoples cons.
1. The lids are great, they are not flimsy at all, they are just lids. They are sturdy and not bendable at all, they serve their purpose and seal the pots and pans perfectly.
2. I am impressed with the steamer and am happy that the set came with it as it will be incredibly useful.
3. I think that the sizes of the pots and pans are perfect. They are all standard sizes and the sauté pan is huge!
Overall, this is a bargain. I paid $358 for the set with tax and I truly feel like I got a steal. This set is EASILY as nice as a $3000 set that I seen at a cooking show. I am counting on these to last me forever and they should because they come with a lifetime warranty.
If you are hesitant, don't be. It is a lot of money but the design and quality will blow you away.
It has been almost two weeks since I received this set. I still like them but am a little frustrated about how high maintenance they are. If you don't dry them right after you wash them, they will get water stains. If you heat it too hot, they will turn red for a few days with spots of colors. They also scratch pretty easy. I still like the even cooking, but I was going to hang this set up, now I don't know if I want to.
I have now owned these pots and pans for about 6 months. They have held up well, they are still strong, no dents or broken pieces. However, I am still not happy about how easily they have stained. They don't really resemble the set I bought 6 months ago. They are discolored, water marks everywhere (even though I dry them right after I wash them). Also, there was one time that I left one of the small saucer pans in the sink over night and it looks horrible now. It looks like I have owned them for 10-15 years. I have a stainless steel pan that I bought at Target that I use more than these because it still looks nice. These are just too high maintenance and if I could go back, I would have purchased a stainless steel set instead. If you are planning to hang them up then I hope you are not planning on using them because they get ugly fast.
I see that these are coming up soon for Cyber Monday so I want to give another update. They are all still perfectly intact and holding up as great as the day I got them. They had all become discolored with a brown film that seemed to have formed over their beautiful color; however, I did use vinegar and salt to clean them which helped a ton. I still think they are high maintenance but their quality cannot be ignored. Plus it looks like the Cyber Monday deal will be better than the one I got last year making them a great bargain!
I wanted to write a review immediately but decided to make sure I got some real cooking time with them to see if there were any surprises. This review represent about two weeks of twice daily cooking experience with the Cuisinarts. I'll try to break this review down into the various components. If you have questions, I'll do my best to keep up with this review to answer them. I'll try to keep basic kitchen knowledge to a minimum but I feel that for a proper review a few things have to be mentioned. I'll sometimes compare them to my Calphalons when I feel it's appropriate.
Pans Interior & Cooking:
* If you're used thin bottom steel pans and/or teflon coated pans, be prepared for a very different way of cooking with these. It's not difficult. In fact, I'd say it's much better for most styles of cooking. But you'll almost definitely go through an adjustment period.
* The inside steel cooking surface on the Cuisinart's is very smooth. So much so that the sides of the skillets are like a mirror. The other interior surfaces are a nice "brushed" finish.
* As I mentioned earlier, these are not "non-stick" pans but cooking an omelette was easy with a generous amount of butter. Flipping the entire omelette with a flick of the wrist was effortless. Eggs are probably the only thing that I would still consider using non-stick for but, as mentioned, it's entirely doable if you want to stick with just this set.
* Heat distribution seems to be excellent. I don't have any fancy scientific equipment to measure but melting butter on the pans doesn't show any particular spots burning the butter faster than any other spots.
* The edges of all of the pots and pans are flared so pouring is super easy with hardly anything dripping down the edge of the pan. This is very well done.
* Cleaning has been effortless. A quick shot of dish detergent and some soaking when I encounter something stubborn is all it takes to clean them up. I haven't had any major burning incidents to test charred remains but if I do, I'll update this review. (If they're anything like my other coppers, it will take a little elbow grease to scrub out really bad burns but you probably won't be burning things often because these pans do such a good job of distributing the heat. Just something to keep in mind.)
* The bottoms of the pans are perfectly flat. No distortions.
* I was initially concerned about the handles getting hot. In my first two evenings with the pans, I noticed that the handles would get noticeably warm when I cooked. However, both of those nights consisted of recipes where the pans weren't heated for long periods of time.
Fortunately, in the last few days, I've been able to test with longer cook times. The 5qt. saute pan served up a nice curry and was under heat for an hour while things simmered. The handles performed fine. They still get warm but never to a point that was anywhere near "hot."
* Unfortunately, the handles are very uncomfortable to use. The ends of the handles are very squared off and if you are in the habit of reaching near the end of the handle the sharp corners dig into your palm. I do not like this at all and feel that the more contoured end of my Calphalons are much better designed.
* On the flipside, the squared ends allow for a nice sized holes which makes hanging them from a hook super easy.
* This isn't necessarily a big con but I also feel like the rivets used to hold the handle to the pans are a bit wimpy looking. I doubt it will affect long term performance but it's definitely something I noticed right away.
* The handles have a nice curve to them which your thumb rests in. This makes it very easy to turn the pans to pour things from them.
* The lids are my biggest complaint, by far. They feel so thin and flimsy. This is not something that has impacted the cooking in any way. However, every time I wash them I am concerned about placing them vertically in my drying rack. It feels like one misstep or accidental push while they're wedged in the rack and the rim of a lid might bend.
* A quick comparison to show how drastic this is: I weighed the Cuisinart 5qt saute pan lid. It weighs 540grams. I weighed the Calphalon 3qt saute pan lid. It weighs 538grams. There is a considerable size difference between the two but they weigh almost exactly the same. Unfortunately, I don't have a micrometer to measure the thickness of these but holding the two lids together you can visibly see how much thinner the Cuisinarts are. For a set of pans this expensive, I do expect every part to feel more sturdy. This complaint extends to every lid in the set.
* The lid handles are nice and big. They are easy to grasp even if you're using a towel or heat pad to protect your hands. The shape is easy to work with. Zero complaints about the lid handles.
* Out of the box, these pans are gorgeous. The copper is beautiful and spotless and shines like a mirror.
* If you've never cooked with copper pans be prepared for a color change after the first few heat cycles. They will start to change to different colors. Mine took on a beautiful purple tone. If you like this, great. You're done. If you want that beautiful copper color back you will need to occasionally use a mild copper cleaner. Cuisinart included a nice quick instruction on how to do this with some household materials (vinegar, salt, etc). There are also premade cleansers you can buy. They'll all work fine and get the shine back. I mention this because I've read many people who are new to copper pans think that something is wrong with the pans or they've messed them up. This isn't the case, it's just how copper works. If you find this troubling, you might consider pans with an aluminum or steel exterior.
* Overall, the selection of pan sizes is nice. It's a pretty personal decision what pan sizes you need. I am very excited to have a 5qt. saute pan. It will hold *a lot* of food and because it's so wide you can reduce things very quickly. I also love the 8" skillet. It's easy to wield and even my rather tiny wife can flip it easily. The sauce pans are a bit small in my opinion but, again, this comes down to your personal needs. There is nothing "wrong" with the sizes. The 8qt. stockpot is pretty much the gold standard size for these types of pots.
* Personally, I feel the steamer basket is a bit of a waste. You can pick up a cheap steamer almost anywhere and it will be just as effective. I wish they'd taken the steel from the steamer and used it to make thicker lids.
General Thoughts/Final Conclusion:
* A very good set of pans for the money. I am sure they will serve me well for decades to come. My two biggest complaints are the uncomfortable handles and the razor thin lids. If not for those, I'd easily give five stars.
* Should you get this set of copper pans or a competitor's set which costs almost exactly the same? There's no easy answer here. If I were making this decision, I'd take a close look at the individual pieces and decide which sized pans I need the most and use that as my main criteria. The quality of all the cookware in this range has gotten incredibly close to each other.
Anything I missed about this set? Please leave a comment and I'll do my best to get you an answer.
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