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Best. Purchase. Ever
on August 18, 2011
This was the very first pan I've ever bought that's cost more than $30.00, and I don't think I'll ever go back to the cheap stuff again. By no means can I afford to replace all of my junk with more Cuisanart pots and pans like these, but I am completely persuaded that they are a worthy investment.
The things I really like about this pan are numerous, but the most important considerations for me are as follows:
1) At five and a half quarts, the pan is big enough to cook dinner for our family of three as well as company. It's deep walls allow me to pan-fry steak or meat, to sauté and steam pot stickers, or to make a delicious stir-fry, and the results are excellent regardless of what I'm cooking. For that reason, this one pan is a perfect all purpose pan if you have limited space or money for an entire collection.
2) This pan is the only I would ever trust when pan frying a New York Strip steak or any good cut of meat. I'm an apartment dweller, which means I don't have space for a clunky Forman Grill, and buying a gas grill is out of the question. Until I had this sauté pan, our options for steak were to either go out to eat or sadly eat a ruined cut of meat that was either charred to a crisp or still ice cold in the middle. This pan however, has such a nice conductivity of heat and even application that I can cook a thick strip of beef and have it beautifully seared on the outside while maintaining a perfect medium-rare pink in the middle. I firmly believe it's impossible to do a good cut of meat justice without a pan like this--however you prefer it cooked.
3) Even though this pan is bigger and heavier than all my others, and even though I have a tiny galley kitchen with an awkwardly small divided sink, this pan is surprisingly easy to clean by hand. Even burnt food will wipe away after a short soaking, and the pan shines like new with regular dish soap. I'll never be the person to painstakingly ensure my most-used pan looks as good as the first day I bought it, so it doesn't bother me that there are a few minor scratches showing up from my stove, knives, or its placement in my cupboards. Though at first I thought I had to care for this pan like it was encrusted in rubies, I've relaxed a little bit and found the pan holds its own against scratches and discoloration. Speaking of discoloration, I have yet to see even a hint of it on the inside or outside of my pan. Even after I accidentally left it on a low burner for nearly an hour, later I couldn't find any indication of my carelessness. (Except for the lingering smell of burnt dinner.)
This pan is well worth the money and delivers everything promised as to the quality of whatever you're preparing. It's an excellent choice for anyone with limited space or for someone who wants one pan to do nearly everything. For anyone who's willing to show a little care to their cooking tools and pans, it will last far longer than cheaper pans and perform far better.