06/12/15

Which is the Best Stainless Steel Cookware for Me?

A stainless steel cookware is one of the best types of cookware you can have.  First and foremost, the strength of this metal is no doubt superb that’s why it’s an ideal metal for a cookware.  It can stand constant heating and with the combination of either aluminum or copper, which are good heat conductors, you’re on your way to a great cooking experience.

Secondly, stainless steel pans do not react with food, even with acidic ingredients like tomatoes.  It is also very easy to clean and you may use mostly any kind of utensils, unlike with non-stick pans.  Lastly, stainless steel is very elegant looking.  Its beauty will inspire to cook delectable dishes more often.

What is the best stainless steel cookware?  Let’s have a look at some of the popular brands carrying stainless steel cookware sets and you can decide for yourself which one is the best stainless steel cookware:

Cuisinart stainless steel cookware – One of the best stainless steel pans in the market at affordable prices.  It is a classic beauty with a mirror finish with an aluminum core bottom for even heat distribution at base.  It has handles which stays cool even while cooking.  It is dishwasher safe so it is easy to clean and has a lifetime warranty.

Calphalon stainless steel cookware – They have a tri ply stainless steel cookware which combined stainless steel and aluminum metal which is a good heat conductor.  It has a satin finished interior and a polished exterior.  It is safe to be used in ovens and broilers and may also be used on induction cook tops.  It may be cleaned by a dishwasher but hand washing is recommended.  It has a tempered glass cover lid.

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Kitchenaid stainless steel cookware – Their stainless steel pots and pans comes in three nice colors selection of the exterior finish.  It has a flat magnetic stainless steel base which makes it possible to be used in induction cook tops, among others.  The handles of the cookware is safely riveted onto it.  Measurements are engraved on the inside of the pots for easy reference.

All clad stainless steel cookware – Probably the best stainless steel cookware but also one of the priciest is the All clad brand.  They have a wide array of stainless steel cookware to choose from.  They have the 3-ply and 5-ply line.  The 3-ply line has an aluminum core while the 5-ply line has a copper core, two layers of aluminum and two layers of stainless steel.  They use stainless steel grade 18/10.  It is dishwasher safe, oven safe, may be used on induction cook top and oven up to 500 degrees.  They offer lifetime warranty for their cookware.

These are the top rated stainless steel cookware.  Which one is best for you depend on different factors like how much you cook, which dishes you often cook and how much your budget is.  With the many options available, you will surely find the best quality stainless steel cookware that’s exactly right for you.  If you are interested to know more, check out other best stainless steel cookware reviews.

05/17/15

Hard Anodized Cookware Brands to Choose From

What is hard anodized cookware?  Hard anodized cookware sets are made of aluminum metal which has undergone an electrochemical procedure to form a sturdy and non-corrosive cookware.  Like cladding, anodizing bonds the metal tightly which makes it very hard to destroy.  Anodized metals have a nice finish, do not flake off so it is very easy to maintain and clean.  The process of anodizing does not have harmful effects or does not react to food ingredients so it is safe to use.

What is the best hard anodized cookware?

There are many anodized cookware brands available to choose from, just like the also popular stainless steel cookware.  Let us take a look some of these brands:

Calphalon anodized cookware – Their hard anodized aluminum cookware is a beauty to look at with its signature black finish.  Searing is best done on these pans.  Calphalon hard anodized cookware is safe to be used in ovens and broilers and its handles are made of stainless steel which stays cool preventing burns when you need to transfer your pans.  The lids are made of tempered glass which is stronger than ordinary glass.  It is not, however, safe to be washed in a dishwasher.  They offer a lifetime warranty on their cookware.

Cuisinart anodized cookware – The hard anodized cookware is similar to the above description but one advantage they have is that their cookware are safe to be washed in a dishwasher.  They have also specified that metal utensils may be used in their cookware.  This is actually one advantage anodizeanodized cookwared cookware have over non-stick cookware.  Cuisinart, however, offers only limited lifetime warranty.

Rachael ray hard anodized cookware – The Rachael ray anodized cookware has a gray finish and are coated with non-stick so it is easier to take out food from its pans.  Handles are made of rubber so it stays cool even while cooking.  It is also safe to be washed in a dish washer and is covered with a limited lifetime warranty.

Circulon hard anodized cookware – Their cookware has a standard black finish and is also coated with durable non-stick for easy release of food.  It is also safe to be washed in a dishwasher and has a resilient glass cover lid which allows you to check your dish without having to open the cover and letting off heat or steam from the pan.

Hard Anodized All clad cookware – Last, but definitely not least, is the All clad anodized cookware set.  It has a black finish and all of the features already mentioned above – non-stick coating, dishwasher safe and safe to be used on oven and gas and electric cook tops.

Trying out anodized cookware is worth it.  Check out which brand suits your needs and budget.  For more information and feedback from those who are already enjoying the benefits of this type of cookware, read other anodized cookware reviews and be convinced.

11/19/14

Focusing on All-Clad Frying Pan: An Authentic Review

Owning a decent pan has never been a major necessity for me before. I could care less about having one. I was tolerating those low-cost nonstick pans that you could buy for as low as $10 which easily flakes over a short period of time. Even heating wasn’t also a part of my vocabulary because I haven’t experienced that with those cheap pans that I use to have. I wasn’t also a bit concerned about those pans and I was even exploiting it. I would put those pitiful nonstick pans over high heat when I was cooking stir-fry Chinese food which I have come to realize is never safe.

It wasn’t until I settled down with Bryan that we first bought properties that we can finally call ours. You would be thinking that I would have finally decided to purchase a nice set of pans. Considering I already have my own kitchen and that I would really be needing the help of those pans but still I chose to keep those old cheap pans that I already have convincing myself that they work out just fine. I even told Bryan that we don’t need to register for any of those stuffs anymore. It sent unpremeditated message to the people which is why I wasn’t surprised anymore upon getting wedding gifts like XBOX.  We also received a brand new toaster oven which we returned to have a brand new Tivo instead.

So after how many years of being married it is only until recently that I have finally owned a decent and elegant pan, the All-Clad Frying pan which Cookware.com generously sent me for a review.

I was curious and intrigued with All-Clad Frying Pan because it has consistently received promising and favorable reviews from various sites. What makes it more interesting is that they were cut down the price from its normal retail price of $180 to a very irresistible promotional price of $89.99. The 50% you are saving is already big but some are taking this “promotional pans” suspiciously.   Others are speculating that this discount is because unlike most All-Clad pans that are All-Clad Frying Panmade in US, the All-Clad Frying Pan is made in China. Some people, which includes me are wondering why the All-Clad 12” pan with lid could only be purchased at $89.99 and when you but the pan and the lid individually it would sum up to over $160. The specifications and details of both seem to be similar but there is a noticeable difference in its price. I cannot make a full evaluative comparison as of the moment because I do not own the “purchased separately” set.

To finally clear up this allegation if this item is really made in China then the answer is no. The pan itself is made in the USA while the lid which does not hold a major bearing on the performance of the pan is made in China.

All-Clad Frying pan heats evenly and retains heat excellently achieved through the meticulous tri-ply construction. The pan has an aluminum core causing it to be chiefly light that you could easily pick it up with just one hand. This is a great thing especially for those who are multitasking in the kitchen.

I’m sure you are very eager to know how this cooking gizmo performs. All-Clad Frying Pan has become the most popular among other All-clad cookware since it was launched. It performs amazingly making it a helpful tool to any cook. It’s so easy to maintain because it is dishwasher safe which makes it above those that are not dishwasher safe. It is also oven-safe making it more convenient to be used over induction-type stoves. This is a prominent improvement because most of All-clad’s cooking line does not have this feature according to the All-Clad comparison chart provided by Cookware.com. From superstar chefs to ordinary home cooks, anyone would really be satisfied with this affordable yet durable cookware. And have I mentioned that it has a lifetime warranty? Truly, All-Clad Frying Pan is built to last.

I have tried on my whimsical cooking expertise with this awesome cookware. From sautéing sea foods to pan frying pork chop to stir-frying noodle, this pan can do it all. Truly this gizmo reached all my expectations. I could put it to high heat without having to worry. I can also freely use my metal utensils with it. With All-Clad Frying pan, I couldn’t ask for more!

11/7/14

Getting to know All-Clad Stainless with d5 Technology

I was so excited and thrilled when All-Clad offered to have me do a “test drive” on the latest product they released, the All-Clad Stainless with d5 Technology. I wouldn’t trade that chance for anything because I have always been an avid fan of All-Clad sets. Their products have always been my all-time favorite. My kitchen has been decked out with All-clad sets from All-clad stainless pots and pans to Cop•R•Chef pan to All-clad LTD pan to name a few. It has become a collection that I am so proud of. If other girls go loco for designer shoes well mine is a designer cookware fetish and my heart only goes to the All-clad cookware line. I also highly endorse their cookware to my students in my cooking class and I know their products won’t let me down. Just to clear it up I’m not doing it because All-clad is paying me (I am open to that possibility though), this is just because I am very contented with the quality I am getting. So being the fanatic customer that I am, I waAll-Clad D5 Brushed - Stock pot, 8qts so delighted to be able to be the first to see and try on the developments they have done on my much-loved cookware line. When they offered to give me a free sample for this All-Clad d5 review, I chose to have the All-Clad 12” fry pan because I think it is multipurpose. I just can’t wait to finally have it held in my hands; I was already visualizing how it looks like or how superb its performance would be.

  Then my most awaited day finally came, the All-Clad d5 pan came the day after Thanksgiving. It looked really attractive and somewhat like those of the original All-Clad Stainless line. It still has the polished stainless built, the sleek lines, the durability but with the two noticeable additions, the bottom is indicated with the logo and the pan size and a well-designed mark on the handle. It was a relief when they opted to retain the handle which is just perfect for my little wrists. But the most noticeable feature that the All-Clad d5 has is its 5 layers of bonded metals. Unlike the classic Stainless that has just 3; All-clad d5 is made up of a stainless steel interior and exterior, 2 layers of aluminum and a stainless steel core. As to if it makes a big difference we’re about to find out in this All-clad d5 review.All-Clad Stainless 14-Piece Cookware Set

The Pop Quiz: Because the pan came a day after Thanksgiving I did not have any plan of trying off my culinary prowess in the kitchen using my newest cooking gizmo because I have already spent two days there doing the preparation for Thanksgiving. So I just decided to work with the Thanksgiving’s remnants. I tossed provolone, pesto paninis and two roasted turkeys together and they were toasted evenly. But let’s admit it this is not something that would be a shock to us because even the low-cost pan can do just that.

The Midterm: To really maximize the power of this All-clad d5 cookware, I decided to make Chicken Parmigiana. This recipe was originally made with the use of the Stainless 14” fry pan but for the purpose of testing the d5 pan I just made half batch. Medium-low to medium heat was set and to my delight the pan didn’t cool down even a bit even after putting the two chicken breasts inside. You no longer have to turn the chicken breasts to 180ᴼ to reach that perfect and even browning which is sometimes necessary to do when you use the original Stainless steel. Also, the panko crust browned nicely and even the parts closed to the edges also achieved this with ease. Cleaning it was also hassle-free, I just ditched it in the dishwasher and voila it looked like it was totally brand new.

All Clad D5 reviewThe Final Examination: Searing is of major concern to me and I think this is the most crucial test of the performance of the All-clad d5 pan. I am a guru when it comes to searing – I have even come up with a book about that topic. Because we’re already on that topic let me just segue and plug the book that I have written called Seared to Perfection. All-clad Stainless pan has helped me out in developing and trying out each of the 100 recipes in the topic. Going back to the topic, the pan’s performance when it comes to searing defines its value and worth. To see this pan’s ability, I did Real Texas Chili. First, I attempted to sear over three pounds of chili grind. I broke the beef to small portions. I turned my largest burner to medium-heat to preheat the pan. Oil was then evenly scattered and small serving of the meat was put in. Moisture began to ooze from the meat and it simmered in its own juice. The meat began to brown evenly right after I increased the heat. Over medium-high to high heat, I continued searing the remaining chili grind. Then the meat achieved the mouthwatering shade of brown. Even though I turned away from the stove to attend to other stuffs the meat did not burn and what surprised me even more was I need not to put extra oil anymore. I am confident to say that All-clad d5 pan indeed passed the test when I turned up the heat. The awesome All-Clad staffs assert the efficiency of All-clad d5 that there is no longer a need to increase the heat to above medium. But if I had done that the result wouldn’t be as successful. On the other hand, its stability is incontestable and no sign of warping was seen.

Grading: If asked if I would be substituting my All-clad stainless with the All-clad d5 line, definitely not. But if I have the luxury of being rich I could consider the idea. I’m considering purchasing All-clad d5 in the future. The developments in its features are to be sought after. It cooks your food more evenly. Indeed, All-clad d5 is the most undisputed cookware available.

On December 26th, the New All-Clad Stainless with d5 Technology cookware will be launched. As of the moment, All-Clad d5 is exclusively available at William-Sonoma. It would be best if you can get a gift card from Williams-Sonoma for Christmas.

Here is a recipe of the Chicken Parmigiana

1 large egg
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmegiano-Reggiano
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Freshly ground black pepper
4 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Kosher salt
¼ cup all-purpose flour
Canola oil, for frying
1 cup Basic Tomato Sauce
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, drained, sliced, and at room temperature

Directions:

  1. In a large, shallow bowl beat the egg and 2 tablespoons of water.
  2. In another large shallow bowl combine the panko, Parmegiano, oregano, and a lavish pinch of pepper.
  3. Using a metal pounder, pound the chicken breast lightly to achieve even thickness then season with salt and pepper.
  4. In a flour, dip each chicken to coat shaking off any excess then dip to egg wash then coat with panko mixture, pat occasionally for it to adhere.
  5. On a plate, position the chicken breasts in a single layer and allow it to rest for 15 minutes.
  6. In a very large frying pan add plentiful oil to a depth of ¼ inch. Use medium heat.
  7. Put in the chicken breasts and deep fry for 5 to 6 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Rotate the chicken breasts using tong. Fry for another 4 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown. You will know that the chicken are cooked when it will already be firm to touch and juice starts to ooze.
  9. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler; in a small saucepan simmer the tomato sauce.
  10. Place the chicken breasts to a plate lined with paper towel. Drain for a minute.
  11. On a rack on a baking tray transfer the chicken breasts, topping each one with ¼ cup of the sauce, and dividing the mozzarella among them, arranging the slices in a single layer.
  12. For 3 to 4 minutes broil the chicken until the mozzarella melts. Arrange on individual plates and serve immediately.
    Serves 4.

To prevent excessive and extra moisture, the mozzarella should be drained meticulously on paper towels. The moisture makes the panko breading on the chicken mushy. It’s a fact that the mozzarella adds a fresh sweet taste to the chicken breasts but you could also use provolone if you prefer to have a more pungent cheese. If your pan cannot hold the bulk of the chicken breasts then you can divide them in 2 batches or better yet you can use 2 pans.

What makes this recipe much better is when you use the All-Clad d5 line. More fascinating recipe can be made using their top of the line products.

10/21/14

Unveiling All-Clad MC2 Cookware

This line is a modern take to All-Clad’s original Cookware collection

What we like most about All-Clad MC2 is its outstanding ability to conduct and maintain heat which is very vital in cooking. The strong and solid exterior is durably constructed and its polished interior is stick-resistant. It is also safe to use in the ovens.

Unlike the other lines that have shiny and gleaming finish, this All-Clad set has a matte finish which is not scratch-proof and stains over a period of time. Food can also get caught in the area of the handle rivets.  And compared to other cookware, this All-Clad set is more costly.

Let’s get to know more about this modern cookware. All-Clad MC2, like what All-Clad is really known for, uses 3-ply construction consisting of aluminum core, aluminum alloy layer, and stainless-steel interior and brushed aluminum exterior. You can select from a wide array of different shapes, sizes and various configurations. Its stay-cool handles are securely riveted. Selected pieces have helper handles. It also comes with a lifetime warranty.

Personal Experience on All-Clad MC2 Cookware

My first experience of this splendid cookware started when I received it as a gift from my father when I was still in culinary school. It made the entire recipe that I learned from my school which was equipped with wide-ranging and the latest cookware doable at home.

All Clad MC2 CookwareI was so satisfied with its performance that even after six years I still use some of the pieces from that line. The All-Clad skillet that goes with it retains heat evenly making meats seared to a perfect brown. When the meat is ready it is released nicely with the condition that it is heated well with the help of some oil applied in the pan. In the same way, All-Clad saucepans evenly heats on its base and the sides giving a flawless cooking result to variety of foods. Even though it feels heavy, which shows its durability, pieces like the All-Clad stock pot and All-Clad 12-inch sauté pan could be lifted manageably with the help of the helper handles. The lids fit neatly and it has stay-cool handles that stay cools even when the piece is put to the oven. On the other hand, what I don’t like much with All-Clad MC2 is its brushed aluminum finish. At first I thought it was striking because it gives the line a modern look but after some time I found out that the matte finish is not resistant to stains, scratches and scorches. It didn’t bother me that much because I love the patina that my cookware has acquired but I’m not so sure if those who are more choosy customers would have the same reaction as me because others get upset because they like to keep its original finish. Starting at $80 for a small skillet, it is less costly compared to other All-Clad cookware lines making it suitable for starting home cooks.