Pros: easy to clean, generous size, clear glass lid
The Bottom Line: "Granny's in the cellar. Oh Lordy can't ya smell her, Cooking Rice on that darn old greasy stove" ~Roy Williamson
I was complaining the other day about how my T-Fal cook pans were beginning to loose their non-stick finish and how things didn't seem to hold up anymore. Then I remembered, I bought those pans back in 1996 and they have seen a whole heck of a lot of time simmering on stove burners. Poor things.
I am slowly beginning to replace those pans and my first purchase is a Tramontina 3 quart sauce pan. I chose this pan because it had a good feel to it when I lifted it off the shelf, it doesn't appear to have a teflon coating although it is non-stick, and it has a sturdy handle. It also comes with a heavy glass lid which allows you to peer at your cooking items without removing the cover and letting the steam/heat escape.
Specifications: ~Heavy gauge aluminum ~Black matte exterior finish ~Sturdy stainless steel handle w/silicone insert ~Non-stick interior ~Dishwaher safe ~Heat and shatter resistant glass cover ~Lifetime warranty ~Measures 7.625" w X 7.563" H ~Weight 3 pounds empty
There are pros and cons to the size of this pan. I work under the assumption that a pan has to be filled. This is often a problem because I tend to make too much as a result. Because this pan is narrow but deep, it gives me the impression it is much larger than 3 quarts and I tend to over produce.
The other problem is the weight. At 3 pounds empty, not including the heavy lid, it picks up quite a bit of weight once you add product to it. Three pounds may not seem like a lot to some people, but it is quite a bit for someone with weak hands and wrists because of rheumatoid arthritis.
That aside, the pan is a wonderful cooking tool. I have not been able to determine what the non-stick surface consists of and cannot find that information on their product website. Apparently it is one of those exclusive 'secret' ingredients manufacturers harbor. Whatever it is, it works. After cooking various things in it, nothing has stuck even when I forget to stir. I love, love, love that clear glass lid. What a super bonus.
It cleans up really nicely. You can put it in the dishwasher but, to date, I've elected to hand wash this pan. Warm, soapy water cleans it easily and the exterior looks really great after a wash. The lid cleans easily as well.
The handle is generous, almost 7" long, but, with the weight of the pan, it would be nice if it had a smaller grasping handle on the opposite side so you could grip the pan with both hands. But that's just me.
Overall I'm quite pleased with this purchase and its performance. I will be slowly replacing my poor overworked T-Fal in time and it will certainly be with other Tramontina products.
My thanks to the H&G crew for adding this to the database
Amount Paid (US$): 23.00
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