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When You Finally Get Serious About Cooking

  • Jan 15, 2005
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Pros: Non-stick, cooks evenly, attractive.

Cons: None

The Bottom Line: If you are ready to step up to real no-nonsense cookware, make it Calphalon Nonstick Cookware.

I do most of the cooking in my household. I enjoy cooking, it relaxes me and I like to experiment with different spices and dishes. Sometimes my dishes turn out the way they were supposed to, sometimes not, but they never burn, or cook unevenly, thanks to my new Calphalon Nonstick Cookware Set.

Before six months ago I have never heard of the very expensive cookware with the almost unpronounceable name. My own T-Fal non-stick cookware was fast wearing out. Several of the pieces had scratches on the inside surface of the pans that was starting to effect the outcome of my dishes. The T-Fal's had never heated evenly and now the problem was getting more and more pronounced. The last straw was when the handle to my 12" omelet skillet literally broke off in my hand. It just so happened that Bed Bath & Beyond was having a sale on Calphalon cookware sets. After a few days of reading reviews here and else-ware, took the plunge and bought a Calphalon Nonstick Cookware Set.

About the Cookware

Calphalon, I learned during my research, is an American cookware company based in Toledo, OH; that believe it or not made me feel better about buying the set. Once independent, they are now a subsidiary of Newell-Rubbermaid. The cookware is manufactured in three different interior finishes: non-stick, hard-anodized aluminum, and stainless steel. I like to cook with non-stick; hey I said I like to cook, but I am far from a purist who believes non-stick is strictly forbidden. My Calphalon set is non-stick and the hard anodized; I can’t stand stainless steel cookware.

The Set

Be forewarned, this is expensive cookware. My set cost $259.99 and that was on sale. It consists of the following:

(1) 8" omelet pan,
(1) 10" omelet pan.
(1) 1 1/2-quart covered saucepan,
(1) 3-quart covered saute pan and;
(1) 8-quart covered stockpot.

Over time I have added a few pieces to my collection; (1) Contemporary 12" non-stick omelet pan, cost $89.99, and (1) Contemporary Non-Stick Roaster, cost $79.99.

The set is designed with stay-cool handles for easy maneuvering. I have found that while the handles stay much cooler then other cookware I have used, if the pot has been cooking for a while the handle will get semi warm which might prove uncomfortable for some. The top are made of glass with a medal handle which does get hot. The glass allows you to see your food as it cooks, so you can tell when your pasta is about to boil over.

The pots and pans come with a lifetime warranty, but there is an extensive list of do's and don'ts that must be honored to keep the warranty in effect. The biggest has to do with the dishwasher: do not put them in there or the warranty is voided. It seems the harsh chemicals in dishwashing detergents will discolor and mar the surface. This did not present a big problem to me since I routinely wash my pots and pans by hand anyway. Indeed, most high-end quality cookware recommend "hand wash" the cookware. Calphalon recommends Scotch Brite pads in warm water. The company also recommends an occasional scrubbing with Comet or Ajax.

Another big no-no is non-stick cooking spray; it leaves a film that over time can affect the way the pots, pans, and skillets cook. This was a disappointment to me at first, since I used to use non-stick cooking spray whenever I fried eggs, cooked pancakes, grilled cheese sandwiches, etc. Now I use extra virgin olive oil—just a little splash will do for most occasions, and I have found that I get much better results, then with cooking sprays.

Closing Thoughts

I love my new Calphalon Nonstick Cookware Set. They are hands down, without a doubt the best set of cookware I have ever owned. Yes there was an initial period of adjustment when I had to gauge the best gas settings to use with which foods, but that is true of any cookware. I am now used to the way the cookware, well cooks, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Inside the packaging there are helpful hints so that you can get the most out of the cookware; I highly recommend reading it closely.

Calphalon has a fan for life! If you are ready to step up to real no-nonsense cookware, make it Calphalon. Yes it’s expensive, but the best things in life never come without a price. This is one I am willing to pay. Now that I have turned to Calphalon I will never go back.


Amount Paid (US$): 259.99

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Vincent Martin ()
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I am an IT Professional and have worked in the industry for over 20 years. I may be a computer geek, but I also like reading, writing, cooking, music, current events and regretfully, politics.
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