Let me preface this review with the fact that I am Italian and raised 5 children on daily home-cooked meals. The kitchen is the center of my home. So when my daughter got her own apartment out west and asked for a set of pots for Christmas, I wanted to make sure I got her a quality set that would last her for years and years. I knew what I wanted for her, but didn’t know which brand to purchase. Until I landed on cookwithtina.com.
I Hate Nonstick Cookware
Non-stick was out (I have never liked it). The pots also had to be both dishwasher/oven safe, and I wanted the pot handles to be riveted into the pot. Off I went to the mall with my “specifications” in hand to look at the different brands and sets available. Boy was I amazed at how many there were! I took my time and examined each set. Not only did I look at the sets, but I also handled the sets. This is VERY important.
Many of the quality sets were so heavy that I needed two hands to lift the larger pieces, and although I could lift the smaller saucepans, I had difficulty tilting them to the side to pour. Others had handles that were very uncomfortable to use. Then I came upon the Cuisinart Chef’s
Classic Stainless 10-piece cookware set
I was very impressed by the quality. They were heavy grade yet easy to handle. They also met my other specifications listed above AND they looked really nice as well. The price of $149 was quite unbelievable. I drove home and ran straight to my computer and ordered the set through Amazon.
I got free shipping and had the set delivered directly to my daughter. I also used the holiday bonus coupon for $25 off my order. I was so impressed with the set and the deal Amazon was offering, a few days later I purchased a second set through Amazon for myself. I LOVE them. They cook beautifully on my gas range and clean up well in the dishwasher. The handles DO NOT get hot while cooking, which totally surprised me.
Do be careful with the lid handles though. They will get hot if cooking on higher heat. I haven’t had a problem with delicate foods burning due to the high thermal conductivity of the pans; however, my stove is a professional grade 6-burner unit. I don’t know if that makes any difference or not. All I can say is this set looks great, cooks great, handles great, and sells at a great price. What more can you ask for?
An Alternative With A Steamer ?
Cuisinart 77-412 Classic 12-Quart Steamer Set
This set makes sure to bargain the quality of your vegetables for the money in your wallet. Although not that expensive, it is priced higher than others due to its large capacity and extra pasta making capabilities. The set contains a pot, a pasta insert, a steamer basket, and lid, which are all made of 10-18 grade hard Stainless Steel. The pot has a depth of 12 quarts, enough to cook 2-3 different types of vegetables at the same time, but don’t try to do it!
If you fancy asian cuisine or if you are a vegan, a steamer set will really come in handy. With a steamer, you’ll be able to make Wontons and even blance your vege. It’s a foolproof way to effortly shed pounds without being on a strict diet regiment.