If you think a pot is a pot and a pan is a pan, then I have to tell you, you’re wrong. The best pots and pans in the world will not make you a great chef, this much is true. But if you enjoy cooking, and want to consistently make good meals, you need to seriously consider how much you are willing to invest.
My personal recommendation is that if you are in the market for new cookware, but can’t afford these, save up until you can these are the best pots and pans. Unless you are in desperate need of course, but if whatever you’ve been using has worked so far, it can probably work a little longer.
It took me a while to decide between this set of All-Clad and a comparative set of Calphalon pans, and maybe I would have been happy with the Calphalon set, but I am glad every time I cook something that I chose this set.
First of all, each of these pans is it’s own workhorse. While you may be turned off by heavy cookware, it is unfortunately necessary for even cooking. Cheaper, thinner materials will burn your food on the side while failing to cook in the middle. That might sound ridiculous if you’re new to cooking or have never used a high end pan, but as someone who has used both, you can trust me when I say, the difference is amazing.
These pans heat up fast, and cook food evenly. They go from stove to oven back to stove again if you like. They are dishwasher safe, although I always wash mine by hand. This set is not nonstick, but if you know how to use them properly, you can cook almost anything, even an egg in them without any trouble.
As far as cleanup goes, they are super easy to clean. Since they don’t have a nonstick coating, you don’t have to worry about scratching, or anything flaking in your food; this is also why this will literally be the last set of pots and pans you’ll have to buy. As long as you take care of them properly, All Clad will replace any pan that becomes warped or damaged.
If you are serious about cooking, I can’t recommend anything else. Yes, the price is high, but this is one of those deals where what they say is absolutely true: You get what you pay for.
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Photo by Jason Pier in DC