by Debra Wyatt
(last updated October 22, 2014)
Rarely am I so excited about using a new product as I was with the Cuisinart cookware set. I have just recently started cooking with the Cuisinart auto-clad cooking set, and I am finding that I am looking forward to cooking once again. This cookware is absolutely amazing.
The cookware set that I purchased includes ten pieces:
The 1 1/2 qt saucepan is great for cooking small amounts like maybe a can of soup or boiling a couple of eggs. I did find that I use the 3 qt saucepan and the 3 1/2 at saute pan for about everything else that is cooked on a daily basis and is large enough to handle most of my family dinner needs Both skillets performed at the highest level. it didn't matter if I was frying eggs or meat the food came out evenly cooked. The stockpot has been used for making homemade chicken stew to spaghetti. The thing that I enjoy most from my new Cuisinart cookware set is that even with food in any of the pots and pans it's easy to handle.
I found the design of the cookware was efficient and looked beautiful at the same time. The handles are solid stainless-steel that stay cool when cooking on the stove, and the way that the rims are tapered it seemed to help when I had to pour food from the pan without having drips everywhere.
I felt that the food cooked faster and more evenly then I ever thought possible with any cookware. It turned out that the food actually did cook faster. That's because the Cuisinart cookware has hard anodized aluminum exterior which provides superior heating for faster cooking.
The cookware does heat up faster so I learned to cook at lower temperatures. One day my son was cooking something and he cooked it at the higher temperature and burnt the food. I was devastated thinking that was the last time that pan was going to be used. I followed the instructions for cleanup that came with the cookware, and it came out looking as good as the other pots and pans with very little scrubbing.
Cleaning the cookware is so simple—just add a little dish soap and hot water, let it set for just a few minutes, and even burnt-on food washes right out. This makes for a quick clean up, yet they are completely dishwasher safe. The pots and pans came out of the dishwasher looking as bright and shiny as they did when they came out of the boxes brand new.
Cook with it on gas, gas ceramic, and halogen stovetops. This cookware is oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, so it can go straight from the stove to the oven or broiler without damaging the cookware. One day I was frying up some chicken and I had to leave. I simply put the chicken (fry pan and all) into the oven and let it bake while I was gone. When I came home the chicken was finished and the pan wasn't damaged.
The only thing that I was disappointed in was how easy it is to scratch the inside of the pots and pans. (This is why you shouldn't use steel wool to clean the pans.) The scratches don't interfere in any way with the performance of this cookware set though.
At first I was a little sticker shocked at the price, but after comparing other quality cookware sets and seeing how this one performs, I would say that it is a great value for the money. I am now wondering why it took me so long to get this cookware.
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