Simply Calphalon Cookware
Simply Calphalon Review – Nonstick 10 Piece Cookware Set
Product: Simply Calphalon 10 Piece Cookware Set
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Size: 10 Piece Set
Guarantee: 10 years
My Rating: 7 out of 10
The Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10 Piece Cookware Set Overview
When you switch to a low-oil way of cooking, you have to either completely eliminate cooking with oil, or at least greatly decrease the amount you use. That means no (or very little) olive oil, absolutely no butter, or any other common frying product. No sprays, no plops of Crisco, no bacon fat, and absolutely no lard!!
So now the problem is how to keep the food from sticking to the pan. W decided that we had to get a new set of non-stick pans. We’d been using our old non-stick aluminum pans that had seen better days. Most of our pans were scratched and warped, so we decided that if we were going to start a new healthy way of eating, then we deserved to reward ourselves with a new set of cookware.
We experimented with the “green” pans, which are ceramic coated aluminum pans. They worked ok, but we still had a bad sticking problem.
We looked at all different brands and decided that we didn’t want to take a second mortgage out on the house in order to buy some of the “upscale” brands, so we decided to compromise with a brand that was in about the middle of the price range.
This 10-piece set comes with:
1-quart saucepan with lid,
2-quart saucepan with lid,
3-quart saute pan with lid,
6-quart stock pot with lid
This cookware is a good middle-priced set. It works fairly well for cooking with little to no oil in your meals. The pans heat quickly and evenly, and the nonstick coating does a good job of keeping foods from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
I like the well-fitting see-through glass lids, so I can keep an eye on the cooking progress. The pans are fairly heavy, made from hard anodized aluminum with a nonstick interior. You can definitely tell they are not made from flimsy material.
The handles are made from stainless steel and silicone rubber, and they are heat resistant. I like being able to pick up the hot pan from the stove without worrying about having a pot holder to protect my hand from burns.
The pans are oven-safe, up to a temperature of 400 °F, but they are not dishwasher safe. Most dishwasher detergents are very alkaline, so they can be hard on the non-stick finish. I always wash mine by hand with regular dish washing soap, and after 6 years, they are holding up just fine.
However, they do tend to stain on the bottoms, and they do scratch easily, so don’t stack them in your cupboard.
Overall, these are a good middle-priced set of pans that gets the job done. But if you’re looking to cook more of a gourmet meal, you’ll need to go with something a little more high-end.