If you asked me what is the best all around material to cook on, I would tell you stainless steel cookware. I used to avoid it, only using Teflon coated aluminum pans. Then one day, I needed to get a 5 qt. sauce pot quickly. I went to the store only to find that they only had stainless steel Cuisinart 5 qt. sauce pots for individual sales, but I could get a complete set of whatever type I wanted. I only needed the one pot, so I reluctantly bought the stainless steel pot.
Happy I bought stainless steel cookware, sorry I didn’t do it sooner
I have used that stainless steel pot more than any other pot I own. I am just sorry I didn’t buy stainless steel sooner. The main things that kept me away from stainless steel for so long were the price and the idea that every thing was going to stick. Now, I formed these ideas early on in my life, when I didn’t have much experience buying or cooking. But old ideas can be hard to shake. This actually led me to not even consider stainless steel when I bought my first two cooking sets.
A lot of research leads to the best stainless steel cookware set
I finally decided that I wanted a stainless steel cookware set, so I took a look at many different sets and found the Cuisinart Multi-Clad 12 piece stainless steel set to be the best stainless steel set on the market. And I am not the only one. It is rated the top best seller in the stainless steel cookware category. Out of hundreds of reviews, it consistently gets 5 star ratings from cooks. It has achieved a 4.5 star overall rating. This or even a 5 star rating may be easy to achieve if you have a few reviews, but keeping such a high rating with a large amount of reviews is reserved only for the best, like the Cuisinart Multi-Clad 12 piece stainless steel cookware set.
Two characteristics of quality stainless steel
Aluminum or copper core – The appearance of most stainless steel cookware sets look nice. The are shiny and well, metallic all over. But they are not all made the same. If stainless steel cookware has a stainless steel core or a core with inferior metals, you will get hot spots in it. this will result in your food cooking unevenly. The result will be portions or your food under or over cooked. Aluminum and copper are really good conductors of heat. The core of your stainless steel cookware set should be made out of aluminum or copper.
Aluminum or copper on the sides – To ensure the very best cooking and eating experience, your stainless steel cookware should have copper or aluminum, not just in the base of the cookware, but up the sides. This will provide the best heat distribution.
Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12 Piece cookware set has both.
Other important details
There are some other features that are very important to consider. Is the cookware oven and broiler safe? Is it dishwasher safe? Does the cookware have strong, riveted handles? Do the lids fit well?
Is the cookware oven and broiler safe?
If you have read my review on cast iron cookware, you would see that I am a fan of being able to go from the stove to the oven or broiler. If stainless steel cookware can’t do that, then it is not really worth too much. Imagine you are cooking chicken breast; one of my favorites. You put a little olive oil in the pan and sear the chicken. At this point, if you don’t have cookware that can go directly into the oven, you would have to move everything to another pot or pan. But, with stainless steel cookware that can go directly into the oven, you save time and get to bring all the flavors already in the pan together with the dish as it cooks. The Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel set is oven and broiler safe.
Is this cookware dishwasher safe?
Yes, Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12 piece set is dishwasher safe.
Does this cookware have strong riveted handles?
If you have never seen a pot full of boiling water spill all over the floor because the handle broke, then you may not appreciate the importance of having strong handles. I can tell you from experience that it is scary to think of a handle breaking and spilling on to the floor, or worse, on to someone. Don’ buy cookware that skimps on the handles. The Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel set use some of the best technology to ensure that the handles are the absolute best.