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A Guide to All Clad Cookware

History of All Clad Cookware

All-Clad 6-pc. Nonstick Stainless Cookware Set All-Clad Metalcrafters was originally founded by John Ulam, a metallurgist who used his extensive knowledge to blend different metals together, enhancing the benefits that each metal has for the cooking process while eliminating the drawbacks.

The company has its roots in the heart of America's steel industry, and has its own rolling mill based in Southwest Pennsylvania.  It is dedicated to using only American craftsman and American-made metals.  All-Clad is also environmentally conscious, carefully reusing leftover metals and powders from the construction process.

While All Clad first attracted attention by professional cooks, it is now used by many home gourmets as well.

What Makes All Clad So Special?

All Clad cookware is known for its special triple-ply blend of materials including a heat-conducting aluminum core, a stainless steel cooking surface which reduces sticking and increases longevity, and a magnetic stainless steel outer siding which resists corrosion even when subjected to flames from gas stoves.  The triple-ply construction extends up the sides of the pans, which prevents burning.

All-Clad boasts special stay-cool handles with an ergonomic design that makes cooking more comfortable.  The handles are attached to the body of the cookware using stainless steel rivets that resist corrosion over time.

Finally, each piece of cookware from the All-Clad company is carefully inspected for flaws and imperfections, which raises the price but also ensures top quality cooking implements.  All-Clad cookware can easily last a lifetime if cared for properly. 

Typical All Clad Product Lines

All-Clad is probably most famous for its stainless steel product lines, which include layers of aluminum for better heat conductivity sandwiched between layers of high quality stainless steel. 

All-Clad also includes other metal blends, including its top-of-the-line copper blended series which boasts a 5-ply blended construction, superior heat distribution, and easy clean-up.

For commercial uses, All-Clad offers the Master Chef 2 (MC2) product line, which is easy to clean, non-reactive with foods, and offers a lifetime warrantee.

The company also creates some more unusual cookware, including round-bottomed woks, electric skillets, and Moroccan tangines, which combine a stainless steel pan with a self-basting, cone-shaped lid made from terra cotta clay.

If you are looking for high quality cookware that will last a lifetime and solid American construction, All-Clad should be one of your top choices.

The All-Clad LTD range comprises a 3 ply construction with an exterior of hard anodized aluminum, a pure aluminum core and an 18/10 stainless steel cooking surface.

Shopping for All Clad Cookware

For the best range of All Clad cookware, we recommend Cooking.com. They have a huge range and some of the best prices we've seen. They also have a lot of special deals if you spend over a certain amount so well worth the visit.

MetroKitchen.com are another site we recommend. They are very competitive, and sometimes cheaper than Cooking.com at least for their All Clad range. Plus they have free shipping if you spend more than $49.

Caring for your All Clad Cookware

Wash in warm soapy water
Do not use harsh scourers or steel wool.

Discoloration on Your All Clad Cookware

If you find blue or brown stains on your All-Clad stainless cookware it could be due to the following reasons:

» Overheating of the pot or pan - these pans do not require very high heats to cook effectively so keep temperatures to low or medium settings wherever possible.

» Reheating of the pot or pan when food film has not been removed completely can cause spotting and staining.

» If your water content is very high in iron it can cause rust stains.


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