This set contains a 1½ quart saucepan with lid, a 2 quart saucepan with lid, a 3 quart saucepan with lid, an 8 inch skillet, a 10 inch skillet, a 12 inch skillet with lid, a 4 quart sauté pan with lid, a 9 quart stockpot with lid, a 7¾ inch steamer insert with lid and a 9½ inch pasta insert.
The Hard Anondized Aluminum of this set conducts heat much faster. This is great but it also means that you have to be careful because everything gets hotter quicker. You need to turn the heat down much lower than you were used to or you’ll end up with burned food which can stick.
The insides of the pots and pans are a special Cuisinart non-stick substance that’s reinforced with titanium. This makes it long lasting and extra smooth so that you will be able to cook without oil or very little. It also makes cleanup a breeze! Cuisinart say it’s best not to use metal utensils, so you will need to purchase a few inexpensive silicon and wood ones to make this set last. There’s also a lifetime guarantee, if you look after the set properly!
The lids that come with the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic 17-Piece Cookware Set are glass and are apparently break-resistant. The glass is a big bonus as you can see the food but there is also a lid for every item in the set. You won’t have to hunt around for a spare lid that might fit the right pot…they’re all there! Just be careful as the lids do get hot so you’ll need a potholder.
The other bonuses are the insert for steaming veggies and the one for cooking pasta. You don’t often get these extras in a cookware set.
My only grumble would be that the pots don’t stack because the lids are domed. So you will need plenty of space for storage if you want to leave the lids on. If you do stack the pots inside each other, put some kitchen paper between layers to prevent the pots scratching each other.
The set isn’t dishwasher safe but that’s not a problem because they are so easy to clean. As long as the heat stays low and food doesn’t burn and stick, you can just run them under a tap and everything just slides off. Even if there are a few burnt bits, a quick soak soon gets rid of it.
The set is safe in the oven up to 500 degrees which is a big help as it cuts down on time and the number of pots you will need to use when making a dish.
All in all, a great set for the price.
Where Can I Buy This Set?
Our ‘best buy’ choice is Amazon