The All-Clad Try-Ply Stainless Steel 9 Piece Cookware Set is considered to be the best seller of the five All-Clad cookware collections. All-Clad is the brand most used by TV Chefs. And it is fully manufactured in the US.
Many stainless steel cookware sets feature aluminum in their base, sandwiched in stainless steel but All Clad have three layers of aluminum in their ‘sandwich’. Unlike less expensive sets, All Clad’s pure core of aluminum goes right up the sides of the pans. This provides amazingly even heating which is one of the reasons that All-Clad cookware is a high end brand.
If you’re new to cooking with All-Clad, you do have to be careful with this. The heat is so even that a pot may be simmering but the liquid will seem to hardly even bubble! This can make you think that you don’t have the heat up high enough – when in fact you do! Turning up the heat unnecessarily will burn food and may mark your expensive pans. So follow the manufacturers instructions and just keep the heat low – your food and your pans will thank you for it!
This beautiful cookware set has All-Clad’s heavy duty, fully riveted, extra long handles which stay cool and are easy to handle. The pot lid handles do get hot though, so keep a pot mitt handy. If you buy your set from Metro-Kitchen simply spend $500 on All Clad and you will receive a bonus All Clad Stainless Steel Lasagna Pan, 2 oven mitts and a cookbook valued at $170.00.
The lids are stainless steel and are a good, tight fit. The trademark ‘high dome’ lids do make the set awkward to stack but as it’s such a great looking set, you may prefer to hang it on a rack instead, which will also help to preserve that glossy interior. Although the fry pan comes without its’ own lid, the saucepan lid fits the fry pan so if you’re not using both at the same time, you can use the saucepan lid to keep spatter down which helps with cleanup.
Although stainless steel cookware is dishwasher safe, it isn’t a great idea as the harsh detergents in dishwasher soap may eventually pit your lovely shiny cooking surface, making it harder to clean as time goes on. All-Clad recommend Bar Keepers Friend for cleanup and it really is worth getting some. It’s around $4.00 for a decent sized pot and is non-scratch. You just use it straight from the pot with a damp sponge. It will remove any heat discoloration and burnt on food and it will keep your cookware looking like new.
If you follow the instructions in the All-Clad booklet, this set is almost as good as non-stick. There are new methods to get used to, such as preheating your pans, but once you get used to it, the improvement and increased enjoyment in your cooking is well worth it.
This is a quality set (which is reflected in the price). It feels good, cooks well and looks beautiful.
Read our full review for the All Clad 9pc Stainless Steel Cookware Set.