Stoneline Cookware Review – 12 Piece Set with Bonus Knife Set

Stonedine 12 Piece Master SetWe’ve reviewed a lot of cookware over the years, including most of the top brands but never have we had the chance to review an As Seen on TV product. To be honest, I don’t think we would have even thought to do so, because As Seen On TV products often have a tendency to not be at the standard of quality most would desire. So when Stoneline asked us to review a 12pc set of their cookware, let’s just say, we weren’t expecting much.

BUT…after using this cookware continuously for the past two months, I’d have to say that we are both quite impressed. Who would have thought?! In fact, we were so impressed that we both went looking for a larger Stoneline frypan the other day, to add to our collection.

So let’s get started with the review…

Our first impression on taking the pots out of the box was that they were sturdy and well made, without being too heavy.

We split the set up between the two of us to use in our respective households, and we used the cookware as much as possible over a two-month period. We basically replaced our regular cookware with the Stoneline range to make sure that we gave it a real work out.

This wasn’t all that difficult because it didn’t take long for us to realize that this is actually really nice cookware to work with. It feels good using it and the handles are comfortable.

The beauty of the  Stoneline cookware is that it can be used on induction, gas, electric and ceramic stove tops. I have a gas stove, Paula has an electric stove and the pots perform equally well on both types.

What I really like is that the pans heat up quickly and evenly, and I have not experienced any hot spots. This is due to the 4.5mm thick stainless steel alloy base, which distributes the heat in an optimum way and the conductivity, which reduces the cooking time. So these pans are energy efficient.

Stoneline Vs StoneDine vs All the Other Copy-cats

Bear in mind, that there are a lot of copy-cats of this product and they aren’t the same. This is where a lot of confusion can arise when people are giving their reviews for this product. Are they actually using the original or are they using a knock-off?

When checking reviews for this product on Amazon, we found people writing reviews for StoneDine under the Stoneline product. They didn’t even realize that what they had purchased was not the original Stoneline product. So it was difficult for us to get a good idea of consumer sentiment from these reviews as we didn’t know if those bad reviews were actually for Stoneline or were for another product. However, those who were talking about Stoneline were very positive.

Oven Safe?

All the pieces are oven safe up to 350f (180c) degrees.

Seasoning the cookware

If you are like us and don’t read instruction booklets, then you will probably miss the instructions to season your cookware first. Weuse oil when cooking most of the time, so we probably got away with that one, but Stoneline recommends seasoning the cookware before first use by placing a couple of drops of cooking oil on a paper towel and gently rubbing over the cookware.

Even with constant use we have not noticed any loss of the non-stick surface but if you do notice this after a while, simply re-oil the pan with a few drops of oil on a handy towel while it is cold. This will re-season it. You may notice some loss of the non-stick feeling if you have placed the pans in the dishwasher, which of course it is recommended you don’t do.

Speaking of oil…

Stoneline states that this cookware doesn’t require fats or oils when cooking. Personally I like my food cooked in oil or butter. I never got caught up in the ‘oils are bad for you’ type of philosophy. There are good oils and there are bad oils and my preference is to cook with those good oils as the food just tastes better.

In fact, both of us prefer to use a fat of some sort when cooking, so just wanted to make that statement as in most cases we both used oil when cooking with this cookware.

But since we wanted to test this thoroughly, the times that we didn’t use oil, the food did not stick. We have cooked steak, omelets ( which are notorious for sticking), soups, casseroles and fried onions and have had great success with each. We cooked both with (only because of habit), and without added oil or fats and nothing sticks. Omelets, which are notorious for sticking on a lot of surfaces, simply slide out of the pan. With steak and roast veges we simply rubbed them with a little bit of oil and herbs but did not add oil or fat to the pan.

Eggs over easy (fried eggs) worked well and actually tasted better without the added oil. It’s just a matter of being patient and letting them set on the bottom before turning them.

So nothing sticks to the pans and cleaning them is really easy.

What Type of Stove Tops can Stoneline be Used On?

The beauty of the Stoneline cookware is that it can be used on induction, gas, electric and ceramic stove tops. I have a gas stove, Stoneline Dutch OvenPaula has an electric stove and the pots perform equally well on both types.

What’s on the Bottom?

What I really like is that the pans heat up quickly and evenly, and I have not experienced any hot spots. This is due to the 4.5mm thick stainless steel alloy base which distributes the heat in an optimum way and the conductivity which reduces the cooking time. So these pans are energy efficient.

What is it made of?

The Stoneline pots and pans have a magnetized stainless steel base , a layer of aluminum in the base and sides and a non-stick surface made up of tiny particles of stone. The aluminum ensures even cooking and we have found this to be true of this cookware.

The Stoneline non-stick cookware range is PFOA-free. The inside of the pans are coated in stone – they do not have a Teflon coating.

The saucepans have bakelite handles that stay cool and are comfortable to hold. The handles can be placed in the oven up to 180 degrees Celsius.

Clean Up

Since I am the person in my household that does most of the washing up, (and we don’t have a dishwasher), this cookware is a breeze to clean. Since nothing sticks to it, you only need to wash out with a soft cloth.

Stoneline doesn’t recommend that this cookware be used in a dishwasher. I personally don’t recommend putting any non-stick coated cookware in a dishwasher. We’ve never known a non-stick cookware to last for long anyway, regardless of the manufacturer and placing it into a dishwasher only shortens it’s life even more so.

Longevity

As we have mentioned previously, we have been using these pots and pans for over 2 months now, so in terms of longevity, we have no idea how long they will last, so that will have to be an update at another time.

So far, the coating is like new and there is no sign of pealing or chipping.

So What’s in the Box:

We received the 12 pce set which includes:

  • 1 roasting pot – 9.5” diameter, 4.5” high – (4.5 ltr/4.8 qt)
  • 1 cooking pot – 8” diameter, 3.75” high – (2.5 ltr/2.7 qt)
  • 1 saucepan – 7” diameter, 3.5” high – (2.5 ltr/2.7 qt}
  • 1 stewing pan – 9.5” diameter 2.25” high
  • 1 small frying pan – 8” diameter, 1.5” high
  • 1 square pan with lid – 11”w x 11” d x 3” h
  • 1 Dutch oven with lid – 11” diameter 5.25” high (7 ltr /7.4 qt)
  • 3 glass lids that fit both pots and pans

Stoneline Square Pan

The square pan has a set of oven mitts that slip neatly over the handles of the and I find that its best to keep them handy as the handles on the pan do get hot. So make sure you have oven mitts or teatowels on hand when removing the pans from the oven or when using it on your stovetop.

There is a also large Roasting set available as an optional extra and I will certainly look out for one as I love the idea of the lid doubling as a large baking dish and the roasting pan is a decent size at 16 ¾” x 10” x 4 ¾”. Perfect for cooking a roast in one and the roast veges in the other.

The Downside

After using this cookware for a couple of months now we don’t have any real negatives to speak of except for the size of the fry pans….they are just too small compared to the rest of the pots and pans in the set, especially the smallest frypan which is too small for much although I to cook an omelet or some fried onions or mushrooms.

The larger frypan is about right for a two member family but even then if you want two big juicy steaks for instance, they are pretty squashed in the pan. This is why, we went looking for a bigger version of the fry pans.

There is an 11” fry pan available and in Australia we can buy a 12” fry pan which is a much better option for families.

Warranty

The set comes with a 12-year warranty, which means that Stoneline will repair or replace an item that is found to be defective in workmanship or material within the 12-year period. The decision on whether an item is considered to be defective is at the discretion of the Stoneline distributor.

Scratches, stains, discoloration, minor imperfections and slight color variations that do not impair the functional use of the cookware are not covered under the warranty.

There are a few things that you can do that will ensure that your Stoneline cookware lasts:

  •  Only use silicone utensils in all my cookware and it is recommended that you don’t use metal utensils.
  • Never put a hot pan into cold water or you may crack the coating
  • Stoneline (or any non-stick cookware) should be hand washed, it is not recommended that you put your non-stick cookware into a dish washer.
  • The lids are oven safe up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celcius)


The Knife Set

We tried just about all of the pieces in the knife set over the two month period. I would say these are just average. One knife in the set already had a tiny nick out of it and the quality isn’t great.

We both make our own bread and the bread knife really isn’t up to the job. The steak knives aren’t too bad and they were able to cut through a medium steak quite well.

However, it’s not a bad knife set overall, and you are getting the set as a bonus.Swiss Sword Knives

The knife set includes:

  • 1 chopper
  • 1 cleaver
  • 1 bread knife
  • 1 fillet knife
  • 4 steak knives
  • 1 paring knife
  • 1 pair scissors

Again it is recommended that you do not place the knives in the dishwasher.

Final Thoughts

 Well this is not what we expected; our findings do not fit our original expectations that this cookware was just going to be another poor quality As Seen on TV product.

We are impressed and would certainly recommend Stoneline Cookware if you are looking for a new cookware set, replacement cookware, and this set would make an excellent gift.

Why is Non-Stick Cookware so Popular?

The use of non-stick cookware in the United States spread like wildfire following its introduction to the market by DuPont in 1945. And, the American chef, professional or otherwise, has really never looked back.

It should be noted that the term “non-stick” can be applied with different meanings. Some refer to the non-stick qualities of cookware materials like iron or stainless steel. Here, though, it is being used to describe Teflon or other PTFE coatings.

And, there have been advancements. The 1980s saw the introduction of ceramic-based non-stick surfaces that have been infused with everything from titanium to diamonds to increase its strength. But, they still fall within the non-stick class of cookware.

Non-stick cookware is everywhere. It would not be far-fetched to guess that there is at least one piece of non-stick cookware in every American kitchen today.  It is the go-to cookware for nearly every cooking demographic in the country, whether you’re an amateur or pro, young or old, on a budget or in the money.

What makes non-stick cookware so popular? It comes down to three things: it’s inexpensive, there’s a lot of it out there and it gets the job done.

Cost

You can get a complete non-stick cookware set for as little as $30. There’s just no other type of cookware that can offer that price point. It will not be the greatest set in the world, but for someone on a budget who needs a way to heat up soup it’s just the ticket.

On the other hand, you can find high-quality non-stick cookware sets for as much as $600 or more.

The advantage is that non-stick cookware is not beyond the reach of any budget. But, why does the price for non-stick cookware fluctuate so much?

Variety

It’s not so much what’s on the inside as what’s on the outside when it comes to non-stick cookware. The non-stick polymer coating can be sprayed on to a variety of metals, which can be incorporated into any number of designs with varying build quality. That way, you have your choice between an $8 non-stick aluminum pan and a $140 non-stick stainless steel pan with a copper core.

Cooking Ability/Quality

Why do people love non-stick cookware? Well, because food doesn’t stick to it! Good non-stick cookware can be used even without butter, oil or spray and food will still slide right off of it. This paves the way for healthier cooking, too, which only adds to the value.

Since a non-stick polymer can be applied to any metal you are not really limited in the quality of non-stick cookware that is available. A non-stick polymer is most commonly applied to hard anodized aluminum to create affordable cookware of good quality, but it can just as easily be applied to stainless steel cladding, titanium, bronze or even porcelain enamel.

So, whatever cooking benefits you’re seeking, whether it is light cookware, cookware with good heat conductivity and so on, you should be able to find it with a non-stick coating if that’s what you prefer.

Non-stick cookware is also easy to care for as long as you take care not to scratch or chip the coating. If you follow this simple rule your non-stick cookware will provide years of service at a price that fits your budget.

Heavy Metal: A Cookware Material Review

Sometimes too many choices can make a decision more difficult, and thing is certain when choosing a new cookware set: you have a lot of choices.

Cookware is manufactured using all kinds of materials, but the most common are anodized aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, enameled metal, metal coated in a non-stick polymer and titanium. There are more, and copper can stand alone or be incorporated with some of these materials because it is a good conductor of heat, but these are the main categories.

So, let’s take a look at the properties of each.  

Anodized Aluminum 

You can probably find inexpensive pots and pans made from simple aluminum, but most aluminum cookware sets will be anodized. This is an electrochemical process that enhances aluminum, increasing its non-stick properties and rendering it non-reactive to acidic foods.  

The benefit of this over a non-stick polymer is that it is not easily damaged by metal utensils. It is also very durable considering how much lighter it is than cast iron or stainless steel.  

The drawback is that durable, lightweight non-stick quality tends to come at a higher price than cheaply made inexpensive cookware sets. That being said, Amazon have very competitive prices for anodized cookware sets such as the Rachael Ray Hard Anodized Cookware Set. read the review

Stainless Steel  

Stainless steel is durable, non-stick, stain-resistant and stylish. Stainless steel can be manufactured in several different ways with varying balances of metal added to the required chromium that makes it “stainless,” and these differences can impact quality and cost.

Something to remember about stainless steel is that it does not conduct heat very well and is often combined with either aluminum or copper. This is done by adding a disc of material to the bottom of the piece to help distribute heat, or the stainless steel is “clad” over an aluminum or copper core so that the conductive material runs up the sides and so better distributes heat.

Knowing how your stainless steel cookware is constructed will help you know how it will perform. In either case, though, high-quality stainless steel cookware performs very well. One of the best Stainless Steel cookware sets is the Cuisinart MCP-12 MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set. read the review

Stainless steel cookware can be heavy and it should be polished from time to time to keep it looking like new, and it should be hand washed.

Cast Iron

Cast iron cookware may be the most durable of the lot. It is heavy, dense and can survive a beating. It also cooks evenly and is easy to care for once it has been properly “seasoned.”

Seasoning cast iron cookware is necessary to keep it from rusting and to bring out its natural non-stick properties. It involves coating the metal with oil or shortening periodically throughout the life of the utensil. After seasoning a cast iron utensil should only be cleaned using hot water, and dried with a clean cloth.

Raw cast iron cookware is generally inexpensive and durable, which makes it a good choice for small investments. But, it is also very heavy and bulky and can be tiring to use for everyday cooking. 

Enameled Cast Iron

Enameled cookware is metal cookware that has been coated with enamel – a kind of smooth glass created with high heat. The metal coated could be aluminum, cast iron or some other metal.

Enameling can improve heat conductivity for more even cooking, as well as provide a non-reactive surface for cooking acidic foods. It is also very attractive and often comes in bright colors that can liven up a kitchen. 

Le Creuset have set the benchmark for practical, functional and beautiful enameled cast iron cookware

The drawbacks are usually cost, as well as being mindful of chipping the enamel. These pieces are not fragile, in fact they are chip resistant but they should be hand washed and they will chip if banged on with metal utensils. read the review

Copper 

Copper is common as a core metal in high-quality cookware because it has superior heat conductivity. This enables a copper utensil to evenly distribute heat as well as hold precise temperatures very well.  

Copper is also very beautiful, and gives a kitchen an unmistakable Old-World feel.  

The concern about copper, however, and the reason why it is used more frequently as a core is because it is highly reactive with foods and can alter the taste. In fact, most copper cookware is lined with tin or steel, so the only real benefit as compared to a clad utensil is the style and appearance.  

Finally, copper cookware is comparatively expensive, but it is beautiful, unique and delivers high-quality performance.

Titanium 

Titanium combines super lightweight material with durability to make the perfect cookware for all-day use, or for people who can’t lift heavy objects. The question is whether the weight of the cookware you use is a significant factor in your cooking.  

The reason is because titanium does not evenly distribute heat and so will be lined with another metal. In other words, aside from being lightweight and durable, the titanium metal provides no other benefit.  

Titanium cookware sets are amazingly durable considering how light they are.  

So, you can see that there are many material options when it comes to cookware. So many, in fact, it is important to consider your needs and budget before jumping into a purchase. Hopefully, these short descriptions will give you an idea of how to best outfit your kitchen.  

 

 

 

 

Swiss Diamond Frypan Review

We love cookware as you can probably tell (since we own this website) and we love to review products to see how they measure up to the manufacturers claims. Recently we were asked to review  the Swiss Diamond 11” (28cm) fry pan.

Swiss Diamond makes an extensive range of cookware but they are perhaps best known for their unique diamond reinforced non-stick coating. Yes, you heard correctly – their cookware actually contains diamonds!

But what does that mean to you and me. Well for one thing, the diamond crystals give you a virtually indestructible surface which is more durable than most non-stick surfaces available on the market today. Diamonds are after all one of the hardest materials on earth.

The pan arrived in excellent condition as it was well packaged.  We scrutinized the frypan to ensure that there were no faults visible and checked that the handle was firmly secured before heading off to the kitchen to put the pan through its paces.

I have to say that I do like the balance of the pan, it is easy to hold and the stay-cool ergonomic handle has a comfortable grip.

The frypan is made from thick pressure cast aluminum and it has a nice flat bottom which allows for even heat distribution.   

The first thing is to give the pan a wash in hot soapy water,  dry, and season by wiping it over with some oil on a paper towel. This is something we do with all new products as it removes any manufacturing coatings if there are any. And it’s always nice to start with a clean surface.

Okay we are ready to start. I turn the gas to medium and place the pan onto the flame to heat up.  You only ever need to use low or medium heat because of the high thermal conductivity of  Swiss Diamond Cookware . Another excellent feature is that this cookware is designed for use on all ceramic, gas and electric cook tops. 

Souffle Omlette in Swiss Diamond Pan

So after pre-heating the pan for a couple of minutes 2-3 is about right, I sprinkle a few drops of water into the pan to see if it’s ready. This is a quick and easy way to test if the pan is ready, if the water sizzles or beads then the surface is hot enough to cook on.  If the water evaporates immediately then the pan is way too hot so remove it immediately from the heat and turn the heat down.  After a l you don’t want to damage the beautiful cooking surface which can happen if the cookware is overheated.

I find that scrambled eggs or omelettes are a good way to test just how non-stick a frypan really is. No worries here, the scrambled eggs release easily from the pan allowing me to turn the egg mixture without any problem at all.

After the eggs are cooked they slide easily from the pan to the plate and nothing sticks to the surface. 

The next test is the omelette. I have decided to make a soufflé omelette that will need to be placed into the oven to finish it off. So I heat the pan again on medium heat and add the egg mixture. The soufflé rises beautifully thanks to the even heat distribution.  Then it’s time to place the pan into the oven to brown the top of the soufflé.

Swiss Diamond frypans are oven safe up to 260°C (500°F) which makes it so handy for those dishes that you need to start cooking on the stove top but want to finish off in the oven.  NOTE: Always use an oven mitt when you are taking the frypan from the oven.

The diamond hard surface of the Swiss Diamond frypan means you can use metal utensils; however, I don’t possess any as I like the feel and performance of silicone utensils.  So I can’t comment on that aspect.

As always there are a few sensible things that you need to practice so DO NOT:

  • Cut or chop food in the frypan. (This is not as silly as it may sound; I have a rather expensive Jamie Oliver frypan that my husband cut up his steak in, thereby ruining the non-stick surface.)
  • Do not use an electric beater to mix things in the frypan.

So now to the clean up part of the process, Swiss Diamond frypans are dishwasher safe, but I found that the pan cleaned up quickly and easily in hot soapy water. No fuss, no bother, I don’t see the point in subjecting the surface to those harsh dishwasher chemicals which may end up diminishing the performance of the non-stick surface over time, when it is so easy to wash up by hand.

As you can see from the photo there is very little residue left behind on the pan once the omlette has been turn out, and this washed off very easily, no scrubbing or elbow grease required, a simple wipe over and it was spotlessly clean.

Swiss Diamond frypans are not an inexpensive item but if you want a quality product that will last you for many years then this will be money well spent.

So what is my verdict – I love it.

So to summarize:

Everything you need to know about Swiss Diamond Cookware:

This cookware is produced with a keen eye for technology. The company is always working hard to create the newest, most effective features and manufacturing methods to enhance and improve their cookware offerings. This has lead to a number of advancements in the Swiss Diamond line, including the addition of Nano-composite coating, which utilizes diamond crystals and non-stick Nano-components.

What Makes Swiss Diamond Cookware Unique?

Swiss Diamond is not just another cookware manufacturer. The company is innovative in its approach to household items. Their cookware stands out because of its patented diamond reinforced non-stick coating. This allows consumers to prepare their favorite recipes on a durable heating surface. The non-stick element also makes cleaning Swiss Diamond cookware much easier. The unique material used in Swiss Diamond cookware’s non-stick coating strengthens the piece as a whole. The surface will not peel or crack.

To compliment their functional non-stick surface, the company has also designed its cookware to be thicker using pressure cast aluminum.  The added thickness allows the pot or pan to heat up evenly, which translates into a better distribution of heat and thorough cooking.

Why Choose Swiss Diamond Cookware?

One of the biggest problems consumers have with non-stick cookware is its restrictive nature. No metal utensils can be used or the surface may be damaged.  Abrasive cleaners and scouring pads cannot be used either for the same reason. Swiss Diamond cookware doesn’t have these restrictions, this cookware can stand up to metal utensils without damaging the non-stick coating. It is  also dishwasher safe for fast and easy to clean.

Safety is very important in the kitchen. Swiss Diamond cookware’s durable non-stick construction can protect you from ingesting harmful substances that can sometimes find their way into food due to a damaged heating surface.  Swiss Diamond’s products also include stay cool handles that will remain unheated up to 260 degrees Celsius for easy, comfortable handling.

Swiss Diamond Cookware  comes in many sizes and designs. Consumers can choose from grill pans, roasters, frying pans, stew pots, casserole dishes, sauté pans, sauce pans, woks, and stock pots. Specialized items are also available, such as double burner griddles, breakfast pans and oval frying pans. Each produce is designed with Swiss Diamond’s unique technology. The reinforced construction helps make each pot and pan very durable meaning  you will get many years of use out of your Swiss Diamond cookware.

The Different Types of Cookware

Cookware is an important part of anyone’s kitchen. Without the right cookware it really makes it difficult to cook quality meals at home.

There are a variety of different materials to choose from when buying cookware. The first is stainless steel. This is the most popular and for good reason. Stainless steel cookware is strong, durable and is easy to clean. If it contains a layer of aluminum or copper in the base then it is even better as it provides even cooking and prevents hotspots.

The second type of cookware is cast iron cookware. Cast iron cookware is a favorite for many people. It is strong and almost indestructible. It also cooks foods extremely well but it does have its drawbacks. It’s heavy so takes a bit of muscle to remove from the stove particularly if there is a lot of food in it to begin with.

Cast iron also requires seasoning so there is a little bit of maintenance involved to keep it working as it should. A popular alternative to bare cast iron is enamelled cast iron. This type of cast iron cookware has the best of both worlds. It has all the attributes of bare cast iron, however you don’t need to season it and clean up is a lot easier.

A third material commonly used in the manufacturer of cookware is hard anodized aluminum. This is a very popular choice as this type of cookware is non-stick making for easy cooking and even better – easy clean up! Hard anodized cookware is also quite strong.

Copper is another material used to manufacturer cookware. Copper is the choice for chefs who understand the benefits of copper. Copper is quick to react to temperature changes making it ideal for delicate sauces and gravies. It also cooks evenly preventing hotspots. The disadvantages of copper are that it can be expensive to buy and also difficult to maintain. That beautiful shiny copper needs to be cleaned regularly in order to keep it looking as good as the day it was bought.