Cook N Home 12-Piece Stainless Steel Set Review

Cook n Home 12 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set
My first thought upon seeing the price of the Cook N Home 12-piece Stainless Steel set was that the quality must be as cheap as the price and couldn’t possibly be worth buying. But as I researched qualities that make stainless steel cookware a good buy and saw all the positive reviews left about the set, I began to think otherwise.

I was especially enamored by the fact that you can stack (nest) the pots within each other neatly. This is a huge advantage when you have limited shelf space. If you’d like to own stainless cookware but don’t want to spend a lot of money, this set is a good choice as it is durable and of great quality.

The bottoms are made of stainless steel with an aluminum core. It’s the aluminum that distributes heat evenly throughout the pots and pans because stainless steel alone is a poor heat conductor.

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Even heat distribution means your food cooks uniformly and you won’t have those hot spots where some parts of the food is burned and other parts barely done.

With this product, you get a very good selection of items for one low price. A single pot or pan, alone, from some brands would cost twice as much as this complete set.

If you are like me, you will appreciate the fact that you can stack the items within each other--a great bonus if you lack shelf space.

The items in this set are very easy to clean. SS cookware has an undeserved reputation of being hard to clean because many cooks don’t know how to cook using it.

Unlike non-stick cookware, cooking with this type of material may require a learning curve to make sure your food does not stick. However, I don’t find sticking an issue at all.  You can find the same sticking complaints about stainless steel cookware at all price levels. It’s really a matter of learning to adjust your heat temperature when preparing your food.

Bottom and Sides

The complete bottom area of the pots and pans is encapsulated with a disc of aluminum. This means that the stainless steel on the bottom is wrapped around aluminum to aid in distributing heat well. Stainless steel is a poor Cook N Home 12 Piece Stainless Steel Set Reviewconductor of heat and without the addition of the aluminum, food would not cook uniformly

The aluminum also helps the cookware heat quickly. Cookware where there is a layer of aluminum or copper sandwiched between stainless steel is referred to as tri ply cookware. Other terms used to refer to this layering are clad.

For this particular brand, the tri-ply coating does not continue up the sides. That feature is often found only on more expensive cookware, but the bottom-only tri-ply layering  is sufficient to ensure good performance.

Handles

The handles are stainless steel and use rivets–small pieces of metal– to fasten them to the pot or pan. Handles that have rivets receive good reviews because they are more durable than those that use screws.

The handles can get hot especially if they are left on the burner for long cooking periods and it may be necessary to use a pot holder to lift them.However some owners feel they only become warm. Since I own this set, my thoughts are that they do become hot when used for an extended period of time. The discrepancy may also be the result of perhaps induction cooking where all of the cookware remains mostly cool when cooking.

Other owners wish the handles were silicone because silicone is very comfortable to grasp, but the disadvantage of silicone handles is that they often cannot be placed inside the oven.

Only two of the items have long handles–the frying pan and the saucepan. The others have rounded handles on each side of the pot. This could be a problem if you like to use both hands to perform two tasks at the same time.

For example, if you use a double handled pot to cook pasta, you’d have to grab the pot with both hands to take to the sink to drain it in your colander. You could not grab the pot in one hand and the colander in the other hand. That’s adds an additional step to your food preparation time.

On the other hand, it could be a bonus for those like me who think that two handles make the item feel sturdier. For me, it is a welcome feature on the 10 inch frying pan which is large because the helper handle balances the weight.

he long handles are hollow which may not be attractive to everyone. They do have a somewhat sharp feel along the edges, but I don’t see this as a problem because the edges are not so rough that they would easily cause cuts to the hand. They are comfortable to gasp.

Another problem with the handles on top of the lids is that the arch shape does not allow much space between the top of the pan and the top of the arch. This can result in knuckles brushing up against the lids which may be hot.

Lids

Glass lids allow you to keep tabs on your cooking without having to lift the lid. Tempered glass is simply glass that is tough enough to withstand heat. These lids have a steam vent so that steam can escape.

I love this feature because it helps keep food from dribbling out of the sides of the pot when too much pressure builds inside. All too many times I have turned away from cooking for just a few minutes and gotten sidetracked. The results have been food boiling over onto the stove and a puddle of liquid that has to be cleaned up.

The lids are safe for use in the oven.The manufacture recommends temperatures up to 270 degrees but are safe to heat up to 350 degrees.

Weight (Thickness)

I would describe the pots and pans as being very close to medium weight–not heavy and not too light or thin. Thin cookware is definitely to be avoided and in the long run, not a bargain. It’s easy for food to burn when using it and this can result in burned pans that may be difficult to salvage.

Thin cookware does not conduct heat well either. Generally heavier cookware performs better, but It is possible to get good cooking results as long as the pans are not too thin.

Mirror (Polished)

Bright and shiny is what first attracts some people to this type of metal. This set does not disappoint. It is mirror polished inside and out which is very shiny and reflective.

Compatibility

The pots and pans are safe to use on electric, gas, glass, ceramic and induction stoves.

The manufacture’s recommended temperature for pots and pans is 350 degrees and 270 degrees for the lids. However, the limitations for pots and pans are 500 degrees and lids 350 degrees. If the pots and pans are heated to the maximum temperature, there is a risk of discoloration of the stainless surface.

Cook N Home 12-Piece Stainless Steel Set What’s Included

Cook N Home is located in California and the 12-piece cookware set is made in China. Three of the items are listed as casseroles, a term that isn’t often used. Most brands include saute pans instead. Both are similar. A casserole pot is one that can be used for making things like one pot meals. Think of it in the same way you would a typical ceramic casserole dish, just made of a different material. It looks great as part of a table setting.

Having more than one casserole size is good. It lets you cook  choose the right size pot that better fits the portion size of the food you are cooking.

The smaller pots are stackable inside the larger pots. The following items are included:

  • 1 1/2 quart sauce pan with lid
  • 1 1/2 quart casserole with lid
  • 2 quart casserole with lid
  • 3 quart casserole with lid
  • 5 1/2 quart stock pot with lid
  • 10 inch frying pan with lid

 

An individual lid for each item is a plus, but some customers feel there should be more than one frying pan. An ideal cookware set would have at least 2 to cover smaller foods such as omelets and a larger pan for multiple foods like several hamburger patties. But the included 10 inch size actually looks larger than 10 inches.

Also, it’s listed as a frying pan. Most brands would characterize it as a saute pan because of the way the sides are shaped. Frying pans have a more flared side whereas a saute pan’s sides are straighter.

For the price of this set, you get a good assortment of pots and pans that should meet the needs of a small or medium-size family. The casseroles are versatile and could be considered saucepans. The only difference between the two is that casseroles have two handles and saucepans only one large handle.

Cook N Home 12-Piece Stainless Steel Set Quality

The Cook N Home 12 piece cookware set has numerous positive reviews online. Owners state that they are very happy with the quality. They are satisfied with the way it cooks and are especially pleased with how heat is distributed evenly throughout the pots and pans.

Reviewers have even mentioned they purchased this item because they wanted a starter set of stainless steel cooking ware. Now that they own them, they are happy with it and have no plans to buy another one.

Other owners say it is dishwasher safe and surprisingly, quite easy to clean. That is not generally one of stainless steel’s best features. It’s notorious for food sticking to pans especially eggs and pancakes.

By learning how to use it properly, sticking can be avoided. Perhaps the reviewers who don’t find cleaning a problem have taken the time to learn how to cook using this type of cookware.

Pros

  • Dishwasher safe
  • Low price
  • Each item has its own lid. Many sets don’t have their own lids, especially one for the frying pan
  • Very shiny appearance which makes it look like it is high quality and classy.
  • Distributes heat evenly thanks to the capsulated aluminum bottom of each piece.
  • Pots nest within each other (stackable)
  • Easy to clean
  • Can be used in the oven
  • Safe for Induction cooktops (induction symbol on bottom)

Cons

  • Set has only 1 frying pan that’s 10 inches. An average family could use at least 2 to be able to cook different size portions of food
  • Handles get hot
  • Handles are hollow and have rough edges
  • The 1 1/2 quart sauce pan and casserole are small

Cook N Home 12-Piece Stainless Steel Set Consumer Ratings

The Cook N Home 12 Piece Stainless Steel set receives very high ratings overall online and on a number of sites. Considering its low price, the number of pieces included, and the encapsulated bottoms I agree that this is a great buy for those looking for good quality cookware at a very reasonable price. I purchased this set after starting this review and I can add that I am extremely pleased with its performance.

The casseroles in the set are a variety of sizes that should  cook ample size portions for three to four people. The 51/2 quart stockpot can hold even more. Thus, it’s a great set for a single person, couple or medium size family. It’s low price makes it a good deal for a student moving into a new home or anyone getting started in a new apartment.  If you need a low price set that is overall more suitable for a larger size family, these are good choices.

Price

All kitchens where the oven is used a lot require some cookware and this is a great starter set for individuals and for families. You get 6 pots/pans with a lid for each one and this averages out to about $6 a piece. I don’t think you can find a better deal at such a low price.

You also get the benefit of stainless steel which is great because you eliminate the risk of metals leaking into the food and you still have great heat induction due to aluminum discs in the bottoms.

Young adults moving into their first apartment would appreciate this set as would anyone who wants to transition to this type of  metal without paying a fortune. It’s also a good bet for RV owners or those on camping trips.

Those who might not be thrilled with the set would probably be the serious chef who wants a thicker weight and different materials on the bottom and the sides in order to provide even better heat distribution. All in all, it’s a solidly built set that’s a step up from aluminum and available at a very reasonable price.  You can bookmark this page for future reference.
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