There isn’t a lot of colored stainless steel cookware out there but there is one exception that is not only beautiful, but highly rated with great reviews–The Cuisinart Chefs Classic Stainless Color Series, Red, 11 pieces. This is a great set to own when you want color in your cookware to give off a bright, cheery feeling. This red set is just that. It’s uplifting and the color goes well with just about any other color scheme you’d expect to see in a kitchen. For example, if your overall kitchen decor is yellow or white, this red set will blend very well and It looks particularly nice hanging from a rack.
Because the set is also stainless steel, you get health benefits attributed to this metal as well when you use it. With stainless steel cookware, you don’t have to worry about possible harmful chemicals leaching into you from flaking. Non stick pans are known to flake causing leaching and must be replaced eventually.
The inside is where you get the benefit of using SS pots and pans. The metal is healthy and contains no harmful chemicals like PFOA and PTFE which are toxic. It’s also non reactive. It does not react to acidic foods such as lemons and tomatoes. Thus, you won’t get a metallic taste in your food when you cook with it. Its a shiny, polished design which further contributes to the beauty of the set.
Bottom and Sides
The exterior is made of a metallic metal. It extends basically around the sides. The bottom is an encapsulated disc layering with aluminum as its core (middle layer). By adding the inner layer of aluminum, you get aluminum’s good heating properties that will ensure that your food cooks evenly.
The handles, too, are stainless steel. Sometimes long handles on pots and pans can get very hot but these remain cool. They are rivited to the items so there is no fear of them separating from your cookware as might happen when the handles use screws. They are ergonomically shaped and are comfortable to lift and move about.
The lids are tempered glass, a very strong glass, the kind that is used in bulletproof glass. This means that they would be extremely hard to break.
The lids have arch-shaped handles on the top for easy removal. There is ample room from the top of the arch to the lid to prevent your knuckles from touching the lid which may be hot. Some cooks prefer glass lids because you can see your food as it cooks allowing you to keep an eye on it.
They are light in weight which makes them easy to lift and they fit quite snugly. They are safe for use inside oven up to temperatures 350 degrees. This may be something to take into consideration if you plan to use the set inside the oven often. Stainless steel lids, on the other hand, can tolerate higher heat levels.
Weight is important to cookware as it can determine how well your food cooks and also whether your food will have a tendency to burn. Very thin cookware should almost always be avoided. This set is of medium heavy weight, a very good weight for great heat performance. That means you can lift them easily and also pour food from them without difficulty. Some cookware can be so heavy that it is extremely difficult to pick up and move around.
The items are compatible with gas stoves, electric stoves, glass cooktops. They are not compatible with Induction Stovetops. The pots and pans can be used inside an oven up to 400 degrees in temperature and 350 degrees for the lids.
- 1.5 quart covered saucepan
- 2.5 quart covered saucepan
- 3 quart covered saute pan with helper handle
- 8 quart covered stockpot
- 18 cm steamer insert
- 8 inch frying pan
- 10 inch frying pan
I generally like to see a 3 quart saucepan in sets but 2.5 quarts is not far off. A 3 quart sauce pan holds about 12 cups of liquid.
The saute pan is great for braising meats and cooking one pot meals. The helper handle on it is a nice feature since the pan can go from stovetop to oven and the additional handle on the opposite end makes this an easy task.
The included frying pans/skillets come in sizes that are typical in just about all cookware sets. It’s rare to find a frying pan larger than a 10 inch size that comes with a set.
However, the 8 quart size stockpot is very larger and is a great bonus. The included steamer insert is useful not only for steaming vegetables but also as a colander.
- Stainless steel and color
- Healthy stainless steel interior
- Durable, great quality
- Reputable brand
- Medium Heavy Weight
- Comfortable Handles
- Even Heating
- Dishwasher Safe
- Not Induction Ready
- Lids limited to 350 degrees
- Saucepans are somewhat small
- No separate lids for frying pans
Cuisinart is known for its quality and this set is durable and highly regarded with over a thousand very good reviews and ratings online. Reviewers generally rate their experience as positive. The negative reviews left relate to food sticking. This is a common characteristic of this metal across all brands and prices if one does not know how to cook with it. Just a bit of effort to find out how will make your cooking experience great. There are many quick Youtube videos online as well as on this site, that will show you how to cook with it. Armed with that information, cooks using it experience very little or no sticking problems at all.
Price is in the moderate range. It’s a good buy for the number of pieces you get plus the fact that it is a combination stainless steel and color. This combo is not easy to find so taking that into consideration, it’s a good buy for a cook who wants to brighten up a kitchen and at the same time have the beneficial qualities of stainless steel. I do like the fact that it includes an 8 quart size stockpot. That is larger than most sets offer.
The items included in the set should accommodate a medium size family. Most of the items are well suited for this size family except for the saucepans which are rather small. It makes a great gift idea for a wedding gift and for moms who do a lot of cooking.
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