Stainless Steel Cookware Gifts For Mothers


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Stainless Steel Cookware sets make great gifts, especially for mothers. They are such a good fit because cooking is what MOMmothers do.  It doesn’t matter if moms are serious cooks or casual cooks, working moms or stay-at-home moms, they get food on the table for their hungry families and that’s typically every day.  This is why kitchen gifts are so popular. So If you are looking for a great gift for mom and you want to take it a notch above everyday kitchen tools, take a look at stainless steel cookware sets, they make awesome and useful gifts.

Today’s mom can take advantage of popular sets which contain items that she can use frequently. Sets provide a varied assortment of cookware that can be used to prepare great meals every day. With a set, mom will more than likely have the pot or pan she needs when she needs it.

Of course, mothers aren’t the only ones who cook.  Serious cooks or those who treat cooking as a hobby, appreciate quality cooking ware that enhances their food preparation skills. For them, top quality, well made and durable cooking sets would make great gifts.

Mother’s Day, Christmas and Birthday Cookware Gift Sets for Mom

Special occasions are great times to show mom how much you appreciate all her years of laboring in the kitchen preparing meals to make you happy.

Mother’s Day 2016 is just around the corner. Chances are, mom could use a new set of matching pots and pans. Stainless steel pots and pans are healthy and cook food uniformly and evenly. If mom has never used this type of cookware before, here’s the chance to introduce her to stainless steel and for her to see just how easy these pots and pans are to clean. She will also learn that they have no sticking issues when following simple tips.

Mother’s Day Gift For Grandma

Don’t forget Grandma. Grandmothers usually have time on their hands to enjoy preparing special treats for their families, especially their grandchildren. Treat Grandma to a really nice set of shiny stainless steel cookware and she will be delighted with your generosity.

Reviews of Stainless Steel Cookware For Gifts

If you are looking for ideas for a special occasion gift or just to show appreciation to anyone, whether it is a serious cook, casual cook, cooking enthusiast, or someone who just needs new cookware, the following reviews will lead you in the right direction. You can also see a full review of sets at many price points here.

Cuisinart MCP 12 N Multiclad Pro

This Cuisinart set is often recommended because it gets a lot of very good reviews, primarily because it is a good alternative to the very expensive All Clad brand.  What sets this particular cooking ware apart from many others is the fact that it has tri-ply layering extending up the sides of its pots and pans which is also a feature of the All Clad brand. The majority of cookware sets limit this layering to the bottom only.

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Tri-Ply layering is essentially the sandwiching of aluminum and sometimes copper, too, between an outer and inner layer of stainless steel.  This enhances the heating ability of the metal since it alone does not distribute heat well whereas aluminum and copper do. Together these metals provide uniform, even cooking throughout that performs very well allowing you to avoid the problem of hotspots and enabling food to cook rapidly and evenly.

What Pots and Pans Are Included

  • 1 1/2 quart saucepan with lid
  • 3 quart saucepan with lid
  • Vegetable steamer insert with lid
  • 8 inch skillet aka frying pan
  • 10 inch skillet aka frying pan
  • 3 1/2 quart covered saute pan with an additional helper handle on the opposite end.
  • 8 quart covered stockpot

This is a well-rounded set with items in sizes that should meet the needs of most households.  The stockpot is a versatile tool and its large size means you can use it to cook small or large amounts of vegetables or any liquid based food. With the 3 1/2 quart saute pan, you can prepare one pot meals on top of the stove or inside the oven. The second, helper handle makes it easy to remove the pan from inside the oven. Its good, too for frying or braising meats.

The separate included vegetable steamer is a bonus for those who enjoy steaming their vegetables to retain nutrients.

Owners of induction stoves will be pleased to know that it can be used on those cooktops. It’s also compatible with gas stoves, electric stoves and glass cooktops and as well as being safe to use inside ovens at temperatures up to 500 degrees.

Price

Price is modest for the number of pieces included and full cladding (layering) on all sides. In addition, you have the well-respected Cuisinart name to back it up for quality and durability. If you are looking for a lower priced, good quality set, check the, check the next review.

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Cook N Home 12 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set

This set is so low in price that you are likely to think that its quality is poor.  But here is one time where a cheap price does not equate poor quality.  I am always amazed at the numerous, very positive reviews it receives. Owners have said they buy it as a starter set with the intention of moving on to more expensive cookware later.  However, they are so pleased with it that they don’t find a need to buy anything else.

CookWith the Cook N Home 12 Piece Cookware, you get a whole stainless steel set for just a little more than what a single pot or pan from some brands would cost.  Items have an encapsulated tri-ply bottom, the standard for most well-performing stainless steel cooking ware. Everything heats uniformly and quickly. It can be used on all types of stoves– gas stoves, electric stoves, glass cooktops and induction cooktops. Lids are glass so they can be used inside ovens up to 350 degrees. The pots and pans are safe inside ovens up to 500 degrees.

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What Pots and Pans Are Included

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

The 1 1/2 quart sauce pan is rather small and holds only about 6 cups of liquid but the casserole dishes can be used for basically the same things you would use a saucepan for and the 3 quart size holds about 12 cups of a liquid.  The frying pan is also rather small. The lids are tempered glass so that you can watch your food as it cooks.  Each piece comes with its own separate lid, a big plus.

The set is geared towards a single person household or a couple. Or it’s great as a supplement to cookware any size family already owns.

Price

For price, we are not just talking low, we are talking super low for 12 pieces–6 if you don’t count the lids. It doesn’t get any better than this. Quality is great and reviews are very positive.

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Cuisinart 77-10 Chef’s Classic Stainless 10-Piece Cookware Set

This set has that beautiful, shiny, mirror finish design that stainless steel is known for. It’s made by the Cuisinart company, a company that traces its beginning back to 1971. The companyCuisinart Chef's Classic 10 makes many popular kitchen products and its reputation for very good quality stainless steel cookware is backed up by more than a thousand positive reviews online. The tri-ply layered bottom ensures that food cooks evenly and uniformly.

What Pots and Pans Are Included

  • 1 1/2 quart saucepan with lid
  • 3 quart saucepan with lid
  • 3 1/2 quart saute pan with lid
  • 8 inch skillet
  • 10 inch skillet
  • 8 quart stockpot with lid

The included item are a good assortment in sizes that many cooks will find quite adequate for everyday needs. The stockpot will handle large amounts of liquid based food. The saute pan is similar to a skillet/frying pan but with some advantages.  It has a flat surface and straight sides which means that you can fit more into it than you can a skillet.

This construction also means you can cook one pot meals in it better than you would be able to in a skillet. The saute pan comes with its own lid which the skillets don’t have. Lids for all items are stainless steel.  It is compatible with gas stoves, electric stoves and glass cooktops and safe for use inside ovens.  It is not compatible with induction cooktops.

Price

As for price, this set is quite modest.  You really get an ideal selection of pieces that would cost twice as much or more if they were all purchased separately. The set is part of the Chef’s Classic Line, one of Cuisinart’s lines that has been around for a while. The line varies in price and number of pieces included.  You can see more at this link.

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ALL CLAD

If you are comfortable shelling out large sums of cash, then this may be the perfect fit for the serious or professional cook.

All Clad is the premier leader in top-notch professional cookware.  It holds the distinction, too, of being made in the USA. Its hefty price tag makes it more of a dream, than a reality for some cooks.

All Clad 600822Its design, though, is perfect for those who cook with a passion. This particular All Clad set is made of five layers of metals which is also called cladding.  The outer, exposed areas are stainless steel, a very durable and healthy material. But stainless steel does not distribute heat well, thus the additional layers to ensure optimum, uniform heat distribution.

Copper has the best ability to do this, however, it is very expensive.  Aluminum is another metal with great heat distribution qualities.  The five layers used are stainless steel, aluminum, copper, aluminum, magnetic stainless steel.  It can’t get any better than that for uniform, perfect heating capability.

The downside to this brand, though, is the weight of the pots and pans.  They are very heavy. Weight is a critical factor in quality of this type of cookware so this set certainly meets that standard. However, it would not be a good set for someone who has issues with lifting like carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis. Another con is the fact that many owners say the handles are not comfortable and rather awkward.

Despite these negatives, it’s still a sought-after, top-quality brand that will last a lifetime and can be passed down to subsequent generations.

What Pots and Pans Are Included

  • 2 quart saucepan
  • 3 quart saucepan
  • 3 quart saute pan
  • 8 inch frying pan (skillet)
  • 10 inch frying pan (skillet)
  • 8 quart stock pot
  • 4 lids

The included items are ones which a serious cook would likely use most.  The stock pot is a good size and there are two different skillet sizes.  My favorite size saucepan is the 3 quart as it seems to hold just the amount of foods I like to cook which is about 7 or 8 large servings. In measurements, quarts hold 4 cups to 1 quart. So a 3 quart saucepan hold about 12 cups of liquid.

The set is safe for gas stove tops, electric stove tops, glass and induction cooktops. All items can be used inside the oven up to 500 degrees because the lids are stainless steel instead of glass.

Price

We have already touched on price but if you are looking for the best cookware set you can give and money is not an issue, this makes a wonderful gift especially for someone who would not otherwise own it. It’s worth noting, too, that purchasing individual pieces of this brand can also be very expensive so a set could actually be a better deal.

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