Why I Chose Tri Ply Cookware
Tri Ply Cookware Pros
Heats and cooks fast
Keeps an even heat while cooking
Stovetop and oven safe
Tri Ply Cookware Cons
I have just recently purchased tri ply cookware to replace my old Teflon pans. Or, maybe I should say I invested in tri ply cookware, and hopefully, the pay off on this investment will be my family's good health. And invested is the correct word to use because the cost for these beautiful stainless steel pots and pans is high. However, there is no price you would not pay to help protect your family's health.
Like many others, I have heard the numerous reports on television, and I have read in magazines and newspapers, about the possible consequences associated with cooking in Teflon pans. Even though I liked the convenience of these nonstick pans, I felt it was time to do away with them in favor of something that was considered safer to use.
In addition to the Teflon pans that I had, I also had a set of Revere Ware stainless steel pots and pans that I had pushed to the back of the cabinet to make room for the Teflon. So, out with the Teflon, and back in with the stainless steel. While I could still use the frying pans and a couple of the saucepans from this Revere Ware set, some of the pans needed to be replaced because they did not fit the glass top heating circles on my stove. Not having this good fit, with the cook top eye, meant energy was being wasted, and it was difficult to maintain the proper heat while cooking. Also, after years of use, some of them just needed to be replaced.
Now, my job was to find the best and safest pots and pans I could, to replace the pieces that I would no longer be using. After much research, I found that stainless steel pots and pans were still considered one of the healthiest materials from which to make these items. I also learned about tri ply cookware, and how it was made. Picture this: a sheet of stainless steel, with a sheet of aluminum placed on top of it, and then another piece of stainless steel on top of the aluminum. Fuse them all together, to form the pots and pans. I also learned that tri ply cookware, made from 18/10 stainless steel, is the most durable and efficient on the market today.
With that much knowledge, I now needed to shop. So, online I went to look at the different tri ply cookware brands. While looking at the different brands, I also discovered that not all tri ply cookware is the same. For instance, some are made entirely from the tri ply cookware material. While others only have the material applied to the base of the pan in the form of a disc. Needless to say, the ones formed completely from the tri ply cookware material are generally the most expensive. They are also considered the best to cook in because the tri ply cookware material extends up the side of the pots.
After reading many tri ply cookware reviews, and discussing them with my daughter, she happened upon an article in 'Cook's Illustrated' comparing Tramontina tri ply cookware to the more expensive All-Clad brand, considered by many to be the best tri ply cookware. Based on this article, and their comparison of the two brands, I went in pursuit of the Tramontina tri ply cookware.
In my search for Tramontina tri ply cookware, I found that it could be ordered from Walmart. I had never ordered anything from Walmart before, but I quickly ordered an eight piece set. The tri ply cookware set that I ordered included:
One 10 inch sautÃ© pan
One 8 inch sautÃ© pan
One 5 quart Dutch oven with top
One 2 quart saucepan with top
One 1 quart saucepan with top
In addition to the above pieces, I also ordered a 4 quart covered casserole pan from this tri ply cookware collection. Not only is this pan a gem to cook in, its shiny stainless steel exterior reminds me of silver. Whenever I carry a casserole out in it for a function, it really dresses up the contents. And with the sturdy handles, it is easy to carry.
I am so glad I found and purchased these pots and pan. I love my Tramontina tri ply cookware. It is the greatest set of pots and pans that I have ever owned. When I place them on the stovetop, they fit the heating spot, and because of their design and weight, they make good contact with the heat. You only need to use low or medium heat because the tri ply cookware material is on the sides of the pan, as well as on the bottom, and the contents heat quickly, and they maintain an even heat while cooking. In addition to the other good features of this tri ply cookware, they can also be used on an induction cooktop. Using your tri ply cookware, start a recipe on the stovetop, and move it into the oven - no need to change pans since they can be used in either place. One thing to be careful of is while the handles do not get hot on the stovetop, when taken from the oven they are hot.
Just recently, I heard that Walmart will no longer be carrying this tri ply cookware, so before all of it is gone, I ordered a 4 quart saucepan and a 1 1/2 quart saucepan. Along with the stainless steel Revere Ware pans that I have, I am satisfied that my kitchen is well equipped to do any cooking job I need to do, and that all the pots and pans that I have are safe to use.
Many people don't want stainless steel pans because they say they are too hard to clean. I use baking soda to clean off anything stuck to the stainless steel and/or just place them in the dishwasher. I am pleased with my choice of tri ply cookware.
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