Cuisinart Cookware: 
Healthy Cookware at an Affordable Price

Comparing Cuisinart cookware with some of the top names in stainless steel cookware, such as Calphalon or All-Clad, is often considered blasphemy throughout the cooking industry. However, the reviews are in and Cuisinart offers some of the best stainless steel cookware, comparable to these higher priced brands, at a significantly lower cost.

Don't get me wrong, most reviewers admit that All-Clad has the top-rated stainless steel cookware on the market today. However, with a price tag of almost $600 for a 9-piece set, it is beyond the budget of the average home chef. If you are looking for a product that will provide the same quality and durability but at a much lower price, Cuisinart Cookware fits the bill quite nicely.

Recent interest in healthy eating has led to much speculation about how healthy some of the cookware is that we use. There was a time when Teflon was touted as among the best cookware because of its nonstick surface. Then it was found that Teflon was leaching into the food that was being cooked, and when heated above a medium temperature was believed to release PFOAs, disease-causing chemicals. Of course, most people are now also aware of the link between aluminum cookware and Alzheimer's disease, so healthy alternatives are necessary, and stainless steel is one of the best.

When looking for healthy cookware made from good quality stainless steel, don't forget the three factors you should look for:

  • Always buy stainless steel cookware that has either an aluminum or copper core. Having these metals incorporated into your cookware ensures even heating, and the metals respond quickly when you turn the temperature either up or down.

  • Try to buy stainless steel cookware where the aluminum or copper runs up the entire side of pot or pan. If its just on the bottom that's good, but if it runs up the sides that's even better, as it avoids creating "hot spots" in your food.

  • Ensure that the stainless steel is "18/10", indicating the amount of chromium and nickel. This will ensure that your cookware doesn't rust easily.

The drawback to the lower-priced "Chef's Classic" line of Cuisinart cookware is the fact that the aluminum base that is sandwiched between the outer layers of stainless steel does not extend up the sides. However, this problem can be solved by purchasing their slightly higher-priced line, the Cuisinart Multi-Clad Pro line of stainless steel cookware, which features an aluminum core that extends all the way up the sides of each piece. You get similar quality at half the price of the All-Clad.

Cuisinart cookware can withstand temperatures up to 550°F, which is good for budget priced cookware. It can go from stovetop to oven with no problem. Though you can put it in the dishwasher, it will retain its best finish if you hand wash it. Always be sure to avoid using abrasive cleaning products on stainless steel, as it will mar the finish.

Cuisinart cookware ranks among some of the best stainless steel cookware on the market and provides just as much "bang for the buck" as the other high-priced brands, so give it a try and let us know what you think!

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