Kitchen Tip #1: Now we’re cooking…

August 6, 2007 at 11:17 pm (Calphalon, cooking, ebay, Kitchen Tips, pans, pots)

Before I discovered the joys of cooking, I knew the pleasures of eating. Nothing was more blissful than watching my Mom whip up something fabulous. As I grew older, I began experimenting, unknowingly incorporating what my mother does. So, as a fledgling cook, I discovered a few things. Finding any recipe to fit scraps in the fridge is deadly. A few sweet potatoes should just be roasted or tossed if sprouting spindly legs. What was on the menu was Sweet Potato and Pumpkin cake. If I actually thought about it logically, I would have realized how revolting this would be. I baked it and baked it for what seemed an eternity… and it still was goopy. Fortunately after this disaster, I always stepped back from recipes to think, do I want to eat this? or would I reserve this delicacy for my worst enemy? So aside from understanding spices and letting one’s creativity loose in the kitchen to make both disasters and then culinary miracles, was grasping how important good kitchen tools are. So, my latest discovery and recommendation for simplifying and beautifying your lives are the fabulous CalEbayphalon Contemporary pots and pans. I did a bit of research before putting this set on my wedding registry, but nothing prepared me for the absolute glee that would follow. You immediately become a better cook because you wipe away many pitfalls, such as burning food due to absentmindedness. These pots and pans have a substantial feel and a slick look. The surface heats evenly, and ingredients blend and cook to perfection. And if you get lost in an episode of Lost, your food not only does not burn, but it retains moisture. And with conveniently clear lids, you can see what your food is doing. Perhaps it’s doing the merengue, but whatever it going on it’s usually not involving becoming dry nastiness. Food never sticks due to the hard-anodized exterior and nonstick interior. The cleanup is quick and easy, with no staining or discoloration with time. You won’t turn back. Toss those cheap pans in the trash bin and opt for a set, instead of individual purchases. The 8 or 10 piece sets have far more bang for the buck and if you’re lucky, you can find an unopened set for much less on Ebay.

PRODUCT: Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 8 or 10 piece set of pots and pans
8 pc (Model JR8A), 10 pc (Model JR10A)
Hard-anodized aluminum exterior, nonstick interior

8 pc Set Includes:

8″ omelette pan
10″ omelette pan
1.5 qt sauce pan w/cover
2.5 qt sauce pan w/cover
8 qt stock pot w/cover

10 pc Set also has:

3 qt sauté pan w/cover

PROS: sturdy, attractive, clear lid to see food, food cooks evenly and does not burn, may use on stove top or inside oven up to 450 degrees, food doesn’t try out, quick cleanup, good value, last FOREVER, long handles that stay cool, lifetime warranty,

CONS: may be heavy for some, must clean by hand

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