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#91 joethefoodie

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 05:20 PM

I think I've mentioned before that I own quite a few pieces of All-Clad Masterchef; one of the original lines, and the stuff is great; as a matter of fact, I had some 20-year old nonstick that got beat up, and they replaced it no questions asked.

 

I think you'd be fine with one of the less expensive lines as opposed to the copper core.



#92 mongo_jones

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Posted 29 March 2019 - 06:25 PM

okay, i'm getting the cheapo 2-ply mc line. i will take faster/more precise heating over shinier exteriors over time.


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#93 joethefoodie

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 01:10 PM

okay, i'm getting the cheapo 2-ply mc line. i will take faster/more precise heating over shinier exteriors over time.

Good move.  I might mention that I never put those in the dishwasher, since the dishwasher isn't kind on the exterior brushed aluminum.

 

Also, I think they're 3-ply!



#94 voyager

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 01:56 PM

I have two of the brushed aluminum pieces.   I wouldn't/don't worry about trying to keep the finish "pretty".    I don't notice a difference when cooking in these vs the steel finished ones.   It all depends if ugly bothers you.   It IS much easier to clean the outside of the steel finished pans.


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#95 joethefoodie

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 02:07 PM

https://www.finecook...nstick-coatings



#96 mongo_jones

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 03:17 PM

 

okay, i'm getting the cheapo 2-ply mc line. i will take faster/more precise heating over shinier exteriors over time.

Good move.  I might mention that I never put those in the dishwasher, since the dishwasher isn't kind on the exterior brushed aluminum.

 

Also, I think they're 3-ply!

 

 

 

everybody else lists them as bi-ply; tri-ply being reserved for aluminum sandwiched between two layers of stainless.


my annoying opinions: whisky, food and occasional cultural commentary

 

current restaurant review: house of curry (sri lankan in rosemount, mn)

 

current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

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#97 mongo_jones

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 03:24 PM

okay, while i wait for these to come in, remind me: do i pre-heat on medium or high heat?


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current restaurant review: house of curry (sri lankan in rosemount, mn)

 

current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

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#98 joethefoodie

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 07:41 PM

 

 

okay, i'm getting the cheapo 2-ply mc line. i will take faster/more precise heating over shinier exteriors over time.

Good move.  I might mention that I never put those in the dishwasher, since the dishwasher isn't kind on the exterior brushed aluminum.

 

Also, I think they're 3-ply!

 

 

 

everybody else lists them as bi-ply; tri-ply being reserved for aluminum sandwiched between two layers of stainless.

 

If you're getting the MC2stuff, this is what their website says:

 

  • The matte-finished 18/10 stainless steel interior provides a stick-resistant cooking surface, while the brushed aluminum exterior matches most kitchen decor. The aluminum core provides even, rapid heating.

 

 



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Posted 30 March 2019 - 08:20 PM

Confusing.

 


 

 

  • The matte-finished 18/10 stainless steel interior provides a stick-resistant cooking surface, while the brushed aluminum exterior matches most kitchen decor. The aluminum core provides even, rapid heating.

 

while the linked website describes the interior as polished.   

 

FWIW, my several of this ilk are polished stainless interior, brushed aluminum exterior.   I certainly don't consider their interior stick-resistant, but it matters little to me.   I'm either searing or cooking with butter or oil.

 

 


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#100 Orik

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 01:52 PM

Get cheap, solid commercial pans, give the difference to orphans or whisky.
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#101 joethefoodie

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 03:03 PM

I have any number (okay, a lot) of blue steel, Volrath, Lincoln Wearever, etc. The favorite is blue steel, and it eventually develops a great non-stick surface.

 

But sometimes it's nice to use "fancy" pieces, be they Le Crueset, Staub, All-Clad, Falk, Demeyere, Sitram, the list goes on.

 

Although people who've watched while I'm cooking in a DeBuyer blue steel pan think its fancy.



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Posted 31 March 2019 - 06:30 PM

My last set was MC2. Basically indestructible & worked fine. I only switched because we got an induction stove. My mom and a couple of good friends were very happy to get the old stuff. 


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#103 Sneakeater

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 06:27 AM

I don't care.  I still love my copper-core.


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#104 mongo_jones

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 01:48 PM

calm yourselves.  i have purchased the mc2 12 inch fry pan and 3 quart saute pan. plus the 2 quart saucepan. i wish a larger saucepan was available but it isn't. if i enjoy cooking with these then i will round out the collection with some pans from the next level up: a larger saucepan, a smaller fry pan.


my annoying opinions: whisky, food and occasional cultural commentary

 

current restaurant review: house of curry (sri lankan in rosemount, mn)

 

current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

facts are meaningless. you could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
~homer simpson


 


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Posted 08 April 2019 - 12:14 PM

Love my mc2 6qt saute pan! Very even heating, can easily brown 8 chicken thighs evenly without having to rotate them.