This cookware set is an exceptional value, including all of the pans needed to equip your kitchen with the most used cooking pieces. It includes saucepans for whisking a homemade sauce or cooking your morning oatmeal, a big stockpot for soups, stews or boiling pasta, and skillets (probably the most...
Wonderful set of cookware!
Pros: Handle Stays Cool, Retains Heat, Durable, Easy To Clean, Non-Stick, Distributes Heat Evenly
Best Uses: Elaborate Meals, Gifts, Simple Meals, Small Kitchens, Large Kitchens
Describe Yourself: Avid Cook
I love this set of cookware! I am an avid cook, but on a limited budget, so I was having to make do with cheaper sets of pots and pans, and I really hated it. I have been longing for a higher quality set of cookware, and I love Rachel Ray, so I was very excited when I was given a gift certificate for any of the CSN stores through my blog.
Cookware.com is the first place I went, I knew exactly what I wanted! I ordered the set and in a couple of weeks it was delivered. I used it a couple of nights later and fell in love! The pieces are a beautiful cobalt blue, the pots are larger and deeper than I expected ( which is a good thing ) and everything but the shallower skillets have lids.
I love the stay cool handles, they are very comfortable to hold. The pieces are on the heavier side, which is great. I can not stand the thinner, super lightweight types that feel like they will fall apart, and these have a very reassuring weight to them.
I was nervous the first time I used them, because I have an old electric stove with the flat metal heating plates, and they are a little rusty looking, so I was afraid I would scratch the finish or turn the bottoms black. The bottoms are also blue and have the Rachel Ray stamp on there. After I cooked with them, I checked the bottom and was thrilled to see that there were no scratches and the finish was just as clean and pretty as it was when I took them out of the box. I have used them nightly for two weeks and they are still in perfect condition. They are a lot more durable than you might think. Be sure to only use wood, plastic or nylon utensils, never metal, so you do not scratch the non-stick coating.
Be sure to never heat them on HI, only Med-HI. The instructions tell you this, and I know from dish sets in the past that they are more prone to warping and having the finish bubble. It only takes 2 or 3 minutes longer to heat to boiling on med-hi than it does on hi, ( less if you use the lid, which also saves energy and time )and this set retains heat like a dream, so take care of your dishes and you will get to enjoy them for decades to come.
I do not have a dishwasher, so I hand wash them, which I would do even if I DID have a dishwasher, because I would hate for the color to fade or chip from the heat and the high pressure water from the dishwasher.
This set is perfect for our family ( 2 adults, 3 kids ) and I think it would make a perfect gift to any person who loves to cook!
Picture of the set right out of the box...
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Picture of the Rachel Ray stamp on the bottom...
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