I have had the privilege of being raised in a family of professional chefs. As a result, I enjoy the fun that comes along with cooking. It is an activity that I find both rewarding and relaxing, seeing all your ingredients turn out into a meal that explodes with flavor in one’s mouth.
Even the greatest chefs around never resist the allure of buying a great piece of cookware set at an affordable price. I mean why would you skip a set such as the Cuisinart hard-anodized 11 pc cookware set with its quality of construction and versatility?
Being made from hard anodized aluminum and dishwasher friendly is a rare combination for nonstick cookware set. Secondly, the reason it’s hard to ignore the offer is that the set is from Cuisinart, one of the best manufacturers in the business of cookware sets.
I have thus prepared a witless review on this amazing set that you will find helpful is you have been looking around for an affordable high quality set.
Cuisinart Hard Anodized 11 pc Cookware Set Reviews
What’s contained in the Package?
As indicated, the set comprises of 11 pieces in total. However, I find this description misleading in a way, since out of the 11, 4 of them are lids, and one is a pasta insert. It is this sort of marketing gimmick that you learn to live with especially in this era of people trying to outdo one another.
Still, you get a 1 quart saucepan, a 2.5 quart saucepan, a 3 quart saucepan, and a 6 quart sauce pot. All of these have their covers in the package. In addition, there is an 8” and 10” skillet. Lastly, there is a pasta insert which fits into the 6 quart saucepot. The glass lids fit tightly onto the saucepans, preventing nutrients, texture, and flavors form escaping as you cook.
- Eterna Nonstick Coating
Nonstick cookware have received a public castigation over the past couple of years because of the purported presence of PFOA in the wetting agents used to make PTFE. This public outcry is unfair, since the PFOA present is totally destroyed during the curing process of the nonstick coating. It is a mandatory process that all the coatings pass through.
Moreover, all tests conducted under normal conditions show no indication of the presence of any such harmful substances. Still, because of public outcry, manufacturers shift attention to new materials such as Eterna in the coatings. This new material is devoid of PFOA and as such has not received any negative publicity.
Eterna is a unique technology used by Cuisinart in this cookware set. The technology uses fluoropolymer composites which have the advantage of great release property in comparison to an individual fluoropolymer. The technology accrues several benefits such as a long lasting coating when tested under the Dry-Egg test. It is also a better performer in the LGA Shaker Tests and Tiger Paw tests.
Because of the high glow of Eterna coating, it’s an attraction point at the points of sales. The glowing look contributes a great deal to the success of the coating technology. For an extra wear resistance, the coating is thicker by between 25 and 37 microns. Because of the compatibility with all metallic surfaces, it can be applied on stainless steel and aluminum.
The Cuisinart Hard anodized 11 pc cookware set features this special Eterna coating on the cooking surface. Hence, you get superior food release that lasts long, provided you use wooden, plastic, and nylon utensils. I have avoided using metallic utensils on them. There is no need of tempting fate with my prized cookware sets.
Even without oil, food still slides off the surface from day one through the years. Just remember not to cook at high temperatures as some of the foods will stick on the surface. Moreover, don’t leave the food to cook for extended periods. The nonstick surface also makes for easy cleanup jobs afterwards.
- Aluminum Construction
The Cuisinart hard anodized 11 piece cookware set is made from a hard anodized aluminum. By chemically treating the pure aluminum, a protecting layer forms on the exterior surface of the cookware pieces. The anodized part forms part of the 3-layer construction where the outer layers are a protective, then the core is pure aluminum, and then the inner layer is the Eterna nonstick coating.
The construction allows for several benefits. Once of these is the even heat distribution. As a result, no part of the pan remains cold, while other parts heat up. The outer layer forms a feature which Cuisinart refers to as ArmourGuard technology, offering a rich protective layer for superior pan durability. These will stay with you for quite some time despite knocks here and there.
Because of the excellent heat transfer, you may take some time to get accustomed to cooking with an aluminum pan. I have been there too as I used to burn stuff from time to time during my first week using this set.
- Glass Lids and Ergonomic Build
Everything about this Cuisinart set is meant to make your cooking life fun-filled. First, the saucepans each have a glass lid for keeping the nutrients in place. Also, the tight fitting lids pressurize the cooking, meaning food gets ready fast. Since they are made from glass, you can conveniently check up on the progress of the cooking without having to lift the lids.
When you want to add/mix ingredients, then easy grip and wide handles on the glass lids comes in handy. Plus, you could also want to taste some of the food to confirm the progress. Another ergonomic feature is the contoured handles on the pans and pot. These stay cool on heated stovetops. This means that you can remove the pot from the heat source without suffering burns on your hands.
Additional side grip handles ensures a balanced handling of the cookware. However, it is these handles that introduce some drawback to the sets. Even though it is indicated that they are stay-cool, these handles still get hot. As you cook for extended periods of time, you would want to have a handling cloth nearby as the handles will get hot.
A combination of impressive heat transfer and durable nonstick cooking surface makes the Cuisinart hard-anodized 11-pc. Cookware set a great buy for beginner and professional chefs. The glass lids are resilient, the outer layer is hardy, and there is no need for constant stirring of food.
Although Cuisinart states that the pans are usable with cooking sprays, I think this is not necessary. Plus, it’s indicated that they are dishwasher safe. But since I am a paranoid fellow, I haven’t tried that out. I prefer to clean them by hand. Plus, food residues come of easy when scrubbed.