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Old 19-02-2011, 14:06   #1
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Thoughts on New Cookware

As a galley writer I try every new type of pot that comes along. The latest is Xtrema, a ceramic cookware that is naturally nonstick but has nothing to flake off or gas out. It's said to be the safest nonstick and, while you don't want to abuse it, it can be used without special utensils. On the plus side it is indeed nonstick and easy to clean. The dished skillet/wok size is just right for single handers; lids sold extra. It's molded in one piece, which means no place for germs to hide but because it's all one piece, the handle gets hot and that means a separate piece of insulation, which is supplied with it, must be slipped over the handle. The closest comparison I can make is cast iron cookware. Xtrema about as heavy and could shatter on severe impact. It takes forever to heat compared to aluminum or copper-clad. Of course it won't rust and it's more nonstick than Grandma's best-seasoned iron. Unlike iron (and other materials) it can go from the freezer to microwave, dishwasher, oven or stovetop burner. If you like like easy cleanup and are concerned about other nonsticks, give Xtrema a look-see.
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Old 19-02-2011, 15:12   #2
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Thanks for the info. I considered switching but I've decided to stick with my good old (20 years) Calphalon without any non-stick coatings. I'll spend the money on new halyards instead.
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Old 19-02-2011, 16:03   #3
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what 914 sed but i am keeping my hand picked pieces of oddball cookware, each piece chosen for specific abilities that particular pan offers in my portfolio of recipes, if ye wanna call em that. besides these new things sound breakable and expensive. cast iron andmy other stuff might not be trendy--is perfect.
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Since I have a small boat with a small galley, I really like having removable handles. Make the most of my meager storage space. I have a set of Cuisinart, shiny stainless with heavy enclosed bottoms and removable handles. Cook great - hard to make anything stick because heating is so even. And not even that expensive for the set.

But thanks for the info anyway.
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I'd love some removable handle ware but I haven't seen anything like as good as my old attached handle "Thermic Ware" stainless. At least not yet.
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I'd love some removable handle ware but I haven't seen anything like as good as my old attached handle "Thermic Ware" stainless. At least not yet.
I found a pair (pot and pan) of Triplinox Cookware at a thrift shop... Decided to chuck everything else I had been putting together for my galley. I haven't field tested them yet, but I know good cookware and these are high quality (made in France) and I'd expect them to last a lifetime. Both of mine came with handles, so I'm keeping one as a spare and just switching between the two with the other handle. It's an easy one handed maneuver

Here is a full set on ebay

The Xtrema sounds nice, but it does sound a bit cumbersome for a smaller galley. Light and Easy is the key for me
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Old 19-02-2011, 17:37   #7
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Magma makes a 9 Piece Stainless Steel "Nesting" Cookware Coated
with Teflon Select Non-Stick Coatings with removable handles

9 Piece Stainless Steel "Nesting" Cookware

Stores in less than 1/2 cubic foot
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Old 19-02-2011, 17:49   #8
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Magma makes a 9 Piece Stainless Steel "Nesting" Cookware Coated
with Teflon Select Non-Stick Coatings with removable handles

9 Piece Stainless Steel "Nesting" Cookware

Stores in less than 1/2 cubic foot
I was just going to mention that set too. We picked it up from Defender. It is a heavy set and it is outstanding. It is heavy because the bottoms must be 3/8" or 1/2 thick and heat really evenly. The two handles come off and store separately. Haven't had it long enough to know how well the non-stick will wear but have our fingers crossed as we love it.



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Fissler professional collection, no anti-stick coatings to deal with

Pots - original pro collection - 5-piece set - Fissler


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I'm also not a fan of non-stick coatings. I prefer to just spray a little olive oil down, that pretty well does the trick. I'd never get an entire set of non-stick cookware. Sometimes the sticky stuff is the good stuff, let it stick to the pan, then cut it with something acidic (it's called deglazing) yummy depends on what your cooking of course, but I've never really had an need for nonstick. Except for eggs.. I won't leave home without my little non-stick egg pan
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Defender sells a set without the teflon coating also.
(7) Piece Stainless Steel "Nesting" Cookware Set
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Defender sells a set without the teflon coating also.
(7) Piece Stainless Steel "Nesting" Cookware Set
Wish you'd stop saying what I'm about to say



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Defender sells a set without the teflon coating also.
(7) Piece Stainless Steel "Nesting" Cookware Set
Looks good... If I ever lose all my cookware and there are no thrift stores in sight, I'll definitely give it a second thought

The Xtrema stuff really looks good too. I wonder how breakable it is? Too pricey for my taste, but I really like the idea of ceramic.
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I like my cast iron pieces, not hard to maintain, cooks food very well and when I decide to cook on a camping fire they work there as well.
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I have room to store pots and pans, so I have some classic cast iron (from my grandmother) as well as a full set of ironclad SS pots and pans. Thick conductive pots are the best for my style of cooking. I figure I can use them as defensive weapons if needed (along with the rolling pin). If I were in the market for new pans I might look at the new ceramics, but price/performance it is hard to do better than cast iron for non-stick, or alum/SS for flexibility.
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