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Old 25-05-2011, 10:15   #16
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Re: Nesting Cookware Pros & Cons

I have used both Magma and Cuisinart sets, I sense that the latter is more durable. Since all pots and pans have straight sides, they are more secure when using pot holders.
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Old 27-05-2011, 14:07   #17
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Re: Nesting Cookware Pros & Cons

The best thing about this thread is that it illustrates the importance of cruising for a while and finding your own galley style before investing in expensive items. Newbies, you might start with whatever you have, live with it for a while, then decide. Two thoughts about nesting ware: (1) You don't have to make room for the whole set. Take only the sizes you really use and (2) The advantage in getting a matched set is that it nests and stacks where oddball sizes will not.
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Old 02-06-2011, 05:53   #18
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Re: Nesting Cookware Pros & Cons

I had the Magma and loved them. You asked about the ones available at Galleyware and they are the Fagors, which were privately branded for Rapid Chef. When they discontinued them, Galleyware picked up the remaining sets. I've had several people tell me they are very nice and heavy pans, not prone to hot spots as thin pans are.

Differences: Magma come in non-stick or regular (I love the non-stick as it uses a lot less water in clean up, but I know some people worry about health problems with non-stick); the Rapid Chef has one piece non-stick, the others regular.

Don't confuse these with those cheap aluminum "camping" nesting sets you may have seen for a lot less money -- those are NOT good pans that you'd want to use every day. The Magma and Fagor/Rapid Chef are.

I'd highly recommend either one!
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Re: Nesting Cookware Pros & Cons

I am a foodie and a delivery skipper. I've had to cook with all kinds of c$@p on boats. I have yet to encounter a set of nesting cookware with sufficiently strong handle connections for real cooking. YMMV.

On my own boat, my principle cookware is a 3" deep 12" saute from Diamond Swiss, an 8" Circulon omelet pan, and a Kuhn-Rikon 5l pressure cooker. I also carry the decent Farborware set I bought 30 years ago. For baking I use glass loaf and lasagna pans; I have yet to find metal baking pans that don't corrode and the plastic ones (latex?) are hard to clean.
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Re: Nesting Cookware Pros & Cons

I seem to recall that Practical Sailor Magazine did a test of nesting cookware and they liked the Magma brand. Look around the internet, you can get them at a good price.
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Re: Nesting Cookware Pros & Cons

I bought the galleyware nesting stuff and I'm sorry I did. It's adequate...but only barely. I have resorted to carrying a good Tramontina tri-clad frying pan and sauce pan (with cover). They don't nest, but I'll live with that.

I'll check out the Magma brand.
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Re: Nesting Cookware Pros & Cons

There are all sorts of silicon bake wear available now.

Has anyone any real life experience with them? They seem to make a lot of sense; don't chip, don't break; don't corrode. Bonus is they are flexible enough to fold into odd spaces.

From the Health Canada website:

Silicone is a synthetic rubber which contains bonded silicon (a natural element which is very abundant in sand and rock) and oxygen.
"Cookware made from food grade silicone has become popular in recent years because it is colorful, nonstick, stain-resistant, hard-wearing, cools quickly, and tolerates extremes of temperature. There are no known health hazards associated with use of silicone cookware.

Silicone rubber does not react with food or beverages, or produce any hazardous fumes."
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Re: Nesting Cookware Pros & Cons

+1 for the Magma nesting set. We have that and a thick aluminum non-stick frying pan and are very happy with the setup. I find the heavy pots work well for distributing the heat from typically small burners found on boat stoves. And the Magma handles are very strong with a positive lock that is easy to engage and disengage. No problem at all for the handles to carry the largest pot full of water.
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There are all sorts of silicon bake wear available now.

Has anyone any real life experience with them? They seem to make a lot of sense; don't chip, don't break; don't corrode. Bonus is they are flexible enough to fold into odd spaces.
We have some silicone bakeware and find it works as advertised with one caveat... it isn't as structurally sound as most traditional bakeware. What I mean by that is when baking a loaf of bread for example, the long sides tend to bow out as the bread bakes and you get odd looking loaves. Doesn't change the flavor though, and the cleanup is great. We love our 9x9 silicone pan for making perfect brownies...
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Re: Nesting Cookware Pros & Cons

the "wellbake" line of silicon cookware got very good reviews on amazon.co.uk

it doesn't seem to be available from amazon in the usa but https://www.wellbake.co.uk/Contents/...ryReturns/MjE/ appears to ship worldwide
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There are all sorts of silicon bake wear available now.

Has anyone any real life experience with them?
Yes. They bulge which changes the shape of what you cook, and they are a real pain to get completely clean. It comes down to your priorities. I went back to Pyrex.
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Re: Nesting Cookware Pros & Cons

I can't imagine that silicone bakeware is as safe as pyrex, either. They tell you that there are no known health risks, but let's be real, it just doesn't seem like something that is safe to eat out of.
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They tell you that there are no known health risks, but let's be real, it just doesn't seem like something that is safe to eat out of.
Bit like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted when you're living inside a fiberglass shell
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I can't imagine that silicone bakeware is as safe as pyrex, either. They tell you that there are no known health risks, but let's be real, it just doesn't seem like something that is safe to eat out of.
I just knew that someone would pipe up about a "health hazard"; because of that, I made sure I posted a CREDIBLE source (I believe Health Canada is as or more credible then the FDA) in my original question about real life use of silicon bake wear.
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Re: Nesting Cookware Pros & Cons

Silicone doesn't strike me as a health hazard - just very hard to get clean without a dishwasher.
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