Cuisinart Pots and Pans

by Rose

A review of the best Cuisinart cookware available in stainless steel, hard anodized aluminum and enamel

Cuisinart make a range of saucepans and cookware sets in most of the main cooking materials - stainless steel, hard anodized aluminum and ceramic/enamel.

We review the best examples of Cusinart cookware in each type of material - stainless steel, porcelain enamel and aluminum - so you can select the one that suits your cooking style best

Stainless Steel Cookware Sets

Stainless steel is a popular cookware material as it is easy to keep clean, but do note that you should not use steel-wool to scrub the pans as they will leave marks on the mirror surface.

Here are the best Cuisinart stainless steel cookware sets - both sets are dishwasher safe, oven safe to 500F and come with a limited lifetime warranty.

Cuisinart 7 Piece Stanless Steel Cookware Set

This is part of their Chef's Classic range. All the pans and lids are made from mirror polished stainless steel. The base of each pan has an aluminum disc sandwiched in between the stainless steel to help the pan conduct heat more efficiently.

In this set you get a 10 inch skillet, two covered saucepans (1.5 quarts and 3 quarts) and an 8 quart stockpot with lid.

Cuisinart 14 piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set

If you have a big family you may prefer the 14 piece version.

In this set you get two skillets (8 inch and 10 inch), two covered saucepans (1.5 quart and 3 quarts), a 4 quart covered sauté pan, and a 9 quart covered stockpot. In addition there is a pasta insert and a multi-steamer insert with lid.

 

Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware

Hard-Anodized Alumium is made when aluminum is processed by passing an electrode through it to oxidize the outer surface of the metal. That way it has a reduced resistance to corrosion. Cuisinart's hard-anodized cookware consists of three layers - the hard-anodized exterior, a pure aluminum core to aid with heat conductivity, and a nonstick interior (in Cusinart's case, this is their trademark "Quantanium" nonstick surface, made with titanium to make it last longer.

Most nonstick cookware should only be used in conjunction with wooden spoons, but Cusinart say their Quantanium surface is safe with metal utensils. 

The cookware sets listed below come with a limited lifetime warranty.

Cuisinart 10 Piece Hard Anodized Cookware Set

This set has pans made from hard-anodized alloys as described above, with lids made of tempered glass and handles made from cool-to-touch stainless steel.

In this set you get two covered saucepands (1.5 quart and 6 quart), two skillets (8 inch and 10 inch), a 3.5 quart covered sauté pan and an 8 quart covered stockpot.  

Cuisinart 17 piece hard anodized cookware set

Like the 10 piece set, the pans are made from hard anodized aluminum and the lids are made from tempered glass.

In the Cuisinart 17 piece nonstick hard anodized cookware set, you get three skillets, a 12 inch covered skillet, plus an 8 inch and 10 inch open skillets. There are three covered saucepans - a 1.5 quart, a 2 quart and a 3 quart pan. Finally there is a 4 quart covered saute pan, a 9 quart covered stockpot, plus a pasta insert plus a covered steamer insert. 

Enamel Cookware

When pots are made from cast iron (instead of stainless steel or aluminum), they are usually encased in porcelain enamel that protects the iron from rusting, and also protects your food (enamel is famously inert and does not react with food when heated). These Cuisinart Dutch Ovens are referred to as "Casserole Pots". 

Cuisinart Enameled Cast Iron Covered Casserole Pot

This caserole pot has a 5.5 quart capacity.

The pot is safe in the oven, under a broiler or on a stove top. it is also safe in the dishwasher.

You can obviously use it to cook casseroles, but also to braise steaks or bake other dishes.

Cuisinart Enameled Cast Iron Casserole Pot in Blue

This dutch oven has a 7 quart capacity.

Like the red pot above, it comes with cast iron handles that are comfortable to grip.

Because it is made of cast iron, it's a pretty heavy duty pot, but should last you for years 

A brief history of Cusinart

Cusinart was founded in the USA in 1972 by Carl and Shirley Sontheimer. On a visit to France, they had attended a cookware exhibition given by Robot-Coupe, a manufacturer of restauant food preparation machines. They returned home to the USA certain that they could produce similar machines, but for ordinary kitchens instead of restaurants. And thus Cuisinart was born.

They initially specialised in making food processors, but in 1989 they sold their business to the Conair Corporation (who renamed the new merged company the Cuisinart Corporation), and they started making other kitchen gadgets such as coffee makers and cookware sets. For more on the Cusinart corporation, click here

You may also be interested in the following pages on green pots and pans and Paula Deen pots and pans, and hard anodized cookware as well as the following page on the best pressure canner review, and glass teapots

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated: 02/29/2016, Rose
 
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Tolovaj on 08/10/2012

I have tried many different pots and pans in last decades and I must say: good cooking starts with a good pan. I prefer stainless steel although in some cases non sticking pans are great and iron wok is a must for some recipes, everything in my kitchen is based on one good pan.
Great overview, thanks!

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