Actually a pretty nice set. I especially like the steamer insert, I can steam veggies while the rice is cooking. The sauté pan is nice for stir fry. They could be a little heavier though, especially at $20 more.
@shahnm Our KitchenAid countertop oven did that - but instead of inside the oven, it was the function control switch. Gave up after replacing the oven a third time. KitchenAid customer service was useless. Thank goodness for Macys and a full credit… Went with another big countertop oven, but Breville. Excellent and reliable. No electrical burning smells either.
@RedOak Glad it worked out for you in the end. I’ll just add as a PSA that the probably of this sort of thing happening to any oven is directly proportional to the propensity of the user inserting into it a large lithium ion battery.
once in elementary school i was reading the lunch menu they’d just handed out for the month and i saw something funny. turkey and “mashed pot.” mashed pots and pans! ha ha! ho ho!
i showed it to the kid next to me who was the quintessential “bad boy” - just transferred in, didn’t get good grades, shaggy greasy black hair, wore a jacket all the time…anyway he also thought it was hilarious, but i think he thought it was more funny that little goody two shoes me knew what weed was. only i didn’t. but i figured out why he thought the whole thing was so funny a few years down the line. eventually.
@flooners yeah, i mean, there’s nothing wrong with a set like this but if you have the money of course it’s always better to buy something you won’t have to replace in a year or two. also depends on how often and what you cook my mom has given me a few ceramic pieces (baking dishes, a deep dish pie plate i use for tons of stuff as it holds heat well) recently and i just really like them. looking to get more, as well as a dutch oven. i do still have some nonstick stuff that i’m endeavoring to phase out, but will keep a couple pans for eggs and things that aren’t meat. (lightweight, easy to clean, more forgiving than stainless steel if you walk away for a minute too long.) cast iron is of course great too, and there’s also enameled cast iron.
now i’m just rambling. think about what you’d atually use and buy what you like. good luck with the move!
@narfcake Unless you have a pet avian [bird], because even heating a non-stick pan to normal operating temperature can release enough outgassing to kill them- especially with new pans.
Life hack- heat something in the pan while it warms to operating temperature.
What you heat is up to you…
@jerk_nugget Really, “…have to replace in a year or two”- not to be a troll…
But we have some cheap Wally World pans that are 10 years old and still cooking with only minimum of attention to protecting them from overheating and metal implements.
Are they still pristine and looking new? - of course not, but they’re still functional.
That said, it’s hard to beat cast-iron- especially for steaks and pan baking, except where cooking really sticky things like eggs is concerned- that’s where PTFE shines.
@PhysAssist i don’t think either one of us is being a troll
and yes, not all cheap sets are bad - just my opinion based on my general experience with them. ikea has some great sets that lasted me quite awhile for instance, and i also still have an enameled nonstick rachel ray set of pots and pans that wasn’t cheap but wasn’t pricey either, and that has lasted me years and also survived a nine alarm fire where just about everything else was toast.
had sets from target, walmart, other deal sites, all were trash after a year. but again, cookware is really personal. what works for someone depends heavily on how much they use it, how they care for it, what they cook in it, who else will be using it. the sets i tossed were cheap to begin with (in terms of quality) and were abused by roommates and guests on the daily, but that’s college living for ya the same set used by one person and cared for better would last a little longer.
@mooseis Teflon is a trademarked name, so unless the coating is sourced from Chemours (DuPont), it cannot be advertised as Teflon.
Facial tissue, not Kleenex. Slow cooker, not Crock-Pot. Swabs, not Q-tips. Laminate, not Formica. Personal watercraft, not Jet Ski. Pepper spray, not Mace. Bodysuits, not Onesies. Cling wrap, not Saran Wrap. Photocopy, not Xerox. Bandage, not Band-Aid.