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In Reply to: This won't send you to the dog house posted by MaryAnn on November 01, 2011 at 18:24:24:
Maryann has it about right...a 'few' of these (they're not cheap)
My bride and I received a set of Crueset over thirty years ago. They did see a lot of abuse (mostly from kids) and not much survived (but they WERE abused)...my favorite pan out of the Crueset bunch was a fry pan with a special black (almost non-stick) coating...I don't know if Crueset makes that coating anymore. My dietician will have to pry that frypan out of my cold stiff fingers when I die. The frypan did suffer an injury last year at the hands of an exchange student that dropped the pan and the wooden handle cracked and loosened up, but that don't stop me from using it as I do love it.
When push came to shove, we finally had to move the Crueset out (but I did keep the fry pan) and purchased a set of stainless steel all-clad...heavy base (extra thick bottom appears to be laminated on?) with steel lids (not glass) and round pipe-like handles (to reduce heat transfer to the hands). The set was not expensive, is ten years old, and loks like it came out of the box yesterday.
One other note...my wife has what she calls 'weak wrists', so moving cast iron around the kitchen doesn't thrill her (unless of course she's throwing it at me)
On a budget?...buy All-Clad set as described above, but only if it is an upgrade from what you have, then spend the rest of the money on something that will keep you out of the doghouse.
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