The Ranting Reviewer does not get paid or receive any revenue from manufacturers or retailers of products reviewed. I occasionally receive products that I am asked to use and see what I think. I take a look, try them out and tell you all about them.
I came home the other day to a box….a BIG box waiting for the me.
First off, WOW! Our friends at T-fal, sent quite a selection for me to review. Included in the box was their Professional Total Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set, a fajita griddle from IMUSA and a WearEver 10″ non-stick cast iron skillet. In order to make sure I do everything justice, I’ll review the T-fal set here and the other products in a later review.
The first thing you notice is how the pots and pans look and feel. The handles are silicone, easy on the hands and no matter how hot the pans get, stay cool to the touch. This is great for the stove but as these pots and pans are oven safe, stay cool handles are critical when you are pulling a pan out of a 350 degree oven. The handles are securely attached and lids fit snugly.
Many pots that I’ve had in the past look good, but do a really poor job of spreading the heat around the bottom surface. The center gets really hot and the sides much less so. T-fal changes that. These pots have a stainless steel base that evenly spreads heat across the surface and prevents warping of the bottom.
The lids invert for storage.
This is the first set I’ve tried where there is a steam escape in the lid. A very common side dish in The Ranting household is steamed vegetables. I’ll typically put a small amount of water in a pot, add the steam basket of veggies, top it with the lid and turn it on high. After a few minutes, the lid will start to “chatter” as the steam has built up and pushes up on the lid. These lids avoid that problem.
In this case I was boiling some water with a little butter.
Look at that fountain of steam. No chattering here.
The pans have some additional technology than your average one.
Notice the red spot in the center of each pan. I have a problem with patience. I know you need a nice hot pan to sear items but I too often will throw items in the pan too early. I wish I knew when the pan was hot enough. T-fal to the rescue.
With their Thermo Spot indicator, the pan tells you how hot it is. Notice the difference in the last two pictures. The spot becomes more uniformly red as the pan heats up, letting you know when it is time to put in your ingredients.
A great looking set of cookwear.
Stove is hot…pan is hot (see the red dot)…time to fry the sausage! As the pans (and pots) are non-stick, I didn’t need to add any fatty oils.
My take: This is a great set of pots and pans. The construction is superior, the technology is unobtrusive but really helps the home cook out and the clean-up is quick as the cookwear is dishwasher safe. If you have an odd collection of pots and pans that you’ve built over the years, its time to get a new set. This set from T-fal is a great way to go and will make your cooking shine. You can purchase this and any other T-fal product at many of the big box stores or online at a variety of different sites such as Amazon.