Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Kirkland Stainless Steel Cookware


Goodbye, old friends. You have been with me for many years, through thick (stews) and thin (crepes). Alas, it is time to move on. Farewell.




I have been eyeing Costco's Kirkland Signature 13-piece Stainless Steel Cookware set for a little while now. When I walk by the kitchen goods aisle at my local Costco, the cookware set shimmers beautifully, beckoning me to take it home.



Fortunately, it's almost my birthday, so my parents and my in-laws were happy to oblige me. Now the Kirkland Signature 13-piece Stainless Steel Cookware set (broccoflower, yellow bell peppers, and greens not included) resides in my kitchen. So far, I have used the larger skillet, the dutch oven, and the larger saucepan. I'm anxious to try the steamer.



The dutch oven is my favorite so far. Look how shiny and pretty:



I like this cookware, because...



  • It heats up quickly (about twice as fast as my old pans).
  • It cooks evenly.
  • It washes easily.
  • It's dishwasher safe.
  • It includes an 8-qt dutch oven (see picture above). I had planned on buying just a nice larger dutch oven (my old one was 5 quarts--not large enough to feed a family with hollow-legged teenagers), but found that a nice stainless steel one would run at least $60. I thought it a good deal to pay $100 more for a whole new set!

Check out some others' perspectives:


Chowhound.com


Epinions.com



Tips



  • Use lower heat settings. These pans retain heat well, so low to medium heat should cover most, if not all, your cooking needs. My mom and I made a vanilla sauce and overcooked it a little, because the pan got too hot.

  • Cancel your gym membership. These babies are heavy. I thought I'd show off a little and carry the box to the checkout, then proceed to carry it out to the car. I barely made it to the checkout. I feel reassured, though, of their durability.

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