Why is Cuisinart Multiclad Pro a Dream for Top Chefs?
Why is Cuisinart Multiclad Pro a Dream for Top Chefs?
Ever since Teflon became better known for the toxic fumes released from the cookware than its non-stick qualities, people have been looking to swap their pots and pans for a healthier alternative.
And we didn’t need to look any farther than cookware made from stainless steel. Stainless steel is a healthy alternative and has already replaced dangerousnon-stick cookware in many kitchens as chefs and families around the world learn of the benefits of stainless steel; whichincludes not reacting with food and is rust resistant.
But with so many stainless steel sets on the market, how can you choose which is right for your kitchen (and your budget)? In this article we will look at one of the top sets currently available; the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro stainless steel 12-piece cookware stand the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro skillet.
We will attempt to answer the most common, and a few more obscure, questions about the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro line including:
- What are the benefits of the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Set;
- How to take care of your Cuisinart MultiClad Pro set;
- What does the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-piece cookware set include;
- Healthy cooking with the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro;
- Can Cuisinart MultiClad Pro be used on an induction stove;
- How to clean your Cuisinart MultiClad Pro cookware;
- Why is Cuisinart’s “Heat Surround Technology” so important to cooking;
- How does Cuisinart MultiClad Pro differ from the Calphalon Contemporary;
- What is the difference between Cuisinart MultiClad Pro andCalphalon Tri-Ply;
- What is the difference between Cuisinart MultiClad Pro vs Tramontina Tri-Ply;
- What is the difference between the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro vs All-Clad Stainless;
- Where is Cuisinart MultiClad Pro manufactured?
Let’s get started with a full review of the Cuisinart MCP.
What are the benefits of the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Set?
First of all let’s take a look at the benefits and features of this elegant stainless steel cookware collection.
The Cuisinart MultiClad Pro features an aluminum core bonded to a brushed stainless steel exterior and mirror finish stainless steel interior.
It’s a cookware set that is not only beautiful, but resilient and stands the test of time, as well.
In fact, this particular set is reasonably priced for how sturdy and durable it is; if well taken care of (more detail on how to do that below), this set is sure to last for a long time.
Cuisinart MultiClad Pro stainless steel cookwareis created for the modern kitchen where time is of the essence. Who has time to use multiple pots, changing cookware as a recipe calls for the stove top cooking and then to be baked in the oven?
The materials within this set are designed to godirectly from stovetop to ovenwithout the need for changing cookware (be aware as the handles will be hot when used in a heated oven).It is important to note that the set is heat resistant and oven safe up to 500®F.
The striking finishes on this set will make for the perfect vessel to serve from, no need to transfer your food to a serving platter(as long as hot pots and pans are placed on a heat-resistant mat to protect the table top, of course).
Naturally, this serves an additional benefit: a lot less dishes to do at the end of the meal!
(To learn more about stainless steel cookware check out our article, The Definitive Guide To The Best Stainless Steel Cookware.)
How to take care of your Cuisinart MultiClad Pro set
Wooden, plastic, or silicon utensils are best for use in stainless steel pots and pans so as not to scratch the fine finish on your cookware. However, it is possible to still use your metal utensils on your Cuisinart MultiClad Pro set despite the fact that they may scratch the surface. Any scuffs and scrapes that come as a result of your metal spoons and whisks would merely be aesthetic surface scratches and they will not result in any lasting damage to your cookware.
To best take care of your stainless steel set consider taking time to ’season’it before its first use. Begin by washing the interior and exterior of your set with a mild dish soap, then rinse and dry completely. Select an an oil that has a high smoke point (400 degrees F or higher), such as avocado, almond, corn, canola, grape seed, peanut, safflower, sesame, or sunflower oil, and lightly coat the insides of your cookware. Place the pan over medium heat and let it sit until the oil begins to smoke.
Remove from the stove top and let the pan cool until it can be comfortably handled and clean away the remaining oil with a paper towel. Before storing the pan, place a paper towel in between each pan (if they will be stacked) to avoid unnecessary scratching.
To keep up the seasoning on your pan, avoid washing it with soap and rather wipe the pan clean with paper towels after each use.
If you find that food is staying behind, try cleaning the cookware with a rough mixture of oil and salt then wipe clean with paper towel. If you ever do need to wash the pan with soap, simply re-season it as demonstrated above.
Never use Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Cookware on high heat and do not to leave Cuisinart on a hot burner as excessive heat may ruin the pan (not to mention damage your stove as well).
As long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for using this cookware set, for example, selecting appropriate materials for your utensils, seasoning pots and pans before use, and refraining from using the highest stove top and oven temperatures, your cookware will be stay looking new and strong, and be almost as easy to clean as non-stick cookware (all while skipping the dangers of Teflon).
What does the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro stainless steel 12 piece cookware set include?
A prepackaged cookware set usually contains the pots, pans, and lids that are most commonly used in many kitchens and can be the easiest way to stock up your cupboards (or replace an old, worn-out, or a chemically-laden existing set). In other words, a cookware set that comes, with a variety of pots, pans, and lids, is an excellent place to start.
The Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless steel 12 piece cookware set includes:
- 5-quart saucepan + lid
- 3-quart saucepan + lid
- 5″-quart sauté pan+ lid
- 8″ skillet
- 10″ skillet
- 8-quart stockpot +lid
- Steamer insert (fits in the 3-quart saucepan, with lid)
This set really has all the pieces you are most likely to require for your basic cooking needs although at some point you may also want to add a cast iron skillet to your collection, which we believe is an excellent addition to any budding chef’s kitchen.
An additional special feature of the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro set is that all of the rims on these pots are specially tapered to allow for drip-free pouring.
Healthy cooking with the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro
Most of us want to eat better, but with the hectic lifestyle that so many of us have, unfortunately it is often our health that suffers first.
But with the stainless steel steamer insert, an integral part of the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro cookware set, a healthy meal is literally just minutes away. Rather that boiling vegetables the next time you cook, try steaming; it’s faster and healthier!
Boiling uses a lot more water (which incidentally takes longer to heat and therefore steals away even more of your time) and involves totally immersing the vegetables in the water, and extra cooking time. Not only does the process take additional time and uses more electricity, but nutrients seep into the water while boiling so it also robs the vegetables of the goodness your body requires; the longer they cook, the more vitamins escape.
However, when the steamer is used with the 3-quart saucepan and lid, less water is used, more nutrients are retained, and the flavors of your veggies remain. Unlike boiled vegetables, the steamer only cooks veggies briefly using only the steam (the vegetables never touch the boiling water and they only come into contact with the steam) and then are removed from the heat.
Can the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro be used on an induction stove?
This is an excellent question as not all cookware may be used on an induction stovetop. For example, since ceramic cookware does not contain much metal alloys, most of them will not work on an induction stovetop (although there are many other benefits to ceramic cookware).
However, stainless steel cookware and bakeware may be used in induction cooking. In actual fact, stainless steel is a poor conductor of heat so it is often used over a core of copper or aluminum, which will conduct heat more readily.
Cuisinart MultiClad Pro not only allows you to move effortlessly from the stove top to the oven, but also between conventional and induction stoves.
NOTE: The Cuisinart Multiclad Pro line is compatible with induction cook tops though other product lines may not be compatible.
How to clean your Cuisinart MultiClad Pro cookware
Cuisinart MultiClad Pro is safe for use in the dishwasher (lemon detergent is not recommended), but dirt and grime from other dirty dishes may scratch the finish.
If the dishwasher is not well packed, other dishes or flatware may mar the surface of the cookware. Over a long period, continuous cleaning dishwasher will likely scratch your cookware.
The triple ply construction of this cookware is highly conductive and efficient for quick, even heat distribution so a low to medium setting is sufficient for most cooking (even medium-high is enough to boil a pot of water).
Although using your Cuisinart MultiClad Pro at a high heat is not recommended, life happens and there may be a time when food is accidentally burned in the pan. Burned food may leave a stubborn residue that is resistant to soaking and not easy to remove.
To make it a little easier to clean such a mess, add about an inch of water and a little dishwasher detergent; bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for up to a quarter of an hour. Clean with a kitchen sponge after the pan has cooled.
For stubborn stains on the bottom (outside) of your pots and pans, use oven cleaner(remember to only try this with the outside of your cookware, not for the interior) and follow the directions on the cleaner. For example, if the oven cleaner states that it should be used on a warm oven, then simply warm the pan before applying. Always be sure to rinse the cookware thoroughly after cleaning.
Why is Cuisinart’s “Heat Surround Technology”so important to cooking?
Cuisinart is famous for its Heat Surround Technology, but what is it exactly and how does it help you in your cooking?
In a nutshell, Heat Surround Technology means that heat is evenly distributed along the bottom and sides of the cookware; which essentially means more efficient cooking and thorough heating for you.
As we’ve already seen, stainless steel is a great alternative toTeflon-coated cookware however, since stainless steel doesn’t conduct heat well enough on its own, most pots and pans are constructed intothree layers (known as tri-ply).
Tri-ply is a type commonly used whencreating cookware as it takes the best of both worlds; merging the lightness of aluminum with the durability of stainless steel. The middle layer, or core,of a tri-ply set, is made of aluminum while the outer two layers consist of stainless steel.
How does Cuisinart MultiClad Pro differ from the Calphalon Contemporary?
There is a slight difference in design aesthetics between the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro and Calphalon Contemporary; although the Calphalon Contemporary set has a brushed stainless steel interior and exterior and it does also offer tri-ply construction.
What is the difference between Cuisinart MultiClad Pro and Calphalon Tri-Ply?
There is a slight difference between the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro and Calphalon Tri-Ply sets.
Both the Calphalon Tri-Ply and Cuisinart MultiCladPro are constructed from the same materials although differ in terms of items offered within the sets.
The main difference is actually found in the lids, the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro offering stainless steel lids and Calphalon Tri-Ply comes with tempered glass lids.
So that being said, really the difference between the two sets will come down to personal preference.
What is the difference between Cuisinart MultiClad Pro vs Tramontina Tri-Ply?
Most Tramontina Tri-Ply Clad cookware is made of an aluminum alloy middle layer with an outer layer of magnetic stainless steel, and as such, the cookware set is also induction compatible.
However, the Tramontina Tri-Ply Base line is a lower end product. Although the set is technically “tri-ply”, and it is constructed of thin stainless steel sidewalls and an undersized tri-ply aluminum disc base bonded to the bottom, the three layers only make up the bottom and not the sidewalls. For this reason, the sides of the Tramontina Tri-Ply Base do not conduct much-needed heat.
Another difference is the drip-free rims (which are present on every piece of the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro set) while the Tramontina Tri-Ply Clad only has drip-free rims on their skillets.
What is the difference between the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro vs All-CladStainless?
All-Clad is stainless inside and out, with a heat-conductive middle layer; it’s high quality and is long lasting. The downside is that the price of All-Clad Stainless can be daunting and prohibitive.
Cuisinart MultiClad Pro is a less expensive option, comparatively, while it still heats as evenly as All-Clad Stainless and has the high-end features of All-Clad Stainless.
For example, drip-free rims for easier pouring, helper handles on the heavier pieces,an all-stainless-steel construction, is able to withstand high oven temperatures, and can be easily transferred between stovetop and oven.
Where is Cuisinart MultiClad Pro manufactured?
The Cuisinart MultiClad Pro is now made in China; the result is a superior stainless steel product that is priced at less than half of similar sets.
Cuisinart MultiClad Pro is a high quality cookware set does not discolor, react with food, or alter flavors and it makes the perfect addition to your own home (or an anniversary gift).
Overall, we have seen that stainless steel cookware is attractive and versatile; standing up to the demands of the kitchen and moves effortlessly between stove, oven, and even tabletop. No wonder it is a top choice for top kitchens around the world.
At this price point, you would be hard pressed to find a better option.