Cuisinart Cookware Set

Coming in combination packages that number anywhere from 2 to 17 pieces, a Cuisinart cookware set provides any kitchen with quality-made cooking implements. Durable, stylish and versatile, Cuisinart cookware heats evenly without hotspots and comes in a variety of materials. Depending on the set, Cuisinart cookware may be crafted from stainless steel, cast iron or hard-anodized aluminum. Cuisinart cookware sets range in price from as little as $50 upwards of $300. A set may feature only 2 skillets or be a more comprehensive package. With Cuisinart cookware, sauteing, steaming, stewing, frying and searing, among other culinary tasks, are made easy.

Sets

Cuisinart offers numerous cookware sets, from 2-piece stainless steel, nonstick skillet sets to 17-piece full-scale sets. Larger sets include everything the home gourmet or everyday cook needs to prepare virtually any food. Commonly included with multi-piece sets are dual skillets between 8 and 11 inches, dual saucepans with capacities ranging from 1 to 3 quarts, an all-purpose pan and/or saute pan, a 6- to 9-quart stockpot plus all lids. Select sets feature a steamer or pasta insert.

Design

Stainless steel cookware features an 18/10 makeup with an inner layer of aluminum that may extend up the sides, depending on the exact set. The aluminum allows for better heat distribution and even cooking. The exterior features a mirror-like shine, while the interior is silky smooth. Stainless steel handles are riveted on to stay cool. Lids are either brushed steel or tempered glass. Anodized aluminum cookware is put through a special process to treat and harden it, achieving a non-reactive surface that heats fast. Cast iron skillets, Dutch ovens and other components are rugged and great for searing but must be seasoned periodically to protect them.

Characteristics

Cuisinart features nonstick metal cookware as well. Instead of using potentially-toxic PTFEs, they use a ceramic-based coating to achieve the same nonstick surface as Teflon-coated cookware. Other characteristics may include tapered rims, ergonomic handles and easy cleaning. Certain cookware is dishwasher safe, while others should be hand washed to avoid unnecessary wear and tear.