Available for as little as $200, the KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials 12-piece, nonstick, hard-anodized cookware set equips any kitchen with all the right implements for getting the most out of a stovetop. With the durable anodized aluminum exterior and high-quality nonstick interior, the cookware heats fast and evenly, while cleanup is easily accomplished. The nonstick surface means you don't have to pour on oil or butter in excess. Because of the coating, however, only wooden, nylon or silicone-coated utensils should be used.
The 12-piece Gourmet Essentials set from KitchenAid includes the following components:
- 3 saucepans, sized at 1, 2 and 3 quarts with lids
- 8-quart stockpot with lid
- 5-quart saute pan with lid
- 8- and 10-inch skillets without covering
Cast stainless steel handles coated in silicone are riveted to the tempered, dome-shaped glass lids. Fully transparent, keep an eye on food as it cooks without letting heat out.
Anodized aluminum is created by putting the metal through an electrochemical process whereby it develops a layer of oxidation that ultimately protects it from future oxidation. In effect, it is rustproof. Aluminum enjoys great heat conductivity, while the durable design of the components ensures a long life. The nonstick interior coating has the added benefit of being non-reactive, so the flavor of food is never spoiled by the metal.