Stainless Steel Cooking With All-Clad Cookware
All Clad stainless steel cookware revolutionizes professional cookware design offering a clad stainless product line up.
Now For Consumers. All Clad stainless steel cookware is made by All-Clad Metalcrafters LLC, an important American cookware manufacturer that invented clad stainless cookware for professional chefs.
All Clad cookware is sold under the All-Clad label as well as the Emeril Lagasse cookware label. However each of these labels encompasses multiple lines that have different performance characteristics.
Conducting Range Top Heat Evenly For You. All-Clad sandwiches an aluminum heat-conducting layer between an inner and outer shell of stainless steel (aluminum is not quite as good as copper, but it's still very good). Result? Now there's no aluminum in contact with the food. Nothing to tarnish (like copper) or wear away (like tin). Pure genius.
Long Lasting Construction. All-Clad never skimps on materials or construction. Long, cast stainless steel handles, fastened with stainless steel rivets, stay cool. Lids fit well. And there is a lifetime guarantee, if you don't abuse the goods.
Today, the All-Clad brand has expanded. While all except the Nonstick line feature polished 18/10 stainless steel interiors, the cores and exteriors vary.
The Stainless line is All-Clad's best seller. You can use it on gas, electric, or induction cook tops. The inside is 18/10 stainless; there is an aluminum core; and the outside is magnetic stainless steel. This line, designed for professionals, has the greatest variety of pieces and the also the largest-size pieces. All are dishwasher-safe.
The Copper-Core line adds a layer of copper between two layers of aluminum in the inner core, with stainless steel inside and outside and a copper band as a visual accent. You gain in heat distribution efficiency, but now you have a pot that you can't put in the dishwasher. If you're cooking at the level where you want that ultimate smooth-heating advantage of copper, this is a promising choice.
The LTD line features a charcoal-colored anodized aluminum exterior. This is a visual styling feature more than a cooking feature, although the dark color may allow the pan to heat a bit more quickly than one with a stainless exterior. Not dishwasher-safe.
The Cop-R-Chef line is another visual styling. The outside is copper, which looks great and evokes the traditional tinned copper chef's pans. But you do have to maintain the copper. And that means no dishwasher here, either. The inside is stainless, and there is an aluminum core.
The MC2 line has a brushed aluminum exterior, an aluminum core, and stainless on the inner surface. Not dishwasher-safe.
Nonstick pans are available in the Stainless, MC2, and LTD lines.
In addition to the above lines of pots and pans, All-Clad bakeware is made with three layers of aluminum sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel. Plus, you can buy from the All Clad line of professional-quality stainless steel utensils.
Improving Old Fashioned Chef's Pans. The traditional top-of-the-line chef's pan was thick, solid copper cookware lined with a coating of tin applied in a process similar to soldering. This required fastidious care, but the even heat distribution of the copper made it a pleasure to cook in.
The now-obsolete single-layer stainless steel pans introduced in the first half of the twentieth century had hot spots; they warped; they scorched. The cast magnesium-aluminum alloy pans and spun aluminum pans introduced during the same period caused flavor problems, especially with acid foods.
The Allclad website provides a directory of stores and online retailers. In addition the website offers custom engraving of their wares. You can personalize the set for yourself or, more practically, turn a corporate gift or award into a snazzy presentation piece.