cookware set is indispensable for any kitchen. Even if you're only looking for a cheaper set that gets the job done, it's quite an investment. Expert chefs don’t recommend going about the store and purchasing whatever shiny new product that catches your eye. You need to know the types, brands, and materials ideal for your needs. Most importantly, you have to stay within your budget. And… if you're a patriotic chef who wants quality, you should be investing in American-made products.
However, a cookware set that combines all these qualities can be hard to find. Good news, we've done all the hard work. We searched far and wide, both offline and online marketplaces to find cookware sets that fulfill these criteria. As a result, in today’s article, we bring you one cookware set that is sure to please all folks. And it is, USA Pan’s 1550CW-1 5-Ply Stainless Steel 8 Piece Cookware Set. Come, let’s take a deeper look at what makes this cookware stand out from the competitors.
As always, if you want a quick summary of the article, be sure to check out our “In A Nutshell” section.
USA Pan’s is a versatile cookware set, always ready to help you with meals in no time. Be it anything from sautéed chicken to simple scrambled eggs, it cooks so deliciously and evenly that you are left wanting for more. Designed specifically for a busy kitchen, the USA Pan’s 1440CW-1 is sure to please a busy cook. In the following paragraphs, we take a look at some of its distinctive features and characteristics. Read on!
Stand out feature: Made in the USA construction
Made in Kansas, the all American craftsmanship of every individual piece exemplifies high performance and premium quality that has made it a predominant and undisputed leader in the commercial cooking and baking industry. This premium quality becomes all the more apparent in hand-polished covers of individual pans. Due to this reason, each piece has a mirror shine that becomes stunningly vibrant in appearance when it is placed on the table or on the kitchen countertop.
Material: 5-Ply Clad Stainless Steel
The material used is 5-ply clad stainless steel. This means, the cooking surface of each pot and pan included in the package is made of five high quality bonded layers. These are 18/10 stainless steel exterior, aluminum, 18/10 stainless steel, aluminum, and an 18/10 stainless steel interior. Because of this, every item is extra durable and conducts optimal heat on any cooking surface, be it halogen, ceramic glass, electric, or gas. The 18/10 non-reactive stainless steel interior of the pans ensures that it does not react with any alkalis or acids present in the food. Hence your food stays healthy, nutritious, and true to its natural flavor. Lastly, a great benefit of having stainless steel cookware is that it won’t peel or chip after some time.
Cooking: Yummy meals in Natural Flavors
In the paragraph above, we talked a little about how its material helps the food retain its natural flavor. USA Pan cookware features a unique vapor cover design seal, that enables a chef to have greaseless and waterless cooking. This is made possible because of a vapor seal around the pot cover, which helps in even distribution of heat along the sides and across the bottom. It prevents any extra steam from escaping from the sides and funnels it back into the center. The center is where it condenses and gets absorbed by the food. Because of this whole process, all food is prepared in its own natural water. And that is what makes for a yummy meal, in natural flavors!
Handles: Beautifully Stylish and Functional
The stainless steel handles of all the pots and pans are designed for one hand, or a dual-hand hold. They’re beautiful and stylish. Keep in mind that stainless steel handles do get somewhat hot when you are heating things to a boil. Nevertheless, they remain touchable enough. An oven mitt or hand towel will do the trick!
Cleanliness and Safety: Made Easy
The USA Pan’s 1550CW-1 5 Ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set has made cleanliness and safety easy. First, let’s talk a little about cleanliness. This set is very easy and straightforward to clean. Toss it in the dishwasher. Because of the quality construction, you don’t have to worry about the dishwasher leaving any scratches or harming the pan's surface. The manufacturer recommends to hand wash with soapy water to stay on the safe side. Secondly, all the pots and pans are oven safe up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Which means you can use them for making and baking anything you want. Just be mindful of hot handles.
Pots and Pans Features Worth Mentioning
This cookware set is very energy efficient. You can use them on low and medium stoves. Like all good things, the heat takes time to build up. But once there’s enough steam trapped inside, you will become a fan of its efficient energy usage. Moreover, these pans are induction safe. Meaning, you can use them on modern stovetops, including gas, ceramic glass, electric, and halogen without a problem. Lastly, this cookware set comes with all trustable USA Pan’s limited lifetime warranty. Therefore, if anything goes wrong with your purchase, you can always get a refund or replacement.
What’s included in the package?
This is an 8 piece cookware set. The package includes a covered seven-inch saucepan, a four-quart covered stockpot, an eight-quart covered stockpot, an eight inch chef skillet, and a 10 inch chef skillet. As per our experience with the cookware sets, the selection of cookware included in this package is very versatile. Each unit has just the right size for day to day needs. instead of two stockpots, we would have preferred a more extensive and deeper saucepan with a lid
Disappointments: Not Deal Breakers
We have talked in length about the features that make this cookware set an excellent option for everyone. Nonetheless, we have a few disappointments. Firstly, the lids are not see-through. This isn't a big deal nor shouldn't matter. Secondly, the lids and handles are made of stainless steel, which can get hot when heated up. This is common in stainless steel cookware. Incorporating some silicone or even wood in the design would have helped overcome this issue. Lastly, though the set is less expensive than your standard all-clad set, its price is still on the higher end of the price spectrum. Keep in mind, these limitations are by no means deal-breakers. The 1550CW-1 Cookware Set is still better than most non American-made sets.
In a Nutshell
Short of time? Need a quick round up of what all these paragraphs are saying? Check out the pros and cons!
• Made in the USA; quality construction
• 5-ply clad stainless steel construction for even heat distribution
• As durable as a cookware set can get
• Allows waterless and greaseless cooking
• Stylish yet functional design
• Oven and dishwasher safe
• Energy efficient
• Induction safe and can be used on all modern stovetops
• Comes with USA Pan’s limited lifetime warranty
• Stainless steel handle can get hot during cooking
• Price is still higher than most cookware sets
As we always say, go local for quality. This 'made in the USA' cookware set proves us right, yet again. Its craftsmanship is apparent in the 5-ply clad stainless steel construction, molded in a stylish yet functional design. It distributes heat evenly, resulting in greaseless and waterless cooking. Though the price is a little more than a cookware set from your local Target store, it is much more durable. You can use it every day and still know that it will last a long time. As they say, “You get what you pay for.” Overall, we believe this 'made in the USA' set is an excellent option for a busy kitchen and a patriotic chef who appreciates quality. So, throw away your old cookware set and get something that actually makes your meals better. Happy cooking!