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Best Pots and Pans.... the debate rages on :)
« on: March 13, 2010, 12:36:27 PM »
So....which pots and pans do you absolutely love? When I filmed the pilot for my reality show FAT TO SKINNY I bought all Caphalon pots and pans. I really enjoy cooking with them however they are all in the mountain cabin. Here in Florida it's come time to buy some new stuff....the old T-Fal has finally seen better days. Being the studious shopper type I went on the hunt. The easy thing to have done was to simply buy more Caphalon but I searched around anyway and I'm really glad I did. In my hunt I found a really great deal on a Circulon Infinite 12 inch covered buffet casserole brand new for 50 bucks, that's a $130.00 savings! I snatched up two of these pots from the website and they just arrived. Well I'll tell you what....I love them! The pan is heavy, well made and cooks great. The non stick surface is as good as it gets and being dishwasher safe is a big bonus. I simply leave these two pots sitting on my stove top and they handle 90% of my needs...even stove top to oven.

Which is better, Caphalon or Circulon.... the debate rages on. Do you have an opinion?
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Re: Best Pots and Pans.... the debate rages on :)
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2010, 11:55:33 AM »
Well I've got to tell you I LOVE my new buffet pots. They cook evenly and clean up quickly, so far so good  ;D
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2010, 02:03:59 PM »
What a mistake I made this morning! I placed 4 country style pork ribs on med heat in my new circulon buffet pot to braise, covered the pot and walked away. Of course I had the intentions of coming right back....but.... as things go I got pre occupied with something in my workshop. 2 hours later I came back up stairs (work shop is down) and what a stink! Yes I destroyed the ribs, they turned into leather, see photo below. Fortunately they had enough fat on them that it melted and they continued to dry up to nothing in their own fat. But what about the pot? I'm happy to announce it survived this event with flying colors. I think any other pot I have in the kitchen would have ended up in the trash. After I through the ribs away and let the pot cool down (it was very hot) I wiped it out with a paper towel, washed it gently with a sponge and hot soapy water and dried it off. It still looks brand new  :)

The next thing I did was take another pack of ribs out of the freezer, I made Southwestern Ribs n' "Cauli Rice" turned out wonderful, check the recipe board for recipe and pix.
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2010, 09:51:44 PM »
Question for ya? Do they sell those kinds of pans at walmart? That's all we have out here! Or can you order them online? Thanks!!

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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2010, 10:25:18 PM »
I'm in the islands the closest Wallmart is 135 miles away :) I bought mine on line from Amazon. I still think they're great, use em every day :)
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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2010, 10:30:22 PM »
I bought mine on sale @ Bed & Bath



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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2010, 08:43:42 AM »
Do you luv em?
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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2010, 10:08:50 AM »
Absolutely!
My folks had bought me Revereware when we got married. Finally last spring I had had enough of warped pan bottoms and uneven cooking and splurged on the Caphalon.Cleanup is easy, of course I wish they could go in the dishwasher but...I still love them!



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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2010, 11:35:05 AM »
Yep, I've got a few of thoughs  ;D  Here's my kitchen film stage in the NC cabin
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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2010, 01:54:44 PM »
Beautiful! I love all the wood and I notice you have a Keurig on the counter.
Don't you love the convenience of 1 cup at a time, anytime?



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« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2010, 02:11:14 PM »
Oh yea, coffeeholic :) I built this kitchen, wanna see?

How to turn TRASH to TREASURE!
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« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2010, 05:53:48 PM »
Wow! Beautiful job.What did you do for work before Fat to Skinny?



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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2010, 06:35:22 PM »
Always been a business man but have always been handy. I enjoy working with wood, relaxes me.
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Re: Best Pots and Pans.... the debate rages on :)
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2012, 09:12:41 AM »
Hello... I'm a new reader of yours. Love the FAT to Skinny book. Thank you.

A question regarding CROCKPOT cooking. I can't find any reference to this methodology either in the book or on this site.

It sounds as if cooking a roast (say round, etc.) in one is a sort of braising. Or is the crockpot temperature too low (I don't think it gets anywhere near 325 degrees).

Love to hear your comments.
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« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2012, 09:19:02 AM »
I use my crockpot all the time for chicken, pork roasts, and beef roasts.