Because it can be a lasting commitment, not to mention a significant purchase, the selecting of your Cookware Set- or Cookware Collection- should be made with confidence. Open stock cookware purchases can be a good place to start to 'try' out a pot or pan to see if it works for your style of cooking. This can lead to an eclectic mix of specialty pans, or if you find one specific line that you love, to the serious commitment of an entire set. Thanks to the Allen & Petersen Cooking School on premises, we've seen just about every kind of pan in action and have narrowed down our retail selection based on their performance and our Chefs' evaluations/ recommendations. Whether it's for a specific use, or overall 'everyday use' durability- we've included our list of preferred lines, their features, benefits and favorite uses.
One thing to keep in mind when shopping for cookware is that Copper, Aluminum, and Iron are the ideal heat conducting metals, and most cookware lines have some combination or layering- also called 'plies'- of one or all of these maerials. In general, if you're looking for durability and are going to be doing a lot of browning, high heat cooking or are looking for a nice caramelization on your sauteed items, stainless cookware is a classic choice. You should, however, keep in mind that there will be some clean up- i.e. soaking and scrubbing- involved. For this reason, others will prefer an easy-to-clean, nonstick surface. Perhaps you're looking for a pot or pan that will perfectly prepare your signature dish, like a delicate cream based soup- in which case you may want to choose a stock pot with a heavier bottom to prevent scorching, or fragile breakfast foods like crepes and eggs- where a flat-bottom, non-stick surface is ideal. There are tiny non-stick pans, just right for a one-egg breakfast, or mini pots for butter warming. Even Alaskans can get perfect winter-time grill marks with the specialty cast iron grill pans from Lodge or Staub. On the other end of the spectrum are the pieces that can be multifunctional, like the Staub lidded Coquettes that can do everything from non-stick stove-top browning, slow cooking, and even act as a 'brick oven' for masterful artisan bread baking.
In addition to material and finish choices, you'll want to be aware of the varying shapes, sizes, lids, heights, weights, handles, and ideal operating temperatures of your cookware. Reduction sauce pans, for example, have a wider opening and curved sides for optimal heat distribution so you can perfect your sauces. Stock pots come with either high or low sides, depending on how many quarts you need to cook up. Fry pans vary in diameter to accommodate all the steaks you want to sear. Some of the heavier pans come with a 'helper handle' to make it easier to move around, but be aware of your handle material if you plan to put a pan or lid in the oven!
I mention lids, because they also come in a variety of materials, sizes, shapes and functions. The Chantal cookware has tempered glass lids so you can peek at your food's progress, others have specially designed handles, and even tiny interior spikes that allow for 'self basting'. And even if your
piece doesn't include a lid, we have a Universal Pan lid for that! And don't forget the steamer and pasta inserts...
With so many options, we've outlined the features of each line so you can compare for yourself, and whether you're ready to commit, or just want to start with a 'try me' pan- come see us!
Chantal Copper Fusion Cookware
Material/Finish: Enamel on steel with copper core
Colors: Red & Platinum, Black interior
Sets available: Yes
Copper core prevents hotspots, heats up quickly and retains heat with even heat distribution
Sturdy solid threaded handles, some sizes have one or two helper handles
Easy to clean, Dishwasher Safe*
*No steel wool or Lemi Shine
Use Chantal Ceramic Cleaner
No dry preheat
Coating is Non-Reactive & Chemical Free
Cook & Store capability
Made in Germany
Material: Pressure cast aluminum w/3 layers of coating
Non-PFOA, Real diamond crystals in the coating provide extreme hardness, are heat conducting and durable
No hot spots
Threaded Handle, safe up to 500 degrees
Efficient, low heat cooking
Use & Care: Start with low heat
Clean with Baking Soda and water or Bar Keepers Friend
Use nylon, silicone or wood utensils
With proper use and care, Lifetime warranty
Induction friendly line available
Made in Switzerland
Material/Finish: Varies- Stainless or Aluminum Exterior, Ceramic Thermolon Coated Interior
Induction line available
Recommend to use oil or butter
Extra virgin olive oil or oil sprays can leave a thin carbonized layer on nonstick.
Plastic, rubber or wooden utensils. No metal utensils.
Wash in warm soapy water. Rinse and then dry with a soft towel.
Do NOT use steel wool or nylon scrubbing pads.
3 Ply Stainless Line
Material: 18/10 interior, aluminum core, Stainless Steel exterior
Shiny exterior finish
Oven and grill safe
Made in USA
5 Ply Stainless Line
Material/Finish: brushed stainless finish
18/10 stainless surface improves stability, prevents warping
Aluminum layer, stainless steel core, very conductive
No hotspots- even heat
Pouring lip on pan edge
Larger handle for mitts or larger hands
Made in USA
Material: 5 Ply Stainless with Aluminum Core
One piece construction
All cooking surfaces
Oven and Dishwasher Safe
Made in USA
7 Ply Stainless Steel with Alluminum Alloy core
ergonomic double riveted stainless steel handles w/ stay-cool vent design
any cooking surface, including induction
Lids interchangeable with vessels of same diameter
Manufactured in Belgium
Material/Finish: Enameled cast iron
Black matte enamel interior
Colors: Black Matte, Basil, Graphite, Grenadine, Saffron, Dark Blue and Cherry
Self basting spikes on lid interior allow 'rainforest' effect to put moisture back in the food
Ideal for Slow cooking and Flavor enhancing
Oven to table capability and refrigerator safe
Made in France
Made in USA