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Good set of cookware with a bonus!
The Ingenio Preference 13 piece set is a solid set of pots and 2 fry pans. The whole concept of removeable handles, lids for cooking and more lids for storage is a great idea and works pretty well.
The 2 fry pans are really fantastic non-stick cooking surfaces. The surface browns food nicely and I can’t fault the non-stick surface so far. The removable handles are really solid when connected which is reassuring. We found the removeable handle great for the frypan when we made some taco's with the finished mince brought to the table and h...andle off for serving. The frypan base is quite solid and heats up fast and evenly. I used the small fry pan to cook crepes and it was perfect - I used some butter but it was more for flavour than a cooking lubricant as without oil or fat and it still doesn’t stick. The pots are practical sizes and cook well. Again, solid evenly heating bases. The inside surfaces are clean lines and easy to clean. Initially the lid handle was a bit odd, being folding but after a while getting used to it, it works just fine. The only minor issue with the lids is that because of the removeable handles clamping mechanism, the pot lids had a notch out of them, which aligns with a handle. So you cant just put a lid on, without lining the notch up - minor after a while too. The storage lids fit quite nicely and is a nice idea, but we don’t really use them much as we generally tend not to store food in pots. More so we store in rectangular containers which take up less space and stack better, than a round pot. But the removeable handle does work well when putting the pot in the fridge, as the handle isn’t there to get in the way. Initially, I thought the two supplied handles would not be enough and I wanted 3, but somehow 2, works fine as we rarely use more than 2 pots at the same time. If we do, the release and clamp mechanism works very well - they snap on and off quite nicely. A number times I just took the handle off cooking anyway.
Cooking with gas
This cookware set is especially for induction hobs, but I am happy to report that it works well on gas cooktops too.
Initially, I thought that the stainless steel bases would not distribute heat all that well, especially on a gas cooktop rather than induction, but I was mistaken. I tested these pans with a small quantity of water covering the entire base of the pan and this started boiling evenly at the same time. This compares favourably (and slightly better in some cases) to my expensive copper base cookwear - copper being one of the best...heat-conducting metals, and FAR better than my cast iron pans. This set has some pros and cons: Pros Measurement markings on inside of pots are handy for quickly eyeballing quantities No drip lip for pouring - a nice design feature, not described in any of the listed features on the box Plastic lids for storage - very handy
This will cook your goose!
I've been using the Tefal saucepan set now for just over a fortnight. Cooking is one of my passions in a very well equipped industrial-scale kitchen in a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere.
Disclosure I was sent a set to evaluate through the Product Review Ambassador Program. In order to give the set a 'fair go' I've used them exclusively for a couple of weeks. I'm also generally reluctant to give five stars unless the product, on balance, is exceptional. Here's the verdict.
The Tefal set is fantastic.
The 13 piece set has three stainless ...cooking pots that are chunky solid heavy and distribute the (gas) heat incredibly, evenly well. A pan of acidulated water for poaching the household eggs develops beads and bubbles evenly across the bottom of the pot. Sauteeing red onions for a sauce base on the stainless is a breeze. The two frying / saute pans that have the Tefal thermodot are ridiculously non-stick. Tefal might even wean me off my Scanpan addiction with their version of the non stick coating. Searing brined pork medallions, letting them rest and making a miso/tomato sauce was a bit of a dream. Deglazing was simple and very fast. Cleanup drama was pretty much non-existent. A plus in a house with gravity-feed tank water and no dishwasher.
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