March 7, 2013

Its A Woman's Prerogative..

to change her mind!. 
OK, so a few weeks ago? (I have a lousy sense of time lately) I told you that I had this beautiful set of Calphalon Stainless Steel Cookware that has been hanging in my kitchen for more than three years going unused because it's a pain in the you know what to use them because you have to be so careful not to burn or scratch them, they "should" be hand washed. No Im not into washing dishes, I did it almost all my life. When we moved into our home and got a dishwasher I kind of went on strike from that although I will still wash from time to time. Yeah, like every morning I hand wash the dog bowls.. but I digress.

My idea was that I would wash these all up, put them away and hang the pots and pans up here that I use everyday. They are easy to use, can go in the dishwasher and much more handier to get at hanging up here than constantly reaching down into the cabinet searching for what I want. So then it looked like this.. 

After reading an article about the dangers of using non stick coated pots and pans I decided well, I DO have a really nice set of stainless steel and I SHOULD learn how to use them so as not to destroy them. After all, we paid good money for them and it would'nt be SUCH a hardship to have to actually 'hand wash' them, after all again, we paid good money and the health benefits are worth it sooooo, out they came and today we are back to....

And yes, I've been slowly learning how to be patient when cooking as not to burn them. I am learning to use plastic utensils instead of metal with them and yes I've also learned that if I soak the pot or pan I've used right after cooking, cleaning them up? Really isn't all that hard after all. Success! 

What kind of cookware do you use? 


  1. I use All Clad stainless steel pots and pans, too. I do put my own in the dishwasher though unless they are really a mess...but for oatmeal and rice, etc. I just toss them in the dishwasher. xo Diana

  2. Hi Diana.... When you wash your pots does it ruin them or anything? My husband keeps telling me it will and I keep saying it won't and if he doesn't want me to put them in the dishwasher then HE can wash them.. LOL! Thanks for coming by today :)

  3. Hi Robyn, two sets if pans-wow! I have heard that we shouldn't use mon stick cookware. Me, I have an ancient large saucepan that is close to 40 yrs old, a medium and small that are probably 38 yrs old-both are stainless. Our frying pans are non stick though; we change those often. Have a great evening. Hugs, Noreen

  4. I have a dish washer but I only use it about once a year or when I have guests for a couple of days. I use ceramic, iron, and stainless steel. The ceramic is nice for a non-stick pan that is safe for use--with the ceramic I think it says to wash by hand and not to use high temps. Iron needs to be washed by hand because you want it to not loose its seasoning. I have not heard about not washing stainless steel in the dish washer; I know my daughter does. When I looked up washing stainless steel pots in the dishwasher it said: ." Using a dishwasher is controversial; experts are divided on the effect the detergents have on stainless steel finishes. If you do use the dishwasher, remove your cookware after the wash cycle and dry it by hand to avoid spotting."

    also this advice: To bring back that brand-new shine, wet the cookware's surface and sprinkle on some baking soda. Rub gently with a synthetic scouring pad such as a Dobie (a sponge covered with nylon netting) or a Scotch-Brite green pad, rinse thoroughly and dry. You can also remove fingerprints using glass cleaner and a paper towel or soft cloth. Minor scratches can sometimes be buffed out using a paste of water and a non-abrasive cleanser such as those mentioned above.

    With proper care and cleaning, stainless steel cookware can last a lifetime. If you put in just a little extra effort, you can keep it looking as good as it cooks."

    another one said:" Avoid cleaning your stainless steel cookware in the dishwasher. Even if the pans are dishwasher-safe, washing them in the dishwasher will dramatically reduce their lifespan and keep them from looking their best."

    So I guess hand wash is best. Some of it seems to do with appearance.

    However I saw this: " Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel cookware is designed with three layers to ensure even, consistent heating.
    Dishwasher safe" So maybe you should check your brand online?

  5. I love your pot rack. I've had stainless steel pots for 18 years now and they look the same as when I got them. I prefer cooking in the non-stick though... I hate washing dishes too! And my sorry old dishwasher won't get off the stuck on stuff. I'm a new follower and I'd love a visit whenever you have the time. I look forward to hanging out here :)

  6. So you need to google ceramic pans---they are really nice for when you need a nonstick healthy pan. I love the one I have , but you do have to hand wash it. I think your stainless steel pots look really nice hanging up there in your kitchen.


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