Bialetti Cookware . . .?
- CindyJ Jan 4, 2007 12:19 AM
I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with Bialetti cookware. I saw some non-stick pieces in the outlet store this afternoon that were very reasonably priced, but I left them there because the prices were almost TOO good, and I've come to believe that with cookware, as with so many other things, you get what you pay for. Still, a 10" saute pan for $15 -- maybe I'll go back and get it. If I don't like it, I'm sure one of my kids would love to have it.
I have an 8" Bialetti nonstick fry pan that I use all the time for scrambled eggs and toasting nuts. It's decent quality -- the balance is slightly off and the handle gets too hot, but for my purposes it's functional. I don't spend a lot of money on fancy non-stick pans because I don't use them that much and the teflon gets so messed up anyway that it's cheaper to just replace. $15 is a good price so I'd get it.
I have a 10" Bialetti nonstick. It's great for eggs. I use it for reheating, too. I use medium or lower heat and am always delighted with how quickly and evenly it heats.
They are fine. I have a couple that I picked up after my $$ All Clad finally wore down. Since non-stick pans are not good as primary cooking pans for great cooking (you cannot use them over high heat or make pan-sauces in them), it doesn't make sense to spend a lot on them; instead, buy moderately priced ones and replace them every few years. Spend the money on real cookware.
Consumer Reports picked the Bialetti fusion 9pc. set as a 'Best Value if your budget is tight'.
I've located the set at Target and it's website -where I've located at 10% discount coupon which expires today, and I am also planning on using my Xmas gift card...sure beats buying the usual stuff 'tampons & t-shirts'!!! ; )
from Consumer reports...
Bialetti $50 (Target)
This inexpensive nine-piece nonstick set cooked very evenly. The handles aren’t particularly strong, but they’re comfortable to hold and stayed fairly cool during cooking. This was also the lightest cookware set we tested, despite its glass lids.