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May 20, 2007 08:06 AM

Calphalon pots

Is there a 'best' way to clean these pots. I have had my set for at least 10 years. They're great, but I sometimes can't seem to get them totally clean; especially the outside bottoms of the pots. Just use whatever dish cleaner I have like Ajax or whatever.
Also, a guest put the lids in the dishwasher and I ran it without realizing they were in there. They now have a whitish type of finish on them. Anything that can be done about that?

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  1. Nothing is going to clean up your lids. Calphalon did make a cleaner called Dormond, I don't know if it is being produced anymore. They suggested a paste of Comet and one of those green scrubby things. Until I discarded my Calphalon and went back to stainless I did not know how much starch residue etc. was not being washed out of my pots and pans.

    1. I'm with Candy--I dumped the last of my old Calphalon and Magnalite Pro and bought a complete set of All-Clad stainless. Much more non-stick and easier to clean than the anodized Calphalon was. Like Candy, I have been shocked at what stuck and remianed with the Calphalon aluminum, but never stays on the stainless.

      If Ajax isn't taking it off, in my experience you need to learn to live with it...!

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      1. re: toddster63

        Sorry I am going to disagree. Neither SS nor hard anodized cookware is particularly "stick resistant", the surface finish of either as is leaves the factory is basically smooth metal. That smooth metal will get be subject to wear from normal cooking and cleaning. The edge as to which while wear "harder" probably goes to hard anodized by the smallest margin.

        As to cleaning, I think there is a HUGE problem in the original posting -- while Ajax makes an agressive/abressive "cleanser" like Comet, they also make a dishwashing deteregent liquid (like Palmolive). I would have no problem using the detergent, but there is NO WAY I'd use the cleanser. Abrassives will destroy cookware.

        Similary the highly caustice nature of automatic dushwasher powders & gels will ruin hard anodized cookware, That is not a "film" on them it is chemically etched.

        If there is an "advantage" to SS it is that it can be polished to look better, but by polishing it you are rubbing away / wearing through the SS layers...

        1. re: renov8r

          I, too, never considered SS or Anodized as particularly "stick resistant", and my Calphalon and Magnalite Pro fit this bill. However, I am truly converted over to All-Clad. I no longer consider this over-priced Yuppie-Impress Ware for the upper class kitchen. I can't--I've lived with it, cooked with it, and seen the difference. Dover sole, omelets, fried eggs--they all slide out with ease and the pan cleans up like new. I just can't say this same thing about Calphalon and Magnalite Pro, anodized, that I lived with for two decades...

          1. re: renov8r

            I don't believe the subject was whether the pans were non-stick or not. The subject was cleaning them. I sold Calphalon for a number of years and it was their suggestion to use a paste of Comet on stubborn spots. For my stainless when there is a film on them I use Bar Keepers friend because stainless is more prone to scratching. Eventually many of my Calphalon sauce pans lost their annodization and began to pit, even though I used only wood or silicone when stirring in them, which is why they went away and were replaced with stainless

        2. I have owned Calphalon for many years now. As an earlier post mentioned, Calphalon does put out their own cleaner that does seem to resemble an abrasive cleanser paste. I have found that this does work on the cleaning portion of the issue. You need to use a green poad and circular motions. Now as far as the white film...I think you might be screwed. This was possibly a bleach agent within the detergent. I have an issue with the pans not taking to serious heat. One of my pans is turning white do to this.

          1. My mother routinely puts her Calphalon in the dishwasher, and it all has that nasty white finish to it .... don't think it comes off.

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            1. re: MMRuth

              No it won't. They specifically say not to put it in the DW because of that reason. Once it is done you have to live with it or get something new.

              1. re: Candy

                Agreed - my mother, who used to be a great cook, has decided in her older age not to deal with (a) much cooking or (b) washing pots by hand.