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Oct 26, 2009 10:22 AM

Stainless steel in All Clad comes from.......?

I am in the process of buying stainless steel cookware. My question is from where does the
steel used for All Clad comes from?.... China, US or some other country?
Also is there any difference in steel manufractured in the US and manufractured in other countries?
And how much importance should be given to thought .... from where does the actual steel comes from?

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  1. Interesting question, I am waiting for any replies.
    Not every All Clad is made in USA, as they used to be.
    I also wonder if anyone has thoughts about stainless cookware, how important is it to maintain the original finish. Specifically, I have come across information online that says , once ( even high quality ) stainless has been scratched by cooking utensils, or cleaned with anything that scratches the original finish, the stainless may leach chromium and or nickel or something nasty! into the food.

    6 Replies
    1. re: ciaolette

      Stainless steel is a homogenous alloy. Scratching it will not release any chromium or nickel.

      1. re: ABruce

        whew...don't even know what you mean by homogenous alloy, but I am happy to hear I'm barking up the wrong tree here! thanks.

        1. re: ABruce

          Umm... it's actually well known that stainless steel cookware leeches small amounts of nickel in to food; especially acidic food at hight temperatures. For most people, this isn't an issue, however, although I still do any long cooking or braising with acidic ingredients in enamel pots.

        2. re: ciaolette

          ciaolette: "Not every All Clad is made in USA, as they used to be." All-Clad is part of the same company that brings you Krups and Rowenta.

          "I also wonder if anyone has thoughts about stainless cookware, how important is it to maintain the original finish." Depends upon the specific cookware. There is an advantage, for instance, in preserving the Silvinox finish of (some, not all) Demeyere pots and pans. And scratched surfaces in any stainless finish can complicate getting the pot thoroughly clean.

          1. re: Politeness

            I don't know where the steel is manufactured, but recently an All-Clad rep told me that their clad ss cookware is MADE in the USA, except for the lids. She said they may stop importing lids from China and may even have supply shortages for a while till they find a way to make them here. (Don't know *why* lids are a problem; why not pans, too? ;-)

          2. re: ciaolette

            Fear of nickel leeching into food from stainless steel cookware seems to be the fear du jour perpetrated by get rich quick artists praying on fears of people. Many people are sensitive to nickle when it comes in direct contact with their skin, such as when wearing a watch or cheap earrings next to sweaty skin.

            This doesn't mean that nickel will somehow leech out of a stable stainless allow and cause the same reaction.

            Look at it this way, if you sit in a swimming pool or even a bathtub for an hour, your hands and feet will get all wrinkled. Does this mean you should never drink water again? Or that drinking water will somehow wrinkle your insides?

          3. All Clad is made in Cannonsburg Pennsylvania. Their website says all their bonded cookware is made in US, but some lids and utensils may be made elsewhere. Check out

            1. I think your question is where the steel comes from, not just where the pieces are manufactured. According to the All-Clad website they use "American-made materials."