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Apr 11, 2010 07:04 PM

Tramontina Tri-ply ATK top choice.

Just purchased the 10 pc. set thru and I gotta say.... I love the stuff!! Used it 6-7 times in the 4 days we've had it. Heats beautifully on my glass top electric stove and as long as you follow the instructions abt. cooking no higher than med/ med hot, cleans up as easy as nonstick. Ordered it on Monday and opted for the cheap-o shipping ($4.97) and it arrived on Wednesday!! Never even been inside a Walmart, but I got to give them Kudos. BTW, they are the only retailer offering this particular set (a 2 qt.& 3 qt saucepan w/ lids, an 8 and a 10 inch sautee pan, and a 5 qt. covered Dutch oven. Apparently they listened to ATK's minor complaint about the 1 1/2 qt. & 2 qt. saucepans and upgraded the sizes. For $ 173.00 incl. tax and shipping, I am very satisfied. No, I don't shill for Walmart...I even watched that documentary a few yrs. back ,"the high cost of the low price" or sumpthin' and vowed I'd never shop there, but..... they've done wonders as far as going "green-ish" and stocking organic foods and for many peeps, it's walmart for their primary grocery source. (SO-O-O glad I live in the Bay Area where most Wallys can't even SELL groceries-some kinda union thing...) Anyone else out there have this cookware? Tips, techniques, feedback would be appreciated. I've put it in the dishwasher (Bosch- no heat on dry cycle) and it's come out gorgeous so far. Should I continue doing that?
TIA, adam

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  1. Adam,

    Very happy for you. I heard very good things about the Tramontina Triply cookware from multiple sources. As far as I know, Tramontina stainless steel cookware are dishwasher safe. I don't know if this is the first stainless steel cookware you have. If so, you will eventually encounter certain bluish/ranbow stains in them. It is very normal. They can be removed using acidic solutions, such as Bar Keeper's Friend or vinegar. I don't think Walmart is as bad as the "documentary" claims, but that is another topic. Best.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      Being a barkeep in a former life, I'm well acquainted w/ Barkeepers Friend. Can't say enough good things about it. A great product for stainless as well as many other apps.

      1. re: adamshoe

        :) Didn't mean to step into your territory. Just wasn't sure if you ran into the bluish taint situation. Best wishes to your new cookware.

    2. I have some of their pieces - been very happy. I wish the sautee pans had lids. If anyone know of lids that i could buy from a different manufactuer that would fit Tramontina - I would appreciate it.

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      1. re: jmax

        I once bought a generic 10" lid at now-defunct Bradlee's, which is like Kohl's. I have a motley crew of cookware and find that the lids are interchangeable - it appears to me that you can mix and match many manufacturer's lids. Jot down your diameters, then look in department and thrift stores.

        1. re: greygarious

          I lucked out... my old lids from my Kirkland Signature cookware fit perfectly on my sautee pans, but I usually find that I dont need lids for sauteeing unless I'm trying to do a grilled cheese sandwich or finish a saltimbocca. In that case, I'll use a plate or larger skillet in lieu of a "proper" lid. adam

        2. re: jmax

          Jmax, Nordicware has SS lids in several sizes. I saw it at my local cookware shop in person. It is not heavy but looks good enough and the price is modest.

        3. I have several pieces of the Tramontina tri-ply. I started with a set (smaller saucepan sizes but that was not an issue for me as I use both 1 qt and 2 qt, and have AC 4qt if I need bigger) and I feel so in love that I bought a second set for a second kitchen. Since then I have acquired thejumbo saute pan and the 4 qt casserole pan, both of which I love. I also have several pieces of AC stainless steel and I can't identify any difference in construction, beauty or performance between these two lines. As CK says, and you already know, BK Friend takes care of any minor clean up issues. I do not use a dishwasher and probably never will so I can't say whether there will be a long term detrimental effect from the dishwasher but I suspect not. After all, AC says all of its SS line is completely dishwasher safe so I don't think Tramontina would be any different.

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          1. re: knet

            do you find that the straight sides on the Trimontina messy to pour from? I have had straight sided SS for over 30 years and they have always been very messy to pour from. I really like the Trimontina (I have a 12qt stockpot. Its great) but I think I would rather have a "pour friendly rim"

            1. re: dixiegal

              One quick option for outfitting a kitchen would be to buy the Tramontina set (fully clad tri-ply) and the X-piece Cuisinart Chef's Classic set (disk base).

              Sell the Cuisinart skillets (tri-ply much better than disk) and the Tramontina 3-qt saucepan (dimensions too tall, no pouring rim), and you have a set that covers all bases with materials appropriate to use: disk-base saute pan, saucepans, and stock pot; fully clad skillets and one fully clad saucepan (with open dimensions and even heat distribution that make it a decent "saucier" for rice, polenta, risotto, sauces), and a clad soup pot that is heavy enough to serve as a Dutch oven in the absence of an enameled cast iron one.

          2. After having read here and on other posts the good words about Tramontina Triply cookware, I bought a 3 quart saucepan today. The finish is nice, the pan has a good balance, and the handle is very comfortable. I used it tonight to cook pasta sauce, and it seems to heat evenly. This is very impressive cookware--and particularly impressive for the price. I own several All-Clad pieces, and one Cuisinox elite sauce pan, and this holds its own against both.

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            1. re: nukepr

              Congratulations on the acquisition! I am still loving my Tramontina as well and I use the All Clad and Tramontina interchangeably. No difference between the two.

            2. Man oh man, if I had to replace the stuff I've acquired over the years, this is an unbeatable bargain for a very nice selection of pieces: