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I just got the Calphalon Tri-Ply pans!!! Yay!! - if you have them... can you give me tips?

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Thank you to everyone who helped me decide on which pans to get. I ended up spending a little more than I had planned but based on your inputs I wa sable to pick the ones I think I'll be happiest with!

If you have the tri-ply stainless steel with aluminum pans from Calphalon -would you let me know how you like them? How long have you had them and do they hold up like I hope they will?

Do you put them in the dishwasher?

Do you really clean them with barkeepers friend soap?

And on that note... can you use the barkeepers friend powder in the dishwasher?

Oh... and should i put the oil in the pans before i heat the pan or after it's heated up?

Thx!!

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  1. I don't put mine in the dishwasher, but plenty of people do. I do use BKF. I have never used it in the dishwasher, and I'm guessing this would be a bad idea, though I don't know why.

    Heat pan, then add oil.

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    1. re: pothead

      thx!!

    2. I have one - the Calphalon Tri-ply stainless everyday pan. I use Barkeepers Friend on it and it cleans very well. I don't use a dishwasher and I wouldn't but having said that a lot of people DO put their tri-clad cookware in the dishwasher without any ill effect so no harm in it if you want to.
      Barkeepers Friend can NOT be put into the dishwasher, it is strictly for hand use. It isn't that kind of a cleaner.
      Heat the pan a little before you put the oil in and remember you really don't need to go above a medium heat for anything, even if you are accustomed to using high settings for other cookware.

      1. I replaced a set of peeling nonstick coated pans from QVC with Calphalon TriPly back in the summer of 2008. That was a heavy box to lift (always great to do a month after major back surgery!) but so amazingly worth it!

        I was deciding between these and anodized aluminum, and went with these because they can go in the dishwasher and well, my father would have killed me for bringing in pans that have to be hand washed. In addition to the 13 peice set, I bought another HUGE saute pan (I believe that one additional pan alone ran $189 with its lid).

        These pans have been abused a little bit. They've always been put in the dishwasher and are used regularly, and show no real signs of wear (minor scratches in the bottom of the pans from using metal utensils, but that's it). My mother doesn't know how to cook or deglaze a pan, so crap gets burned into them all the time. My dad thinks it is okay to use the scrubbing/abrasive side of a sponge and even attempted to use a Brillo pad on them, which got him a lecture and me a heart attack! I've convinced him at least not to use the Brillo pad. I'm not having much of the same problem now because my mother has pretty much stopped cooking, and dad knows how to deglaze now.

        If something does get stuck on, I do use the Barkeepers Friend powder. I don't like the liquid version at all. The stuff really does work, and usually I"ll make sure the spot is wet, shake a little on, and then come back in a couple minutes to wipe everything off, and that method rarely if ever requires elbow grease. BKF works very well! But it isn't meant for use in the dishwasher. I use the Cascade action packs in the dishwasher with these, without a problem or spots or residue on the pans.

        I'm moving out by the end of the year, and I was thinking of taking these pans with me and buying my parents a nonstick coated set. But oddly enough, I have a couple of converts, who think these are probably the best pans for them and don't want to go back to nonstick. I've though about going for the Kirkland/Costco version (there is no place I love more than Costco and its Kirkland products!), but I think I'll spring the few extra bucks on this set again as I really do love them and enjoy using them.

        Oh, and I like Calphalon's metal utensils with these pans--they work wonderfully and aren't expensive at all.

        1. rchlst,

          I have the Calphalon triply special edition saucepan (the testing version if you will).

          I don't put it in dishwasher, but you can certainly put yours in. I just don't use dishwasher. Never have.

          I have cleaned mine using bar keeper's friend, but not on a regular basis. Most of the time, I use regular dishwasher liquid. Bar keeper's friend is very useful for removing overheated/oxidized stains. Those are not food stains.

          You can put oil before or after heating the cookware. It really depends on your cooking style. If you are making high heat quick cooking, then put the oil in after the pan heated up.

          P.S.: So why did you pick Calphalon triply over Emerilware Proclad (triply)?

          1. Rclst, I have several Calphalon tri-ply and put them in the D/W all the time. They have gotten slightly discolored/lost some of their shine, but BKF gets most (not all) of it back.

            But for me, its totally worth it. I'd rather be able to toss my pans into the D/W and tolerate 'lived-in' looking pans than have to handwash each time..

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            1. re: iyc_nyc

              Thanks for all the info! I reasno I didn't get the emeril stuff is that honestly... it seemed to good to be true. I figured they might not last as long because... well i'm a skeptic and if it seems too good to be true it probably is! :-) I think i will get one of his really big pans though - because it's cheaper and jsut to try it out.