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May 8, 2014 09:03 PM

Essteele range cookware - is this normal?

I just bought some Essteele pots/pans as we're upgrading with a bunch of gift vouchers we got after having had our abused Circulon ones. They are all stainless steel with a copper base. I followed the manual instructions (wash with soft detergent, stand in bicarb/water solution mix for 20 mins before use to remove the protective coating on the copper, washing off with cold water, dry completely etc). Cooked some bacon and eggs in the pan the other day and then cleaned as instructed (paper towel to get the bits of food/grease off) and then washed in warm water with detergent and dried off. I had to work to get the pans clean but did not scrub with a scourer only a soft dishcloth. I don't know how to describe it but the inside of the pan has like a mottly water marked look to it now. Not sure if this is normal or not after use? I have only bought two pans so far as a tester before going out to get the whole range.

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  1. My demeyere SS skillet did this to me as well, it comes and goes, especially after cooking starchy foods.

    1. Hard water is another culprit. If you want it gone, there are several ways.

      Pour in a bit of white vinegar or lemon juice, or scrub it with a baking soda/water paste. Vinegar is my preferred cleaner, because I can pour in just enough to cover the base of the pan and let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then rinse and dry. Sometimes it tales a bit longer, but it's never a difficult thing. Enjoy your pan. :-)

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      1. re: DuffyH

        Great thanks, I do live in a city with very hard water! I was just worried I had damaged it by doing the wrong thing so thanks.