Is this pitting?
So I bought Calphalon Tri-Ply 13 piece set last night to replace some anodized ones.. first set of stainless I've ever used and I'm a beginner cook. I spent an hour last night taking em out of the box and cleaning them, this morning I wake up and make some soft boiled eggs and I'm left with these spots. It's literally all I did, did not add salt which appears the cause the pitting but to me that's what it looks like. I waited for the pan to cool before cleaning... I also have a ring around the pan where the water was that I can't get off... I'll admit that I haven't used a scrubber/bar keepers friend because I only have heavy duty sponges which would likely scratch the surface. So all I used to try and clean the spots and ring off was a wet paper towel with dish soap.
Any suggestions? I'm ordering BKF now from Amazon and some cleaning pads, hoping that takes these spots off... Hope I don't get this result in all of my pots and pans, I'd be pretty disappointed :/ especially since I just boiled water and cooked eggs with the shell still on...
It's not pitting.
Your new stainless cookware is pretty and shiny, I know, but it is a tool. Don't freak out - cook, scrub. If you are doing things right it will scratch, it is supposed to. It will develop a patina of use that says you cook with it, this will not impact its performance and actually enhance its looks. I would be suspicious of anyone with a batterie of perfectly shiny out of the box looking pans.
It is just some small marks -- definitely not pitting. Bar Keeper Friend will take care of it in no time. You won't even need a scrubber. A soft brush or sponge will do.
You can also try using white vinegar. White vinegar is not nearly as effective, but sometime it works.
On the other hand, I agree with JTPhilly. You will get these kind of stains very often. You may not want to use Bar Keeper Friends all time. It just get old. At some points, you may decide/learn to live with these minor stains.
Awesome thank you for the responses!!! I'll wait for my bkf and give it a try!
Also, if this had happened over time I wouldn't be worried but it was within 12 hours so I was just a little annoyed :)
I agree that this doesn't appear to be pitting.
Be advised that there are other sources of pitting metals like stainless steel besides salt corrosion. Leaving a pan full of tomato-based pasta sauce overnight to soak will also cause serious problems in the metal surface, as the combined acids and sugars in the sauce will start working on the metal.
I would check with the manufacturer on the use of specific cleaning agents specific to your pan(s), as said use may void the warranty. BK in moderation should be fine.
You can also add a few drops of olive oil inside the cleaned and dried pan, and rub it in well to avoid discolour marks, and spotting.
Your photos illustrating the spotting were excellent, by the way.