I’ve been cooking with gas and All-Clad pots and pans for more than 15 years. I love them! My older All-Clad is not dishwasher safe and I still prefer it over my other pans! According to the May 15, 2020 edition of USA Today, All-Clad cookware is one of 20 most popular things people are buying right now.
All-Clad is great to cook in and easy to clean even when it seems burned morsels are cemented to it. A stainless steel scrubber will take the grime right off. The cookware is pricey, but you don’t have to buy a whole set all at once. I bought one piece at a time over a few years. That gave me time to save up in between.
This bonded cookware is handcrafted and comes with a lifetime warranty. It is made for superior performance. There are no frustrating hot spots where the flame hits the bottom of the pot because the cookware’s core evenly distributes the heat. The handles stay cool unless they are directly on a heat source or you are using a pan in the oven.
I fully understand making this investment if you’re home more and cooking a lot. We all have sensibilities that make certain tools appealing.
I prefer gas ranges. My favorites are old, heavy, well-insulated Chambers stoves. I’d love to have one in bright red or pale blue. An O’Keefe & Merritt from the 1950s is also appealing. I’d have to rework my kitchen to make one fit, but it could happen.
In the meantime, I have a gas range with a gas oven. My new stove seems safe, but my last one was questionable. Actually, I think it was a lemon. An exciting lemon!
From the get-go, the oven didn’t light properly. A technician replaced a part. A few weeks after the warranty expired, the problem returned in dramatic fashion. I turned on the oven one day, heard and boom, and turned to see the oven door fly open. So much gas had built up before ignition that it literally blew the door open. And you thought cooking was a bore!
I convinced the manufacturer that due to the dangerous nature of this problem they should fix it at no charge. That may have seemed like a win at the time, but I have to say I was glad to see that stove go last year when the whole top oven mechanism fell onto the oven rack. I didn’t even consider a repair. I was done.
Many bakers prefer electric ovens because they heat evenly. I’m not sure why gas appeals to me. It just does. So does wood. At times, I’ve considered buying a stove with a wood-fired oven to bake bread. While that’s not in any of my current plans, I get excited thinking about it.
Some tools appeal because of fond memories. Some appeal because they work well. Others appeal because they make the experience feel right in a way we can’t explain. Listening to our sensibilities when choosing an implement can turn a chore into a pleasure.
Like you, I have more chores these days. The more pleasant I make each chore, the more I enjoy the time I must spend performing these duties. Choosing equipment that enhances the experience is worth it. That’s why I cook with gas and All-Clad!