Handcrafted in the US, this is the bestseller of all of All-Clad's cookware collections. The riveted (noncorrosive rivet) handles are strong, grooved along the top and wide for comfort and lifting. They stay cool for stovetop cooking while remaining safe for oven use. Three bonded layers of aluminum at the core are covered in highly polished stainless steel for the cooking surface and magnetic stainless steel for the exterior. This allows heat retention and even distribution not just along the bottom, but into the sides of the pan.
The stainless interior is stick resistant. Higher heats are not necessary or recommended with these pans (to avoid discoloration). The stainless steel lid will help seal in flavor and moisture as you cook. This pan can go from the stovetop to the oven to finish a dish and looks nice on display.
The four quart skillet is three and a quarter inches deep and the stainless steel cooking surface won't react with food. It's dishwasher safe but hand washing is recommended. Bar Keeper's Friend is suggested as a cleaning agent if food should stick or discoloration occurs. Dry the pan immediately to prevent spotting. The All-Clad comes with a lifetime warranty.
Customers call this selection a well-balanced pan with a nice amount of surface area (for reductions, browning, frying). Height of the sides allows you to work in the pan, stir, whisk, do what you need to do without worry about spillage. And you can turn up the heat to really seal in juices in meats. Over time, warping has been a problem and some customers wish the handles were longer. This pan may take a little extra effort to keep shiny, but it shouldn't take much and, considering what a joy it is for cooking, that will be a welcome effort.
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