I am new to the forums, but it seems like a great community here. I am also new in the field of culinary arts, but it is something that I respects and admire immensely. I am moving off to college and getting an apartment and took the plunge on some new cookware and cutlery. I am the type who gets into something, and starts getting geeked out, and has to get really great equipment. (already happened with espresso).
So after doing some research on here as well as other forums, the same names usually come up, All-Clad, Calphalon, Sitram, Demeyere...
Many people scoff at the prices of all clad but I have found a great deal of the mentioned competitors are equally if not more expensive.
After testing out some A/C I was relatively unimpressed with the handle design so I steered away.
I purchased a Stainless Steel Berndes 7.75 Multitop Pot from Ross for $40 as it seemed to be of pretty good quality.
After doing some searching on the internet, hoping to score a decent deal, I came across some pretty large discounts on Berndes saucepans and fry pans, and ended up pulling the trigger. They are all from the tricion series, a 3.5 Quart Saucepan, a 9.5 inch and 11 inch fry pan.
Well, today I used my multipot for the first time to make some pasta, and after I was finished I noticed it has some rust like discoloration on the bottom (was not like this before I used it). I assume this is not normal.
I haven't received my saucepan or frying pans... but this incident has me slightly worried
So I have a couple of questions...
1) Should I be concerned about my multipot's discoloration, if it's purely asthetic I don't really mind.
2) Is all berndes stuff made in China? (my multipot is)
3) Anyone have experience with their stuff, and are they pretty quality and reputable?