Here's my chance to let the companies know what I would like to change, or improve on, the cookware available today.
1. I want comfortable handles. I don't want skinny handles that twist and turn when I'm carrying a swishy heavy load. Give me handles like the French lines have - think De Buyer. If I could take all the All Clad cookware I have, pry off the handles and rivet DB's on them I would die a happy woman.
2. Hey, you cookware folks - make standard widths so we can buy lids as we need them. (I'm talking to you All Clad - within your own lines there's no consistency.) It shouldn't matter where you buy the product, if it's a 12 inch saute, I should be able to get a lid for a 12 inch saute. Think bathing suits - mix and match. If I want a glass lid for that 12 inch saute... (I know, good luck.)
3. Don't mess with me and NOT give complete specs. I want to know exactly how high the sides are, how wide the top is, how wide the cooking surface is, and how heavy it is. (In this case, I'm also talking to you baking-dish manufacturers. Don't just tell me the quart size. I want to know if I can fit a regular lasagna noodle in it, or if I have to add another one running the other way to fit.) List the handle length separately - I can add the two for the total length - I'm quick that way.
Side note: Speaking of lasagna wish list: I want a white French porcelain, 4 inches deep, absolutely straight-sided and squared, sized for lasagna, with a well-fitted lid and handles that I can actually grip easily. They will sell like hotcakes. I have friends.
4. Be honest about country of origin. Most companies are at this point, but hey - we're not going to let you slip, and the rest of you - step up.
5. Pay attention to hazards. I've seen baking dishes with ridiculous handles. Wear a Santa oven mitt, and that sucker can end up on the floor or worse. Design handles that I can really grip - cheese gets HOT for crying out loud.
Side note: I have small hands, but I need a thick flexible mitt. Why do they all look like Santa's mittens and so stiff I can't bend my fingers? Who has thumbs that stick out sideways?
What I DO like:
1. I love clad cookware for so many reasons. It cooks evenly, browns wonderfully. AND, even if the pan is nearly black, you can soak it and the stuff just lifts off. A little scrubbie and you're done.
2. DeBuyer, yes, my dear friends. Love your products. Make more of your various pieces available to purchase here in the States. We do love you. Really.
3. My Karahi Indian wok. It's Calphalon One, they don't make it any more (for some reason) and I'm soo glad I got it when I did. I would like a carbon steel version, but can't find the authentic version online. Anywhere. (Can use help here - thanks in advance.)
4. LeCrueset, Emile Henry, Pillivuyt, and others - you know who you are.
I have lots of other likes, but I will say finally I am so glad to read everyone's posts here at Chow Cookware, because it's nice to run with you folks!
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