We're searching for some new cookware, probably a set. There is a sale ongoing now on Calaphon and Paderno at The Bay in Canada, so its a good time to pick up a $500-$600 set for about $200.
What I'm noticing is that a lot of the sets have a thick bottom, but then the sides are very thin. In my experience with my gas stoves, a lot of the time there is a lot of heat on the sides of the pot or pan. One of my gas stoves has burners with very large diameters, so it's very hard to keep the heat under the pots and pans.
With my cheaper hodge-podge collection of pots and pans, I'm often getting boiling along the sides of the pots, or burning along the sides of the pan. Is this normal? Won't I experience the same thing with most of these sets? I'm thinking that most of the cookware out there is just not designed for gas stove tops, and that I need to find a product that is. Am I out to lunch on this?
I've been reading the board enough to be able to address a couple of things:
1) Yes, I probably should pick up individual pieces of different materials, not a set of all the same material. But the price seems right and having things match is sometimes important for some reason that I don't fully understand, and
2) the tri-ply sets from Calaphon and All-Clad seem to continue the thickness up the sides of the pan, but these don't seem to be available to me right now within my budget.