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Question re: All-Clad D5 on an electric cooktop

BigGreenEgg | Dec 4, 201409:47 AM     7

We just purchased a Brushed D5 set from WS and so far I really like the pans. I read all the hints before they arrived, and have had no issues with sticking.

The one issue that I am having is that I seem to have trouble getting things to cook quickly. For example, last night I sauteed some sliced chicken breast for a Thai cashew dish. I placed the 12" fry pan on my largest electric burner, preheated for 5 mins on 6/10 heat, added a touch of oil and immediately added the chicken. At first I had a nice sizzle but quickly lost it. During the cook the sizzle would come and go but I was never able to get a nice sear on the chicken. I believe it's the electric cook top doing its normal cycling that is causing the heat to fluctuate in my pans. Is this normal on an electric top? Should I attempt to cook warmer than 6/10? I have read the warnings about not getting the pans too hot.

Should I give in to my wife and purchase a gas range while we are at it? Is gas really that much better, especially with a nice set of cookware?

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