Last night on the way to Carmen at the Kennedy Center, my friend Megan told me she had a job for me. She couldn’t remember the exact title she had come up with, but it was something like Professional Maximizer. The idea is that I need to charge the value of the research and testing that goes into the advice I give. And she knows this having used my rebate realtor and my OBGYN and who knows what else. Then after the opera, I had a text asking for a doctor recommendation and an email from another friend asking which pans she should buy for her new induction cooktop.
I think I would be a phenomenal professional maximizer if I only knew how to monetize this skill of mine.
So here’s the situation. If you haven’t yet bought an induction cooktop for your home, you are missing out. It is the bomb of bombs. If you have bought one and are looking to buy some cookware to use on it, here are some ideas.
I am happy to report that All Clad, the gold standard for cookware and Cooks Illustrated perennial favorite, has finally read my blog and realized that all the cool kids are using induction. Accordingly, they have redesigned their Stainless Steel and Copper Core collections with magnetic inserts (no kidding) so that they can be used with induction heating. Lah!
Now, I have not used these sets, so I don’t know how well they have accomplished the induction-ready redesign, but if you’re a long time All Clad fan, you now have that option. Also, if All Clad would like to send me some samples, I will happily test them since I am a professional maximizer.
Costco wins again. Costco has expanded to a handful of induction-ready options including the two mentioned here. If you are a pan-seared purist who recognizes the value of the delectable nitrates produced from a stainless steel sear, there is this option.
If like me you love the convenience of a wash-and-go, hard-anodized pan/pot, then these are great. (Ignore the one one review of a beat-up, Frankensteined-together return item. She clearly did not get the set I did.) The lids are perfect, the pans heat evenly, I have had no usage or wear issues in over a year. I have used and loved this whole set.
I am likely going to buy at least one large All Clad stainless skillet for the couple of dinner parties per year that I really want a nice sear on the meat. I am also going to buy a new roasting pan that is induction ready, probably this one, so that after roasting, I can deglaze the pan on the stovetop to make the gravy.
I am also in the maximizing process of replacing my pancake griddle. Currently I put pans on all 5 of my induction burners so I can cook 7 easily flippable pancakes at once, but I’m looking for a more excellent way.