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Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Cookware, is it any good? Faberware is an American cookware company whose been in business for over a hundred year. It was started by Simon Faber a Russian immigrant in 1897. They started as a match peddler, then moved on to munitions for the war and then cookware. Since then, they have been acquired by the Meyer Corporation whose has a wide umbrella of cookware brand under their belt. Given such a legacy, one would expect Faberware to be able to produce cookware some of the best cookware…right? This review will take a closer look at how the Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Cookware is designed. We will take a look at its construction, design and features.
Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Cookware Quick Summary
|Categories||Faberware Classic 15 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set|
|Compatibility||Gas, Electric, Halogen, Glass Top, Induction|
|Oven Temperature||350 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Country of Manufacturer||Unclear Either China or Thailand|
|Thoughts||There are some cost cutting construction in the pan, but for the price, its understandable. The 15 Piece set pretty much lets you cook whatever you need to. Seriously, its has almost everything. The real winner of this set is the Sauce Pot, which you can buy separately. The design is simply charming.|
|Reviewed Cookware||Faberware Classic 15 Piece Cookware Set|
Disc Bottom Cookware
Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Cookware uses a disc bottom construction. A disc bottom increases the mass of the base. This increases the amount of heat that can be stored in the pan. When you add food to a pan, the heat that is stored in the pan will be drawn out. If there is not enough heat stored, the pan will turn cold. As a result, steam will start to accumulate and you will be essentially boiling the food.
A good pan lets you maintain that heat and lets you sear brown the food properly. What you should try to achieve is a maillard reaction. That is where the sugar in the food start to caramelize and develop new flavor compound. This can only happen at 300 degree Fahrenheit and above.
Issues with Disc Bottom Cookware
However, the major issue with disc bottom construction is the heat distribution. While the base of the cookware might be properly heated, the sides wont be. Since the sides are so thin, the heat isnt regulated as well. The temperature will keep on rising while the base is coool. The end result is that food on the sides will start scorching. Usually, disc bottom cookware are reserved for lower end cookware. But they are also a lot more affordable.
Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Cookware Design
This section will discuss the construction and design of Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Cookware. We will take a closer look at the handle, shape, and general construction.
The handle on Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Cookware is simply iconic. It looks like something form the early 1900’s. If you like the style and aesthetic of that period, this is the way to go. The handle is made of plastic, so it should stay cool. However, there are some issues with the design. First, it feels and look flimsy. This makes me question how long this pan will last. Secondly, the handle is mounted with a screw. My experience will all screw mounted handle is that they come loose. Be prepared to use a screw driver to tighten it.
In terms or ergonomic, it is acceptable. However, it would not beat a modern silicone design. Those have the rigidity and softness that plastic cant provide. Also, the Oven Safe Temperature is limited to 350 degree Fahrenheit.
In general, the shape of their cookware is good. The skillet looks like a traditional french skillet. It has tall sidewalls that aids in flipping food with the wrist, but makes a spatula difficult to use. A lower flaring sidewall would be better overall. This lets liquid evaporate more readily and gives you more clearance for utensils. Their pots is a very simple straight cylindrical pot. This does the job perfectly without any issue. The rim is also rolled so that you can pour liquid with ease.
Non Stick Finish
Only the skillets have a non stick finish. In terms of durability, they should only last one or two years. Once the coating on any nonstick pans goes, so does the pan. Luckily, faberware cookware is so affordable that replacing it shouldnt be that much of an issue. The saucepots are the one who are straight stainless steel. They have should last the longest out of the bunch.
Pitting, Stains and Sticking
If you have never used stainless steel cookware, you are faced with a myriad of issues. First, leaving salt on bare surface of stainless steel will cause pitting on the finish. This is true across all brand, including All Clad.
There are some complains on amazon about the stains, but it is inherient for these type of cookware. The stains are actually due to the harsh water from the tap. You can minimize it by drying it off with a towel.
Finally, if you have never cooked with stainless steel, everything stick! You can overcome this by learning how to brown food and waiting until it release. Once you adapt to these method, cooking in stainless steel shouldnt be a problem. Luckily, the frying pans are non stick and the pots are stainless steel. You really shouldnt have any issue with any sticking with sauce pots.
Sauce Pot the Winner?
From all that I can see in this cookware set, the sauce pot is the real winner. I find it to be simply charming. The handle and the lid flows beautifully together. Its made out of stainless steel so you do not have to worry about the non stick flaking. Finally, it is really affordable. If you do not want to buy the whole set, you can just buy that separately.
Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Cookware Thoughts
There are some general construction issues but it is understandable for this price point. I would say the best value that you can get from this series is the saucepot. You get the design and asthetic of Faberware, without getting the whole set. If anything I recommend getting the 2 qt sauce pot just for aesthetic purpose.
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