My husband and I have been temporarily living in a furnished apartment following a move (again!), and it was with much trepidation that I checked the cupboards for cookware. First surprise: the pans were all heavy stainless-steel. Not a nonstick pan in sight! Second surprise: they were made by Tramontina.
Tramontina doesn't have quite the same brand-name presence as companies like All-Clad or Calphalon. If you haven't been in a Walmart or professional kitchen supply store recently, you might not have ever heard about them. Until now, I only knew Tramontina for their dutch ovens, which I love.
But these pans are worth seeking out. They are solidly made from 18/10 stainless steel (just like All-Clad pans). The pans feel heavy, but are still easy to pick up, slide about, and pour from. The hollowed-out handles were a nice feature - they stayed cool to the touch even when the pan was over high heat.
I primarily used the 10-inch sauté pan for my cooking while in the apartment, and found it to cook food evenly and thoroughly. Everything cooked just as I expected it to: meat seared, mushrooms browned, and spices toasted. Even frittatas, which I normally cook in a nonstick pan, cooked without burning and came out of the pan easily. The pans were all easy to clean and emerged just as shiny as before.
I'm seriously impressed with these pans, especially since they're a bargain compared to the price of other more popular lines of stainless steel pans. I recommend them for anyone stocking a new kitchen or just looking for a new pan. I couldn't find the exact model I used in my searches online, but Tramontina has a very similar line available at Walmart:
• Tramontina 8-piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set, $149.97 at Walmart
To buy individual pieces, take a look at the Tramontina website:
• Stainless Steel Cookware from Tramontina
Do you have any Tramontina pots or pans in your cookware collection? What do you think of their products?
(Images: Emma Christensen)