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Rachael Ray 14-Piece Cookware Set Review

Hard anodized cookware is an upcoming trend of cookware that has more durable nonstick surfaces. It’s made of aluminum that has been hardened through an electric chemical process to alter the surface of the aluminum through oxidation making it porous, while at the same time retaining great heat conductivity.

The Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set also has a nonstick coating on the inside. The nonstick coating is known as Eclipse and it’s manufactured by Whitford, a worldwide producer of nonstick coatings. Whitford considers Eclipse as their second best coating while their first is often used in producing commercial cookware. Want to learn more about this celebrity’s line of cookware? Read on for all the details.

What is included in the entire set?

The Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick cookware set comes in 14 pieces. Below is what is included in the set:

  • 1.5-qt. Saucepan with lid
  • 6-qt. Stockpot with lid
  • 4.5-qt. Saucepan with lid
  • 4.5-qt. Saute’ Pan with lid
  • 3-qt. Saucepan with lid
  • 2-qt. Saucepan with lid
  • 8-in. Skillet
  • 10-in. Skillet

Features

  • Made with a strong hard anodized aluminum that heats fast and evenly
  • The interiors are evenly coated with a long lasting nonstick that offers great food release
  • Comes with a limited lifetime warranty
  • Rims on this cookware are tapered allowing food drip freely

How does it look like?

The Rachel Ray cookware has a stylish modern look with a black coating on the exterior and a black interior that is nonstick. This makes it extremely easy to clean since there is no food that gets stuck on the cookware during cooking. The orange handle covers on both the pots and lids are really great looking and a part of the Rachel Ray cookware signature look. The lids are made of tempered glass with metal rims. The tempered glass lets you watch over your food as it cooks while at the same time retaining the aroma, flavor and heat.

What is the durability and quality of the nonstick coating?

The real quality of a nonstick coating is determined by the following things: the grade of coating used, the number of layers and the total thickness of the layers.

Eclipse is an intensified coating that is meant to outlive all other kinds of nonstick coatings as per the company that manufactures it and its spread in three different layers. The top layer offers the nonstick release which is the PTFE. Obviously, the Rachel Ray hard anodized pans are made of resilient nonstick coating that is mapped out to last. They are the perfect combination of both style and durability.

What are the handles made of?

The handles of this set are made of stainless with beautiful orange silicone casings for a relaxed grip. The pot’s handles are safe for oven use up to 400°F. If you prefer hanging your pots, there is a hole for hanging at the end of every handle. Finally the handles are held in place by rivets making it safe and secure to use.

What about the lids?

The lids are manufactured using unbreakable glass and just like the pans, they are safe for oven use up to 400F. For people who love skillets with lids, here is some great news: the lids meant for the pots fit the skillets perfectly well! So this cookware set comes with a lid for each pan.

Are they difficult to maintain?

Most people who have used these pots gave them great reviews for being extremely easy to clean and maintain. The hard anodized aluminum used protects the pots from getting scratches and dents. Additionally, the interior which is non stick is fast and simple to clean. However, let them cool down after cooking before you can begin washing them. Avoid stacking the pans on top of each other; if you do, ensure there is a protective liner to prevent the nonstick from scratches.

What cooking precautions should one be knowledgeable about when using this cookware set?

  • Avoid using in high heat. Low to medium heat is the best
  • Avoid using metal utensils since they can easily scratch the nonstick surface. Only use silicone, wood or plastic
  • Do not put an empty nonstick pan to heat
  • Never use this cookware under the broiler
  • Avoid using cooking sprays on nonstick cookware since this may result to a buildup which will interfere with the nonstick and food may start sticking on your cookware.
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