Everyone wishes they could own a set of professional stainless steel cookware, but you know how expensive that can be. Chef Emeril Lagasse partnered with All-Clad Cookware, the leading manufacturer of professional cookware, to create his signature 12 piece Emeril All-Clad Pro-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware, which is the way to own this professional quality cookware without breaking the bank.
In this review you will learn what triple ply stainless steel cookware, referred to as Tri-Ply is, how it is made, whay makes it superior to the cheaper line of Emerilware stainless steel cookware (with the copper bottom), and how Emeril Cookware can offer this professional quality cookware at a price every aspiring home cook can afford?
Emeril All-Clad Pro-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware
This professional quality Tri-Ply stainless steel cookware starts with a thick aluminum core that is sandwiched between two pieces of high quality stainless steel to ensure even heating and beautiful looks.
Stainless steel on its own, while beautiful to look at, is a poor conductor of heat and tends to heat unevenly having cold and hot spots that make cooking food correctly impossible.
Aluminum is a soft metal and an efficient conductor of heat, but too soft to be used to make cookware. Combining the hard, scratch and stain resistant outer stainless steel shell and an aluminum core results in one the best types of cooking surfaces. The bottom and sides heat evenly to cook food perfectly, and the hard stainless steel shell can resist stains, won’t scratch even with metal utensils, won’t absorb smells and looks beautiful and shiny in any kitchen.
The bottom is magnetized to be used on an induction stove top, in addition to gas and electric stoves.
What Comes with the Emeril All-Clad Pro-Clad 12 Piece Set?
- 8″ Frying pan
- 10″ Frying pan
- 1.5 Qt. sauce pan with lid
- 2.5 Qt. sauce pan with lid
- 3 Qt. sauté pan with lid
- 6 Qt. dutch oven stock pot with lid
- Steamer Insert / Colander
- Universal splatter screen
Don’t Confuse Emeril Pro-Clad with the entry level Emeril Chef’s Stainless Steel Cookware line.
Emeril Cookware offers an entry level Emeril Chef’s Stainless Steel Cookware line, which you can see below, that has a copper base with the model numbers E937SA64 or E934SA64, and just says Emeril on the handle.
While, the premium Emeril All-Clad Pro-Clad above, which is made by All-Clad has a solid stainless steel shell and Emeril “Pro-Clad” on the handle.
Be aware this is not the premium Emeril Cookware Pro-Clad stainless steel cookware line, and the complaints I have read about the metal base separating from the pan are for the budget Emeril Chef’s Stainless Steel Cookware line and not the Pro-Clad cookware, which is a tri-ply construction of an aluminum core bonded between two solid pieces of stainless steel. Emeril Pro-Clad is the premium line of stainless steel cookware and does not have a copper base.
Benefits of Pro-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware
- Bonded tri-ply stainless/aluminum/stainless cookware for optimum heat conductivity and cooking performance.
- Beautiful stainless steel surface that allows you to cook like a professional chef.
- Pro-Clad is suitable for use with gas, electric, ceramic glass, or induction stove tops.
- Tapered rim for spill-resistant pouring
- Tempered glass lids
- Ergonomically designed handle to prevent hand strain and is attached with stainless steel rivets that prevent the handles from coming loose.
- Dishwasher safe
- Lifetime Warranty
What Does Induction-Ready Mean?
Induction burners use a magnetic field to create heat, rather than electricity or gas. The burner gets hot when an induction pan is placed on the burner, and is cool to the touch when the pan is removed. This type of cooking surface saves energy, and prevents burns. This is so important in professional kitchens, when little hands get near a hot burner in the home.
Tapered Edges to Prevent Spills
The Emeril Pro-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware includes the signature tapered edge standard with all stainless steel cookware made by All-Clad, that prevents spills when pouring hot liquids from the pan. This is especially important to prevent burns when pouring hot liquids, or preventing a fire if pouring off hot liquified fat.
Ergonomic Stay Cool Handles are Riveting On
While some cheaper stainless steel cookware affixes the handles to the cookware with screws that can come loose or even fall off, the handles on the Emerilware by All Clad are riveted on and will never come loose. The handles are designed to be ergonomically balanced for your hands for easy use, and to prevent hand or wrist injury, and are heat resistant to prevent burns.
Tempered Glass Lids
Emerilware stainless steel cookware available at Amazon.com comes with beautiful tempered glass lids, so you can monitor cooking without having to open the lids to check the status of the food. This is important when cooking food like rice that can be ruined if the steam escapes, or to prevent boiling liquid from splattering on the stove top or on you. Glass lids can be used up to 350°. While Emerilware is oven-safe, lids should not be placed in the oven. Lids are dishwasher safe.
Is It Oven Safe?
The Emeril Cookware Pro-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware available at Amazon.com is oven safe to 550° Fahrenheit. The lids are safe up to 350° F, so it is recommended that the lids only be used when cooking on the stove top. If the recipe says to cover the dish while cooking in the oven, use aluminum foil instead to prevent damage to the lids.
The Emeril Pro-Clad stainless steel cookware and tempered glass lids are dishwasher safe.
Limited Lifetime Warranty
All-Clad offers a Lifetime Warranty for all their cookware, including the Emeril Cookware Pro-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware.
Drawbacks of the Emeril Cookware
Any legitimate product review should include negatives of a product. I will admit I was not able to find too many negatives for this stainless steel cookware.
The biggest drawback I found was that, while the Emeril Pro-Clad line is designed by All-Clad metallurgists, this stainless steel cookware line is not manufactured in the US as their professional cookware line is.
In their defense, All-Clad states they strictly monitor the manufacturing process to ensure it meets All-Clad exacting manufacturing standards. This is to keep the cost of the Emeril Cookware affordable for all budgets.
Update on Emeril All-Clad Pro-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware
The Emeril All-Clad Pro-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware line has been discontinued.
If you are looking for a high quality and affordable Tri-Ply stainless steel cookware set that offers:
- the same quality triple ply stainless steel construction as Emeril Pro-Clad
- riveted on handles
- Ergonomic handles and tapered edges to prevent drips
- Induction ready
- Easy to clean and affordable
The-Cookingpot.com recommends the following Tri-Ply stainless steel cookware sets:
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