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Old 01-20-2007, 01:54 PM   #1
 
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Default Stainless steel pans and high temperatures

My mom bought me a set of cookware for Christmas. It is Stainless Steel, Tools of the Trade by Macy's. I opened the box today and there is a paper that says high heat may damage or discolor cookware...medium heat is recommended.

So I can't cook anything on high heat? It all has to be medium? How am I supposed to boil water etc... Most of the things that I cook start out on high heat.
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Old 01-20-2007, 02:30 PM   #2
 
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Weird. Maybe they mean prolonged high heat?
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Old 01-20-2007, 03:04 PM   #3
 
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My hubby blames me for our warped Calphalon skillet and frying pan. He says I shouldn't be cooking on high. I always thought he was just trying to be a know-it-all but maybe he's right?
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medussa,

My hubby's had to throw away many a frying pan b/c of his high-heat tendencies. Revere, something like Calphalon... ETA: We'll see how long the actual Calphalon lasts.
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I have stainless but they are copper bottomed. Never had problems with high heat.
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Old 01-21-2007, 01:56 AM   #6
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I think they say that about a lot of pans.

One of the reasons is that many pans have non-stick coatings that emit toxic gasses when heated at certain temps.

The other reason is probably what everyone else said.

I have a "Tools of the Trade" enameled cast iron pan (which they don't even sell anymore for some reason, but anyway...) which says the same thing as your pans do.
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So do you all use high heat anyway?
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Old 01-22-2007, 05:25 PM   #8
 
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Quote:
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So do you all use high heat anyway?
I do. But Calphalon has a lifetime warranty all but two of their cookware lines.
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