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Bought this to replace our10 year old grill pan. The Calphalon arrived well packed in a nice package. It looks exactly as advertised. The handle is sturdy and smooth - fits well in my hand. Our old grill pan had a very low profile lip. This one has a nice tall rim to help catch/retain grease. I made bacon in it this morning. My wife commented that it’s a nice weight - not too heavy as compared to our old one. It looks and feels well made. If there was only one comment I could make it’s that I would’ve preferred there be a couple more grill ridges. Our old grill pan made lots of nice parallel grill marks on things like a grilled cheese sandwich. There are just a couple fewer grill bumps on this new Calphalon pan It’s really not a big deal. We’re very pleased with our purchase
Follow-Up Review We’ve been using this pan for over two months. It may just be a griddle pan but I have to tell you, we are VERY pleased with it. The coating is awesome. No scratches. Nothing sticks to it...Nothing ! This pan cleans up very easily and looks like brand new. It’s very well made. Solid and comfortable handle. Even while cooking bacon this morning I noticed that 75% of the handle was actually cool to the touch - near the pan and burner it was warm (or course). I highly recommend this griddle pan.
This review is the for 8.5 qt Dutch Oven. I had high hopes. This isn't nearly as thick or heavy as some enameled cast iron dutch ovens. I was expecting as much. The non stick surface is extremely delicate. I avoided metal utensils to be safe. The roast I was cooking was bone in. After cooking, for the first time in this product, I noticed deep scratches in the non stick coating. No metal was used. A bit of bone barely rubbed on it and it scratched. I cannot recommend this at all to anyone. If you want a large pan that will scratch easily, you can find them for much cheaper. I'm not sure if this is a counterfeit product or not but if it is the real thing, avoid it.
Just received this Dutch oven and made batch of broccoli and cheese soup from scratch. I loved that this 8.5 Qt pot is wider than a regular pot. Most pots are Tall but this one is wider. I loved that the cheese did not stick at all. After cooling, I transferred soup to storage containers for Freezing and the cheesy soup just slid right out. Nothing Stuck to the bottom or the sides. No Burnt Cheese Taste from sticking to bottom! Overall, this is a Great pan, I thought it would be a little heavier, but the lighter than expected weight did not affect the soup at all. Will be making more soups and stews all winter in this.
I always fall back on Calphalon for my every day cookware. After almost 20 years, my last Calphalon dutch oven finally started to get too scratched up on the bottom to justify keeping it around. I like the new design and it feels sturdy and well-built. Good addition to my collection. I only gave it 4 stars because it is quite heavy. This was not a deal breaker to me, but I wanted to point that out to anyone who may have problems handling heavy cookware.
I almost did not purchase the Calphalon Premier pot because of the price. Then, I decided that I was tired of buying pots where the inside coating would chip and bubble fairly quickly. I love this pot. It cleans easier than any teflon coated pan I've owned. The food doesn't stick to the bottom like other pans, when cooking thick sauced recipes. It is heavier and took a little bit to learn what temperature is best for each recipe. Once I figured out the right cooking temperatures, cooking with this pot is wonderful!
I received this in February and initially I loved it. I used it for everything on top of the stove. Today, I was heating up dinner on the stove and the glass top shattered! I did not have excessive heat on the burner. I don't know what could have done this. I am so disappointed. The pot itself is fine. I would like to replace the top but do not know where to buy it! I just need the glass cover! Need help or onfo on how to replace the glass top/cover!