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Excellent Cooking – Cuisinart Classic Stainless Steel Saucepan with Lid

Cuisinart Classic Stainless Steel Saucepan with Cover – 2 Quart


Pros: heats well, pour-spout on pan, vent holes for steam or straining, glass cover

Cons: sometimes the handle is warmer than I like

I wanted to purchase another saucepan to supplement my cookware.  I also thought stainless steel would work well for some items I cook that might stain another pan.  On my wish list: I did not want a coated nonstick pan, I did want a glass cover (preferably with holes to release the steam), a pour-spout on the pan would be a nice bonus.  The Cuisinart Classic Stainless Steel Saucepan with Cover delivered all this and more.


This Cuisinart stainless steel saucepan is in the 2-quart size.  The pan is a nice shape, slightly narrower at the bottom than the top.  It has an aluminum base.  The manufacturer describes the stainless steel interior and exterior as having a mirror finish.  It has a riveted cool-grip handle with a hole at the end for hanging the pan, if desired.

The top of the saucepan has a pour-spout.  The glass lid has a stainless steel rim with deep stainless steel sides.  There are two sets of holes on opposite sides of the stainless steel sides.  One set of holes is smaller (three short rows of holes), the other set of holes is larger (two short rows).  The cover also has a riveted U-shaped handle on top.  The saucepan is dishwasher safe.

My Experiences

I’ve been using this Cuisinart saucepan for six months and love it.  The pan is easy to use and care for.

Primarily, I use the 2-quart saucepan for heating vegetables, sauces, and soups.  The pan is a terrific size for the quantity I cook, and I like that the aluminum pan bottom evenly heats.  The saucepan bottom has not discolored, either.

A great feature is the pour-spout.  This is the only pan with cover I own that has a pour-spout.  It makes it easy to empty liquid or sauce from the pan without slopping it.  The lid also has steam holes along the deep stainless steel sides.  When I need to drain only the liquid from the saucepan, these holes make great built-in strainers.

The lid is designed so that the small or large holes can be placed at the pour-spout opening.  This position allows the holes visibility, which also allows steam to escape the pan.  In case it matters to you, the cover fits well atop the saucepan.  The deep sides fit inside the pan, and the lid is a smidge smaller than the pan diameter so the deep sides don’t scrape the pot.  However, there is a bit of looseness between the cover sides and the pan so that the cover doesn’t form a seal.

Most of the time the pot handle is cool to the touch.  There was only one time when I grasped the saucepan handle and released it thinking too warm to hold.  It wasn’t burning hot, but it was also not comfortable to hold with the warmth.  It only happened once, but now I’m cautious.

I have cooked carrots and tomato-based sauces in this stainless steel pot.  The carrots often leave an orange residue in my other pots, and tomato sauce usually coats a pan in red, which can be a pain to clean.  This Cuisinart pan is a cinch to wash.  Even though the manufacturer says the saucepan is dishwasher safe, I hand wash the pan using liquid dishwashing soap and then set it in the dish drainer to dry.  It usually only requires a swish of the sponge to clean, and if needed, I soak the pan with some liquid soap before washing.


After six months of consistent use, the Cuisinart Classic Stainless Steel Saucepan with Cover still looks like new.  The mirror finish looks sharp in the kitchen, and so far has resisted scratching.  The glass lid allows me easy visibility so that I can keep tabs on the contents.  I appreciate the two sizes of holes to vent the steam, plus the holes double as a strainer to remove liquid from the pan.  This saucepan is super easy to clean, too.  I would definitely buy another one.

Enjoy the day,

Copyright 2015 Dawn L. Stewart

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An Old Kitchen Stand By Never Gets Old

P315 B  a 4.5  X 11 inch loaf pan


cornflower loaf



Pros: long lasting, beautiful, durable, non staining,

Cons: used since the 1960s, not a con in the world for me


Corning Ware® original Pyroceram® cookware P315 B is a 4.5 X 11 inch loaf pan suitable for storing prepared dough and baking loaves of bread, storing a prepared meatloaf and baking the meat loaf in the oven and serving from the pan on the supper table. The pan is dandy for preparing lasagna or whatever entrée you choose to prepare ahead and bake later, or prepare now and bake now and serve for supper tonight.

These pans are meant for use in ovens and microwaves in addition to being used for storage in freezer and refrigerator. I have used my loaf pan in standard electric oven, not toaster oven, at heat to 350 – 375° F.   I stored many meat loaves and bread loaves for baking later in standard upright and chest type freezer and in refrigerator. These pans are not intended for stove top, burner, usage.

I have purchased, used and enjoyed Corning Ware original Pyroceram cookware from the time I first saw the initial advertisement for the product on television as a teen babysitting for spending money.

The concept was intriguing, the product was beautiful, and the notion that cook and serve in the same pan was possible, nicely,  had great appeal.

I date myself; my initial purchase went into my –hope chest– to be used when I was either married, or had moved out on my own following college.

Today, I still have, and regularly use,  my very first loaf pan and several others as well. There is nothing quite so tasty as good homemade bread, with butter and jam we made ourselves.

My Corning Ware Cornflower Loaf Pan features those pretty cornflower blossoms as was found on all the first pieces of the product. This 2 quart pan is a perfect size for making bread for supper, there was enough for everyone, but not so much that we had stale bread later. The pan was a dandy size for baking meat loaf, and because I had more than one pan, we enjoyed fresh bread AND meat loaf often as my boys were growing up.

My favorite bread recipe makes several loaves. I found having a group of loaf pans enabled me to divide the recipe into four portions, 1 for baking and 3 for freezing to take out later, let rise, and bake another day as well as having a dish for baking the entrée if.

This attractive pan ornamented with stylized blossoms, leaves and stems enjoyed a long manufactured run beginning in 1957 and continuing until discontinued in 1988. The pan includes a poly lid for use in freezer. Snap the lid onto the pan, and if you have several pans stack in freezer.

The top edge of the pan is smooth, has tabs at either end, and along the longer side is  a lip.


The lid is made with a lip to fit over the tabs at either end of the rectangular pan, and has a depression at the top surface allowing the bottom of the pan to seat down into the depression creating a nice, sturdy stack of pans filled with bread dough, meat loaf, chicken and dumplings or whatever you choose make ahead and freeze. Stacking the pans allows greater use of freezer space.

The poly lid should not be used during baking, broiling or top of the stove cooking. I do not use the poly lid in the microwave. I want the lid to continue to fit snugly in the freezer; microwave may cause the lid to warp.

My own personal cooking habits have long been to prepare several meals ahead; I found during the years I was raising children, having several meals in the freezer for popping into the oven made preparing supper a good bit easier and smoother for a busy household where both parents worked and children were active in scouting and we all attended church each week.

Pyroceram, a glass ceramic material initially developed for usage in the infant ballistic missile program the United States was realized as a possibility for crafting cookware capable for going from hot to cold or cold to hot without problem. The pans are nice enough to use for serving on the table, can be used to cook or warm foods in the oven, on the stove top and under the broiler.

I always liked having fewer dishes or pans to clean up after the meal. As more women began entering the work force as did I, the idea of prepare foods on the weekend, freeze, cook as needed and serve in the same pretty pan removed from the freezer held a lot of allure for myself and many others of my generation.

Nearly indestructible, easy to clean, difficult to burn food in the pan, Corning Ware’s record for durability was one of the things which ultimately led to problems for the company. No need to replace items that just don’t wear out, stain and become less attractive and the like.

My appealing, vintage, loaf baking pan(s) have been used many times during the many decades I have had the original, and all the others I have added to group. The original pan, as well as the ones that followed, continues to have a fine, unsoiled, lustrous white inner sidewall notwithstanding being used for myriad meat loaves replete with the tomato sauce we enjoy,  as well as other entrees in addition to loaf type cakes, loaves of bread and whatever else I have stored, baked and stored again whenever there were left over portions.

Over the years I added a number of other pieces to my initial corn flower blue casserole, loaf pan etc.

Initially each piece has also featured the pretty blue cornflower. I liked the fact that the pieces I bought during the early 1960s all matched, never wore out and short of deliberately throwing them onto a cement did not break.

Now that it is just Husband and myself I have kept the smaller pieces, and have given away most of the larger ones to sons as they have begun their own families.

And I have begun collecting one or two of the many other patterns produced during the hey day, as I find them in local thrift, jumble shops and garage sale offerings.

I always liked the appearance of the newer patterns, but as many other women, just could not justify replacing what I had.  The pans were beautiful, didn’t stain or break or anything untoward.

We were a generation not prone to replace just to replace, so I have kept, and now I add a smaller pan or two and this past weekend, another loaf pan!

If the price is good, it is hard to pass it by as I wander the aisle of the jumble shop.

I did buy some of the newer stoneware type baking dishes, and other than the mugs meant to be used in the microwave have given those pieces away. I find they are not so durable, easy to clean and keep clean and serviceable as are the original formula Pyroceram pieces.

NOTE: The following is information regarding Corning Ware/World Kitchen LLC.

If you, as I, am/are a collector, or think you might like to be, and/or have an interest in company information or perhaps need specific information regarding the manufacturing company itself, types of products made, where Pyroceram Glass items were mass-produced including years of issue, as well as, where they may be offered for sale today as well as other pertinent information regarding these lovely, serviceable pieces; you will be pleased to read, books are beginning to be written regarding the patterns, pieces, and company itself.

In addition, I am beginning to see a number of online sites offering pieces for sale. My own preference is for the pieces often found on shelves of local jumble shops, in thrift shops, as inventory during estate and garage sales and the like.

If bought from sites online;  the cost will be substantially more.

Original formula Pyroceram was discontinued during the late 1990s, and the new stoneware was introduced. Pieces are not manufactured as replicas, but the stoneware is not original formula Pyroceram. From internet search including perusal of the Corning Ware webpage: we learn that as happens with many new creations, Corning Ware cookware came to be because of a lab mistake.  The furnace failed, temperatures supposed to remain at 600C rose to 900c. However the glass did not become molten, retained its shape, and did not break when the startled scientist dropped the white glass produced.

This product that so many of us continue to use in our kitchens originated in 1953 when Pyroceram, a white, pyrex, ceramic like material having ability to tolerate vast disparity in temperature, was developed by Dr. S. Donald Stookey of Corning research and development division.

Primarily developed for the U.S. space program; Pyroceram was created from a substance originally meant for a U.S. ballistic missile program.

Dr. Stookey’s research centered around heat resistant material for nose cones. The original TV ads showed a rocket in the air, discussed the nosecone and showed a beautiful white with cornflower blue blossoms; cook pan. That is when my love affair Corning Ware™ original Pyroceram® cookware.  

World Kitchen, LLC

5500 N. Pearl Street Suite 400

Rosemont, IL60018

Happy to recommend Corning Ware® original Pyroceram® cookware P315 B is a 4.5 X 11 inch loaf pan

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Non-stick Cooking with T-Fal Sauce Pot

T-Fal Sauce Pot with Glass Lid (3-Quart)


Pros: non-stick dark interior, stay-cool handles, clear glass lid with vent, dishwasher safe

Cons: I feel more comfortable hand washing the pot (but that’s just me)

For a lot of years, I was a die-hard T-Fal cookware user.  Then I discovered the joys of ceramic pots and pans.  Still, there are a few favorite T-Fal pieces that I consistently use … and this 3-quart sauce pot is one of them.

Description The T-Fal 3-quart non-stick pan is a dark silver-gray color.  It comes with a glass lid.  The lid has a small vent hole, and a round plastic-type knob on the top.  Overall, this pan measures 18” x 13” x 11”.  There is a hole in the pot handle for hanging, but the lid would need separate storage.  The pan is dishwasher safe.

My Experiences This is a great size pot to have on hand.  My ceramic cookware has pans that are smaller or larger than this 3-quart T-Fal piece.  I cook a variety of items in this pan: soup, sauces, gravy, vegetables, instant mashed potatoes (which my nieces and nephew love).  The pot has high sides, too, so that liquids don’t easily splash out.  The pan evenly heats and performs well.

Whenever I have a tomato-based product (ex: tomato soup or spaghetti sauce), I reach for this pan.  The pan size is good … but the dark non-stick interior is great for cooking items that might stain a pan inside.  I have an enamel pan with a white interior that I used to boil carrots and steam turnip, and the interior is stained orange from those vegetables.  I don’t have to worry about that using the T-Fal.

The vent hole is a great addition in the lid.  The hole is small and rimmed with metal.  When the water (or pan contents) heats up, the steam escapes out the hole.  The clear lid is great for seeing inside the pot, too.  I also like the stay-cool knob on the lid and pot handle.

Cleaning is easy with this pan, too.  I soak the pan and give it a quick rinse to rid it of most of the tomato sauce residue.  Then I soak the pan with some liquid soap inside it.  With a quick swish of a sponge, the pan is clean.  Even though the manufacturer says it is dishwasher safe, I have never washed this T-Fal pot in the machine.  It is so easy to hand wash and dry on the rack, I don’t even consider placing it in the dishwasher.

I have owned this pan a number of years, and so far the non-stick coating is all in place.  The pot has proven very durable.  As a note: I never use metal utensils as they may harm the non-stick coating.  Silicone and soft nylon utensils work well.

Summary I would definitely purchase another of the T-Fal Sauce Pots with Glass Lid.  It is a great addition to my cookware.

I hope you found this review useful.

Enjoy the day,



Copyright 2014 Dawn L. Stewart