Nonstick cookware is crucial in my low-fat eating lifestyle because I can use less fat in my cooking. One tablespoon of oil has a whopping 120 calories and 14 grams of fat. Many recipes instruct us to use at least 2 tablespoons of oil before adding other ingredients. If the recipe makes 4 servings, each person is getting 7 grams of fat before we put any real food into the pan. However, if the amount of oil can be reduced to 1/2 tablespoon, each person only starts off with 60 calories and 1.75 grams of fat.
When Jed and I got married, we received the Calphalon brand cookware set as a gift. It has mostly served us well over the past 15 years. I have to admit, we used this cookware so much, a couple of my every day pans needed to be replaced because the coating eroded. While the cookware claimed to be non-stick, we needed 1/2 tablespoon of oil to pan-fry 2 cups of chopped vegetables (or 1 large onion). When food starts to stick to the bottom of the pan, adding a little wine or beer is an awesome trick I often use to deglaze my cookware without adding extra fat.
This past May, I found myself channel surfing and tuned into the Home Shopping Network because they featured Curtis Stone’s 10-piece Dura-Pan Forged Non-Stick Cookware Set. I remembered Curtis Stone from The Biggest Loser because he taught the contestants how to cook gourmet quality food in adherence to their weight loss plans. Within a few minutes of watching this infomercial, I decided to buy this product after the host fried an egg without using any butter or oil. At the time, they had a deal for their 10 piece set which cost about $160. I placed my order and it arrived within a few days.
My set includes the following pieces:
- 8 inch fry pan
- 10 inch fry pan
- 12 inch fry pan
- 7 inch sauce pan with lid (1.8 quart)
- 8 inch sauce pan with lid (2.8 quart)
- 9.5 inch stock pot with lid (4.8 quart)
- Universal Steamer
- The box included the following information about this product:
- Forged aluminum body for quick heat and even cooking
- Reinforced rims for added strength
- Double riveted stainless steel handles
- Tempered glass lid with steam release valve
- Durable stainless steel step steamer to fit in the 7 and 8 inch saucepans
- Dura-Pan non-stick interior
- 5 layers of interior coating
- 2 x more durable than Quantanium
- Premium food release that lasts
- Easy clean up
- PFOA free
It has now been 7 months since my cookware arrived. I have to say that my husband and I absolutely love it. Now, when I fry or scramble an egg, all I do is use the tiniest amount of butter to lightly season the pan. Instead of using 1/2 tablespoon of oil, I only need about a couple of sprays of oil to sauté a small amount of vegetables. Compared to the Calphalon cookware we have used over the years, I noticed the Curtis Stone pans are much easier to clean; the handles on the side of the stock pot stay cool to the touch; they are lighter in weight; and the food cooks in less time.
Currently, there appears to be a great deal happening now on the Home Shopping Network as they are selling a 13-piece set for $199.95. This set includes the following pieces: 6 qt stockpot with lid, 4 qt sauté pan with lid, 3 qt saucepan with lid, 1.5qt saucepan with strainer lid, 11” square grill pan, 11” frypan with lid, Crepe pan, 6 egg poachers, and Stainless steel lift tray for egg poachers. If you want to expand your cookware collection and if you are ready to invest in your health, this is a great product to consider. Happy cooking!
Disclaimer: Curtis Stone, Calphalon, or the Home Shopping Network did not ask me to write this nor have I been compensated in any way. I just wanted to share how much I love cooking with these pans!
Huevos Rancheros made on this cook ware
Recipe from The Homesick Texan Cookbook
Note: Instead of frying the tortillas, I sprayed each side with 2 sprays of olive oil and flipped in my Curtis Stone frying pan until toasted. When cooking the sauce, I used 1/2 tablespoon of oil instead of 1 full tablespoon.