Tuesday, February 15, 2011

CSN Product Reviews

About a month or so ago I was contacted by CSN Stores and asked if I'd like to do another product review for them.  I was happy to oblige, and had the opportunity to expand my cookware with two new pots.  This time, I decided to review the 1 quart saucier with pouring spouts and the 2 quart sauce pan with pouring spout and lid.

Here's my take on the 1 quart saucier:

I've been using the stainless Emerilware pots and pans from All-Clad for two years and have been very pleased with them.  I was pretty excited to try out this 1 quart saucier with pouring spouts because my husband and I frequently find ourselves wishing we had a small pot to work with for certain sauces and other items.  We had hoped that this pot would be the perfect solution.

Our hopes would have been answered if this pot was balanced.  Unfortunately, the handle on this saucier is heavier than the pot which causes it to tip very easily if there isn't enough in the pot to balance it.  This isn't much of a problem if you have the saucier at least half way filled, but it's certainly a problem when you are making something such as a roux.

It's not an awful saucier, and I certainly appreciate the pouring spouts which allow me to transfer liquids with no drips, but buyers should beware that they may have a few unexpected messes for those occasions where the pot decides to tip over on the stovetop.

My thoughts on the 2 quart sauce pan:
In the two years that I have had my Emerilware cookware, my biggest gripe has been that the set didn't come with a 2 quart pan.  I had 1.5 quarts and 3 quarts, but I was feeling a bit like Goldilocks and the three bears when it came to my cookware.  Enter the 2qt sauce pan with pouring spout and nifty lid with drainage holes.

This pot is perfect for cooking up pasta for those times when I don't need to cook for more than just my children.  I love the pouring spouts and drainage holes on the lid.  I can easily drain pasta without needing a colander.  Anything that saves me from needing another cooking device that will have to be washed gets bonus points with me.

The pot is a nice weight and is fairly well balanced.  As far as pots go, this one is a little short and wide (I'd prefer taller and thinner, to be perfectly honest) but it gets the job done and that's what's important.

I was provided with both of the above products for free (I did put close to $5 of my own money towards the cost) from CSN Stores in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this review, Karen. As a matter of fact, we have just started upgrading our old (ancient) set of pots and pans and wanted to try All-Clad. We'll keep this points in mind. Thanks again.


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