Cooking in Your Apartment: A Guide to Tri-Ply Cookware

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Tri ply cookware consists of three layers of different metals bonded together, often stainless steel and copper or stainless steel and aluminum. You can buy cookware that contains all three of these metals. All-clad stainless cookware is one of the most bought tri-ply cookware, made popular by many celebrity chefs, because of the aluminum that goes up the sides of the cookware. It helps to cook foods faster, and retains heat better. Not everyone is singing the praises of tri-ply cookware, and you should be aware of some of its disadvantages before paying a lot of money for a set.

Pros of Using Tri-Ply Cookware

There are benefits to using tri-ply cookware that have caused many cooks to get rid of older pots and pans. Some of the advantages are:

  • Anodized tri-ply cookware provides even cooking with very little hot spots
  • Very durable, said to last for more than 25 years
  • Can heat up foods faster because of aluminum sidewalls
  • Uses less energy
  • Most are dishwasher safe
  • Food doesn’t stick if you use oil or cooking spray and avoid a few types of foods
  • Retains heat well, making it possible to turn off gas or electricity and still cook further
  • Doesn’t react with acidic foods

Cons of Using Tri-Ply Cookware

Don’t get rid of your other cookware just yet, until you compare the cons of tri-ply cookware. A few disadvantages to consider are:

  • Food exposure to heavy metals which may react with foods
  • Costly investment, can be very pricey
  • Rivets can corrode
  • Tri-ply skillets get heavy and hard to maneuver when loaded during cooking
  • Discolors easily

One way to overcome the price issue is to limit your purchase to tri-ply cookware that only uses two metals. You can also find cheaper brands at Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club, in addition to comparing prices online.

Types of Foods

Most tri-ply cookware are stainless steel, and you can cook just about anything in them. Common foods to cook in them are:

  • Soups
  • Meats
  • Vegetables
  • Rice and pasta
  • Stews
  • Tomato sauce

Fried eggs or tofu will likely to stick to the pans and skillets, so prepare those foods differently or using something else to avoid difficult cleaning tasks.

Cleaning and Storing Tri-Ply Cookware

If you have a dishwasher in your apartment, you can use it to wash your cookware, with no concerns about it getting ruined. It won’t scratch it, because tri-ply cookware is dishwasher safe. Washing by hand and using soaps that are mild is another alternative. Soaking will help to lift food residues prior to using a sponge, dish rag or non-abrasive pad. You can store it on dishwasher racks, or pack them away in cabinets. You shouldn’t hang it, because they are heavy, and the landlord will expect you to pay for any damages you cause to the kitchen walls or cabinets.

Avoid using tri-ply cookware altogether if you or your family has dietary issues that require you to stay away from heavy metals. Traces of aluminum will come into contact with your foods as you cook.

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