To put it mildly, our last set of pots had seen better days. We bought them more than 5 years ago with very little concern about how they were made, what they were made of, etc. And while they were still usable, we knew we’d have to get a new set sooner or later. So when the opportunity arose to review a set of stainless steel pots by Better Homes and Gardens, I jumped at the chance.
While BHG isn’t exactly known for carrying the greenest of products, this particular product is green by default. Why? Well stainless steel is 100% recyclable, and an average stainless steel object is composed of about 60% recycled material.
Our history with stainless steel
However, my husband and I owned a set of stainless steel pots when we first got married, and let’s just say our experience made us cautious about using it again. Stainless steel heats more quickly and evenly than traditional non-stick cookware, so if you’re not careful, it’s pretty easy to burn your food. The problem with our original pots is that they were cheaply made from thin metal, so they burned easily, and the charred food was extremely difficult to clean. Of the original set of 6 pots, only one has stood the test of time. And it’s not in the best condition.
Our experience with the BHG pots
Understandably, we were cautiously optimistic about this new opportunity to cook with stainless steel again.
The first indication that we’d have a drastically different experience with the Better Homes and Gardens 10-Piece Stainless-Steel Set was the weight of these pots. These things have some heft. You probably can’t tell from the photos, but they are very sturdy and well made. In other words, no cheap, thin metal to burn through.
We’ve been cooking with them for a few weeks now, and I can honestly say I love these pots.
As I mentioned before, stainless steel heats much more evenly than other materials, and that holds true here. Making omelets is like child’s play, and the eggs cook beautifully from edge to edge. There is a little sticking, but nothing that a few dabs of butter or a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil can’t fix.
And in case you’re wondering, we have burned a couple things. Not the fault of the pots though. I’d say it’s more because of operator error. We were so used to cooking on higher heat with our nonstick pots that it took some time to adjust to the fact that stainless steel doesn’t require as much heat to do the same job — particularly when you’re working with quality stainless steel.
I am happy to report, though, that even when we burned dishes — including notoriously tough burns like spaghetti sauce — cleanup was surprisingly easy. A little dish liquid and a couple of strokes from a scouring pad was all it took to make the pots look good as new, with no scratching. I couldn’t believe it. I also love the fact that these pots are dishwasher safe, because I fully admit that I hate washing dishes by hand. They’re also oven safe up to 350°F for warming and baking. Gotta love that feature, though we haven’t used it yet.
Overall, we are exceptionally happy with these. The lids fit very snugly and they perform like pots that are much more expensive.
The set includes a covered Dutch oven, 2 covered sauce pans, a covered deep skillet, and 2 smaller skillets — more than enough to cook a meal of several courses. We’re really looking forward to using them to cook Christmas dinner.
Why It’s Green:
- Stainless steel is 100% recyclable.
- Most stainless steel object contains 60% recycled material — approximately 40% from post-consumer products and 60% from manufacturing.
Price: $149 (aff)
Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation to share my cookware experience with you. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own.