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Induction Pros

Three Essential Induction Cookware Items

four induction pots on built-in induction cooktop

Once you have an induction cooktop, it is time to make sure you have a few basic pieces of cookware that are induction compatible.  We selected a sauce pan,  skillet, and dutch oven as the three essential items for a kitchen. An all-clad stainless steel sauce pan gives you versatility, a pre-seasoned cast iron skillet has you ready to cook at high or low heat, while an enameled cast iron Dutch oven gives unbeatable flavor for braised dishes, baked breads, casseroles and more. The three items below are great options for induction cooking while granting comparable performance on all other cooking surfaces.   

All-Clad 4201.5 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Sauce Pan with Lid, 1.5-Quart

If you are looking for a reliable stainless steel pot which is perfect for induction cooking of soups, sauces and stews, look no further than the All-Clad 4201.5 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Sauce Pan with Lid Cookware, 1.5-Quart, Silver. Available in an array of sizes, sporting excellent heat distribution capable of low or high temperature cooking, and a striking design, All-Clad has truly delivered a winner. Here we’ll be taking a closer look at this excellent mid-sized induction ready pot.


  • Straight-Sided Design
  • Tri-Ply Bonded All-Clad Stainless Steel
  • Highly Polished & Stick Resistant
  • Induction Ready
  • Oven and Broiler Safe to 600ºF
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty


  • 6 Sizes from 1-Quart to 4-Quart
  • Low Maintenance Cookware – Easy to Clean
  • Convenient Capacity Engravings
  • Great Moisture Retention
  • Long Handled Design
  • Made in the USA


  • No Rim Designed for Pouring


The All-Clad 4201.5 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Sauce Pan with Lid Cookware, 1.5-Quart, Silver is cookware which offers outstanding value for money and long-lasting performance. Once you make the switch, the difference in flavor is clear thanks to even heat distribution throughout the surface of this induction ready pot. The all-clad tri-ply construction guarantees steady temperature control, while the pots themselves are clearly of superior manufacturing.

A more stylish addition to your kitchen will be hard to find. Being all-clad, each pot carries quite a bit of weight, however the hefty construction is a clear sign of the long-lasting quality.

With the 1.5-quart pot being a perfect in-between for everything from stews to soup and gravy, to the massive 4-quart variety for large families or entertainers, there is a pot size to suit everyone in this All-Clad offering. The time-tested tri-ply bonding with a dense base makes them the perfect pots for induction cooking, causing no audible sound, while being heat resistant enough for a broiler or oven as well.

Lodge L8SK3 10-1/4-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet

Skillets are an essential part of every beginner and seasoned cook’s repertoire. The Lodge L8SK3 10-1/4-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet has a base which makes it a great match for induction cooktops, while being solid enough to retain high temperatures over a great period of time.  There are many benefits to using cast iron vessels to prepare your food.


  • Pre-Seasoned, Arrives Ready to Use
  • Well-Engineered Handle with Hole for Hanging
  • Induction Ready


  • Eco-Friendly Manufacturing
  • Eight Sizes from 3.25″ to 15” Diameter
  • Suited to Cooktops and Coals for Camp Cooking
  • Matching Lid Available
  • Made in the USA


  • Abrasive Texture Requires Careful Handling on Glass
  • Cast Iron Handle Gets Hot
  • Heavy Design


The Lodge L8SK3 10-1/4-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet is a great looking, highly functional cast iron pan which is capable of sautéing, searing, frying, baking and stir-fry cooking. The heat retention is far superior to other forms of cookware, while the premier composition ensures even cooking at all times. Whether you are scrambling eggs, frying steak or cooking up a quick casserole for two, Lodge has supplied cookware which truly brings out the flavor of your food.

This reliable cast iron pan comes pre-seasoned, although most frequent users find it better to re-season it periodically. There is no way to “over season” a pan; however, the fact that it comes ready to use is a big bonus.

As with all cast iron, take care to not use any strong detergents when cleaning it, as this could damage the surface. Fortunately, you don’t need more than a bit of soapy water and a wipe to get this great pan clean. It is also fairly non-stick, taking just a small amount of oil to prevent your food from getting stuck.

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven

The perfect casserole, roast or savory bake comes out best in a French, otherwise known as Dutch, oven. The cast iron interior of the Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven, Flame is of a premier composition, completely encapsulated in enamel. Le Creuset has been producing quality cookware since 1925, with a specialization in cast iron. Let’s look closer at this excellent induction ready Signature Dutch oven from Le Creuset.


  • 45% Larger Handles for Secure Grip
  • Composite Knob Sustaining up to 500ºF
  • Chip & Crack Resistant Enamel Coating
  • Induction Ready
  • 2 Pound Weight


  • 13 Attractive, Vivid Colors Available
  • Handles Work Great with Oven Mitts
  • Outstanding Heat Retention
  • Keeps Cold Food Cool Over Prolonged Periods


  • Abrasive Texture Requires Careful Handling on Glass
  • Very Heavy


The Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven, Flame is one of the most beautiful of its type available to shoppers. The broad array of colors, cast iron construction, excellent low and high temperature cooking, and superior performance on any cooking surface make it one of the best Dutch ovens available. The high-quality enameled interior makes this Dutch oven virtually non-stick, while cleaning could not be easier.

This is no standard Dutch oven. Le Creuset as added many superior design features such as a sand-colored enamel interior which makes it easy to gauge the progress of your meal and prevent burning. The handles are also 45% larger than normal which helps remedy the high-temperature problem of cast-iron.

Given their large size, they can absorb more heat which makes them cooler to the touch. They are also big enough to give you a comfortable grip when using oven gloves. The large knob found on the lid is comprised of a highly heat resistant composite, and it also doubles as a balancing addition to this well-designed pot.

Taking Care of Your Cookware

Given proper care, each of these items can easily last you a lifetime. To clean any burned food which may be stubbornly stuck on your stainless steel pan, simply boil up a little baking soda and water, while warm soapy water using a mild dishwashing detergent should be used for regular cleaning. Be sure to wipe your stainless steel with vinegar regularly to remove calcium deposits and keep it shiny.

A soft bamboo or nylon brush is invaluable when cleaning a cast-iron skillet. It is best to wash your skillet by hand and be sure to become accustomed to cooking at a lower temperature to prevent food from sticking.

It is generally best to dry directly after washing, and then follow up by rubbing your skillet with a very light layer of cooking oil or spray. Cast iron cookware is best hung in a dry place.

Cleaning a Dutch oven needs to preferably be done immediately after use in order to minimize staining of the enamel. Boil up plain water with no detergent briskly within your enameled Dutch oven and then remove from the heat and scrape off the residue.

Thereafter you can wash it with hot water and a little dishwashing liquid. If any staining does develop, a solution of one-part bleach to three parts water does a great job and is the recommended manner of stain removal supplied by Le Creuset.

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