The T-fal Initiatives is a good basic set for the money. It includes a great assortment of cookware, suitable for preparing family meals or for dinner parties. Particularly, it includes a griddle pan and six nylon utensils that are suited to nonstick surfaces, which are a bonus.
Reasonably light, easy to clean and store, this T fal cookware set has a ceramic interior, making it PTFE and PFOA free and thus, a healthy nonstick cookware choice.
T-fal Initiatives design
Say goodbye to hot spots and sticking! The T-fal ceramic cookware set in the Initiatives range is designed for even and quick heat distribution.
No fat or oil is needed, but you can, by all means, add these for flavor.
While the nonstick surface makes for super easy cleaning, the best feature is that this product is PFOA-free and PTFE-free unlike earlier nonstick cooking cookware available on the market.
This cookware is best for…
…Fast efficient heating. It has a heavy gauge aluminum base for even heat distribution. The interior surface has a ceramic coating and can be heated to 570 °F on the stove top.
The cookware is oven safe to 350 °F and suitable for all types of cooktops apart from induction cooking. This is a budget set with a good assortment of pots and pans for family meal preparation.
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The Tfal pots and pans have a base that is heavy gauge aluminum and this will give the cookware the ability to distribute heat fast and evenly.
The cookware contains riveted, phenolic (Bakelite) handles that are ergonomically designed and heat-resistant. this means they will be comfortable and cool to touch when cooking. They are also designed with holes for hanging.
The exterior is enamel. The exterior surface will discolor if using a gas flame cooking element.
The lids are glass with vents for releasing steam so pressure does not build up. They are well fitting lids.
This cookware is oven safe to 350°F.
Other features and specs
There is not just one T-fal frying pan in this set, but two (and the larger one has a lid). So you have these, plus two T-fal pots, a dutch oven, as well as a griddle pan.
The pans nest inside each other, but it is best to use separators that protect the ceramic coating, like this collection that suits pots & pans of all sizes.
These nonstick pots and pans have a white ceramic interior coating that resists scratching and staining. This coating does not require seasoning and is PTFE-free, PFOA-free, and cadmium-free.
The manufacturer covers this product with a limited lifetime warranty for manufacturing defects for life from the date of purchase.
The cookware is stovetop safe to 570 °F (300 °C).
T fal pots and pans, in the box:
- 1-quart covered sauce pan + lid
- 2-quart covered sauce pan + lid
- 5-quart dutch oven + lid
- 7.5-inch fry pan
- 11-inch fry pan + lid
- 10-inch square griddle
- 6 nylon kitchen tools
- Comes in black and red
- Item weight: 11.5 lbs
- Carton weight: 17.25 lbs
- Dimensions: 22×14×10 in
- A set also comes as a 14-piece
There is also a 14-pc set available in this range. Click here for reviews of the 14-pc set.
And, if you are looking for a starter set, check out the 10-pc set in this range here, which includes a stainless steel steamer.
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Care and cleaning
Gentle hand washing is recommended for this T fal cookware — no harsh scourers. This will lengthen the life of the ceramic coating. While the set is dishwasher safe, meaning the ceramic coating will not be affected, the pots and pans may incur damage from being hit by the water jets inside or other incidents with the dishwasher. Ceramic pots and pans are easy to clean, so having to handwash them will not be a chore for you.
Always store your ceramic cookware with care to avoid chipping and other damage. Bottoms are grooved. Try not to stack them unless you are going to invest in pan separators.
Choose cooking utensils suited for non-stick pans and pots, like the nylon set that comes with the cookware. Other suitable types are wood, bamboo, and silicone.
If handles loosen use a Torx bit to tighten.
Try to avoid aerosol cooking spray products that contain lecithin, which reacts with the nonstick surface and will affect it over time. A better option for a light spray is to put your cooking oil in a spray bottle.
Use low to moderate heat setting when cooking.
Like all good T fal cookware reviews, we mention the obvious about this brand. The parent company is Tefal, a French cookware manufacturer that is well known for the traditional non-stick cookware with Teflon coating. The T-fal Initiatives 16-Piece Cookware set, however, is a healthy choice with the ceramic nonstick coating in place of Teflon. Unlike the traditional nonstick cookware, it is free of PTFE.
This T fal cookware set comes at an economical price, suited for most families. It is designed to save time cooking and the nonstick interior surface means less time spent cleaning.
The T fal pots and pans in this set have an enamel exterior finish that is stain and scratch resistant. Also, the 11-inch T fal frying pan comes with a lid which makes it great for poaching or braising. The ceramic nonstick surface lessens the need for fats and oils in preparing foods, which is perfect for low-fat diets.
Read more about the safety of ceramic cookware here.
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