Pauli Cookware: Never Get Burned Again


Have you ever spent hours and hours cooking something deliciously marvelous on the stove only to turn your back for ONE SECOND and find it’s burned? Stuck to the bottom of the pot burned? Two-day-soak burned?Pauli Cookware Never Burn Stockpot-Mama's High Strung

Yep. That’s happened to me, too. Notice the past tense. HAPPENED. Never will again because I’ve got a Pauli Cookware stockpot.

“What,” you say. “a pot that keeps you from burning your food?” (I’m blaming the pot… did you catch that?)

Yes… that’s EXACTLY what I’m saying.

I met Paul Scioscio, the inventor of Pauli Cookware, at the Housewares Show earlier this year. I honestly didn’t believe what he told me: I could leave a pot on the stove for hours and never have to stir or worry that its contents would burn. He sent me one and I tried it out…

Now I believe.

Pauli Cookware has a patented 7-layer commercial grade stainless steel and aluminum bottom that wraps around a hermetically sealed oil chamber. The oil heats up and distributes the heat evenly, so your food cooks without burning.

Here’s a demo:

Because of the way the pot is made, you can’t cook on high heat… that means no frying or sautéing. I thought this might be an issue when searing meat for a stew, but the bottom of the pot still gets hot enough to deliver a nice brown color.Pauli Cookware 16 quart, 11 quart 7 quart

You have to wash the Pauli pot by hand, but I don’t put my cookware in the dishwasher anyway (you shouldn’t either!). Pauli Cookware comes in 3 generous sizes: 7 quarts, 11 quarts and 16 quarts. It works on all cooktops, including induction.

I’m always looking for help in the kitchen, and for ways to avoid “operator error”… like burning something. In that regard, my Pauli Pot’s got my back!

If you’d like to order your own Pauli Pot, click on the link on my sidebar! Tell them Mama sent you! I’ll have some really fabulous recipes using my Pauli Pot over the next few months.


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Perfect Scrambled Eggs +Tutorial!


Perfect Scrambled Eggs are one of those recipes everyone should know how to make.

Scrambled Eggs are one of those recipes that seem relatively easy to prepare, but, for some reason, perfect scrambled eggs are hard to master.

Until now.

Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware

Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware 10-Inch Frying Pan

I’m giving full credit to the new 10-inch ceramic-coated Induction 21 Steel fry pan my friends at Chantal asked me to try out. The pan has copper melted into the steel, which conducts heat quickly and evenly. Even cooking temps are important so your scrambled eggs will have those light fluffy curds (not grainy dry ugliness).

The pan is also ceramic coated, which means it’s a non-stick pan… but doesn’t emit toxic fumes when it’s overheated. It is PFOA and PTFE free (click here for more info on what that means and why that’s a good thing). Chantal doesn’t recommend using non-stick sprays… butter and oil are best. It’s nickel-free… which is a plus, because I’m allergic to nickel!

The pan is made with titanium for added strength and durability… super important if you cook a lot.

I really like that the long ergonomic handle stays cool to the touch while cooking. It features a wide flat bottom, sloped sides and has a dripless pouring rim to reduce spillage. I used it on my gas cooktop, but it’s perfect for induction or other cooktops.

This pan does not need to be preheated and a low to medium setting is all you need for most things you’ll prepare. It is not dishwasher safe, but I don’t put my pots and pans in the dishwasher anyway.

This pan is great for searing fish fillets, browning chicken breasts, sautéing vegetables… or making the Perfect Scrambled Eggs! There’s a step-by-step tutorial after the recipe!

Tutorial: How To Make Perfect Scrambled Eggs

1. Gather your ingredients: 2 eggs, ¼ cup boiling hot water, 1 tablespoon butter, salt and pepper to taste.

 Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware


2.  Heat your water.

 Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware

3. Beat the eggs vigorously until completely blended (you want as much air in them as possible so that they’ll be fluffy); set aside.

 Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware

4. Heat butter in the Chantal Induction 21 Steel™ Fry Pan on medium low heat until melted.

 Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware

5. Beat boiling hot water into the eggs.

 Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware

6. Pour immediately into the fry pan; reduce heat to medium low.

 Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware

7. Push eggs gently across the pan with a wooden or silicone spatula, forming large, soft curds.

 Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware

8. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until thickened and no visible liquid egg remains.

 Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware


9. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

 Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware

Gadget Tree: What in the Heck Is This?


Cati asks: I got this weird looking thing as a wedding shower gift. I assume it’s for cooking, but what is it and how do I use it?

First of all, congratulations on your marriage. Second, whoever gave this to you wants to make sure you don’t burn any newlywed suppers!

Heat diffuserWhat you received is a stovetop heat diffuser (also called a simmer plate). It evenly distributes heat across the bottom of the pan when you cook over very low heat… like when you have to simmer a delicate sauce or braise a roast. It’s also great for melting chocolate!

A heat diffuser gets rid of “hot spots” because it reduces the intense heat from reaching the pan… the heat is diffused. Consider a heat diffuser as an added layer of protection between the burner and the bottom of the pan. It’ll keep you from scorching lightweight pots and pans or cracking clay, porcelain and glass cookware.

Using it is simple: just set it on top of the burner (gas or electric, but not induction) and place your cookware (pot or pan) on top. Make sure you let it cool down completely before moving or storing it.

Cati, your diffuser is tin-plated steel with a nice wooden handle. Heat diffusers are also made with dark anodized aluminum, enamel cast iron and perforated steel discs (with or without handles).

So, have fun using the diffuser and consider yourself lucky! I mean really, have you seen some of the odd-ball stuff people give as gifts at wedding showers?!



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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: