T-Fal is a French manufacturer that also has a US base in New Jersey. The products are either made in France or the USA. Depending on where the product is ordered will determine which facility it ships from. They manufacture, assemble, warehouse and distribute their products and carry a full line of cooking equipment and small appliances. The cookware is for mainstream cooks, and the company prides itself on offering affordable cookware for everyday cooking needs.
The T-Fal A91082 Specialty Nonstick Jumbo Cooker with Glass Lid is a large pot that provides a 12-inch cooking surface and sides that are 3 inches thick. When preparing meals for a large family or entertaining, this 5-quart capacity cooker can produce one pot meals in a flash. It also has a non-stick surface which makes cooking more convenience when frying or sautéing foods. The cooker comes with are two handles which make it easier to move the cooker during the cooking process. It also comes with a glass lid.
- Quality and Construction
The jumbo cooker is great for cooking large quantities of food evenly. The T-Fal A91082 Specialty Nonstick Jumbo Cooker is a lightweight design that is very useful for most cooks. Both the interior and exterior of the pan is coated with a nonstick surface. This provides for nonstick cooking as well as easy clean up. The nonstick interior enables you to create meals using fewer oils and fat for healthier options.
The core of the cooker is made from aluminum. While it cannot be used for induction cooking, the aluminum construction provides excellent heat conduction and an even cooking surface. The interior of the cooker is coated with a nonstick surface. This means care needs to be taken not to scratch the surface of the stove, as it will lose its nonstick features if the coating becomes damaged. The materials in the cooker are both PTFE and Cadmium Free providing a safer cooking surface.
The cooker comes with two handles which are riveted to the cooker for a comfortable grip. The handles are made of silicone which stays cooler during the cooking process and enables you to move the pan with ease when your cooking is completed.
The T-Fal cooker is of average quality and is suitable for most families that need to cook large meals or entertain. The 5-quart capacity provides a large cooking surface for many uses. The sides are 3 inches high, which gives you the ability to make soups and chili. The 12-inch surface is ideal for cooking eggs, hamburgers, meats, and even sautéing vegetables.
Along with the 5-quart cooker, the pan comes with a glass lid. This lid has a steam vent which lets air escape as needed, through the cooking process. The aluminum base provides even cooking, which reduces hot spots in the pan.
The other feature we like is the handles which are riveted to the cooker. One long handle and the other side has a smaller rounded handle. Being able to pick up the cooker from both sides makes moving the pot during cooking much easier. The cooker can be used in the oven with temperatures up to 350 degrees.
The 5-quart cooker comes with a lifetime warranty from material defects. This does not include damage due to wear and tear or destruction of the nonstick surface. It is also important to keep the screws tight on the handles as loose handles can create a dangerous cooking situation if you are moving hot foods. There is not any additional coatings on the bolts that connect the handles to the cooker.
The pan will last for many years if it is cared for correctly. There is a nonstick coating on both the interior and the exterior of the cooker, which provides for easy cleaning of both surfaces.
- Maintenance and Cleaning
Extra care will need to be given to maintain the non-stick features. This cooker must be cared for to maintain its usefulness. When you order the cooker, directions are included for cleaning and maintenance. This includes not using metal or hard plastic utensils during the cooking process, as it will scratch the nonstick surface. Scouring pads should not be used. It is also recommended that the cooker not be soaked in hot soapy dishwater as it will deteriorate the nonstick surface. If the nonstick surface is scratched, then it could lead to flaking and would then require more oil during the cooking process. The cooker is dishwasher safe and can be used in ovens up to 350 degrees.
- Cost and Value
The T-fal A91082 Specialty Nonstick Jumbo Cooker is a lightweight inexpensive cooker that can provide a great cooking experience for many years. This is not a heavy duty cooker and does not come with the price charged for those. If you are looking for a lightweight design at a discounted price, this cooker is a great choice. T-Fal is not competing with top cast iron heavy duty cookware but instead focuses on providing an affordable option that will meet the cooking needs of most families.