I love the fact that this is all in one construction - that means that over time the handle doesn't break and separate from the pan (and that can and does happen). It is carbon steel and came seasoned (as most of this type of pan does these days), but I made quick work out of removing the finish, because I like to age them myself from the bare steel. I have a one lid for my woks, and with it and this pan, I have one of the best old school popcorn poppers ever. It is solid, roomy, and also fairly lightweight to an advantage of being useful in many otherwise unconventional applications.
Take note, this is a SINGLE serving popper. I knew this when I bought it so was not disappointed in the size. We have used it 4 times and only once got a perfect batch--however, only about 1/2 of the kernels popped. That is not necessarily the popper. My guess is the popcorn. We will be trying a different brand, The hot kernels have pitted the container which is to be expected because it's plastic. Bottom line: it's okay but nobody is willing to toss out the microwave bag popcorn yet.
but now they look like well seasoned cookware. the smallest pot is handle-heavy and tends to tip. I nearly burned myself one time when it toppled and hot fluid flew. Farberware can do better, they are the tried and true. Just adjust and balance the weight on that smallest pot and I would say it is a decent set. I love the glass tops/lids, but the handles DO get hot. Perfect popcorn in these babies. The middle pot makes beautiful popcorn, with about a 1/4 cup of kernels. Good quality otherwise. They were pristine at first but after a year or two in our place, we've beat them up pretty good!
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