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Magma Nesting Pot Set

Sep 6, 2014
by Mandi
in: Gear

Our Magma pot set

Our Magma pot set

I have done my share of cooking at home and we have been camping for years, so we've had our share of pot sets. I'm no expert chef, but I have developed some very strong opinions about what I do and do not like in a pot set. I had a nesting set once that was nonstick on the inside, but had concentric rings on the bottoms of the pans that scratched the nonstick interior of the pan it was nested in, obviously not the desired effect. I used to put paper towels in between them when packed to minimize the scratching, which was always fun when unpacking outside on a blustery day.  The same set had a handle that could be used on any of the pots/lids, but was poorly designed as follows: (1) the bottom of the handle was in a zigzag shape, so it was painful to hold the handle if there was even a small amount of weight in the pot; (2) there was only one handle for six pieces, so I was repeatedly moving the handle from one pot to another while cooking a meal; and (3) if the handle was left on the pot while cooking, it would get monstrously hot, so I would have to use a potholder to handle it (solved the painful to hold problem, but way harder to move the handle from pot to pot when using a clumsy potholder). I love the pots and pans that I use at home (tri-ply stainless steel), they cook and clean up beautifully, but they have long, permanently fixed handles and will not fit into a camper oven or pack down small for storage during travel.

After much research, John (when the word 'research' is used, you should just assume that John was the culprit) found the Magma 10 Piece 18-10 Mirror Polished Stainless Steel Cookware set online and I thoroughly approve. The set is high quality stainless steel so food cooks evenly and cleaning is a breeze. The pots nest so they don't take up very much space but still provide plenty of sizes and enough pans that I can cook multiple dishes separately. Also, when the handle is removed, they are oven-safe so they can double as casserole pans or go straight from the stovetop to the oven (something I have gotten used to with my tri-ply stainless steel pans) which eliminates the need to dirty multiple dishes and to own duplicative items. Two lids are provided (one interchangeable for all the pots and an additional one for the larger pots) and two interchangeable handles are provided. The handle is divine. It attaches securely so you don't have to worry about it letting loose if you tip the pot too far over (for example, to pour pasta into a colander) and is extremely comfortable to hold, no zigzag and no overheating, and, when you remove the handle, the pots fit in the smaller RV sink so they are easier to clean than the ones with long fixed handles. I have been trying out these pots for a few months now and I am convinced that we have chosen a fabulous pot set that will last us for a long time.

Starting to nest them

Starting to nest them

All packed up

All packed up


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Say what? (2)
Sep 10, 2017 at 07:26 PM
OMG! We just ordered this very same set of pots from Amazon today. I hope I enjoy them as much as you do.
Sep 10, 2017 at 08:05 PM
Congrats Sandra! Three more years of use and we still love them. They are definitely worth the extra weight and nothing beats cooking real meals while on the road!
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