Are you wondering if you can use metal utensils on All Clad stainless steel cookware? The answer is yes, but it is not recommended. All tool and utensil materials are safe to use in All Clad's bonded stainless steel cookware collections, such as D3, D5, G5, and copper core. Metal utensils may cause some superficial marks, but they won't affect the performance of the pan. Plastic, nylon, silicone or wooden utensils are recommended instead, as metal utensils can scratch the non-stick surface.
When cooking with stainless steel cookware, it is best to avoid using metal utensils altogether and opt for softer utensils. Simmer over medium heat and never use high heat unless you boil liquids. Do not overheat empty cookware or cook grease or oil to the extent that it burns and turns black. If the fat is smoking, the pan gets too hot.
The use of non-stick spray for cooking is also not recommended, as it can reduce the performance of the non-stick surface over time. Stainless steel utensils look attractive and, unlike wooden utensils, can be safely cleaned in the dishwasher. They have the added benefit of being completely non-stick right out of the box, where stainless steel coated cookware may not be the best choice for delicate ingredients such as eggs or fish flakes. Stainless steel coated cookware can operate at higher temperatures (up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit) than its non-stick counterpart (which can withstand up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit).
I'm the thrifty type, so I had a hard time deciding to buy some pots and pans of choice. I imagine the whole set would be worth it if you had a use for each piece, but I just bought the parts I would use the most. I have seven pieces, plus lids, and they were definitely worth every penny. I use all things stainless steel except for my non-stick frying pan - I use a nylon spoon.
Markings are not a problem since they don't affect how the pan works. I'm glad All-Clad uses industry-standard pot and pan diameters, because I don't think their stainless steel lids are worth it and I've found that there are better alternatives. Even if it is heavily scratched, uncoated stainless steel cookware can be reused without worry. In conclusion, metal utensils can leave scratches and should be avoided when using All Clad stainless steel cookware. However, any silicone or wooden utensil is safe to use. This is a better alternative to Teflon-coated cookware, which can be marked with abrasive utensils that can then be mixed with food.