Need your pots and pans to take up less space? Want good, heavy pans?
A year ago, I saw the Galleyware Nesting Pans at the the Annapolis Boat Show — a more budget-friendly set than the Magma pans I used on our previous boat and also when living on land.
About two months ago, Galleyware sent me their 9-piece stainless set to review. In a nutshell, I love them.
My set has a Dutch oven, skillet and sauce pan with two lids, a detachable handle and two plastic storage lids.
This is the smallest set that they have and is perfect for just the two of us, especially considering that we have the smallest 2-burner stove I’ve ever seen. Galleyware also has sets with more pieces and mixed non-stick and stainless sets.
Good things about these pans:
- all pans can be used on stove top or in the oven due to the detachable handle (the Dutch oven has stainless handles that can go in the oven, too)
- heavy pans without hot spots — real pans suitable for everyday use
- they can be used on induction stovetops as well as gas and electric
- the stainless pans can also be used as mixing or serving bowls
- when stacked together, store in under one cubic foot of space
- includes plastic storage lids for the pans – the design stays on much better than others I’ve used and does not add height to the pan (always a plus since there is never enough room in a boat refrigerator)
Everything stacks together — it’s about 9″ tall, just under 11 ” wide (14″ where the handles are):
The plastic storage lids are almost flush with the top and while not totally spillproof, do seal tightly:
The only negative I can find – and it’s a very minor point – is that the handle hooks over the top edge of the pan and if you put a lid on the pan with the handle in place, the lid won’t totally sit down on the top of the pan. I simply take the handle off when letting something cook with the lid on – it detaches and reattaches very easily so it’s not really a problem.
And speaking of the detachable handle, I find it’s wonderful when I’m using a pan in the oven. When it’s time to take the hot pan out, I reach in with the handle and clip it on instead of trying to reach my hands and potholders into the hot oven . . . and possibly brush my hand up against the all-too-close sides of the oven.
I have the all-stainless set, having moved away from non-stick over the past few years. The stainless scrubs out easily with a stainless scrubby (it’s not special for stainless but made out of stainless so it doesn’t rust – I’ve linked to them here on Amazon so you can see what I’m talking about, but you can usually find them near the dish soap in stores).
Check out all the Galleyware sets here – they have 9 and 14 piece sets, stainless/non-stick and combo sets, “build your own set” with the exact pieces you want and even special sets for small boats. Nine piece sets start just under $100 and the 14-piece sets start at about $125.
NOTE: You can’t compare these sets to the cheap camping sets you may have seen in big box stores or even used in the past. These are good pans that will last a lifetime.