So with that out of the way, let me first address the question that everyone asks. Can you put your All Clad cookware in the dishwasher? All Clad says…yes you can.
Now to the question that many people don’t ask. SHOULD you put your All Clad cookware in the dishwasher? All Clad suggests that you hand wash it, as do most manufacturers of stainless steel cookware.
How To Clean All Clad: Why Hand-Washing Is Recommended
Based on my research, I think the recommendation to hand wash your stainless steel cookware has something to do with the chemicals in those dishwasher detergents. Some (but not all) experts are concerned that the chemicals might discolor or leave a permanent film on the cookware over time. There’s also the chance that the dishwasher’s drying cycle could cause some unattractive spotting.
If you do choose to use the dishwasher, experts suggest that you remove the cookware immediately after the washing cycle and dry it by hand.
Since no one has given me a definitive answer on this issue, I’ve chosen to just hand wash my cookware. Better safe than sorry. Plus, it’s not that big deal for me to do that.
I must admit that before I purchased my All Clad Copper Core set, I was very concerned about how difficult it would be to clean. But there must be something in the way that All Clad grinds and polishes its cookware. That’s because cleaning it is a breeze. Now, this could be due to me not experiencing a pan with seriously scorched on food. But when you feel the interior surface of the cookware, you get the sense that anything will come off without a lot of effort.
How To Clean All Clad: Stubborn Stains
If the worst occurs and you notice that a pot or pan has some burned-on or other stubborn stain, then you should definitely hand wash it. To do this, let the pan cool and then fill it with water. Let it sit for an hour (more or less, depending on the stain) and then place it on the burner. Allow the pan to simmer for 5-10 minutes while at the same time using a non-abrasive spatula to scrape the bottom.
Let the water cool and take the pan over to the sink. Use regular dishwashing liquid and a dish cloth or non-abrasive scouring pad to clean it. If the surface of the pan still doesn’t have that like-new lustrous shine or is still showing bits of residue, then use a non-abrasive metal cleaner such as Bar Keeper’s Friend. It works like magic. It’s what I use and it is also great for returning the lustre to copper.
Here’s a video that demonstrates the use of Barkeeper’s Friend in cleaning a stainless steel pan:
How To Clean All Clad: The Copper Core Ring
To clean the copper ring around the base of the Copper Core cookware, here’s all you need to do. Mix some of the Bar Keeper’s Friend powder with a little water to form a thin paste. Dip the bristles of a toothbrush into the mixture. Then work the toothbrush around the ring in a back and forth motion. You should quickly begin to see the copper ring sparkle. Use fresh water to rinse off the excess paste and then hand dry the pan with a towel.
Personally, I’ve only cleaned the copper rings once since I’ve had this cookware (for 3+ years). Even if the ring isn’t shiny, it doesn’t seem to detract from the beauty of the cookware to me. So I don’t worry about it.