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Gourmet Standard?

bcrall Jan 31, 2007 08:05 PM

This stuff is advertised in the King Arthur catalogue saying it "sells on the market under a famous label" (see http://tinyurl.com/2j5p2r) and looks just like All-Clad, but about half the price. Does anyone have experience using these? I'd love to pick up some high-quality pans for less than All-Clad goes for, but I'd rather buy the real stuff if it's significantly different.

Any opinions/first-hand experiences?

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    dotMac RE: bcrall Feb 5, 2007 01:20 PM

    Cook's Illustrated rated the Gourmet Standard saute pan JUST under the All-Clad. I'm not sure if they're the same because they had different stats, though.

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      Jgannon87 RE: dotMac Jan 28, 2009 04:37 PM

      It is fantastic. I have a few sautee pans from them. I cook a lot and know what I'm talking about. I read on the web that they are out of business. True?

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        yahooer RE: Jgannon87 Mar 29, 2009 10:07 AM

        Sad but true. I'm trying to find some before all stock disappears. I know how good they are.

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          Politeness RE: yahooer Mar 29, 2009 03:21 PM

          Try the "famous label" version, perhaps. http://www.fjorn.com/as296240.html

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      krbtv RE: bcrall Apr 14, 2009 10:43 PM

      Read page 2 of this pdf document http://www.gourmetstandard.com/Docume...

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        Soop RE: krbtv Apr 15, 2009 02:30 AM

        Good stuff. Cheers for that (I think its worth reading the whole thing)

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          CindyJ RE: krbtv Apr 15, 2009 08:32 AM

          I also thought the article was quite interesting. So interesting I thought I'd check out some online prices. But my (admittedly limited) online search turned up nada. King Arthur Flour's website says the saute pan is no longer available. Are Gourmet Standard products still available?

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            Soop RE: CindyJ Apr 15, 2009 08:36 AM

            Apparantly they're out of business. Best bet I'd say, is find places that used to stock them, and call them up to try and find some old stock. Usually works a treat. I got a discontinuted videogame system (a Sega Multimega) for next to nothing some years back. Well, £80, but it was retailing at nearer £200 a few months before.

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              krbtv RE: Soop Apr 30, 2009 01:39 PM

              Walmart has a 10 piece stainless steel set called "Gourmet" by Tramontina. It is fully clad (aluminum goes up the side). Possibly it is the same thing as Gourmet Standard.

              Make sure you get the one that fully clad instead of just bottom disk.

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          krbtv RE: bcrall May 11, 2009 10:28 AM

          I found two places that might still have the 8 quart stock pot:

          8 quart Tri-ply Stock Pot with lid $125.95

          Professional Series Tre-Ply 8 Quart Stock Pot with lid $114.99 w/free shipping

          12 quart Stock Pot with lid (look like only bottom has aluminum) $60

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