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Buying Cuisinart Multiclad but need good pasta steamer

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Given the reviews here and elsewhere, I am going to ditch my plans for All-Clad and purchase the 7-piece Cuisinart Multiclad set for $189 on Everything Kitchens (lowest price I could find). I am buying the set since I would have bought these exact items anyway for more money.

Anyway, I am now in the market for a good pasta steamer. The Cuisinart Chef's Classic 4-Piece 12-Quart Pasta/Steamer Set looks OK, but I'd rather not have 4 pieces (takes up too much space, and I just need the 12 qt pot and steamer) and I would rather pay less than $79. I am also open to a smaller pot and steamer, say an 8qt.

Any ideas/suggestions?

Thanks!

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  1. You already have an 8 qt. pot in your set so there's no sense in getting another. Pasta inserts don't usually work well as they don't go to the bottom of the pot, and you have to fill them almost overflowing to get enough water to cook the pasta. Just get one of those pasta forks to lift the pasta out, and a skimmer or spider to remove other shapes of pasta from the water, or just drain the water into a colander. It does take up too much space, and it really isn't needed. Get one of those new silicone steamer inserts for one of your other pots and you're covered.

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    1. re: blondelle

      i'm with blondelle on this one, I think the inserts are a waste. I use a spider, which retains a little of the pasta water if you finish your pasta with the sauce or I put a collander in the sink to drain the pasta

    2. Sorry, I really want an insert (and I can always use another pot).

      Can someone help me here?

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      1. re: tennisboy

        If you insist on one, do a search on Amazon and then check the reviews of the products that interest you. Plenty of good info and feedback there!

        1. re: blondelle

          Obviously I have done that! Am looking for some good leads from my fellow chowhounders...

        2. re: tennisboy

          If you really want a pasta insert, write down the inside diameter and depth dimensions of your preferred pot, and purchase the insert at a restaurant supply shop.

          This is a perfect application for inexpensive aluminum, as you won't be cooking in a acidic environment.

          I agree with Blondelle, but it's your nickle.