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Aug 22, 2008 04:30 PM

How about NOT made in China?

Does anyone have a recommendation for stainless steel pots and pans that don't come from asia? I've searched in stores and over the internet, and the only way is to pay a premium for all clad, calphalon one, etc. I'm not interested in any nonstick pan, either. What other alternatives are there?

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  1. I frequently find well made pieces from the '30's - 60's, domestically made at estate sales, tag sales and thrift stores. Once in a while a complete set, but more often as individual pieces. If you are patient you can put together a great workable quality ensemble!

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    1. re: meatn3

      If you're shopping at estate sales, how in the world would you know where those old, obscure pieces were made?

      1. re: sandih

        They've been stamping the place of manufacture on Reverware and Farberware for quite some time now. Sometimes even the city. I have a collection of stainless saucepans from 1qt to 8qt that came from assorted yard sales, thrift stores and relatives, probably dating back to the 1960's and 1970's for the most part. Of course it takes some time to assemble a collection, and I did this about 20 years ago when it was all I could afford.

        1. re: sandih

          Manufacturer/craftsman marks have been put on goods of all types for hundreds of years. In any area of interest you develop a certain amount of knowledge just form looking, asking questions and researching! Unfortunately there aren't too many obscure pieces out there, but there are plenty of serviceable, gently used items that were built to last!

          1. re: meatn3

            I suspect that many of my "finds" were released into circulation thanks to that new-fangled Teflon and anodized aluminum. It's come full circle back to good old stainless and cast iron.

      2. All-Clad stainless cookware is made in the USA. That's one of the reasons that China made products are cheaper. It may be impossible to get cheaply made but well made stainless products in the USA. You may very well have to choose between good and cheap.

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        1. re: sandih

          All-Clad lids are now made in China. Noted on the boxes. Just an FYI for folks who are concerned about this issue.

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          1. Sitram (France) and Pedrano (Italy) are made in Europe. I believe Bridge sells both. I haven't used Pedrano, but Sitram is quite good

            1. You can get basic steel pans that are inexpensive and made in France.