I recently purchased some new cookware to replace some old worn out pieces I had since college. Here is what I have purchased so far:
- 12" All-Clad Stainless Fry Pan
- 7.5" All-Clad Stainless French Skillet
- 2 qt All-Clad Stainless Saucier
- 5.5 qt Le Creuset Round Oven
I think I still need a few pieces to get started and I was hoping to get some advice/reccomendations. Here is what I was thinking about getting:
- 8" to 10" non-stick fry pan. This doesn't have to be 100% non-stick just something for eggs/pancakes etc. Any recommended brands?
- 3 to 4 quart saucepan. Is there any advantage to buying a high quality pan (such as the All-Clad stainless) over the $20 stainless saucepan in Wal-Mart?
Thanks in advance for your help.
I've been very happy with my two most recent purchases. I'm at that point where the stuff I bought initially is wearing out and so I'm having to replace it all. I bought a set the first time around, but this time I've been buying individual pieces.
For a sauce pan I bought a stainless (Italian) Lagastina 2 qt. The design is absolutely beautiful, and the handles stay pretty cool. Williams-Sonoma has an exclusive. Considering that it will be used daily for at least 20 years, I think it's worthwhile to have something aesthetically pleasing. Cleans beautifully.
The other thing I got is a Danish Scanpan 8" skillet, ceramic-titanium non-stick finish. No weird chemicals, and you can use metal utensils. It really works great. The instructions are a bit different than your usual nonstick, but following them hasn't been a problem. I believe Sur la Table has an exclusive for Scanpan.
foiegras, I searched the Williams-Sonoma site and did not see a 2 qt Lagostina, just a 4 qt soup pot. It is beautiful, though, and the the comments are all ecstatic.
I also checked out the Scanpan. I constantly look at egg pans, it's the one pan I use every day. And as I said in another thread, I have one Scanpan myself, a roasting pan. Your pan looks like the ultimate egg pan, but I'd have to be in a certain mood to pay $100 for non-stick. Intriguing, though.
I bought both in-store ... they have a full selection there. Sometimes the websites are a bit lacking ... The Lagastina really makes you realize how uniformly ugly so many other stainless pans are ;)
I really feel the Scanpan nonstick is perfect. I need to use very little fat (I suppose I could use none), and eggs literally float on it. If you want a bit better price, they still have the previous line at a discount, which is not induction ready. It has the nonstick finish on the outside sides rather than stainless.
PS The 2-quart has a single long handle, but the lid is identical to the 4-qt. One of the comments seems to indicate W-S is discontinuing??? The reviews point out something I didn't mention, which is that all the pots have a wide base for their capacity. This does make them more useful/versatile for the size ...
Most people say not to spend too much on a non-stick egg pan because it doesn't last. I use 8" and 10" ones that came with my Kitchenaid cookware set. However, I've had my eye on a Berndes 8" pan that sometimes can be found at a steep discount, e.g., BBB has it for $30 right now.
For a saucepan I'd like some All Clad, but since (so far) I mostly use them to boil water, I'm satisfied with Farberware. They're still made pretty good, IMO, unlike Revere, which seems to have gone way downhill.
For the non-stick doesn't really matter, it for eggs one..I'd just check a good resturant supply store.
Yeah a good sauce pan is of that size is something you don't think you'll use alot until you have a good one then you use it alot.
So yeah a good one is better than a cheap one, how it heats and hold heat is what matters to me, can I get it down to a low heat to maintain without a hot spot ? stuff like that.
I think time is on your side. Wait out the holiday season and see what goes on sale, pick and choose among bargains.