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shorty68 Mar 8, 2010 05:05 AM

I am looking for something which is not non-stick.

I have a 4qt saucepan which I am replacing. I might consider a different shaped pan if it is more flexible. I currently have a Calphalon stainless steel 3 qt. saute' Pan, a Calphalon non-stick 8qt stock pot, a Circulon 12 inch covered deep skillet, a pressure cooker, and a slow cooker. Any suggestions on what I should add to round out my cooking collection? I had been using the saucepan mainly to warm up soups, reheat food, make small batches of meat sauce, and make oatmeal.

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    Quit2Chef Mar 8, 2010 07:01 AM

    I think an enameled cast iron dutch oven and a standard cast iron pan are essential in the kitchen. That combined with what you already have should be perfect in your kitchen.

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    1. re: Quit2Chef
      shorty68 Mar 8, 2010 07:08 AM

      I plan to go to the Le Creuset outlet store in my area. While looking at the chef's pans, I'll also look at the dutch ovens. Thanks for your opinion.

      1. re: Quit2Chef
        hobbybaker Mar 8, 2010 07:47 AM

        Shorty- if you can postpone your replacement of the 4qt saucepan, I would go with the suggestion by Quit. I have 4 LC DO and love them all. I also love my lodge cast iron fry-pan, too. Good luck for your hunting.

        1. re: hobbybaker
          shorty68 Mar 8, 2010 07:58 AM

          Which size dutch oven do you use the most?

          1. re: shorty68
            hobbybaker Mar 8, 2010 08:03 AM

            I use most the 3.5 qt buffet casserole but most of people like to start with 5.5 round and 7.15 round depending on the # of family. I would like to have a size for my daily use and another bigger for entertaining as we are two. There are other posts on LC' size. recommend to check those, too.

      2. hobbybaker Mar 8, 2010 05:16 AM

        Hi, how about a chef's pan?

        At LC outlet, it might still be around $100.

        If you don't mind induction, this might be good, too, although the size is a bit smaller.

        A chef's pan is great for all the uses you mentioned. You will find it better than a sauce pan to make a meat sauce.

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        1. re: hobbybaker
          shorty68 Mar 8, 2010 06:25 AM

          A 3.5qt or 4 qt chef's pan sounds like a good idea. I'll look around to see what I can find. I am guessing that 3 qt might be too small if I am cooking for 4.

          1. re: shorty68
            hobbybaker Mar 8, 2010 06:56 AM

            shorty - I think so, too. 0.5 qt diff might be just a slight diff of the hight. so i prefer the LC 3.5 to the calphalon 3.0. If I were you, try to find a pan with a helper handle if the pan is larger than 3.0 qt unless you have a strong muscle:) A good quality stainless steel pan tend to be heavier especially when the pan is full. Good luck!

            1. re: hobbybaker
              shorty68 Mar 8, 2010 06:59 AM

              What do you mean by helper handle? Is this an accessory?

              1. re: shorty68
                hobbybaker Mar 8, 2010 07:34 AM

                a small loop handle like this in this photo. No. not an accessory.

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