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Best Value Stock Pot?

atekate May 24, 2010 12:16 PM

Hi Folks,

I'm still using my old aluminum 8 qt stock pot from my shared housing days (i know, I know...), but I'm finally ready to upgrade to stainless.

I'd like to have increased capacity for big batches of stock, so I'm thinking at least 12 qt. And I'm willing to make an investment for quality, but I'm not a professional, so I don't need the absolute top of the line.

My questions are:

What construction elements matter when you're making stock? I've seen it asked in other threads whether fully-clad vs. bottom-clad is preferable for this specific task, but there wasn't really a reply.

What do you think the best value is out there for stock pots? Of course I love the beauty of All-Clad, and I'm open to that, but my gut is telling me my $$ is better spent on All-Clad level sauce and saute pans, than on a stock pot.

Thanks so much!

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    kayakado May 25, 2010 09:53 AM

    I bought the All Clad all purpose 12QT multi pot and am very happy with it. I regularly cook large batches of shrimp (+4lbs) and all the accompanying veggies and wine to make a court boullion. The mesh strainers allow me to easily remove the cooked shrimp without having to a pot filled to the brim with liquid. The strainers also fit my other smaller pots.

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      Kelli2006 May 25, 2010 09:28 AM

      Don't waste money on an All Clad stock pot because you don't need the heavy construction to make stock and soup. It only needs to be dimensionally stable with good handles and a tight fitting lid.

      I bought a Revere Ware 12Q stock pot at a factory outlet store for $30 and it works perfectly.

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      1. re: Kelli2006
        pabboy May 25, 2010 11:09 AM

        I used to agree with you but I recently bought the All-Clad 8qt stock pot. It has essentially replaced my 9qt Le Creuset as the all purpose Dutch oven. The tri-ply construction allows even heating when I create the fond. Due to the price, I would not recommend it if it's only for stock. But the multifunction as me sold. Anyone interested in a 9qt Cherry Le Creuset?

      2. Indirect Heat May 25, 2010 12:08 AM

        Restaurant supply store. Good quality. Super cheap. Stock pots don't need to be beautiful. I got an enormous stockpot for around $30, and it's awesome.

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        1. re: Indirect Heat
          Sooeygun May 25, 2010 07:04 AM

          Second this. I just got an aluminum Johnson-Rose 24L stock pot for my birthday (from my husband. When I want something shiny, I don't mean jewellery cause I don't wear jewellery). I picked it out at the restaurant supply store in Chinatown. I'd rather spend the extra money on all the stuff to cook in it

        2. mcsheridan May 24, 2010 12:50 PM

          I have an eclectic collection of All-Clad Stainless, and I wouldn't trade away one of them; neither would I spend $300+ on an All-Clad stockpot. I have a perfectly serviceable 8-qt. multi-pot from Williams-Sonoma that I purchased over ten years ago for less than $100 that serves as stockpot, pasta pot, vegetable steamer, and chili cooker. I don't believe they still carry it, so if I was in the market for a stockpot today, I'd go with the Cuisinart Classic Stockpot (it comes in both 8-qt and 12-qt sizes).

          PS: The Tramontinas are made in China; that's why the price is so low.

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            atekate May 24, 2010 12:39 PM

            Ok, so in doing more research, I decided to just buy the Tramontina 10 piece set Walmart now has on sale since I could use an upgrade on some of my other items.


            This seems too good to be true, 10 pieces tri-ply for only $199. And all the reviews are stellar...

            If it's crummy, I'll just return it.

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            1. re: atekate
              dmd_kc May 24, 2010 10:33 PM

              You'll be fine with those. Cook's Illustrated liked them. Especially when you're talking about stock pots, you're not going to be doing high-heat applications that often where even heating is a primary concern.

              1. re: atekate
                pabboy May 25, 2010 06:28 AM

                That's a great set. I bought it for my parents and have used it many times. It's comparable to the All-Clad I have at a fraction of the price. It's just as good looking as All-Clad. If I had both sets in my cabinet and blindly reached in, I would not care which one I pulled out.

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