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E_M Mar 17, 2011 09:58 AM

I was in TJ Maxx today and found some pots by a German company that was 3 of the longest words I've ever seen, meaning that I couldn't remember it, as I couldn't even pronounce it. The English tag says CS Le Monaco Cass with Lid 20 cm.

What made this so awesome was that it was a conical shaped stainless pot, comfortable handles, induction compatible, light weight, a glass lid with built-in strainer, and measurement markings on the inside. They had various sizes, both with and without double handles.

Has anyone seen anything like this and can give me an opinion? The closest I have found is by another company, Norpro, but I don't like their handles.

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    falconress Mar 17, 2011 10:37 AM

    Don't know if this is something like what you saw. The handles are very stylized, not sure if I'd describe them as comfortable, and it doesn't specify Le Monaco, but otherwise it's similar to your description.

    German-made, 20cm casserole, stainless, glass lid w/ built-in strainer, measuring marks, works with induction. The manufacturer is Fissler, product line is solea. There is a pic of the manufacturer's stamp on the bottom of the pot with what looks to be a longer name - maybe the company's full name is longer than just Fissler.

    http://www.eurostoves.com/Fissler_Solea_Casserole_p/10135.htm

    Here is Fissler's main website. They don't appear to have a Le Monaco collection, but maybe it's a previous season and that's why it's at TJMaxx. Anyway, hope this helps.

    http://www.fissler.com/en/home.html

    eta: I just looked at their website description. I don't know if this turns out to the piece you're looking for, but the design is nicely thought-out - besides the other features you mentioned, this line has a lid that hooks onto the pan edge so you don't have to put it on the counter. It says the handles are stay-cool and you don't need a potholder. They're quite nice, actually (and pricey!).

    and, eta again: The website has a close-up of the manufacturer's stamp, all it says is 18-10 stainless. Fissler appears to be the full name.

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      E_M Mar 17, 2011 11:51 AM

      Thanks, but no, it wasn't Fissler (I'd recognize that name.) Also, these pots I saw had the markings in both litres and quarts, and they were only about $20.

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      E_M Mar 17, 2011 12:18 PM

      OK, I froogled the German site and found it: http://www.kauflux.de/?id=FROOGLE&...

      But I still don't know anything about it. Anyone?

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        josey124 Mar 17, 2011 01:42 PM

        Amazon.de (Germany) has some: http://www.amazon.de/CS-Kochtopfset-L...
        What information are you looking for? I speak German. I might be able to help with translations etc.

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          falconress Mar 18, 2011 07:16 PM

          OK, now I understand how the handles are comfortable. The handles on these seem much more functional than on that high-concept Fissler piece. Clearly, Fissler put a heck of a lot of thought into the design, but whether they are stay-cool or not, the sharp edges on those handles seemed like an odd choice. A rounded handle like on the piece you saw makes more sense.

          The manufacturer of the piece you found is Carl Schmidt Sohn GmbH (CS Group International). It seems to have well-thought-out details, with the built-in strainer with large and small holes, the measuring marks, non-stick surface and unbreakable glass (from their website description). Their catalog is online at their website. This model is on p. 12.

          Here is their site: http://www.cs-solingen.com/

          As josey124 asked, what type of information are you looking for?

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          sueatmo Mar 17, 2011 01:42 PM

          I don't recognize your pan's description, but I am definitely going to check out my nearest Home Goods store, and neighboring Marshalls. I have bought two German brands of cookware at Home Goods: Hartmann and Rohe. The Rohe pan sounds similar to yours. I don't understand the term "conical" in regards to a cooking pot. My pan has a glass lid, double handles and interior measurement marks. It is induction ready. I use it fairly often. It is a nice pan.

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            E_M Mar 17, 2011 03:48 PM

            I saw the Rohe pans and was going to get one, until I saw these--which have a built-in strainer in the lid. Perhaps conical wasn't the right word. Slightly curved at the bottom might be better.

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            E_M Mar 19, 2011 05:12 AM

            Thanks all! I was wondering if anyone has used them, and how do they like them. I mean, they are, comparatively inexpensive, and even more so next to the Demeyere saucier I was considering.

            I'm also trying to think what I could do with them, other than boil potatoes, rice, eggs; or reduce sauce and gravy. And if that's it, is it worth it to have another pot for those functions.

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              sueatmo Mar 19, 2011 04:38 PM

              If the pan seems functional, isn't too expensive and you have storage space, why not just buy it? Every time I have dithered over an obviously quality item at a good price, and not bought it, I have regretted it. If it is a nice piece, you'll find a use.

            2. Bada Bing Mar 19, 2011 06:48 PM

              Unless things have changed since I lived in Germany 20 years ago, anything that says Made in Germany is excellent in its kind--expensive sometimes, but never poorly made.

              If it's a kind of pot you like, I suggest you assume that it's a solid example of the type.

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