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What to Replace AC 3.5 qt Sauce Pan with

raplum Jul 19, 2011 06:25 PM

Hi everyone,
I have a set of All Clad D5 Cookware that I purchased from Williams Sonoma.
After putting the pieces to the test, I have discovered that I HATE the Sauce Pans.
Currently I have a 3.5 QT., 2 QT and 1.5 QT.

The one I hate to cook with the most is the 3.5 QT is way too heavy to lift with one hand - for example to move contents into a strainer.

I am looking for a replacement that is lighter and easier to handle.

So far I was considering a Chef's Pan/Saucier - Le Creuset seems to have a good one.

I mainly use this type of pot for cooking Frozen Vegetable, Pasta, etc.

Appreciate any help!

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    E_M RE: raplum Jul 19, 2011 06:36 PM

    I, too, was considering the LC pan. If you get it, let me know how it works.

    You might try the 3.5 qt saucier from American Kitchen. Made in the USA by...Regalware? I think.

    1. Jay F RE: raplum Jul 19, 2011 06:49 PM

      Won't LC weigh even more than AC?

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        E_M RE: Jay F Jul 19, 2011 07:16 PM

        Le Creuset's stainless steel line.

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          Jay F RE: E_M Jul 19, 2011 07:21 PM

          Oh. I thought that had gone away. Is it really lighter than AC stainless?

          Here's the website for American Kitchen: https://www.regalware.com/alt/S/RRETA...

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            E_M RE: Jay F Jul 20, 2011 03:57 AM

            Not sure if it is lighter, but it has a helper handle, which makes a world of difference. It also has handy interior capacity markings (as does American Kitchen). I like that.

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        ellabee RE: raplum Jul 20, 2011 01:50 AM

        What about a lighter, more heat-responsive version of that 3.5 qt saucepan with a helper handle? All-Clad's MasterChef2 is two layers of aluminum lined with stainless: http://www.cookwarenmore.com/display....

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          eliz553 RE: raplum Jul 20, 2011 04:04 AM

          I have an All Clad original SS 3.5 quart, and an All Clad D5 4 quart with helper handle. The helper handle makes ALL the difference in the world. (I also prefer the pouring lip on the D5).

          Any new AC pieces that I buy will be D5, and I will get it with helper handle if it is available on the size. It is worth the extra money to get the pieces with helper handles.

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            raplum RE: eliz553 Jul 20, 2011 04:48 AM

            The D5 3.5 that I have does have a helper handle; however it is way too heavy to hold with one hand and every time I have cooked with it that is what I had to do. Holding the large hand in one hand and the spoon in the other to push the contents into a bowl; way too heavy!

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              Jay F RE: raplum Jul 20, 2011 04:58 AM

              I looked up the relative weights of the 3-qt. AC, LC, and AK saucepans on amazon. All I could find were the shipping weights. The LC weighs 5 pounds, the other two, 4 pounds.

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                raplum RE: Jay F Jul 20, 2011 05:12 AM

                All Clad D5 4-qt. saucepan: 8" diam., 5" high; 4 lb. 14 oz. with lid.

                Le Creuset Stainless Steel 3.5-Quart Chef's Pan with Lid 3.3" H x 9.4" W x 9.4" D 6.7 lbs

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                  kaleokahu RE: raplum Jul 20, 2011 12:00 PM

                  Hi, raplum:

                  If a 5-lb pan is too heavy, IMO you only have three reasonable choices: (1) a good straight-gauge aluminum pan; (2) the cheapest, thinnest steel or aluminum pan you can find; or (3) a boiling insert to use in a heavier pan.


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            cutipie721 RE: raplum Jul 20, 2011 08:02 AM

            I would find one with two loop handles instead of one long + one loop handle.

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              knet RE: cutipie721 Jul 22, 2011 07:08 PM

              Agree with cutiepie - what about the All Clad SS soup pot. It's called a soup pot but it's really just a 4 qt sauce pan with two loop handles.

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              rasputina RE: raplum Jul 23, 2011 07:12 AM

              The d5 4 qt soup pot is what I bought instead of the saucepan. It is the same dimensions but has 2 handles. Plus it's on sale right now in the stores for 150 dollars and comes with an all clad ladle.

              I have it and love it.

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                raplum RE: rasputina Jul 23, 2011 07:17 AM

                I have an AC SS 4 qt soup pot - it is actually the first AC piece I purchased - I love it!
                I have also since purchased on sale at WS - the d5 2 qt Saucier/Chef's Pan - love that one too - very easy to maneuver!

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                  E_M RE: raplum Jul 23, 2011 08:35 AM

                  I have the soup pot also and I HATE it! Ha! I don't like the dimensions--it's too tall for me to easily see into. I have the old SS version.

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                    knet RE: E_M Jul 23, 2011 08:59 AM

                    Mine is the SS version as well but I have no trouble with the dimensions and it's a very versatile pot. I love the double handles.

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                diamond dave RE: raplum Jul 23, 2011 10:41 AM

                Take a look at the cuisinart Chefs Classic SS. My brother in law has one of the sets fm Macys and I must say, that the sauce pans are speed demons for heating up. Nice and light too.

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