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el bandito Sep 21, 2011 01:40 PM

I'm confused.

I want to buy a saute pan that allows me to make pan sauce. My understanding is that if I buy a non-stick pan, I won't get a fond. And yet, every single saute pan that I come across is non-stick.

Am I wrong? Does anyone have a good non-stick saute pan that they can refer me to?

I need to keep my costs under 100 dollar.

Thank you in advance,

El Bandito

  1. ROCKLES Sep 21, 2011 01:45 PM

    i have emeril wear and they are not non-stick...bed bath and beyond has many regular saute pans. just make sure not to get the cheapest as they may not heat evenly or may blister

    1. Becca Porter Sep 21, 2011 02:18 PM

      I have a 6-quart SS All Clad saute pan that I got from Cookwarenmore.com that I absolutely love. I thought it might be too big. It was on sale though so I got that size. I have found it works perfectly for my family size (5).

      It is not non stick...

      1. monavano Sep 21, 2011 02:31 PM

        I love All Clad. You can look for open stock sales at places like Macy's. A 12-inch should cover most needs.

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          el bandito Sep 21, 2011 02:42 PM

          What do you think of this one? http://www.cookwarenmore.com/display....

          It doesn't specifically say non-stick, but it appears to be. Right?



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          1. re: el bandito
            Jay F Sep 21, 2011 03:08 PM

            It doesn't look like non-stick.

            1. re: Jay F
              ROCKLES Sep 21, 2011 03:20 PM

              I agree it is not non stick...non stick is typically dark grey teflon or calpholon.


            2. re: el bandito
              Becca Porter Sep 21, 2011 04:39 PM

              That is not really a saute pan. Here is a smaller version of the one I have: http://www.cookwarenmore.com/display....

              By the way, the 'irregular' part of the 3-4 irregulars I have gotten from cookwarenmore are like a tiny scratch that I can barely see. I highly recommend them.

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              mscoffee1 Sep 21, 2011 02:50 PM

              I have gotten all kinds of All Clad at WS Outlet at some wonderful prices and especially when they have a 10% or 15% coupon on certain holidays (they email coupon). I also love my Tramontina some of which I got at Walmart.
              Never spent over $100 on any of these.

              1. Chemicalkinetics Sep 21, 2011 05:00 PM

                "And yet, every single saute pan that I come across is non-stick."

                That's strange.

                "Does anyone have a good non-stick saute pan that they can refer me to? "

                All nonstick Teflon pan will have the same challenge. They will have difficulty in creating fonds/bits.

                "I need to keep my costs under 100 dollar."

                You should look into stainless steel pan, Many of them are under $100, closer to $30-60.

                1. John E. Sep 21, 2011 08:34 PM

                  We bought. Tramontina Try-Ply Stainless Steel 5 quart Saute pan a couple of years ago and have been quite pleased with it. I'm not sure if you are looking for a saute pan, which has straight sides, or a trqditional skillet or frying pan that has curved sides. Either way, I think you should get a Tramontina Try-Ply. You are correct when you mentioned using a pan that it NOT non-stick if you want a fond to help make sauces.


                  Walmart calls the above pan a saute pan by mistake. We have both of the above pans and would not buy any other pans if given the choice over again.

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                    will47 Sep 21, 2011 11:44 PM

                    Do you really mean "non-stick sauté pan", or do you mean "non-nonstick sauté pan", which is what it sounds like you want? And are you looking for what's usually called a skillet or frying pan in the US, or a taller, straight-sided sautoir? A sauciére / curved sauté pan might also be a good option. There are a lot of different names for the various shapes, and different countries / manufacturers use different terms, so I'm not sure what kind of pan you're talking about. Since you mention seeing mostly non-stick pans in the style you're looking for, I am guessing you're talking about a skillet.

                    I think there are some good options in your price range. Sitram Catering 3.35 qt sauciére (curved sauté pan), or standard sauté pans, both 3.2 and 4.9 qt ones available < $100 (without lid). These have a copper disk bottom, so they react well to changes in heat, but you can get a bit of burning on the side if you use too much heat. Tramontina, as others have mentioned (any similar pans that do *not* have a mirror finish on the inside cooking surfaces?). Vollrath Tribute (fully clad tri-ply) has skillets, sauciéres, and sauté pans at pretty reasonable prices (http://www.katom.com/175-69210.html - $40 for a 10" skillet, $58 for a 12", meaning you can basically get two sizes and stay within your budget).

                    All-Clad Brown & Braise 4.5 qt sauté pan (the old 3 ply version) is available for just over $100, with domed lid, at a few sites if you're willing to go slightly over budget.

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                    1. re: will47
                      will47 Sep 22, 2011 02:19 PM

                      And, if you're looking for a regular skillet, lots of other All-Clad stainless options that are heavily discounted right now - their 3 ply French skillet in various sizes, some of the MC2 line, and some of the standard (original) 3 ply stainless skillets.

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                      el bandito Sep 22, 2011 01:17 PM

                      Thank you to everyone. And sorry for the typo: I am wanting to avoid non-stick saute pans.

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                        GH1618 Nov 21, 2011 07:30 PM

                        How about the de Buyer? The 12" is $90 in Chefs Catalog.

                        1. bestcookware Dec 16, 2011 06:36 PM

                          A tri-ply stainless steel saute pan will give you a good fond without burning "the goodies" after you brown your meat.
                          All Clad is the best, of course. Tramontina is not bad but Walmart no longer carries it.
                          Here is a picture of the All Clad saute pan: http://shrsl.com/?~1qdp

                          and this is a less expensive alternative: http://shrsl.com/?~1qdr

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                          1. re: bestcookware
                            John E. Dec 16, 2011 07:13 PM

                            You can buy Tramontina pans from Walmart online with free shipping to the nearest store.


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                            ellabee Dec 17, 2011 10:21 AM

                            Two other good choices: used original All-Clad MasterChef (mfg'd 1971-2000), thick aluminum lined with stainless. The 3-qt is 10.5" x 2.25", the 4-qt (slightly more useful) is 10.5" x 3". Will be under $100 on ebay, but they only appear every so often.

                            Or the Matfer sauteuse (two-handled, good for small stoves and stove-to-oven), 11" x 3" 5-qt: http://www.foodservicewarehouse.com/m... $88.

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