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Saute Pan Question

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

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

        1. 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: Jay F

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


            2. re: el bandito

              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.

            3. 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. "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. 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.

                  1. 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

                      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.

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

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

                        1. 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

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


                          2. 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.