Pizza Tray Works As All-Clad Lid
Thought I’d pass along a money-saving tip. A couple of months ago I scored an All-Clad MC 2 6-Qt. sauté pan at T.J. Maxx for $70. It retails pretty much everywhere for $265. Score! It has since become my go-to pan. Unfortunately, it came without a lid and most web sites want around $50 for a lid to fit the pan’s 13.5” opening. Not in the budget. So I recently took the pan to a restaurant supply store to hunt for alternatives and found the pizza trays. A 14” model, for a whopping $7, fit perfectly. You have to use a pot holder or tongs to remove it when hot, but that’s a small price to pay. Heck, maybe if I get to feeling crafty I’ll see if I can drill a hole in it and screw on a handle. I imagine the tray might fit other All-Clad pans with the same size opening.
Funny you mention this, ages ago (20 years?) ex worked at a pizza place that remodled the kitchen and got all new cookware. They let anyone who wanted take home some metal pizza pans.'I have a 10" and a 16" that I use for lids on EVERYTHING except the pot when I am cooking rice. I would be hard pressed to dig out all the real lids for my pots and pans.
A kitchen supply store should also have a wide selection of lids to go on industrial pots. I'm no longer sure of the standard sizes, but I'll bet 14" is represented. My local store has them with two different designs. I found one to fit a paella pan for transport.