Finally scored a large Tramontina SS saute pan, $29.99 @ Marshalls.
I've been haunting every TJ Maxx/Marshalls/etc lately trying to find a large SS saute pan. Apparently this line is pretty good if you can't afford All Clad (I can't, particularly because I wanted a large pan), but Wal-Mart doesn't carry them in stores (only online order), Amazon doesn't carry the one I wanted, etc. Honestly I haven't even been seeing the usual All-Clad suspects in my local discount stores, just this same Calphalon 'sauteuse' everywhere, surrounded by smaller nonstick pans and a ton of dutch ovens.
Finally, in Marshall's over the weekend, I looked down, and there it was--the only large SS saute pan in the store, AND Tramontina (Tri-ply), and $29.99 vs the $70-$90 I'd been seeing online.
Well, I'm calling it a saute pan, but I think Tramontina calls it a 'jumbo cooker' or something. I mean the All-Clad type saute pan, with straight sides and a lot of flat cooking surface, 12" diameter.
I'd been using cheap nonstick for a while due to personal circumstances. I did some steak au poivre last night. I had completely forgotten what an amazing color you can get on your steak with a decent pan.
(Don't get me wrong, I'd still love to have the All Clad equivalent at some point.)
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I see you have used it. What is your first impression? Did yours come with a lid? Many TJ Maxx, Marhsall cookware miss their respective lids.
Is your saute pan fully triply or disc bottom?
My first impression cooking with it was "swoon" (turned out some perfectly cooked filet au poivre with a beautiful, richly-colored crust). For background, I haven't had any experience with high-end SS. I had a cheap "Linens N Things" SS pan I used until it warped. Since then I've been using cheap IKEA nonstick for finance reasons. I don't have very good luck with cast iron, can't get the hang of forming and maintaining the season.
What I'm saying here is that while I love cooking, the bar was set pretty low for this pan to feel like it excels. =)
It does have a lid, but it's glass, and I can't find a similar Tramontina pan with this glass lid online. I suppose it's possible it's some sort of counterfeit? Heh.
Stainless Steel Handles
Heat and Shatter Resistant Tempered Glass Lid
Tri-Ply Base System
18/10 Stainless Steel
Magnetic Stainless Steel
I don't think anybody is going to go through the trouble to counterfeit a Tramontina. Someone at Marshalls was nice enough to find a random lid in the stock room that fit.
It is a real pleasure to cook with All-Clad. But a good cook can use any decent cookware to make awesome food.
"Someone at Marshalls was nice enough to find a random lid in the stock room that fit."
Naw, it's listed on the packaging. "Heat and Shatter Resistant Tempered Glass Lid". I just literally cannot find this item (which is listed as a jumbo cooker) online anywhere. Their typical "jumbo cookers" have SS lid. No idea. I checked to make sure I wasn't hallucinating the brand name and had picked up a Calphalon or something, but no, Tramontina imprinted on it. Point taken about it not being worth counterfeiting. Maybe it's an old item.
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I agree. Despite that Tramontina makes good cookware, it is still not very well know and on top of that it is already a budget cookware. It is almost like counterfeiting "One-Dollar" bill. It will be a losing business.