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Can you make an amazing mismatch set out of try-me pieces?

Just curious if you can do it, if it would be worth it etc...

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  1. Most of the try me pieces I see are medium fry pans. Maybe I need to get out more. There are pieces most people (who cook a lot) will need that just don't seem to show up in "try me" offerings...large sauté, 10 qt stockpot, 12" fry pan, etc. So my guess is no, but I can till hope!

    1. You would be missing all large pieces. If you only cooked for one it might be possible.

      1. I've never seen one I'd use. They all seem to be quite small.

        1. As others have noted, 'try me' pieces tend to be small. But they could supplemented with pieces from TJ Maxx and similar stores. Two years ago I found a pair of 3 qt. sauciers at TJM for $30 ea. I bought both and gave one to my son. Great find. A couple of months ago I picked up an induction-ready Calphalon tri-ply 12" frypan, also $30.

          My only 'try me' piece is a 1.5 qt saucepan, which was a rare find, as they're usually 8-9" frypans. But if you're cooking for one, it could be done!

          1. Maybe not a complete set, but they can be excellent components of a mismatched collection that you put together by patient scrounging / saving up / birthday-hint-dropping, etc.

            Mine was put together over a couple of years of ebay shopping, and includes a Falk try-me (1.5 liter saucier) that inspired me to put together a set of copper lined with stainless in the first place. The saucier's in constant use -- making bechamel, reducing sauces, rendering schmalz, heating herbs and spices in oil for 'tadka' additions to beans... a very useful size for cooking for two to four.

            1. Hi, akatsuki:

              My reaction is no. Scrounging and discounters are the ways to go to save money, IMO.

              Aloha,
              Kaleo

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              1. re: kaleokahu

                To reinforce kaleo's point: While the heavy little Falk saucier is well worth the $145 I paid for it, other pieces in my copper-stainless 'batterie' were greater bargains.

                A 2mm medium skillet and large (3 qt) 2mm saucier were just over $100 each, and the 2.5mm rondeau with lid (5 qt, 11" x 3") was just over $150 -- admittedly, a long wait and rare steal: seller didn't know what they had (unmarked Bourgeat), and there were burned-on stains (now gone).

                1. re: ellabee

                  As much as I would love to, I don't have the time to hunt down too much in the way of deals. In the end, I may just pick up the Falk saucier and a set of Demeyere and call it a day.

                  1. re: ellabee

                    Hi, ellabee:

                    I *finally* managed to score a larger (35cm x 10cm) 3.5mm Gaillard rondeau at a reasonable price (£100). Now I can die happy--at least after I find a cover that fits..

                    Aloha,
                    Kaleo

                    1. re: kaleokahu

                      What a magnificent piece, and what a steal! Congrats. What are you going to cook in it first? Well, I suppose you're going to wait until you have a lid...

                      1. re: ellabee

                        Hi, ellabee:

                        Thanks, I've been watching and waiting a long time...

                        I'm not sure I can wait to find a matching cover. Might have to tin foil it at first. What would you suggest for its re-christening? What's been your favorite prep in yours so far?

                        Aloha,
                        Kaleo

                        1. re: kaleokahu

                          My suggestion, and favorite prep, would be short ribs. The local-meat butcher sells half-pound beef short ribs, and the Bourgeat 11"/28cm fits eight of them perfectly. With your beautiful tank, you could do a few more pounds' worth and feed a crowd.

                          The s.o.'s favorite flavor profile for short ribs is Asian -- soy, ginger, garlic, rice wine. I like 'em all: Toulouse-style w/fennel, pernod, and olives; straight-ahead tomato, celery & red wine...

                          1. re: ellabee

                            I do Dublin Dr Pepper and molasses with onions. Hard to go wrong with short ribs ... and my dogs like the bones.

                2. Elizabeth Taylor did with her set of ex-husbands.

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                  1. re: Veggo

                    Her set was indeed 'amazing,' but perhaps amazing isn't always a good thing. (She also had some duplication.)

                    I'd say no, and I like small pans as I'm usually cooking for one, but I do think mix and match is absolutely the way to go.

                    1. re: foiegras

                      Me too. It is so tempting to buy sets, but I like to buy the individual pieces. And one expensive pot might be great for the use I'd give it, but another would be a waste. So, in that case, I would settle for a lesser pot or pan.

                      1. re: sueatmo

                        I'm right with you, sue. I've lately been eyeing a Demeyere Proline frypan, or might spring for a LC or similar braiser. I have been forcing myself to wait until I buy the range, then see what I really need.

                        1. re: DuffyH

                          For me, the need is to replace often used pans. Luckily I have some that work already.

                  2. I have an All Clad saucier that was a "try me" at Dillards several years ago. I never planned to buy All Clad, but the little pot looked like something I would use.

                    You could probably accumulate some small pots or frypans this way if you were persistent. But I doubt you'll find a sizable pot as a try me anywhere.

                    Sometimes you can find clearance deals at Amazon, but not so much recently.