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

akatsuki Jul 27, 2013 04:04 PM

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

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    sueatmo Jul 30, 2013 08:54 PM

    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.

    1. Veggo Jul 28, 2013 09:56 AM

      Elizabeth Taylor did with her set of ex-husbands.

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      1. re: Veggo
        foiegras Jul 28, 2013 10:31 AM

        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
          sueatmo Jul 30, 2013 08:56 PM

          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
            DuffyH Jul 30, 2013 09:13 PM

            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
              sueatmo Aug 1, 2013 12:32 PM

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

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        kaleokahu Jul 28, 2013 09:22 AM

        Hi, akatsuki:

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


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        1. re: kaleokahu
          ellabee Jul 28, 2013 12:05 PM

          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
            akatsuki Jul 29, 2013 03:27 PM

            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
              kaleokahu Jul 29, 2013 06:32 PM

              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..


              1. re: kaleokahu
                ellabee Jul 30, 2013 08:14 PM

                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...

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                  kaleokahu Jul 30, 2013 08:25 PM

                  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?


                  1. re: kaleokahu
                    ellabee Aug 2, 2013 10:21 AM

                    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
                      foiegras Aug 18, 2013 08:38 PM

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

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            ellabee Jul 27, 2013 08:48 PM

            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. DuffyH Jul 27, 2013 07:37 PM

              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. greygarious Jul 27, 2013 06:54 PM

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

                1. chefj Jul 27, 2013 05:54 PM

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

                  1. tim irvine Jul 27, 2013 05:47 PM

                    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!

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