New and interesting pots at Home Goods
I bought a nice Berndes stainless pot, suitable for induction, with flared sides and a heavy glass lid today at Home Goods in Portland. This fulfills my wish for a Windsor, or Windsor like pot, as this is similar to a Windsor. The price was great too.
But I noticed a lot of different stuff there. There were pots from Spain and Italy, and a new to me line with someone named Burke labeled American pots, or some such. There was also the ubiquitous Caphalon and one really nice All Clad. It was a big thing with a domed lid. Very nice.
I saw Tramontina multiclad also. And several pots with the Lenox label. These were heavy and seemed like very good quality, but you'd have to like the handles. Most of these lines are represented by one or two items. But I appreciated the varied sorts of pots to look at and handle.
Across the aisle, I saw some heavier carbon steel woks, in a couple of sizes. And around the corner, there were many baking pans--more than I often see.
At any rate, if you haven't visited Home Goods in awhile, you might be rewarded if you do.
The variety is getting much better, I agree, and we're seeing new-to-us brands, presumably mostly from Europe.
I recently scored a 10" anodized aluminum skillet from Italy that's ~5mm thick, for $16. It cooks so evenly, I'm quite pleased. What a steal. I think it was from TJM.
I think since induction has been around longer in Europe, that pots from there are more likely to be compatible with induction.
I bought a DO from T.J. Maxx today.
Selection varies wildly. I've visited those stores when I couldn't find anything worth looking at, and then as in the other day, I couldn't believe what they had.
I also understand that not everyone wants to shop the way I do. It is easier simply to order sets!
<I also understand that not everyone wants to shop the way I do. It is easier simply to order sets!>
Easier, for sure. And some of the sets today are worth purchasing, as they're more sensible for most cooks than in the past, offering perhaps two fry pans plus a 11-12" sauté. Still, I had to laugh yesterday when I saw a set advertised in an email that included two sauce pans, a 1.5 quart and a 5.5 quart. That's a size leap!