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simple request - nonstick small pot

I've been trying to find a decent, inexpensive nonstick pot, 2 or 2.5 quarts. Although I thought this would be easy, I can't find a decent one that isn't sold as part of a full set. Does anyone have a recommendation? I used to buy T-Fal which was about $20 but I can't find that anymore.

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  1. Do you have a T.J. Maxx or Home Goods near you? They both have very good prices on random assortments of cookware.

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    1. re: BobB

      Hey Bob,

      The last 3 times I visited my local TJM all they had was cheap cookware designed to go straight to the discount houses and outlets. No more of the well-known brand seconds. Color me bummed. :-(

      1. re: DuffyH

        Odd - my local one always has a good supply of All-Clad and such.

        1. re: BobB

          Mine used to, but no more. Even Ross, not known for their home section selection, has more in the standard lines. I fear my TJM has gone over to the dark side. ;-(

        2. re: DuffyH

          Home Goods usually has more of the better stuff, IMO.

          1. re: sueatmo

            It's been a while since I've been there. I do recall some AC at least, so it's likely they had some other nice stuff, too. Along with the Palm branded stuff, that is.

            Admittedly, it bothers me to see these stores that earned their stripes (and customer loyalty) "selling out" as it were. I still fondly recall when outlet stores only carried seconds and prior season's merchandise. This is what I loved about TJM. :-(

            1. re: sueatmo

              True, but the T.J. Maxx is a couple of blocks from my house, while I need to get in the car to go to Home Goods. I don't take the car out much so I see more of TJM.

              1. re: BobB

                Yeah, I'm a lot closer to TJM than HomeGoods, too. Pay no attention to me, I'm just whining over losing a great source for cheap quality cookware. *sigh*

                1. re: DuffyH

                  Double-checked my local TJM yesterday - lots of All-Clad, Calphalon, Cuisinart and T-Fal, plus some lesser-known names. Maybe you should talk to your store manager, the good stuff is available to them.

            1. re: eLizard

              OP wants nonstick.

              I found quite a few in Amazon's Warehouse.

              http://www.amazon.com/Clipper-315-000...

              http://www.amazon.com/Cinsa-311704-In...

              http://www.amazon.com/Pyrex-Aluminum-...

              That's just a few, there are more. How good they are I can't say. The Pyrex and Clipper have very good reviews.

              1. re: DuffyH

                for some reason when i read non-stick i read not nonstick. oopsie.

                1. re: DuffyH

                  Happens all the time. Reading a 3 star review of a nonstick pan one time, I couldn't even figure out whether the reviewer was reviewing the right pan. She used phrasing like "not stick". I was soooo confused.

                  Do you have that AC bean pot? It would like really nice in your new kitchen. Better, though, I see Mauviel M'Elite or the M'Cook 260 with cast iron handles. And some copper pots. Or go total contrast with Swissair's Rosle and such, for a modern twist. :-)

                  1. re: DuffyH

                    no, i don't have that bean pot! i'll barely be able to afford the beans let alone the pot to cook em in by the time this is over.

                    but you can style my kitchen any time! just no twee milk bottles with cookies under a cake plate

                    1. re: eLizard

                      <just no twee milk bottles with cookies under a cake plate>

                      Gack! I hate cute, I truly do. Likely has something to do with being a 5'9" tall female who could never carry off ruffles and bows. They always somehow look borrowed. From an 8-yr-old. LOL

                      1. re: DuffyH

                        i'm 5'8 on a short day. and i love heels. nothing small and dainty about this girl. it will help with my high cabinets, but finding shoes is still a giant PITA.

              2. I found quite a few in Amazon's Warehouse.

                http://www.amazon.com/Clipper-315-000...

                http://www.amazon.com/Cinsa-311704-In...

                http://www.amazon.com/Pyrex-Aluminum-...

                That's just a few, there are more. How good they are I can't say. The Pyrex and Clipper have very good reviews.

                1. We've had the previous version of this Calphalon pot for years and years and it's been great for us. I think it's only sold in this configuration at Target but I could be wrong about that (it used to be true, don't know if it still is).

                  http://www.target.com/p/calphalon-kit...

                  1. http://tinyurl.com/kpk2ntb BerndesĀ® SignoCastĀ® Nonstick 2-Quart Covered Saucepan

                    These are nice cast aluminum non stick pans. I've owned a signo cast Dutch Oven. Be advised, this line is not designed to work on induction. You can also find these at Amazon.

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                    1. re: sueatmo

                      I'm a BIG FAN of Berndes pots. I only have one problem with them, the glass lids. I've cooked greens in them with lid on and I can't get the lid clean under and around the glass lid rim. I like the pots so much that I just try to ignore this "problem."

                      1. re: walker

                        Have you tried a toothbrush or small bottle brush?

                        An alternative would be to purchase some inexpensive lids. After seeing how well they're made and how tightly they fit, I ordered the very inexpensive Vollrath Optio covers for my frypans. Most of them are under $15 at Staples. Free shipping if you sign up for their loyalty card, IIRC.

                        http://www.staples.com/vollrath+optio...

                        If you order one, be aware that the measurement given does not include the outer flange. Measure your pan from inner rim to inner rim, not including the pan walls.

                        1. re: DuffyH

                          I have some extra lids but these glass ones fit perfectly. I don't think cleaning with a toothbrush would work .. it's under the glass where it meets the rim.

                    2. Amazon has a 3 qt. T-fal one for $17.87. 182 almost perfect 5 star reviews. Also a smaller 1.5 qt. Cuisinart stainless for $14.95, but not nonstick. There are several there that aren't part of a set.

                      http://www.amazon.com/T-fal-A8572494-...

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                      1. re: blondelle

                        Thank you, I ended up getting the 3 quart T-fal.