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Help! Most Useful Cookware

davidahn | Jan 18, 2012 01:40 AM

I've just ordered a few pieces of de Buyer Prima Matera, still waiting for delivery:

9.4" frypan
11" frypan
1.9 qt covered saucepan
3.5 qt covered saucepan

I bought these based on my cooking patterns and the availability of great pricing. I'd like to get a few more pieces, but I'd like to know what you all feel are the most useful types of cookware for my next pieces. I know that the stockpots aren't the best buys in copper because side walls don't need heat but use a lot of copper.

I know the type of cookware depends on what you cook. We are nearly vegan and never cook any meat (no, not even white meats). We most often sauté vegetables with tofu or soy protein or gluten, and we make a lot of soups.

Here's what I'm debating:

1.8 qt rounded sauté pan - we sauté a lot so very tempting, but no deals on this piece ($400)
3.5 qt covered stewpan - already have the 3.5 qt saucepan, and we do soups in 6-8 qt pots
6.3 qt covered stewpan - would be useful for daily use, no brainer
9.6 qt covered stewpan - useful less often for entertaining while much more money

We do have Anolon Nouvelle Copper Stainless Steel pieces available to fill our cooking niches (cheaper but high quality, lower maintenance, dishwasher safe):

8, 10" skillets (poor weight balance, no heat on sides due to disk bottom, but very even heat due to 4 mm copper disk)
1.25 & 2.5 qt covered saucepans
3 qt covered sauté
6.5, 8.25 qt covered stock pots

Please feel free to opine. Your help is appreciated.

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