Okay, after weeks and weeks of research, I've decided to invest in some of the Tramontina Triply cookware sold by Wal-Mart. I bought one piece already, a 12-inch skillet, and so far I'm really impressed.
Here's my dilemma- buy a set and have a nice variety of pieces for a good price, or spend about the same and get the exact pieces that I want?
Here's what I am wanting:
- 2 qt. saucepan- $29.76
- 4 qt. saucepan- $45
- 8 qt. stockpot- $70
So I'm looking at $145 plus tax.
But they offer this one 10-piece set for $199, which includes:
- 2 qt. covered saucepan
- 4 qt. covered saucepan
- 10 inch saute pan
- 12 inch saute pan
- 12 qt. stockpot
- 5 qt. dutch oven
Now is it just me, or is that an amazing deal? I'd have the 2 saucepans I wanted anyway, plus a stockpot (though bigger than I wanted). We're a family of 3, and honestly I'm just not sure that I need that big a stockpot. Right now I'm getting by with a big 6 qt. pot, but the 8 qt. stockpot would give me more room. We don't have big parties or entertain a lot, so the 12 qt. might be overkill.
Also, I don't know if I "need" the saute pans...I don't have any saute pans at all. What is the advantage to having them over skillets? Right now I have 3 skillets- 8, 10, and 12 inches, and I use the 10 and 12 a good bit. Lastly, I don't know how much I'd use the dutch oven since I have my Le Creusets.
Here's my current stash of cookware, if that helps:
- 12-inch skillet - my new Tramontina, that I love
- 10-inch cast iron skillet - Lodge, love it
- Le Creuset dutch ovens- 2qt, 3.25 qt. (I think...was my grandmother's), and 7.25 qt.
- 2qt and 4qt saucepans- both of which need to be replaced)
- nonstick 8 and 10-inch skillets - both of which need to be tossed b/c they're all scratched up. I'm thinking of getting just one, probably 10-inch nonstick, for eggs and fish.
- 6qt. pot- not really a stock pot, just a huge pot, but it needs to be replaced. I use it for boiling pasta, making corn on the cob, basically what you'd do with a stockpot!
So after typing all this, I'm starting to answer my own question. I'm thinking I should just buy the individual pieces I need. Unless of course you all convince me that I need the saute pans!