My husband would like a 12-qt. stock pot. We currently have an 8-qt. and it isn't big enough for some things we're doing in the kitchen -- applesauce (we make large batches and can it) and we'll also do soups and stocks in this pot as well.
We're in the midst of putting together a few pieces of All-Clad D5 cookware to replace some aging Calphalon... but the D5 12-qt. stock pot runs about $500 retail, which kind of gave me sticker shock. The irregular All-Clad 3-ply SS 12-qt. pot is runs $265 at Cookware N More; this seems much more reasonable. Do you think there would be a noticeable difference in performance between these two when thinking about soup/stock/applesauce?
It doesn't have to be All Clad (though I don't want Made In China); is there another SS brand I should be considering?
TIA for your input. :)