I have another post specifically about saucepans vs sauciers, but wanted to get feedback this time about my entire collection. We've already received a few gifts off our wedding registry, but I'm considering adding a few more pieces.
After upgrading certain pieces and keeping others, my collection will look like this:
Already own and keeping:
- Le Crueset 6 qt dutch oven
- Le Crueset 5 qt stainless steel braiser (10" cooking surface, 3" sides)
- Lodge 12" cast iron (10" cooking surface)
- 10" and 12" non-stick fry pans (these are old and get used for nothing other than eggs)
Gift I received but did not register for (can still exchange if i want):
- All-Clad 6 qt pasta pot with strainer (made in China)
On registry (all from the SS tri-ply collection):
- All-Clad 12" fry pan (received)
- All-Clad 2 qt saucier (received)
- All-Clad 4 qt covered casserole
I also already have a Cuisinart 8 qt stock pot which I haven't decided if I want to keep or upgrade to AC.
My 3 most-used pans which were replaced on registry:
- 12" french skillet (replaced by 12" fry pan)
- 2.5 qt saucepan (replaced by 2 qt saucier)
- 4 qt covered casserole (replaced by same pot but in AC)
Am I missing anything? I'm also worried that the 12" fry pan has a smaller cooking surface than the french skillet it replaces, but only slightly (9" vs 10"). Should I exchange for a french skillet, saute pan, or should i simply add one of the others to the registry? I'm not sure if having both the fry pan and saute pan/fr skillet is redundant or useful.
I'm still debating on the saucepans/sauciers and which style and sizes i really need.
Currently, I mostly cook for two and cook for four a couple times a month. We also plan on having kids and eventually hosting holiday dinners with the whole family (up to 12 people).