My cheap department store cookware is falling apart, and it’s time to get some quality equipment. I usually cook for two, on a gas range, but sometimes we have guests, so I need to keep some options for larger quantities. We don’t eat meat, other than that I like to try all sorts of food.
I’ve already bought three Ballarini nonstick pans (a 28 cm skillet, a wok, and a 20 cm saucepan), a 26 cm cast iron skillet, and an inexpensive stockpot for soups and pasta).
I’m now looking to complete my “batterie”, and after browsing this forum (and amazon...) for a while, I’ve got to this shortlist:
- demeyere apollo 24 cm conical dutch oven (about €130 from bestsale). Significantly cheaper than atlantis, but similar quality according to centurylife reviews.
- demeyere industry sauté pan (24 or 28 cm, about €150 from bestsale).
- demeyere industry 20 cm saucier (€ 100 from the same shop).
- fissler original profi 24 cm 4,6 l rondeau (low casserole? about €120 from amazon.de).
- staub 26 cm ECI dutch oven with steaming insert (about 150 from amazon.de).
The connical dutch oven is essentially a 3 l saucier with loop handles. I think it’s an interesting pan for risottos and curries, and it doubles as a multi purpose saucepot.
The 20 cm saucier would be used for sauces (smaller quantities), and as a backup pan for warming up soup, boiling a couple of eggs, or whatever.
Then, the sauté pans... I never had one, but several times I wished I had, when cooking shakshuka, sauteing vegetables, pasta sauces... I usually end up using a wok (and then the cooking surface is kind of small) or a regular frying pan (but it gets messy with liquids...).
Now, my questions are:
Does the fissler 24 low casserole work as a sauté pan? It seems to be a very versatile shape, and if that’s the case perhaps I’d get that fissler and the 28 industry (the later for larger quantities, and for when I just need a larger cooking surface).
Do you think these pieces would work out together? Any obvious omissions? Any unnecessary redundancy? Any need for the dutch oven if I get the rondeau?
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