I've been haunting every TJ Maxx/Marshalls/etc lately trying to find a large SS saute pan. Apparently this line is pretty good if you can't afford All Clad (I can't, particularly because I wanted a large pan), but Wal-Mart doesn't carry them in stores (only online order), Amazon doesn't carry the one I wanted, etc. Honestly I haven't even been seeing the usual All-Clad suspects in my local discount stores, just this same Calphalon 'sauteuse' everywhere, surrounded by smaller nonstick pans and a ton of dutch ovens.
Finally, in Marshall's over the weekend, I looked down, and there it was--the only large SS saute pan in the store, AND Tramontina (Tri-ply), and $29.99 vs the $70-$90 I'd been seeing online.
Well, I'm calling it a saute pan, but I think Tramontina calls it a 'jumbo cooker' or something. I mean the All-Clad type saute pan, with straight sides and a lot of flat cooking surface, 12" diameter.
I'd been using cheap nonstick for a while due to personal circumstances. I did some steak au poivre last night. I had completely forgotten what an amazing color you can get on your steak with a decent pan.
(Don't get me wrong, I'd still love to have the All Clad equivalent at some point.)
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