This is only the second thread I've posted on Chowhound! Just posted one yesterday asking for advice on braising and received a tremendous amount of great advice. Based on some of the tips I read, I figure that I need to get myself a new piece of cookware to properly do pot roasts/braise meat.
I've never bought pots and pans before. I've been making do with a set of cheap hand me downs for the last several years. I plan to just replace each piece one by one... I don't care if they match or not. I'm focusing on getting function and quality but at a reasonable, affordable price.
Is a Dutch oven the best cookware to use to make good braised meat? Or, is a small stockpot also suitable?
I don't really know where to look for cookware here in Vancouver. I hate paying retail so I've enjoyed browsing the pots and pans at Homesense... the products they have in stock seem like good quality cookware at good prices.
One item I noticed today was this 5.5 qt Paderno enameled cast-iron roaster: http://www.paderno.com/us/products.ph....
I also really liked the Bodeux France line of pots and pans... they're beautiful looking, oven-safe, feel nice and hefty, and come with "5 Ply Copper Bonded" bottom. Can't seem to find anything about the brand online though except for two conflicting reviews on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bodeux-France-P.... Other brands I saw that had nice-feeling pots and pans: Potobelo, Palm and Lagostina.
Any tips, suggestions, or reviews on brands would be much appreciated!