My husband and I have saved enough to buy 6-7 excellent pots/pans and would love recommendations. I've looked at Staub ECI and SS Demeyere Atlantis/5Plus, Mauviel, Spring Brigade Premium, Sitram Catering, Fissler, All-Clad (I don't like the suace pan handles). I do prefer SS pans without rivets, but just can't decide if they are worth the money (e.g., Demeyere). We want quality and craftsmanship, but don't need the "best" when something more economical will do the same/similar job. These pans will likely be our "forever cookware" and may potentially be used in a small farm operation in the future, so they must be durable.
We do a lot of canning in the summer/fall. We also cook/bake/roast mainly Mediterranean (Greek/Italian/Spanish), Eastern European (Polish pierogi, Hungarian stews) as well as Mexican cuisine with a lot of veg (I'm vegetarian). Here's what we're interested in:
12qt stock pot (stocks and canning sauces/pickled veg/kraut/jams)
7qt Staub ECI round cocotte (soups, chilis, ragus, tomato sauces)
6qt Soup pot (pasta, soups)
4qt Sauce pan (pasta, sauce, steamed/mashed potatoes)
3qt Saucier (sauces, risotto, custard for ice cream)
2qt Sauce pan (oatmeal, rice)
10-11" Fry Pan (crepes, pancakes, stir fry)
3 qt? Saute pan (braising meat or veg)
The only thing we own that we'll be keeping is:
12" Cast iron skillet
Any brand recommendations for the above or other pot/pan sizes that are good heirloom pieces to acquire?