We moved and our new house has a smoothtop range. We now need to replace many of our very old pots and pans, because they do not have flat bottoms. Here's what we would like to get:
10" and 12" fry pans or similar size French skillets
2-qt. and 3- or 4-qt. sauce pans or similar size sauciers
4- to 5-qt. saute pan
8-to 12-quart stock pot
Already have a Le Creuset dutch oven
It has been a long time since we looked at cookware seriously. I've done a lot of research on this and other online cooking sites--enlightening, but also ultimately confusing. There is just so much to choose from. We'd prefer fully clad stainless steel for pieces where that matters. We'd also like to purchase individual pieces, rather than a set, so we can have the flexibility of being able to buy exactly what we want. I've read a lot of good things about All-Clad (except from people who hate the handles), but do not feel that everything we buy has to come from them. We don't care about ownng "prestige name" cookware," having all matching pieces, or being able to hand down our pots and pans to the next generation. We do, however, care about decent quality, durability and functionality.
We'd like to know what people would recommend for each kind of piece we have on our list. Are there alternatives to AC for some of these that are just as good, if not better. Less expensive options that are still excellent quality? (We don't assume that any one manufacturer is likely to be the best for everything.) Any suggestions would be most welcome.