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Stainless steel stockpot recommendation

eminorsoul | Sep 20, 2011 09:19 PM

I am new to Chowhound. You guys are really great; this is the most cordial online discussion I have ever seen.

I am also new to cooking seriously, and I have a rule about never buying any new gadget/pot/pan/etc. until I've done without it a few times. Soups are my specialty; I usually make my own stocks and broths.

Currently, I have the. worst. stockpot. ever. made. I'm not even sure where it came from, but it is unbelievably flimsy aluminum that burns me, burns everything I put in it, requires absolute constant stirring, scratches easily, and refuses to get clean.

I am ready to bite the bullet and get a new (awesome) stockpot, preferably under $200.

I'd like something stainless steel, preferably 18/10, something light but sturdy that holds at least eight quarts, and most importantly, something that doesn't burn.

Utter evenness in cooking temperature is less important. I currently have a gas range, but may (sigh) unfortunately be moving to an electric range.

I have researched Demeyere, Le Creuset, All-Clad... What am I missing? Is Demeyere's Apollo line worth $279? What about Sitram? Other brands?

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