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Tramontina cookware sets: All stainless steel clad or some SS/some cast iron?

nugentc | Mar 12, 201103:16 PM     31

I've read some good threads on here about stainless steel vs. cast iron cookware generally, but none have really answered my dilemma. I'm trying to decide between two Tramontina cookware sets:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tramontina-...

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produc...

Obviously one set comes with "more" pieces, but non-stick pans don't last a really long time. I like cooking but haven't ever owned any quality cookware and haven't ever cooked with SS or cast iron.

From what I read, it seems like with the all-SS set, I'd still like to add a cast iron skillet. With the set that has cast iron, I might want to add a larger 6- or 8- quart SS pot/Dutch oven to boil potatoes, pasta, etc. I could do this in the cast iron Dutch oven, but it seems like water would heat and boil more quickly in one that is SS clad. I'm not sure yet if the cast iron Dutch oven and/or 12-qt SS stock pots would see a lot of use because my husband really likes making stew, chili, soup, roasts, etc. in the crock pot. Does one contain a pot/pan that would be better suited to making Thai curry (this is one thing I have liked to make in the past but have always made it in our large non-stick skillet).

How do we decide between these sets? I change my mind daily about which one would be best for one reason or another. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

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