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Updating cookware, which piece should I get next?

rewok | Sep 7, 201104:42 PM

I'm currently renewing my cookware collection that came from a cheap set bought for under 100$ when I got my first apartment over 10 years ago (1,2,3qt saucepans & 5qt dutch pot). I've switched to induction last winter, which means I had to get rid of some interesting pieces I'd gotten over the year (a good fry pan, my large stock pot, ...).

As my DH loves me very much, he indulges in my luxury taste, so we've decided to go for the Demeyere Atlantis line as I wanted pretty pots, dishwasher safe, and they are great for induction. I love the handle, the finish, ...

We are a 2 person family still hoping for more members, and I usually cook for 4 because we need leftovers for our lunches. I entertain regularly, but only a few friends at a time, so very rarely do I cook more than 6 portions at a time.

I currently own and intend to keep:

- Staub 2.75 qt round Cocotte (not much use, a gift part of a Costco set)
- Staub 6.5 qt round Cocotte (again a gift, a bit too large for my needs, but it gets lot of use)
- Staub 10" fry pan
- Staub 2.75 qt braiser

- 2 cheap non-stick pans (7" & 11")

- Demeyere 3.2 qt saucepan (got an amazing price at Amazon on that one!)
- Demeyere Proline 11" fry pan

Now I'm pondering what pieces & size I should get next...

Another Demeyere saucepan: 1qt, 1.6 or 2.3? The 2.3 is probably the most versatile, but will I miss a small 1 qt for small tasks, like clarify a stick of butter? Or get the 1qt and add another one in a year or so?

Demeyere Saucier: those look fabulous, but which size? The 2.6 qt is aggressively priced, but the 3.2 might hold more, but then I rarely whisk up large quantities of sauce. If I decide to get the 2.6, maybe I should get one of the smaller saucepan instead of the 2.3qt, and use this as an extra saucepan for veggies.

Demeyere 8.9 qt stock pot: good for small batch of chicken stock, soup with bones, pasta, ... I'd get a cheap 15 or 18 qt restaurant line eventually for large stock batches.

Demeyere 4.2qt sauté pan?? I've never had a sauté pan, do I need one? I've managed without, but for making meatballs sauce in one pot it would be nice.

I know it's very personal, but I'm so indecisive. DH just tells me to get what I want (he doesn't cook), and my friends all think I'm crazy for spending that kind of money of pots & pans. They mostly have a basic set in a box. Spending the money is not a problem, but I don't want to make a mistake.

I will buy those over the next few months, every time I drive over the border to USA, because they are even more expensive here in Canada! Williams Sonoma pricing looks like a good deal compared to our kitchen stores here... I was hoping to get most of this at W-S, but I stopped at one in Boston over the week-end, and was very disappointed to see no Demeyere cookware in store. I'm pretty sure I saw pieces just last winter in the Vermont store, but the saleslady looked at my husband like he had 2 heads! They should list it as online exclusive then. Now I'll have to order all the pieces on Amazon, which is a bit more complicated.

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