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Old 10-17-2004, 01:48 PM   #1
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All Clad Chef's Pan or Saute Pan

Hey, If you could only afford one which would it be? I have the All Clad 12" and 8" frying pan's already. I want the most versatile, I think the chef's pan would do the trick. Please advise. :?:

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Old 10-17-2004, 08:00 PM   #2
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My opinion would be that the saute pan would be the most versitle for me, but since I don't know what or how you cook I can't say which would be best for you. But, here are some things to think about:

The 12" saute pan is deeper than the fry pan, has straight sides, so the bottom (cooking surface) is going to be nearly the diameter of the top of the pan (about 11.75" probably). To me, this is the most versitle. - there is nothing I couldn't do in it if I had only one pot/pan.

The 12" fry pan is not as deep and, bacause of it's sloping sides, has a smaller diameter bottom (9.25") - so it has less "cooking surface" than the saute pan. If I only had one pot/pan - this would be my second choice.

The 12" chef's pan is somewhere between a small Wok and a large Saucier. It would be the most limited of use, to me, since it has the smallest cooking surface - only about 6".
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Old 10-17-2004, 08:44 PM   #3
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Thanks Michael, Good point about the size of the cooking surface. I think I'll go with the saute pan. :)
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Old 10-18-2004, 12:01 PM   #4
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I agree ... the shape of the "chef's" pan is quite limiting, whereas a saute pan is very versatile
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Old 10-28-2004, 04:21 AM   #5
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If you haven't already noticed, All-Clad's 6 qt. saute is HUGE. I'd go with a 4 qt. saute for the most useful application in your home.

Most of my cookware is All-Clad Stainless. My most VERSITLE item is not a fry or a saute, but it is my 8 qt. stock pot. I use it for EVERYTHING.

I own two. Honest to God, when I got my first one, I think I fell asleep holding it. I love it that much.

One other thing to consider, All-Clad makes a product called a Saute Pot. Their 6 qt. model is not as wide as a 6 qt saute, but it is taller. This makes it very useful for brazing and sauces, as well as searing and browning.

All-Clad Stainless just plain RULES!

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Old 10-30-2004, 08:59 AM   #6
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I splurged and bought the 4qt. Sauce pan and the 4qt. Saute pan both with lids and loop. I like em alot :)
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Old 10-31-2004, 05:04 PM   #7
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So, what are you going to cook up for us for our worthless .. uh, I mean invaluable ... advice?
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Old 11-06-2004, 03:20 PM   #8
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lol, I only cook for women if they cook for me. 8)
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Old 11-06-2004, 04:36 PM   #9
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Um..Stevie, altho they are sensitive and kind people, Michael and Ardge are mos' definitely not women, I garontee! You better talk jennyema into it.
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Old 11-07-2004, 07:32 AM   #10
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Hey, if you've checked www.allclad.com , you would see that the saute pot I was talking about is not listed. I nearly lost my mind till I found it on eBay. (not my mind, the saute pot.)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=WDVW

See! I'm NOT lying!

I knew I saw one before. Looks kinda handy too!

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