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Old 02-06-2006, 07:10 AM   #1
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ISO recommendations for an all purpose, oversized stainless steel skillet/pan.

hi everyone.

i was wondering, if you had your choice, money not being an object, what one large sized stainless steel skillet or pan would you buy for home use. i am looking for an extra large skillet type pan (it doesn't have to be a skillet tho. an all purpose paella type pan would be ok, for instance); one that can be used both stove top and in the oven to at least 500 degrees.
i have a several pans: non-stick omelette, frying, and square sided; and a few cast iron pans; but i would like to get a stainless steel pan, preferrably oversized so as not to have to crowd things or do multiple batches.

thanks in advance for your responses.

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Old 02-06-2006, 08:44 AM   #2
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My first thought would be to check out a restaurant supply store and don't worry about the brand as much as long as you don't care too much about the looks of the pan. I would think that for oversized you would have a much greater selection that way. Just a guess though.
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Old 02-06-2006, 12:36 PM   #3
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An All Clad 6 quart sautee pan
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Old 02-06-2006, 01:06 PM   #4
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I have that pan jenny and I love it!
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Old 02-07-2006, 02:27 PM   #5
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thanks gb and jenny, as usual. you guys are great!

i initially thought all clad, but i was hoping that someone might have experience with little known but great performing professional cookware.

before i buy the all clad, i will definitely check out a restaurant supply store. weight and looks really don't matter to me. it's all about performance.

ok, anyone know of a good restaurant supply place in or around nyc?

it doesn't have to be retail. a very good friend and restaurant owner will vouch for me being a "chef"...lol. i'm sure i can bs my way through the rest of it.
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Old 02-07-2006, 03:55 PM   #6
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I can't help you with a store location, but what about your restaurant owner friend? Is he in NJ/NY or is he somehwere else? I bet he could probably get you a good deal, maybe even one right out if his restaurant
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Old 02-08-2006, 02:42 PM   #7
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Before you spend the money to pay for All-Clad's commercials and gratis donations to the Food TV chefs, check out Le Gourmet Chef's tri-ply stainless. I guarantee you will get the same quality, performance, and guarantee as All-Clad, at 1/3 the price!
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:46 PM   #8
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but you may not get the size you want...that all clad 6 qt is a big pan, just what you asked for. Most Paella pans are not stainless but carbon steel, needing seasoning etc, but they can take the heat, and they come quite big. But carbon steel like cast iron is acid reactive unless VERYwell seasoned. You may also find a large sautier or chef's pan with two side handles from the big companies. check their sites for options, also chefscatalogue and cooking .com etc.
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Old 02-09-2006, 11:52 AM   #9
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thanks caine and robo.

there's a le gourmet chef store in "the crossings" outlet in the poconos. when there's nuttin going on, we'll take a sunday drive out there to hit the outlet stores. i've bought a lot of stuff there: oxo knives, pizza stone, cast iron fondue set, sauces and spices, etc.. i'll have to check out their cookware the next time we go.

there's no rush for the pan. the more i've gotten into cooking, the more i've realized that i'd really like a big, heavy skillet.

i'm impressed with all clad, but i'll wait to actually compare them in person.

thanks again.
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Old 02-09-2006, 12:35 PM   #10
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Caine, thanks for the Le Gourmet site. I'm shopping for a new skillet for searing. I love my Calaphon skillets, but my favorite one has a spot where the Teflon has come off. My husband thinks it's probably unsafe to use...what do you all think?
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