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Old 12-14-2008, 07:25 PM   #1
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Need a new stock pot

Well, the family is once again on me for suggestions for Christmas gifts, so while looking over Italian Wedding Soup recipes I realized that I could use a new stock pot for making soup. I have an inexpensive stainless steel 12 qt pot with a lid, but if I don't pay attention, ingredients will often stick to the bottom...quickly!

I know there are lots of options out there, but I would like to hear from some of you who have a decent stock/soup pot that distributes the heat evenly on the stovetop. One of the kids will be buying this, so it would be nice if it were somewhere in $50 price range. Not sure if that's too low, but the kids aren't made of money. If it's a lot more, I'll just buy it for myself after Christmas and ask for more sox & underwear. Gosh, I am really hard to buy for...

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Old 12-14-2008, 07:37 PM   #2
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Yes, it is a tad more than $50, but, not much. I have a 7 qt. hard anodized and a 16 qt. hard anodized. The 12-qt. seems like the perfect size to me!!
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Yes, it is a tad more than $50, but, not much. I have a 7 qt. hard anodized and a 16 qt. hard anodized. The 12-qt. seems like the perfect size to me!!
Do use use plastic spoons in that pot to prevent damaging the finish? Is teh heating more even on the base?
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This is a hard anodized pot and can take full on metal utensils. I use a cheap cleanser (Food Lion Brand if you are familiar) that is an abrasive like Comet USED to be!!!! Comet is scratch-free now and doesn't work as well as the old mixture. Or you can use the Calphalon cleaner. I am a stickler about cleaning my pots and pans. I scrub and scrub and rinse, rinse, rinse until I feel NOTHING on them. You clean the inside and outside with the abrasive. There is no "finish" to damage. It heats very evenly and MUCH thicker than your thinner stockpots, of which I have several, and they serve their purpose well...just not good for sauteeing at a medium/high or even a high heat.
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:02 PM   #5
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Henckels, the German knife manufacturer, makes superb stainless cookware, as good as All Clad IMHO but much less expensive.

This one is a bit more than the price range you mentioned, about $120. Well worth the cost as it's a lifetime investment. Go to Amazon and search for "J.A. Henckels International Classic Clad 8-Quart Stock Pot with lid."



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Old 12-14-2008, 08:03 PM   #6
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I have an 8 quart Tramontina set with pasta strainer and steaming basket that I got at Wal-Mart several years ago... Now that I look again, the price seems to have gone up considerably... Maybe the in-store prices would be more reasonable.

It is stainless though, but I don't make anything in it would stick.
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Thanks, Kitchenelf! I'll check on the availability of this in a 12 qt model, perhaps by another top manufacturer if Claphalon doesn't make it in 12 qt..
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The link I provided it for a 12-quart Calphalon. The reason I like the hard anodized is because you can scrub it clean and there is no mirror finish to protect. I also do NOT like coated pots and pans except for a couple skillets when doing eggs.
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The link I provided it for a 12-quart Calphalon. The reason I like the hard anodized is because you can scrub it clean and there is no mirror finish to protect. I also do NOT like coated pots and pans except for a couple skillets when doing eggs.
Oops! Classic male mistake...not reading the whole thing.
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