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Old 09-09-2010, 02:53 AM   #1
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So today is my birthday and am trying to pick out a gift (for myself). I've concluded I want a SS pan of some sort (just one for now).I really like cooking meats and am wanting to try my hand at pan sauces.I have researched and researched and am having trouble deciding. Please help with size, type of pan, and brand. I don't want to spend a lot unless I have to. I normally just cook for two sometimes more and I have an electric range with the biggest heating element being about 9inches.

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Old 09-09-2010, 07:59 AM   #2
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:39 AM   #3
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What is your price range and how many are you cooking for? My first thought is some sort of 12" frying pan. Get one that is clad. All Clad is a top name, but is on the expensive side. It depends on what you consider expensive though.
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:47 AM   #4
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WalMart sells this brand which has been discussed in here a bit lately:
Walmart.com: For the Home: Kitchen & Dining: Cookware, Bakeware & Tools: Pans

I like the Macy's store brand and have several pieces:
Macy's | Tools of the Trade Belgique Stainless Steel, Tools of the Trade Belgique Stainless Steel Cookware - Macy's

And check out the Kemore SS at KMart. I looked at it again over the weekend and it is pretty nice. (I'm on a hunt for a new large covered skillet but they didn't have the size I am looking for)
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:30 AM   #5
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For a pan that will get heavy use, I'd spend a little extra. I use a 12" All-Clad stainless steel skillet (they call it a fry pan).
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:49 AM   #6
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For a pan that will get heavy use, I'd spend a little extra. I use a 12" All-Clad stainless steel skillet (they call it a fry pan).

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Old 09-09-2010, 11:22 AM   #7
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Here is a great set for about the cost of a high-end frying pan. It is made by All-Clad

Amazon.com: Emeril Stainless Steel Cookware Sets: Home & Garden
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:45 PM   #8
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Thank you all for the advice. I ended up going for the tramontina 12" fry pan (they call it a saute pan". It has everything I was looking for and got amazing reviews and it was pretty cheap which I like for my first SS pan. I sauted onions and peppers in it tonight and it worked great! After cleaning it I noticed onion shaped discoloration anyone know if this is normal?
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:22 PM   #9
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Not uncommon. Clean the pan with BKF - Barkeepers Friend. It's a mild abrasive cleanser that's the industry standard for cleaning SS cookware.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:00 PM   #10
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Ok glad to hear its not uncommon. Do most people clean with barkeepers friend after every use or just every month or so?
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