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Old 01-08-2008, 01:49 PM   #11
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Looks like a decent pan for the price. I think it's worth a try. I'd check for customer reviews before buying.
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Old 01-08-2008, 03:18 PM   #12
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Wow. I'm very impressed by the quick and thoughtful replies. Would a 3 quart saute be big enough when cooking for 3 people?
I'd go for a 5 or 6 quart, depending on brand, sauté pan. If cooking a recipe that includes, let's say, a whole chicken cut up, a 3 quart sauté pan may have you wishing for a cornish game hen instead of a chicken.
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Old 01-08-2008, 03:28 PM   #13
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Do you ever cook a larger amount of a recipe with the idea of freezing or refrigerating for lunches or dinners? If you do, you'll probably appreciate a 5 or 6 quart pan. So much easier than trying to overload a smaller pan. Oh, and I agree about the saute pan vs frying pan. I think the saute is more versatile initially. Have fun shopping, jstarr.
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Old 01-08-2008, 03:49 PM   #14
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You need to make sure your burner can deal with the size of a larger saute pan.

Remember, as volume goes up, the pan gets larger horizontally and takes up more space on your burner.

I just looked up my All Clad and I have 4 and 6 quart saute pans, so 3 might be a bit small. 4 will be right for most things. The 6 is very large and useful but not an everyday piece.
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Old 01-08-2008, 03:53 PM   #15
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I bought the Cuisinart 5-1/2 qt saute pan. I'm single, but I'd say I cook for three people. I eat big, like leftovers and maybe some for next day's lunch...... or if I get hungry again in a couple hours

It's a monster and takes up a lot of room on the stove, but it generally contains the bulk if not the whole meal that I'm cooking.
Here's a link to Cuisinart's page on Amazon. The one I bought is #7 and looks like a non-stick and says it's 30 bucks, but I paid 47 last year and mine is not non-stick. If you look at # 11, the 3-1/2 qt, you'll see it is $54. If this is some kind of mistake or big sale on their part, I'd jump on it. As long as you're getting the all SS one and not non-stick.
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Old 01-08-2008, 03:57 PM   #16
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I also have the Cuisinart (Original) 5 1/2 quart.... It holds a whole chicken cut up, and rice; or 3 pounds of beef stew with veggies... We always like leftovers, especially of those....
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Old 01-08-2008, 04:38 PM   #17
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I also have the Cuisinart (Original) 5 1/2 quart.... It holds a whole chicken cut up, and rice; or 3 pounds of beef stew with veggies... We always like leftovers, especially of those....
Large saute pans are useful, of course, but I'd not cook a stew in a saute pan. I'd use a vessel of similar volume but differently shaped, like a dutch oven. That's a piece of cookware I use much mopre than my biggest saute pan.

Saute pans are relatively flat and shallow. For sauteeing

Best to go to a store and see for yourself how big they are in person and make a decision about whether your cooktop can handle a big one.
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