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Old 02-22-2008, 01:45 PM   #11
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I just received a 10" Le Gourmet Chef Tri-Ply saute pan through a dealer on Amazon. It was $75 plus another $10 for shipping. Most of my other cookware is Tramontina (Kirkland Signature Tri-Ply). This pan is every bit as good and, like Tramontina, probably as good as All-Clad for a third of the price. I have a 12" (came in the Kirkland set), the new 10" Le Gourmet Chef, and an 8" Emerilware (TJ Maxx for $20) saute pan (5,3, and 2 qt). I will probably use the 10" most frequently in doing cooking for two.
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Old 02-22-2008, 02:37 PM   #12
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CSG,
Do you know if Tramontina makes a double boiler and asparragus cooker?
I checked on-line, but couldn't find anything and I haven't been to a Cotsco store.
I heard so much about Kirkland, that I think is worth giving it a try.
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Old 02-22-2008, 02:42 PM   #13
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Actually, we are planning to go to Costco on Monday. Do I have to buy a whole set or can I buy single pans there? I've seen them but never bought pans there.

Incidentally, the Lagostina flatware set (50 pieces) at Costco is awesome!

I bought a Kirkland tri-ply set 7-8 years ago and it is fantastic. As heavy as All-clad and performs flawlessly.

The Costco stores I have been to only sell sets. You can get a large single piecs such as a pasta pot with insert but the normal stuff is in sets.
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Old 02-22-2008, 03:26 PM   #14
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I don't have room for a full set and I already have a Lagostina pasta pot with the insert. I only need this one right now. Oh well, I can look anyway, just in case.
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Old 02-22-2008, 04:53 PM   #15
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If your existing sauté panhas a second "helper" handle, I woulds guess it's either 5 quarts or 6 quarts, which is the size I would recommend for the new one, regarldess of the existing one.
My All-Clad sauté pan has a helper handle and it's only 3 quarts.
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Old 02-22-2008, 05:49 PM   #16
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Yep, my 3 qt. Calphalon saute pan has a helper handle, too.
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Old 02-22-2008, 08:08 PM   #17
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The 10"/3 qt Le Gourmet Chef also now has a helper handle. Probably as a result of the CI comments rating this pan #2 behind the AC version. They would have rated it #1 had it had the helper handle at the time of the test.
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Old 02-23-2008, 03:55 PM   #18
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I wouldn't think that a helper handle would be necessary for a 3 quart pot or pan of any kind.
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Old 02-23-2008, 07:01 PM   #19
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Most 10 in. saute pans will have a helper handle but 10 in. skillets usually don't.
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Old 02-23-2008, 07:58 PM   #20
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9" sautoir (saute pan) is about 3 qts ... 11 " is about 4.5 qts
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