Monday, March 10, 2008

Operation: Saute Pan



I'm in desparate need of a new saute pan in my cookware arsenal. When we registered for our wedding (Almost 3 years ago - ack!), I went the easy route and received a lovely set of Calphalon pots and pans. Honestly, I hate them.

I do most of my cooking in the 4 or 5 Le Creuset items that my mother received for her wedding over 25 years ago. (I kid you not. I love my 25 year old Le Creuset - complete with 1970's wooden handles!) They're a variation of Le Creuset's dijon color, match nothing, weigh a ton and are probably my favorite possessions! I don't know what it is about these bad boys, but they have yet to do my wrong.

So my question is this. Do I spring for the LC Saute Pan? (It's definitely the pricier option!) Or are there other decent cookware brands out there? Is it possible to find another pan that will win my heart - and maybe cost a little less?

All clad has a fabulous French Skillet that is also calling my name....

Decisions, decisions.

4 comments:

Aviva said...

this is no help -- my awesome saute pan is Calphalon -- the hard-anodized aluminum kind (equivalent to the Calphalon One line, we got ours on clearance as they were making room for the new ones). heats evenly, browns really well, etc. etc. But LC is awfully nice. You should call their outlet and see if they have what you want.

Faith, the Authoress said...

Spring for the Le Creuset, Meg. Spring like you've never sprung before. There's no going back in LCville!

shoppingsmycardio said...

i do adore my le creuset - they're the only pans i use often enough to warrant the price tag. aviva's outlet suggestion is fab. if you really want to try a budget option, i just did a pretty thorough inspection of the enameled cast iron martha stewart designed for macy's, and i'm very, very impressed, actually. plus, the price is about 1/4 of the real thing. if she makes a saute' pan, i'd consider that. otherwise, invest. every time i buy cheap cookware, i regret it.

Amy said...

I say go for the le Creuset- given your experience with the ones from your mother I highly doubt you'll be disappointed.