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I need a well balanced saute pan

Sitram catering if you don't use induction. Perfectly balanced and hefty without being heavy.

Dec 15, 2014
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I need a versatile all-in-one pan - skillet, saute pan, or french skillet?

Here's a nice medium height, 4+ quart jobbie with a helper handle. Will last a lifetime for less than 50 bucks plus the price of a lid.

http://www.katom.com/175-47742.html?z...

Not much you won't be able to cook in this one.

Randy

Dec 03, 2014
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Can I use this as a Dutch Oven?

Dec 03, 2014
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Can I use this as a Dutch Oven?

I am not saying it's an ideal Dutch oven, just that it would work, and that at that price I would buy it for whatever. It's gong to be a bit tall in the oven, but on the stove it should be fine for a great many applications. If you really have no need for a stocker, you might skip it. It IS expensive.

Dec 03, 2014
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Mauviel Copper Sauce Pan

Hi Kaleo,

Without getting too far afield, I will submit that even the most pious Jews don't think this has been the observance for millennia. Judaism is a Rabbinic religion, far different from the religion practiced during Biblical times. The dietary laws practiced by modern Jews are informed by the dietary laws outlined in the Torah, but expanded upon greatly by Rabbinic tradition over the centuries.

As for the reasons behind the original Biblical laws and prohibitions, I have some fascinating scholarly articles on the subject that I think you would find most interesting from an anthropological perspective. In short, the laws were an extension of the sacrificial cult as practiced in a largely pastoral culture. They were largely a response to an increased consumption of meat.

Randy

Dec 03, 2014
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All-Clad Copper Core Line

Not sure we need a mea culpa (or two) yet. I am not completely convinced from the description that this is not the OP's pan, although I admit that it is unlikely Papa would have missed the Bloomingdale's mark on the bottom. I would love to see a picture.

The link I posted definitely looks like a disc bottom. I had a chance to bid on that pan once upon a time.

Dec 03, 2014
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Mauviel Copper Sauce Pan

Hi Kaleo,

I have officially lost my innocence:

Mauviel 6504.26

I decided to avoid some of the aforementioned issues by buying frying pans new, and saucepans and stockpots, which can be kashered using hagalah (boiling) used.

Randy

p.s. you may find the following link useful. As with most matters of Jewish law, what is posted online tends to lean toward more stringent interpretations, but this one is basically in line with what I practice.

http://www.torah.org/advanced/weekly-...

Dec 03, 2014
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Can I use this as a Dutch Oven?

I've never seen better than 60% off retail for the two copper clad lines of Demeyere, and it surely isn't for lack of looking. This is a no brainer.

Dec 03, 2014
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warped Calphalon

They replaced one of mine fairly recently. I had to ship it in (without lid to reduce weight), and it took a while, but they sent me back a very nice pan in return.

Dec 03, 2014
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All-Clad Copper Core Line

Actually, now I am a bit less sure. Maybe my memory failed me. The Bloomie's line definitely had a different look, but the only photos I could come up with online were here:

http://tinyurl.com/ofeljgp

It seems that it doesn't have the regular strip, but rather a strip below the curvature at the bottom of the vessel. I think it might actually be a copper clad disc on the bottom of a clad vessel. Maybe that is what the OP is describing.

Randy

Dec 03, 2014
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All-Clad Copper Core Line

I mean, I can't say for sure. But they definitely made a copper core line without "the strip" that had regular AC handles. Most of them said "made exclusively for Bloomingdales" on the bottom, but I think some of them did not. I do not believe this version is available any more, but it stuck in my head.

Dec 03, 2014
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Good/favorite coffee?

Thanks for your suggestion, Brian. I stopped by there this morning, since it was close to home. Ed, the owner, was behind the bar and made me a delicious cappuccino. They serve Illy coffee, which is always solid, and they take it seriously, while being very down to earth. The shop itself is quite cozy, and seems like a great place to take in a cup while working or enjoying a good conversation.

Randy

Dec 03, 2014
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Good/favorite coffee?

Hi Gastronomic,

Thanks for the suggestions, though I am calling a foul on Metropolis Coffee for this thread (I could name at least a dozen coffee shops and batch roasters around the country if I wanted to, but I think we should be sticking to Jersey here).

I have only been there once, but I was quite underwhelmed by Small World, especially after hearing raves about it. I would certainly give them a second chance, but I either want a place that makes a great cappuccino (like Mara's or Rockin' Joe's), or roasts their own incredible coffee beans and only serves coffee drinks as an afterthought (like Ahrre's or Jersey Shore). Lastly (and this is important), if you are going to act like a snob and assume you know more than I do, you better make me a really good drink.

Randy

Dec 03, 2014
randallhank in New Jersey

All-Clad Copper Core Line

It's a Bloomingdales exclusive.

Dec 03, 2014
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Good/favorite coffee?

Hi MarlboroMan,

New Jersey, likely because of the strong diner tradition, has been slower to embrace the high end coffee trend than many states.

However the state is sprinkled with a few high end roasters and coffee shops worth a drive out of your way. My favorite roaster is Ahrre's in Westfield. Jersey Shore Coffee Roasters in Leonardo, on the Bay Shore is also outstanding. Further "down the shore" you can get a great cup of Joe at Rook. One last exemplary roaster is Rojo, in Lambertville. They also have a location in Princeton, but I haven't been there. The place in Lambertville has a great old school coffee shop vibe.

I'll also give an honorable mention to Mara's Cafe and Bakery in Fanwood.

Randy

Dec 03, 2014
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Bottom Disc Pans - Who Know Specs

Atlantis and Sitram catering line both claim 2mm copper bases. The overall base thickness is a bit thicker on Demeyere, but very little if any of that is conductive. Profisserie is 5mm aluminum.
Off the top of my head, I believe Apollo had 3mm aluminum core like industry5.

Nov 26, 2014
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Vollrath cookware anyone?

Possible? Of course. Likely, no, I don't think so. My Silga Ekologa has a base that appears to be 15mm, yet they "only" claim a 9.5mm aluminum core. Same thing with Demeyere which has enormous looking bases, yet only 2mm copper.

I don't think it matters much over 4mm on saucepans except for a very few applications.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 26, 2014
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Bottom-heavy pan recommendations, please.

Just to follow up on the Vollrath sauté, it is not currently available with the plated handles, only the silicone.

Only the skillets are being offered with the "natural" handles.

Nov 25, 2014
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Vollrath cookware anyone?

Hi Duffy,

The catalogue doesn't say -- it only give specific base thickness for the Centurion and Intrigue lines. The Centurion is listed as 1/4" thick, which would be 6.35mm. I believe this is identical (literally) to Paderno Grand Gourmet. The Intrigue line is listed as 6mm. I saw a stocker from this line that said "made in China." Still I liked the build and the look.

The catalogue merely says the Optio line features "an aluminum-clad bottom for quick and even heat distribution," and "optio Cookware is an economy line designed for lighter duty cooking." Intrigue and Centurion are marketed explicitly as professional.

I handled the Intrigue and Optio lines right next to each other, and though I must admit I was more impressed with Intrigue, I was seriously thinking about buying a four quart Optio saucepan for $27. I think for home cooking the Optio will give perfectly good results, especially in saucepans, and likely last a lifetime. The other two lines are better suited for commercial use, though, in terms of durability, and I think they want their consumers to recognize this distinction.

I think this is reflected in the warranty as well:

http://vollrath.com/Vollrath/Parts-Su...

Hope this helps.

Randy

Nov 25, 2014
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Where besides Bridge to buy Paderno Grand Gourmet

They still look like dead-ringers and Vollrath touts the Centurion line as having "Italian made quality."

Nov 25, 2014
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Using a Nordic nonstick bundt pan on stovetop?

Not sure, but that's a great bundt pan. I wouldn't risk it if you don't need to. I can't recall, but isn't the whole thing coated?

Nov 25, 2014
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Help this newlywed finish outfitting the perfect kitchen

I actually have it on good authority that Le Bestie di Satana cooked exclusively on Ballarini.

Nov 25, 2014
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Help this newlywed finish outfitting the perfect kitchen

At least now you know what to get me for my birthday:

http://www.zazzle.com/satans_kitchen_...

Nov 25, 2014
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Help this newlywed finish outfitting the perfect kitchen

Satan's cookware! LOL! 100% made in Milan. Who'da thunk it?

Nov 25, 2014
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Help this newlywed finish outfitting the perfect kitchen

"But perfect for my price range - the most bang for my buck. This is the first time in my life I'm really focused on getting the good stuff (and have the ability) and I want to do it right!"

Great. So the best piece of advice I can give you is figure out a total budget of what you can spend including items you may be able to return. You already have plenty of cookware, so I would focus on the quality. Don't get too caught up in the prices of individual pans. Figure out what pans you really want/need and assign a percentage of the budget based on how much you want each one. So, you might very well say, "hey, you know I'd really like a killer sauté pan even if that means I'll have to live without 4 sizes of enameled cast iron Dutch ovens."

Or you might decide you really need a bunch of enameled cast iron, even if that means you "can't afford" a great sauté pan. Just be honest with yourself about your priorities.

Nov 25, 2014
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Help this newlywed finish outfitting the perfect kitchen

I think it's also important to note that if you eliminate all the duplication, especially with cast iron pieces that are already covered by other stainless saucepans and various skillets, you will have plenty of money for an expensive sauté. So, it's not simply a matter of comparing All-Clad or Staub to Demeyere, etc., on a piece-by-piece basis, but rather one needs to take a holistic approach regarding cost.

Nov 25, 2014
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Vollrath cookware anyone?

Lemme check....

Nov 25, 2014
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All this talk about quality cookware . . .

While the skull is fully functional, as is.

Nov 25, 2014
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No more burnt gravy! - Calphalon roasting pan

Me too, to an extent. I have the Calphalon One roasters (without the nonstick), in both the large and petite size, and I think they are rad. They develop a great fond and are a breeze to clean up.

I also have this, which is a pretty nifty piece:

http://www.amazon.com/Mepra-Oval-Cass...

And I have a cheaper Circulon roaster for vegetables, potatoes, etc. It's in good shape but intended as a beater pan of sorts.

Lastly there is this, not a for a Turkey, but a good deal for under 50 bucks:

http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-Quart-No...

Nov 24, 2014
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Vollrath cookware anyone?

old thread but happened to look at these and pick up a complete Vollrath catalogue today (it's a phone book, btw). They advertise a total base of 6.6mm with 6mm aluminum core. Just looking at the goods today I must say I was mildly impressed. Just a notch below Paderno Grand Gourmet as far as I can tell.

Nov 24, 2014
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