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i need to replace my 5 quart pot. i use it for everything, boiling pasta, making soups, steaming. i want to get away from non-stick. and aluminum, too. going larger than 5 q would be ok.<br><br>
suggestions on style, material, brands, etc.?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i need to replace my 5 quart pot. i use it for everything, boiling pasta, making soups, steaming. i want to get away from non-stick. and aluminum, too. going larger than 5 q would be ok.<br><br>
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I live in the Midwest and recently got a nice stainless steel 8 qt stock pot for $30 at Meijer. It has a glass lid. There is a steamer & a separate pasta insert. I'd check Target, because I've seen similar things there. Or check out Bed Bath & Beyond/Linens & Things.<br><br>
I'm single, but this 8 qt pot works great when I make big batches of soup/pasta sauce to freeze/give away.
 

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I HIGHLY suggest All-Clad Stainless steel. It is durable, has a lifetime warranty, clad the entire way up the sides, not just the bottom and is a great investment. The seven quart pasta pentola is about two hundred fifty dollars, but a great pan.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I HIGHLY suggest All-Clad Stainless steel. It is durable, has a lifetime warranty, clad the entire way up the sides, not just the bottom and is a great investment. The seven quart pasta pentola is about two hundred fifty dollars, but a great pan.</div>
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I vote for All-Clad, too. Totally worth the money, you'll have it forever. And it cleans up well.
 

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You could do a Le Creuset pot for the same price as the All-Clad (maybe a little less - I can't remember exactly). I *LOVE* mine.
 

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I have a set of Italian SS cookware from Costco. (the set was $299, bought about 6 years ago) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> everything looks pretty much like it did when we bought it! I know you don't need a whole set though so I suppose this isn't much help. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You could do a Le Creuset pot for the same price as the All-Clad (maybe a little less - I can't remember exactly). I *LOVE* mine.</div>
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My other fave. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Cooks Illustrated rated Farberware Millenium a best buy. I love their cookware. I got my set seven years ago and it looks like it did the day I got it. They have allll different sizes, and are fairly moderate in price. I'm lucky to live near an outlet, where I've been able to shop smart and fill in the gaps from my original set with some really beautiful pieces for really low prices, as well. The outlet near our home has a weekend in October when everyting in their stores are half off the outlet prices. Makes the more expensive stuff a steal! Also, there's a Le Creuset in that outlet, and they mark their seconds wall half off the outlet price on Labor and Memorial day. And their seconds usually have scratches soo tiny that the staff has to search for the "flaw" in the paint. Works for me, when you're talking a quarter of the usual selling price!
 

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i am salivating over the all-clad. however, i am finding the price hard to swallow *gulp*<br><br>
help me out- why <i>don't</i> i want one like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fdp%2FB000050AVK%2Fref%3Dnosim%2F%3Ftag%3Dyahoo-kitchen-20%26creative%3D380333%26creativeASIN%3DB000050AVK%26linkCode%3Dasn" target="_blank">this</a>? it is less than $15.
 

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We love our All Clad. It can take some serious abuse... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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I have a stainless steel one from Target that sounds very similar to the one a PP mentioned from Meijer. I've had it for five years now, and it looks every bit as good as the day I bought it. I think I paid about $25 for it. I think buying stainless from Target is a gamble (I've had soap dispensers that were supposedly stainless from there rust through <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: ), but if they still have the stock pot I bought, it is well made and affordable.<br><br>
ETA: This one *looks* exactly like mine. I think it is the same: <a href="http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/ref=br_1_2/601-1295450-5138560?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&asin=B0000BYDWJ" target="_blank">http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html...sin=B0000BYDWJ</a> Twice as big as you wanted, but I remember there was a smaller one when I bought this one.
 

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I love my calphalon triply, but that's saucepans and a big saute pan. I have one 6qt (iirc) soup pot with a strainer insert, which I also love, but it's anodized aluminum. The strainer is so useful when making stock or pasta. I don't have much experience with other proper soup pots, but I like this one a lot. I feel like with Calphalon's better product lines, you get very high quality without the extreme price.
 

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I have a calphalon stainless dutch oven, which is 4 qt. I love it! I use it for everything, it's a great shape for a dutch oven--I use it for sauteeing, too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You could do a Le Creuset pot for the same price as the All-Clad (maybe a little less - I can't remember exactly). I *LOVE* mine.</div>
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I have both of these. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: If I were just going to pick one, I'd get the Le Creuset because it is more versatile, being oven-ready also. Actually I recently read an article in a cooking magazine that really liked the dutch ovens at Target that are similar to the Le Creuset but a fraction of the price. So that's what I'd get on a budget.<br><br>
You don't want the pot at Amazon that you linked to. It is made of thin material that is not good for conducting/holding heat. That kind of material is fine for a canning pot (like where you're boiling JARS, not food), but for regular cooking your food would just scorch to the bottom. You need a heavy-bottomed pot made of steel or an iron/enameled one like Le Creuset.
 

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I personally wouldn't use the nonstick ones (as Calphalon traditionally are) because of the health warnings relating to the coating. I don't know anything about the Calphalon products made of more traditional materials.
 

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I love my Le Crueset. Adore it. I cook everything in my big 7.5 quart pot. It's big enough that I even stir-fry in it, smallish amounts, so, for me, it replaced a wok as well.
 

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Who knew buying a new pot would be such a big decision LOL!<br><br>
Question: What is the difference between a stock pot and a dutch oven?<br><br>
The pot I use now has a clear glass lid that I like; that way I can peek without letting heat out and risk of steam on my arm. It is also non-stick, which I don't like. Further, the coating is badly damaged. I am halfway afraid to look up how dangerous it is to be using a pot with damaged nonstick coating <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hide.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hide">: I am torn between just buying *something* quickly because of the coating vs. taking my time and finding a pot I will really like for a great deal. WWYD?<br><br>
Thanks for all the advice and info so far!
 

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To help with the cost of All Clad, try this place:<br><br><a href="http://www.cookwarenmore.com/index.php" target="_blank">http://www.cookwarenmore.com/index.php</a><br><br>
I've not purchased from them but I've heard their service is great - that you can call and talk about what you're looking for and the person on the floor will find the piece and describe why it's irregular. I have a Le Creuset seconds piece with the barely noticeable scratch and it sounds like All Clad is very similar in what they're calling irregular.<br><br>
I do my daily cooking with All Clad and love it. We also have two LC dutch ovens and love those too.<br><br>
Someone correct me, but isn't the heavy, tight fitting lid what distinguishes a dutch oven? They're also a little broader vs. a more narrow and tall stock pot. That's my unofficial guess.<br><br>
Good luck with your decision!
 

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I believe the main different between a stock pot and a dutch oven is that a stock pot tends to be larger and taller. A dutch oven is a bit smaller, and I think it's made to go in the oven or on the burners easily so that's why it's shorter and smaller.<br><br>
I just came from getting a new skillet... my mom advised me on what to get and, as much as I hate Emeril, I ended up with one of his. It's a very good quality, price wasn't too bad ($60, and it was at Bed Bath and Beyond which tends to be overpriced) and it's good quality 18/10 stainless steel. I believe the stock pot was around the same price.<br><br>
I haven't used it yet but... since people were throwing out such expensive options, I thought I would throw that out there... it seems like a very well designed, quality skillet and it came with a nice glass lid so maybe that's an option.<br><br>
I decided to go with stainless steel because I noticed the non-stickiness was about to start flaking off my current big 'ol skillet (it's kind of bubbling on the bottom). I don't want to have to worry and watch aobut whether I'm ingesting poisonous chemicals every time I cook!<br><br>
And, I believe most non-stick stuff, and Calphalon, is not dishwasher safe... you might want to check that if it's important to you. It was a must for me! Stainless steel seemed to be the least expensive option, as well, overall.
 
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