A good saute pan is a cook's treasure. You can saute, poach and pan sear with ease. A top notch pan like All Clad's 6 quart Saute will set you back at least $200.00 It is worth every penny. Don't let its sleek design and highly polished 18/10 stainless steel exterior fool you. This pan stands up to your biggest cooking tasks.
Crafted in America, these pans boast a triple layer construction of steel over aluminum for excellent conductivity. The handles are riveted for both comfort and strength. Heat distributes evenly and quickly. I've pan grilled bone in NY's using this pan, and they come out perfectly browned and done to perfection. Dishes such as chicken cacciatore for 8, fit inside the deep sided pan without spillover or difficulties turning the meat. Poaching fish is a joy, the flat tight fitting lids help create lovely perfectly done fish every time.
Clean up is very easy, but if you experience baked on or heavily browned pieces left in your pan, there's a quick way to remove them without effort. Simply pour vinegar and water to a depth of two inches, turn on the heat to high and bring to a quick boil. The pan will clean up instantly.
This is a heavy piece of cookware, so lifting a full pan can be a problem for people. I bypass this by ladling my homier dishes onto a platter or earthenware bowl for serving. All Clad offers a lifetime warranty on this cookware. If you want high quality pieces specifically made for your own individual cooking repertoire, this would be one pan I heartily recommend. It makes more sense to buy key pieces rather than all inclusive sets, as often you end up not using all of them. Each line has its individual strengths and weaknesses. Why not utilize this and create a set of cooking gear you'll really use?