I cook every day; along the way I’ve learned which kitchen gadgets that work, aren’t necessary and which are must-haves. A non-stick 7 or 8 quart stock pot is with self-draining lid is a must-have. Bed Bath and Beyond sells Invitations pan under $15. You can buy an expensive Calphalon, Cuisenart, All-Clad or Culinary Institute of America pan sets for several hundred dollars. You can even buy an inexpensive pan set for under $100. I find that a good non-stick 7 or 8 quart stock pot like the Invitations 7 Quart Self-Draining non-stick stock pot is a much better investment. Wal-Mart also sells the T-Fal Wearever 8 Quart non-stick stock pot for $20-$30 dollars.
This single pot is in use daily in my kitchen. When all the children were home I used this non-stick stock pot all the time. Now with fewer children around, I still use the 8 quart non-stick stock pot. The 8 quart stock pot holds more than most dutch ovens; it’s large enough to cook a family size batch of soup or stew. Unlike the larger stock pots, the 8 quart size is more manageable. I rarely use the larger stock pots, except for holiday cooking or making summer corn on the cob.
Larger stock pots rarely come in a Teflon coated non-stick variety. It’s very easy to scorch a larger non-stick pan. The water doesn’t circulate properly, so food on the top may not be fully cooked while food on the bottom is burned. You can actually fry, saute and deep fry in the 7 or 8 quart non-stick stock pot. 8 quart non-stick stock pots make the perfect all-around pan. I can make a one pot stew, soup or stove-top casserole easily. I saute the meat and vegetables in the non-stick stock pot. When I’m ready to add broth and pasta, potatoes or rice, the non-stick stock pot multi-tasks from fryer to kettle. The self-draining lid does double duty as a collander, too. One side is vented to allow steam out and prevent boil-overs. The other side has larger holes; when the lid is secured, it can be inverted and drained.
The Bed Bath and Beyond Invitations 7 quart non-stick stock pot is lightweight and washes up very easily. This versatile cooks’ and chefs’ must-have pan retails for $14.99. Since Bed Bath and Beyond often puts out $5 off one item or 20% off coupons, I was able to buy my Invitations Self-Draining stock put for $9.99. Makes a perfect holiday gift!
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