We’ve been pretty vocal in the past, speaking out against boxed sets of cookware. (And knives!) Why? Because too often those sets include a bunch of stuff you don’t need and not enough of the things you do need. So you end up spending money on an imperfect assortment. We’d rather you buy things open stock (industry speak for “individual items”) and build your own set based on how and what you cook.
Something you’re sure to need? A saucepan. You know, for sauce. And also for boiling water or reheating soup, gravy, and more. Having a few (in varying sizes) isn’t a bad idea. So you may want to consider this three-quart option from Cooks Standard.
Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad Stainless-Steel 3-Quart Covered Sauce Pan, $32
It’s currently on sale on Amazon for $32 (while bigger name brands could cost you more than $100). The sturdy stainless steel will stand up to whatever you throw at it, the core is constructed for superior heat distribution, and the bottom is coated with scratch-resistant material, making it perfect for electric stovetops. Bonus? It’s dishwasher-safe.