Monday, May 21, 2012

We've got fresh pot

River bought a new pot not so long ago. A bigun. About the same time one of our the side handles on our big pot failed. Unlike last time when we had saucepan lid handle failure, we could not send a telegram to our friend in Japan to get replacements. I asked River for more information about the pot she bought and she was most helpful.

R checked out the model River bought at Ikea. Straight away I could see the same problem as with our last big pot, the curved sides, which the dishwasher does not deal with well.

We ended up paying $90 for this one, which is a good bit more than we intended to spend, but as we are prone to saying recently, it will see us out. Lo and behold, when we got it home, we found the glass lid from our old pot fitted the new pot, so the solid lid that came with the new pot is in storage. 

We have had the new pot for some weeks now and it has been used a few times and R reckons it is marvellous. It has a very heavy base which is apparently important. I wouldn't know, but it sounds good.

What I do know is that it has straight sides and the dishwasher cleans it well.

Our four saucepans were very expensive and not made to go in a dishwasher, yet apart from the failure of the lid handles, they are as good as they were when we bought them thirty years ago. A young person may well take my advice and buy the good cooking potss. They do last.


  1. Thank you, Martha.


  2. A very heavy base is important for long, slow cooking eg an overnight stew. The cleaning is a bit laborious, but well worth the results foodwise.

    By the way, I loved the expression "it will see us out". Very apt :)

  3. Anonymous9:53 am

    Send a telegram anytime you need something sent over! V.

  4. Hey High Riser, it's good to be back with a small amount of time to blog again. Hope the pot goes well and it's 75% of ALL joeys who don't make it to 12 months, not just those in care. Cheers and thanks for continuing to visit kangaroos!

  5. I have some Le Crueset pots that have already lasted forever and will probably "see me out". They make a tremendous difference than the cheap things and easily worth what you pay for them. Plus, they come in great colors.

  6. I'm sure the Le Crueset ones do last forever and they'd want to at what we pay here in Australia. I was looking for some here and the small one with lid was $500 AUD, the larger one (but still not that large!) was $580 AUD. Each. Really? Needless to say, I didn't buy them!

  7. Anonymous1:15 pm

    Yep thick bases are good for non burning and slow cooking. I've had my saucepans for years though I prefer the couple of really daggy ones that I inherited from who knows where.


  8. Hello Andrew:
    As you will most likely have gathered, we are no cooks. But even we see the value in investing in saucepans of good quality which really do give good service and last.

  9. Yep, Love Chunks would agree. It was with a particularly heavy heart when we sold his beloved copper bottomed pots that he bought in 1988 at our garage sale last year.

    He nearly sobbed when a lucky bloke walked off with the entire set for ten bucks.

  10. Stewart or Gardener, Victor? I would go to Shannon now.

    Hels, we have a slow cooker, which does the long slow cook. This one is good for pasta, soups and other things.

    I shall V, stop.

    Cheryl, that is a concerning figure, but I guess it is nature? Or maybe something we have introduced.

    Rubye, we don't run to Crueset. Do you cook your meals mostly?

    Rob, they are absurd prices and only for show offs.

    Oh Fen, mixed saucepans, just like my childhood. I like sets.

    JayLa, cooking does rather get in the way of life. Well, it can become life. I am sure you don't go hungry in Hungary.

    Kath, put a new set high on the list for when you return.

  11. what the others said about the long slow cooking, plus a heavy base is less likely to buckle under high heat or prolonged heat. A buckled base is useless because your pot never sits flat anymore so heats unevenly.
    I have a small crueset pot which I got for Christmas a couple of years ago, it's excellent for stews and soups, but quite heavy and I find I've been using the Ikea pot much more because I'm able to lift it even when it's full.

  12. I had Stewart in mind, Andrew.

  13. Lifting the pot is a good point River. Many years ago our electric frypan buckled and it was very challenging to cook with after that.

    Victor, at least I pay my tax.

  14. I often favour the heavy bottomed pots, myself, as they are more prone to give a satisfying thunk as they land on an ex-husband's head.

  15. Move on Jayne. I am sure you will get the chance to stomp around on his grave.

  16. I've just been going through the Myer catalogue for all things kitcheny and I'm sure the heart palpitations will settle down soon. I am astounded by some of the prices and everything colour co-ordinated so now I am in the loop of why brides have a gift register.

  17. Jah Teh, some of the prices are absolutely absurd. Think of the things that you could buy that would give you far more pleasure.

  18. There are two types of people in this world those with neat and tidy saucepan cupboards and those who's pots and pans fall out when the door is opened - still have memories of mum's saucepan cupboards rattling when she opened them - what are yours?

  19. Pretty neat, well the pots and pans are. The other stuff in the cupboards maybe not so much.