Around here, we enthusiastically celebrate any opportunity to save on All-Clad, one of our favorite high-end (and high price point) cookware brands. So we were thrilled to see that their popular VIP Factory Seconds Sale is ongoing through this Wednesday, November 7. Hosted by Home and Cooks Sales (you just need to provide your email address to view the sale), this promotion happens a few times a year and features a huge variety of All-Clad’s classic and specialty styles of cookware. All items are final sale, and while most are priced generously at 40 to 50 percent off, you can score discounts of up to 80 percent off on certain items.
If the idea of factory seconds or a final-sale policy makes you nervous, consider the fact that these pieces only have minor imperfections like scratches and dents that disqualify them from being sold at full price. Once you put the cookware to use, regular wear and tear will make any blemishes all but unnoticeable. If you need any further convincing, consider the fact that one of our editors has built her entire All-Clad collection from this very sale.
While at first it might be tempting to splurge on a bundled set to get the most for your money, we suggest thinking of what you would use most on a day-to-day basis and start there. There are some great skillets and pots of all sizes, both nonstick and stainless. But if you’re only going to buy one thing, we have a suggestion for a great piece to pick up and get started on your All-Clad collection.
The appropriately named 4-Quart Weeknight Pan with Lid comes in at 51 percent off and is a true kitchen hybrid. Bridging the gap between a frying pan and a saucepan, it’s ideal for one-pot cooking methods such as sautéing, simmering, and braising. The generous 4-quart capacity is large enough to handle batches of risotto (or its cousin orzotto), and since it’s deeper than a frying pan, you can braise bone-in chicken thighs without worrying about the lid fitting. And, speaking of the lid — with it the pan is capable of steaming vegetables and cooking rice. Another possible use for the pan? It’s the perfect size for shallow-frying battered apple rings.
Few pans offer such versatility, so if you haven’t already started your own All-Clad collection, why not begin here? With it you can expect years of delicious meals and quality performance, because even though these are factory seconds, they’re still backed by All-Clad’s lifetime warranty.
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