Cuisinart Chef's Classic Stainless 5-1/2-Quart Saute Pan with Helper Handle and Cover
List Price: $140.00

Our Price: $59.95

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Product Description

Endorsed by none other than the legendary French chef Paul Bocuse (the only restaurateur in the world to be awarded the prestigious Michelin 3 Stars for over 36 consecutive years), Cuisinart's Chef's Classic stainless cookware is high quality, yet affordable. Unlike many lines of cookware, it can go in the dishwasher for clean up, yet the aluminum core within the base provides even and efficient heating. This covered saute is useful for simmering, sauteing and skillet dinners. It's equipped with a helper handle to make life easier and its large size is ideal when you've got a crowd to feed.

Features:
  • 5-1/2-quart stainless-steel saut¨¦ pan; mirror-finish exterior with matte interior
  • Aluminum-encapsulated base for excellent conductivity and even heat distribution
  • Stay-cool, stainless-steel riveted handle with helper handle to ease lifting
  • Tight-fitting cover locks in moisture and nutrients for more flavorful foods
  • Oven-safe up to 550 degrees F; broiler, freezer, and dishwasher-safe; lifetime warranty

Customer Reviews:

  • I never use anything but this pan now!
    At first I thought it was going to be too big for daily use, but it's fine. It's actually nice to be able to have all the food spread around for even heat distribution. It's very easy to clean--all I do is run it under hot water and wipe with a paper towel.

    This is definitely a 5-star pan. Except for 1 comment, the other bad ones are all about shipping and not having Teflon. Trust me, do not use Teflon pans! The coating will slowly absorb into your food. When they test them for safety, they make sure to do it at very low heat and with no oil--certainly not how an average consumer would probably use it. You're way better off putting a little olive oil in a pan like this....more info
  • NICE AND ROOMY
    LOTS OF ROOM TO COOK LOTS OF GOODIES AT ONCE. SEEMS TO HEAT UP FAIRLY QUICKLY. FAIRLY EASY TO CLEAN....more info
  • Great Pan, Bad Shipping from Amazon
    This pan is heavy yet awesome. I bought this pan, a 4 qt saucepan, a 3 qt saucepan, and the 12 inch everything pan. I bought all four on one order but all arrived in different boxes, in different conditions and from different shipping companies. The 5-1/2 qt saute pan was shipped via FedEx in the Cuisinart box with one end resealed with a piece of cardboard and lots of tape - the helper handle of the pan was the tiniest bit scratched. The saucepans were put in an amazon box and shipped via UPS perfectly. The Everything pan was shipped via a weirldy named shipping company that FedEx uses and was fine. 5 stars on the pans, but 1 1/2 stars for Amazon. This is the first time of the hundreds of items and times that I have used Amazon that I was not very happy with the way things were shipped....more info
  • Beautiful big pan, heats quickly and evenly and the price is right!
    We just bought this pan and it is gorgeous. Here are a few important points to note about the care of this pan from the directions. Never cook on high heat only med or med high at most. I used cast iron before and never needed to heat beyond medium anyway that is also true for this pan. Do not use metal spatulas, only plastic or wooden if you don't want to scratch the pan. Do not wash with lemon detergent. To clean, take off stove while warm; fill with hot water and soap and let sit until lukewarm. Use soft cloth to wash and to dry. Do not use metal or 3M scrub pads if you don't want to scratch the pan. You can use a metal scrub pad or 3M but you will scratch it and that only leads to more little crevices for things to stick to the next time you cook, just like cast iron.
    I don't know about you but when I am done with cooking we all sit down and eat for awhile and realistically I don't get back to the pan until way after it cools. So I still soak it in hot water with soap after the fact. It cleans up well. I noticed that some times cooked on oil won't come off completely, you know that sticky yellow brown residue, so I use a little dash of Cameo the stainless steel cleaner and it cleans the pan up easily like new. I would not put my pan in the dishwasher since they warn it will get all scratched up that way besides it is a huge pan and it is just easier to quickly clean in the sink. Sometimes when you turn the heat off while the lid is still on it will create a vacuum and the best way to fix that is to turn the heat on and that will break the seal. I used cast iron pans since they are cheap, and heat well and if you care for them well they are non-stick. But they take a long time to heat up and down and they are very heavy. I like the way this new pan heats up evenly and quickly. I also like the fact it is deeper and wider than my big cast iron pan. The cast iron pan sides flute out at the top and makes it look bigger but this pan the sides are straight up and down and your really get more room. The cast iron pans don't come with a lid and I like having this matching lid that fits well. I used to borrow a lid from a wok to cover the cast iron pan and it didn't do a great job. I also want to get a new electric stove and it appears that most of the manufacturers are moving away from the old coil burners to the glass type tops. I thought that the cast iron pans would be too brutal for the glass top and besides those glass tops look like a breeze to keep clean.
    ...more info
  • Great cooking
    This pan is perfect for one pan meals and sauteeing! Large capacity, heats evenly and readily, and is easy to clean....more info
  • I LOVE this pan! It can do anything!
    I love to cook. And I love this pan. So I cook a lot in this pan. It handles everything and comes back for more. It's easy to clean, cooks evenly, and is just pretty. It fits on my cooktop - something I can't say about a couple of my larger pans.

    Don't pass this one up. It can cook anything!...more info
  • favorite pan
    I adore this saute pan. Great size, long handle that doesn't get hot (though the support one on the other side does) with good capacity. Despite being stainless and NOT non-stick (which is much better from a culinary standpoint), it is very easy to clean! Haven't had to do any long soaking once yet. ...more info
  • Best value in a saute pan
    I echo what another reviewer said: The only difference between this saute pan (at $39.99) and the much more expensive All-Clad (at over $200) is that the aluminum core does not go up the sides, and no one cooks on the sides of the pan. This pan has an advantage over the All Clad too because it is noticeably deeper which is very convenient since items you're sauteeing don't fly out of the pan as easily. It is truly a great value for the money. If you follow the instructions not to use high heat, but low or medium, and use an oil to cook, then nothing will stick. If you also follow the instructions to fill the pan with hot water after use, it is a breeze to clean. I like it so much I also bought the 3 1/2-quart size. I don't think you can go wrong with any of this line from Cuisinart....more info
  • Excelent value
    This saute pot/pan is very nice. It is not as nics as a All Clad pot though. However it dose not cost nearly as much. Amazon - and other retailers normaly had this pot priced at $140.00. But Amazon had it on sale for about $56.00 - GREAT PRICE. Because I signed up for the Amazon credit card, I saved even more. It was $30.00 off which brought the price down to $26.00.
    Ye haw!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks Amazon...more info
  • 5-Stars for the Pan...0-Stars for Amazon Packaging
    All my Chef's Classic cookware looks and cooks wonderfully well and is normally a breeze to clean up. This Monster pan is no exception. Weighing in at close to 10 lbs., it is the senior edition of the highly rated Cuisinart 3 1/2-Qt. Saute Pan. If you have a small range, the size of this (a full 12" accross) may crowd out some other burners, so beware.

    I discovered thet the dome cover for the shallow Cuisinart 12" 'everything' pan also fits this pan and thus makes it a good candidate for a dutch oven.

    Now for the bad news: Amazon did not see fit to ship this within a padded box. As a result, the pan arrived with a dent in the 'dripless' rim. I will likely not return it, but will give Amazon some 'direct' feedback.

    (9/15 Update): Amazon made a very positive and 'generous' response to my complaint. Thank you Amazon! Also, both the 3 1/2 Qt. and 5 1/2 Qt. saute pans are on 'super' sale. Do yourselves a favor and buy both.

    (9/23 Update): Because of the lower 'super' price (currently $27.99), I ordered two more as gifts. One shipped with the Cuisinart retail box packed in a nicely padded Amazon box and the other was shipped only in a Cuisinart retail box that had split open. Fortunately there were no dings or dents since this is a very sturdy, hefty item. I wonder if Amazon owns the warehouses its goods ship from? If it does, Amazon needs to try for consistency in its packing.

    02/09/06: Here's an oddity: After several 'hefty' price hikes, Amazon is now hawking this 'monster' pan for $5 less than the 3 1/2 quart pan. Go figure!...more info
  • Cuisinart Chef's Stainless 5 1/2 Quart Saute Pan
    This is the perfect saute pan. The quality is as good as others priced three and four times higher! The double handle feature makes it easy to maneuver the pan. I searched for 3 months looking for the best value for the money, and was thrilled to find this one offered by Amazon.com! It is roomy enough to cook an entire chicken cut up, or to make a family size batch of spaghetti sauce. Clean up is easy! It is also beautiful enough to display from any ceiling utensil hanger. I highly recommend this pan to anyone looking for a large saute pan! You won't be disappointed!...more info
  • Great cooking
    This pan is perfect for one pan meals and sauteeing! Large capacity, heats evenly and readily, and is easy to clean....more info
  • Beautiful big pan, heats quickly and evenly and the price is right!
    We just bought this pan and it is gorgeous. Here are a few important points to note about the care of this pan from the directions. Never cook on high heat only med or med high at most. I used cast iron before and never needed to heat beyond medium anyway that is also true for this pan. Do not use metal spatulas, only plastic or wooden if you don't want to scratch the pan. Do not wash with lemon detergent. To clean, take off stove while warm; fill with hot water and soap and let sit until lukewarm. Use soft cloth to wash and to dry. Do not use metal or 3M scrub pads if you don't want to scratch the pan. You can use a metal scrub pad or 3M but you will scratch it and that only leads to more little crevices for things to stick to the next time you cook, just like cast iron.
    I don't know about you but when I am done with cooking we all sit down and eat for awhile and realistically I don't get back to the pan until way after it cools. So I still soak it in hot water with soap after the fact. It cleans up well. I noticed that some times cooked on oil won't come off completely, you know that sticky yellow brown residue, so I use a little dash of Cameo the stainless steel cleaner and it cleans the pan up easily like new. I would not put my pan in the dishwasher since they warn it will get all scratched up that way besides it is a huge pan and it is just easier to quickly clean in the sink. Sometimes when you turn the heat off while the lid is still on it will create a vacuum and the best way to fix that is to turn the heat on and that will break the seal. I used cast iron pans since they are cheap, and heat well and if you care for them well they are non-stick. But they take a long time to heat up and down and they are very heavy. I like the way this new pan heats up evenly and quickly. I also like the fact it is deeper and wider than my big cast iron pan. The cast iron pan sides flute out at the top and makes it look bigger but this pan the sides are straight up and down and your really get more room. The cast iron pans don't come with a lid and I like having this matching lid that fits well. I used to borrow a lid from a wok to cover the cast iron pan and it didn't do a great job. I also want to get a new electric stove and it appears that most of the manufacturers are moving away from the old coil burners to the glass type tops. I thought that the cast iron pans would be too brutal for the glass top and besides those glass tops look like a breeze to keep clean.
    ...more info
  • favorite pan
    I adore this saute pan. Great size, long handle that doesn't get hot (though the support one on the other side does) with good capacity. Despite being stainless and NOT non-stick (which is much better from a culinary standpoint), it is very easy to clean! Haven't had to do any long soaking once yet. ...more info
  • I never use anything but this pan now!
    At first I thought it was going to be too big for daily use, but it's fine. It's actually nice to be able to have all the food spread around for even heat distribution. It's very easy to clean--all I do is run it under hot water and wipe with a paper towel.

    This is definitely a 5-star pan. Except for 1 comment, the other bad ones are all about shipping and not having Teflon. Trust me, do not use Teflon pans! The coating will slowly absorb into your food. When they test them for safety, they make sure to do it at very low heat and with no oil--certainly not how an average consumer would probably use it. You're way better off putting a little olive oil in a pan like this....more info