Here's a short description of the tall problem:
|Almost all of the stock pots on the market are too tall for those of us who have over-the-range microwave ovens. This is inexplicably ridiculous, but true. |
Screengrabbed from Google's shopping widget.
This is the other big problem:
|JKS Restaurant Equipment. Exit Airport Blvd. and you'll find it on the NB feeder a short ways north of the freeway intersection. This is a fun place to check out even if you're not searching for a specific cooking pot solution as I was.|
|JKS has just about every dimension of cookware available for sale on the planet. Here are some of their larger aluminum pots.|
|There's that same stainless 12-quart pot sitting next to a 15-quart nonstick-coated pot. That yellow paper circle on top of the 15-quart is the trace of my existing 8-quart, for size comparison. I like to get a spatial feel for things when I shop.|
|The 15-quart fits very well on the large burner that the Fagor cooktop was specifically designed to optimize despite its small size (standard 30" width).|
- Go to an unconventional commercial outlet store, skipping consumer retail outlets
- Buy a cheaper large pot of dimensions I suspect will work
- Test it out in actual use
- If it proves to work well, scour the internet to find equivalent dimensions in a pot of higher construction quality
- Donate the cheaper test pot to charity.
|Although I doubt that I'll be choosing this particular dimensionally-comparable offering. Four hundred and sixty five dollars?!? Holy crap! I don't think so! That's more than half the cost of the cooktop itself!|
You also have to remember that, in doing this, I'm going where almost no American consumer has gone before. This is part of my overall strategy to develop a family meal management approach that maximizes the use of my time. I'm a working mother - I'm not a June Cleaver character who has all kinds of time on my hands, who can afford to frig around with outdated ideas of how to manage a kitchen.
Having now taken this 12.5-inch, 15-quart Dutch oven home, I'm contemplating whether a 16-inch diameter brazier pan might even work on this cooktop's optimized large burner in spite of the fact that 16 inches is more than half the width of the cooktop itself. Time and additional experimentation will tell.
|They are HUGE. Very cool. Maybe. We'll see.|