Brand & Type: Kirkland Costco Stainless Steel Tri-Ply 3 quart Sauce Pot with lid & steamer insert
Price: low, sold in a set
Description: 3 quart tri-ply stainless steel sauce pot with lid
Pros: widebase, high sides, stainless steel clad design, stainless steel lid, 3 quart size, steamer insert
Conclusion: This 3 quart sauce pot is from the Kirkland Costco 13 piece tri-ply stainless steel cookware set.
There is not much to criticize about this pot. It is certainly worth the $140 All Clad is asking for their 2 quart. Not everyone needs this size but it is perfect for making mashed potatoes, rice (you could easily make 2 1/2 cups in it) or any complete meal for 2 - 3 people.
We tried the steamer insert for broccoli and it worked fine. I do not think it is a big reason to buy the pot or the set but it is very well made and fits tight.
When we make candy we have always looked to the All Clad 2 quart pot. I think we now have a replacement that is a fraction of the cost, and it is larger.
Candy making is a good test to perform on a pot. The high heat and long cooking time will make or break a junk pot. You can easily burn sugar, and if the pot is not heating even enough or is too thin then you will have a mess to clean.
We tried making a double batch of salted caramels and sour cream fudge. The 3 quart size is great for larger amounts of candy. The wide bottom, high sides and no lip is perfect for attaching a thermometer and evenly cooking sugars at high temperatures.
The thing we watched out for is heat control. If you take your time and don't put the heat up too high your candy will come out perfect. In the end the candy came out great and the cleanup was simple.