A classic enamel coated steel saucepan with a built-in removable strainer? Yes, please. We like to think that this sturdy, timeless, workhorse was just the kind of thing Steinbeck cooked with on the road in Rocinante. Whether this is the wanderlust pot of your dreams or your home-kitchen go-to, it's just the right size for rice, risotto, or chickpea chana masala. The nesting stainless steel strainer ingeniously lifts out by two inset handles and can be used in pot or out. Brilliant. Suitable for all heat sources, including induction ranges. 5.7 liters, 9 1/2" diameter
Take Care: Enamelware is metal-not ceramic, so don't put it in the microwave!-made from steel fused with melted glass and fired at exceptionally high temperatures to achieve its signature glossy-hard finish. This process makes it easy to clean, rust-averse, safe to use in the oven, dishwasher, or freezer, and long lasting. There's a reason your grandmother still has hers. While it can withstand extreme temperatures and a host of other abuses (looking at you: camping with children) enamel's kryptonite is its vitreous coating. Don't bang it with a spoon or drop it like it's hot (even if it's hot!) or it can chip.