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Cuisinart 766-26 Chef's Classic 12-Quart Stockpot with Cover

4.6 out of 5 stars 394 customer reviews
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  • Stainless-steel exteriors surround an aluminum core, delivering even heat distribution
  • Pot's tapered edges provide drip-free pouring
  • Stainless-steel handles stay cool on the stovetop
  • Oven-safe to 550 degrees F
  • Lifetime warranty against defects

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Size: 12 quarts

Product Description

Chefs Classic Stainless Cookware
6-quart stockpot

Bringing the Good Life Home

Inspired by the great French kitchens, Cuisinart began making professional cookware over 30 years ago. Constructed of the finest materials available, to perfectly perform all of the classic cooking techniques. Designed to last a lifetime, Cuisinart cookware makes family meals memorable and entertaining a pleasure. Savor the good life right at home, with family and friends. Cuisinart makes it absolutely delicious.

Cuisinart Chef's Classic Stainless is an investment that will prove its worth every time you use it. Exclusively designed aluminum encapsulated base provides superior heat conductivity and even heat distribution to meet the demands of gourmet chefs everywhere. When properly cared for, your Cuisinart Chef's Classic Stainless Cookware will give countless years of service and pleasure. Follow the use and care suggestions in this leaflet to preserve and maintain the cookware's original beauty.

Chefs Classic Stainless Cookware
12-quart stockpot

Whether you're a serious gourmet, a regular entertainer, or cooking for the family, round out a cookware assortment with any or all of Cuisinart's various-sized stockpots. The 6-quart model is perfect for everyday family cooking and the 12-quart is excellent for preparing recipes for a crowd.

Product Features

Chefs Classic Stainless Cookware

Unsurpassed Heat Distribution
Pure aluminum encapsulated base heats quickly and spreads heat evenly. Eliminates hot spots.

The Coolest Touch in Home Cooking
Cast stainless steel Cool Grip stick handles are contoured for a secure grip and designed to stay cool on the stovetop.

Chefs Classic Stainless Cookware

Superior Cooking Surface
Stainless steel cooking surface does not discolor, react with food, or alter flavors.

Perfect Balance
Riveted stainless steel handles, including side grips and helper handles, are professionally riveted to ensure a lifetime of perfect balance.

Flavor Lock Lid
Tight-fitting stainless steel lids fit tight to lock in flavor, texture and nutrients. Wide, easy grip handles.

Chefs Classic Stainless Cookware

Drip-Free Pouring
Rims of cookware are tapered to make pouring clean and easy.

Versatile Performance
Oven safe to 500°F. Cook on stovetop, in oven, or under broiler. Freezer safe for easy food storage.

Dishwasher Safe
Brilliant stainless steel comes out of the dishwasher looking like new.


Simmer that perfect lamb curry or boil up a party-size platter of pasta in this classic 12-quart Cuisinart stockpot. Made of professional quality 18/10 stainless steel that won't react with acidic foods, the pot features solid cast stainless-steel handles, a tight-fitting lid with drip-free rim, and a mirror finish that retains its brightness through dishwasher, freezer, broiler, and oven use up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit. The tapered rim of the pot allows easy pouring. For superior, even heating, an aluminum disk is encapsulated between two layers of stainless steel in the base. The stockpot measures 9 inches high and 11 inches in diameter; 14-1/2 inches including handles. Cuisinart covers the pot with a limited lifetime warranty.--Ann Bieri

Product Information

Size:12 quarts
Product Dimensions 13.8 x 11.4 x 9.6 inches
Item Weight 8 pounds
Shipping Weight 5.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Cuisinart
Item model number 766-26
Customer Reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars 394 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #14,574 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#28 in Kitchen & Dining > Cookware > Steamers, Stock & Pasta Pots > Stockpots
Date first available at Amazon.com February 1, 2003

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Size: 12 quarts
I recently purchased this 12qt stockpot with a pasta insert and cover, and I couldn't be more pleased. The pot is beautifully made, with very confortable handles (another reviewer noted the finger grips -- a nice touch) and the lid fits perfectly.
I used it for the first time to cook 2 chickens and make stock. Both chickens fit easily in the pot, yet allowed enough space for adequate water. It was very easy to bring the pot to a boil and then reduce to a very slow simmer, just a bubble or two breaking the surface. I used the simmer burner on my gas stove, and for the first time was able to maintain a simmer with the lid tightly on. With my old stockpot (large enough for only one chicken) even with the simmer burner at the lowest setting I could not maintain a simmer with the lid tightly on the pot.
The pasta insert made it a breeze to remove the chickens when they were cooked, and reduce the stock while I picked the meat off the bones and returned the bones to the pot in the insert to cook longer, more fully flavoring the broth. Removing the insert removed the bones and other parts, making straining the stock a simple one-step process. This same process with the pasta insert will make blanching vegetables from the garden MUCH easier and faster, and I'm looking forward to freezing the veggies from next summer's garden.
The pot is weighty and solid, yet With a full pot of water I can still lift and carry it, which I could never manage with an All-Clad 12qt stockpot.
I like this pot so much I just today ordered the Chef's Classic 7 piece set with bonus 2 1/2 qt sautee pan. I can hardly wait to have a lobster feed and sacrifice some of Maine's finest lobsters in this pot, served with sides cooked up in pots from my new set. I highly reccomend this stockpot and this cookware line.
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Size: 12 quarts Verified Purchase
I inherited my mother's old white enamel pot, first used by my grandmother and then by my mother, for many a family meal of meatballs, bragiole, sausage, pork and more, all stewed in her fabulous spaghetti sauce (or as we I-talians call it, "gravy.")

The pot and I grew up together, and I'd like to think I've survived a little better than the pot! It's dinged and dented, but worse, the bottom of the enamel has started to wear. It was time to get a new pot.

I've been a big fan of all Cuisinart products, and I absolutely adore their cookware. Nothing is better for the price (esp. if you shop, as I did, on Amazon.) I measured this pot, and the dimensions were close to the revered family sauce pot, so I took the plunge.

Well, this baby is great. We make huge amounts of meatballs, etc. (all plunked in the sauce pot),and this vessel takes all the meatballs, all the bragiole, and the rest without overflow. The heat is even and thorough - no hot spots, so no burned gravy in the bottom of the pot. Cleans like a dream, and looks great in my newly remodeled kitchen.

I'd highly recommend it, esp. at this price - you'd only get a better deal if Cuisiniart paid you to take it!

Meanwhile, in our home, the sainted porcelain pot has been retired and put away lovingly in honor of the family matriarchs. But at least with this Cuisinart gem, my recipes are Old World, but my cookware is 21st century!
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Size: 12 quarts Verified Purchase
As the others have said, this is a well made and attractive piece of cookware. The aluminum disc in the bottom provides for very even heat distribution. The heavy stainless steel construction helps to retain heat in the pot rather than sending it out into the room. I was able to maintain a low simmer for over six hours with my electric stove near its lowest possible setting. I'm very pleased with the performance of this pot.
If you happen to get a defective one like one of the other reviewers, you should be able to return it to any reputable store that sells this item, even if you don't have a receipt. The pamphlet that came with it specifically mentioned that you could do this in California and I can't help but think the big chains that carry Cuisinart would do the same thing no matter where you are.
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Size: 8 quarts
This review is very similar to one I wrote for another item in the Classic line, because the flaws I mention are endemic to the design of this particular series.

These pots come with a cover that seals if desired (using steam to form the seal). That's a plus, for further cooking process while the burner is off.

Another plus is that it heats evenly, and stays very warm even after sitting away from the burner for a while. (Five stars for this feature.)

The quality of the material is great and the pot is easy to clean in that it is made of stainless steel.

I do definitely like the weight of these Cuisinart pots; regardless of which line they're from. The Classic line is a bit heavier than the Everyday line. The Classic has a thicker bottom. (Another five star feature.)

But, it does have its flaws. The negatives have to do with the rivets, which are large to the point of absurdity. The rivets on a one and a half-quart saucepan, are the same size as those on this eight-quart stockpot. I was raised with riveted pots, and the rivets were never an intrusion back then. They were flatter and smaller, and they held just fine.

A very large, sturdy rivet makes sense with cookware that is designed to hold extreme weight. This pot simply isn't that big.

The rivets on the cover make it more difficult to clean because they stick up. The way they're attached on the outside of the cover is sloppy, and unnecessarily bulky. The outer fasteners holding the cover's rivets, catch on sponges and cloths, and irritate me no end.

In the case of this pot, one of the rivets leaks. Not only is it annoying, but it raises questions in my mind regarding sanitation.
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