The original Farberware stockpot with straining lid came with black handles and a roundish, solid black integrated handle that matched the traditional pot tops of other, older Farberware items. This new version has light gray handles and a screwed on, open-style handle instead that really doesn't look like it belongs with my other Farberware which I've had for almost forty years (and it's still going strong!) I actually burned the handles of my old straining stockpot when I got a professional-grade range and wanted to get replacement handles, but I contacted Farberware and was told they were no longer made. That's why I purchased this new version, which is not as attractive. Also, the locking mechanism doesn't operate as smoothly as my old one. It's kind of sticky and you have to force it a bit to move it into the locked position. Unlocking it is hard when it's filled with boiling water so you have to be extremely careful so as not to burn yourself with the contents of the pot sloshing out. Most unfortunately, these handles are actually less heat-resistant than the old ones. Knowing that I shouldn't crank up my high BTU burner under this new pot, I intentionally kept the heat low the first time I boiled pasta water. Yet the underside of one of the handles showed some discoloration and bubbling even so - very disappointing! Also, my original straining stockpot came with TWO locking lids: one with holes for straining and one without, which you could use if you wanted to make soups or stews, etc. The one advantage of this particular straining stockpot is its size. Six quarts is just perfect for two people. The eight quart is just too massive for a smaller family's everyday needs. Farberware should bring back its original-style 6 qt. straining stock pot!
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