Pots and Pans?

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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901 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I love my stainless steel calphalon set. It heats up amazingly fast, water boils in a matter of minutes. The only downfall is it takes a little time to get used to using oil or butter in the pans, so food doesnt stick. Once youve got that down, theres only positives. I love them!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@blueEyes90:  We got GreenPan! They look really great and they’re non stick and they don’t emit any chemicals when it gets too hot. Which is cool, but wasn’t something I really was out looking for, just an added perk I guess lol. They can also be thrown into the oven, which I really like!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@blueEyes90:  A anolon set, nonstick. Its a good brand that comes in a bronze color. I have celiacs and really do need my own set of pots and pans. We registered for a bronze colored set + bronze colored bakeware, so we can tell the difference between “his” set (which we already have and use gluten in) and “my” set (which will never be used to cook anything with gluten). 

We have a beautiful stainless steel with copper bottom set from Costco, but it isnt non-stick and its a pain to clean. We really wanted the new set to be non-stick, even though I think the copper bottom sets are much prettier (but very very hard to keep the copper pretty and shiny).

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/anolon-advanced-bronze-11-piece-cookware-set/1018758083?device=c&network=g&matchtype=&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_cookware_&gclid=CJrY6sLRjrwCFag7Ogod0zQA8g

This s what we registered for.

Post # 6
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641 posts
Busy bee

The water out here is hard and sadly, over time it’s left my Calphalons looking a mess. They’re great for cooking in, but they are ugly ugly ugly and I wouldn’t repurchase. 

If you A) have soft water and will never drip or spill of B) Don’t mind your cookware looking like rubbish, Calphalons are great. But once my man can be trusted to not roast my pots to death, I’ll be trading them in for something like All Clad, where elbow grease can always bring them back to shiny and fresh.

Post # 7
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1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

@blueEyes90:  I LOVE the stainless steel Cuisinart set.  It comes in sets of various sizes. 

I like using mostly stainless steel, and having 1 or 2 nonstick pans as well.  That way I can use the nonstick ones for food like eggs, but use the stainless steel ones for most things.  

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@blueEyes90:  First, think shapes and sizes.  Think about when you’re cooking, and complete this sentence: I’m always saying I need a…

Now do that several times over. :). Only go for sets if you actually want all the things in them, or at least most.  You’re better to register for open stock, and that’s how I buy mine, anyway.  We are building our set one really good pot at a time, instead of getting a whole sidiot mediocre ones.  Sure I want a sautée pan, but I’ll hold off until I can get the one I want.

A cast iron skillet should be on your list,  still on mine.  Le creuset is amazing stuff; a big casserole, their massive dutch oven, and a skillet are definitely well worth having.  I have to stock lot and I can make so. Much. Stew.  Or sauce. Then I put it in meal sized packs, and freeze it.   I can feed myself for a whole winter on two afternoons cokoking

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We have one big All Clad stainless skillet that we love and will be registering for more of the same set.  We also just bought a set of 2 Calphalon non-stick skillets that are great so far, but we’ve only had them for a week so I can’t attest to their durability.  We had to replace our old non-stick pans because they were starting to get scratched up (bad, because then you’re eating the non-stick coating).  So just make sure to only use plastic utensils in them and replace as needed. Hopefully with care our new ones will last awhile.

@readbakesmile:  Wish I had known about the GreenPans when we were shopping…they sound great!

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My parents bought us a set of copper Mauviel pans and I loooooove them. They are pretty pricey though!

 

Post # 12
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900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We got a 10 piece All Clad set for Christmas from the FMIL.

We haven’t used it.  We love cooking with CAST IRON!  The pots and pans are so cheap and they cook like a dream.  I don’t know what we’re going to do with our all clad???

Post # 13
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429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We are for sure registering for stainless steel pots and pans set since it is healthier. We will put a couple of panswith non-stick, but not a whole set.

I am going to start reading reviews to pick which stainless set we want though.

Post # 14
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1084 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Duncan:  +1 on the Le Creuset cast iron and dutch oven. I have both and I use them all the time. They are a little pricier but the quality is excellent, the company has great warranties and customer service, and the pieces will last forever.

For pots and pans, we have the cooks hard anodized set. They are amazing. Super easy to clean and you don’t have to use loads of butter for everything.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We have a large cast-iron (enameled Le Creuset) skillet that gets a lot of use.  The LC Dutch oven also gets a LOT of use.  The LC stoneware covered casserole gets a good amount of use as well, but less regularly (great for oven-to-table, so we use it more on big occasions or fancy brunches.  Strata, lasagna, stuffing, anything you’d bake and serve).

We registered for and received 2-qt, 3-qt, and 4-qt All Clad d5 saucepans and I just love the heck out of them.  They are easy to clean, easy to use, and gorgeous.  If they get a little strange-looking, bartender’s friend shines them right back up.  Love love love!

We also have 10″ and 14″ inexpensive nonstick skillets that are used very regularly.  The 10″ I picked up on sale at Macy’s and I think is a Belgique brand (?).  The 14″ is a Calphalon which we love, which I picked up for 14.99 at TJ Maxx.  Nonstick won’t last forever, so I don’t like to spend the money on it.  Le Creuset is worth every penny!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@AllyCRN:  I second the Cuisinart stainless pots & pans.  I bought them for my FI last Christmas (2012).  We (well he) uses them everyday and they still look brand new. Heavy, well built, disperses heat extremely well. Nothing sticks-easy clean up.

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