(Closed) Cookware recommendations

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’ve registered for All-Clad (the stainless steel set), because people swear by them. Also, if you like cast iron, I’ve heard that Le Creuset is the best in that department. 

Post # 3
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489 posts
Helper bee

I would register for a big stock pot (16 quarts-ish). You won’t need it often, but they’re good to have if you ever want to cook crab legs, lobster, big batches of soup, pasta, etc. Also a cast iron Dutch oven (Le Creuset) is a staple item in my kitchen. I use it for soups, chili, browning roasts, etc. My main set that I own is Analon. It’s non-stick, but also metal-safe and has a lifetime warranty with free exchanges if damaged. I have had these for quite a while and I use the large sauté pan pretty much everyday and I’ve never had issues with scratching.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

Le creuset Dutch oven. I have a round one, and I use it for pretty much everything. It’s super heavy but the surface is easy to clean. 

Scanpan large frying pan with lid. It is non stick, but honestly it’s so easy to clean it’s a time saver. It’s three years old and has no scratches. 

I also go for minimalism in the kitchen as I hate over crowded cabinets!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I second the Le Creuset Dutch oven, we use ours all the time.  

I am also trying to figure out what cookware to get, and we had a credit at Williams Sonoma, and I picked up a nonstick calphalon sauté pan to try it out, and I really love it.  It also has a lifetime warranty, and is dishwasher safe.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We have a Le Creuset stainless steel pan which I love and use for everything-frying on the hob, and you can stick it in the oven too, wide and low with handles on each side, and a metal lid. We also have one of their cast iron casseroles which is great for well, casseroles. I also didn’t get non-stick for things I want forever because they do get scratched up quickly.

We have just got our new plates from Denby, which I went for partly because my parents have had their plates from them for decades! (Though I’m not sure they sell outside of the UK)

Post # 8
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Busy bee

Seconding All-Clad! 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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sunflowers121 :  I LOVE LOVE Calphalon cookware. We have the Simply Calphalon set which I love because the lids are glass, they have spouts on the pots and pans which makes draining things much easier and they surely have held up. Although our set it relatively new, my parents have had their set for over fifteen years and they are still in great shape (but make sure to only use Nylon/Wood utensils while scooping/stirring, etc).

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Honestly sets are the way to go! you may not think you need something but they all have their purpose at some point or another.. especially when it comes to holiday cooking!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Whoops didn’t give recommendations lol! I cook almost daily and love Calphalon, my T-Fal cast iron skillet with grill marks (use at least twice a week), always good to have a few non-stick skillets too in a few sizes (use them every day) they make clean-up a breeze!! As long as you use tongs with rubber tips, you shouldn’t have to worry about scratches. I’ve had my Calphalon ninstick skillet for 3-4 yrs and use it probably 4 days a week and it’s a champ!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

I have a basic Calphalon set (stock pot, small frying pan, small and large sauce pans). They’ve lasted me a decade now. The only piece that didn’t last was the large non-stick frying pan (though again, this was 10 years ago and non-stick has come a long way since). I just traded that in for a regular Calphalon frying pan. I think a small set is nice to have a base of at least a few different sized pots/pans. The only piece that I rarely use is the small frying pan, it’s really only for frying a single egg or something like that. 

I have an orgreenic frying pan, which I think works great and is much better than the older Teflon ones. No issues with scratches or things still sticking.

I also have a very large saucepan. This one is non-stick and much newer and I haven’t had any issues with the non-stick on that one. It’s Emeril brand. I like it because my normal frying pans are too small for some things. This pan is also great if you are tossing pasta or something into what you have been cooking, no overflow. 

I have a Cuisinart Wok. Useful for stir flying and asian recipes, but not really necessary.

I also recommend an enameled cast iron dutch oven. Le Creuset obviously is a good brand, but very expensive. I have one that I use all the time that has held up for close to 10 years, not sure of the brand though. 

My favorite pan is my Lodge cast iron skillet. I love the old fashioned feel of cooking with cast iron and they’re basically indestructible. 

As PP mentioned, it’s also good to have a very large stock pot on hand. That is something that I wish I had. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We have an All Clad set (stainless) and a set from Pampered Chef (non stick). We also registered for a cast iron pan and griddle.

As far as what sizes you may need, think about what you cook often. For me, I reach for my 12″ pan (with taller sides). We use both the stainless and nonstick several days a week. You want a giant stock pot for huge batches of soup, but we also use a 4qt one for boiling water for pasta and whatever else. and then you need some sort of fry pan or two: eggs, bacon, etc.

If you register for nonstick, make sure you also add nylon utentsils so you won’t scratch up your beautiful new cookware!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

The one thing that I use most from our registry is the Dutch oven. We got a six quart round Martha Stewart one from Macy’s. I honestly disliked cooking before we got the Dutch oven, but now I love cooking with it! You can use it on top of the stove or in the oven, it’s very versatile. The six quart size even fits a small chicken (like four pounds). I know Le Creuset is hugely popular, but I love ours from Macy’s and I think I may actually prefer the handle on mine to the knob on a Le Creuset. 

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