Post # 1
My mom is going to be buying me my cookware set, and I’m having a hard time picking out something.
What size should I get? (10 pc, 13 pc….)
What pieces do you use the most? (on an average week)
I have 4 that I’m choosing between & it’s so hard!
Sets: 1, 2, 3, 4
Post # 3
I have a Farbarware Millenium (looooove it) cookware set, I think it is 10 pieces, but I also have added to it with other pans that I use regularly (grill pan, cast iron skillet). I think it’s best to get a smaller starter set with the essentials – covered sauce pan, covered stock pot, two sizes of frying pans (one covered), and build on it from there with pieces not part of the set. You won’t know what you use the most until you actually start using it!
Post # 4
Stay away from set #2. Nonstick cookware is made with a layer of toxic material under the surface, and as soon as you scratch it once, the pan will emit toxic fumes every time you heat it up. Under normal use, nonstick cookware is usually unsafe after about two years. Go for a few large pieces rather than several small pieces.
My favorite pieces are:
– My frying pan (for stir fry, scrambled eggs, pancakes, etc)
– My large saucepan with a lid that doubles as a strainer (for noodles and mashed potatoes)
– My huge stock pot (for stews and soups)
Post # 5
I agree with jenbrandner.
I registered for all-clad, but only a few pieces, specfically a fry pan, a grill pan, a saute pan, and a roaster.
For the other stuff (like a stock pot or dutch ovens or sauce pans) I have a set and I don’t use those as much, nor do I really need nice ones. I don’t need a $100 pot just to boil water!
I DID register for a Le Creuset dutch oven though. Those things are amazing.
Post # 6
i <3 Le Creuset but it’s expensive. I’d never buy it for myself but I figured why not in terms of the registry. I don’t expect to get everything on there anyway.
I second the advice not to get non-stick. I had Calphalon for a while and it craps out pretty fast. Not so much the pots but the frying pans/saute pans get destroyed and you end up having to replace it which costs more than just getting a good quality one to begin with.
Post # 7
Ahhh… I was going to reccommend Earth Chef cookware, but I don’t know that you can get it in the states. I’ll link it anyways in case you can find some, or for the canuck bees who may be wondering the same thing 🙂 http://www.earthchef.ca/aboutEarthChef.html
Post # 8
So I would be better with stainless steel?
Post # 9
Yes yes yes, go with stainless steel! Stay away from non-stick. Cuisinart makes a relatively inexpensive set if you’re going the budget route.
Post # 11
I think I would use set #1 the most