(Closed) Cookware! What did you register for and why?! Or what do you cook with now?

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Blushing bee

We registered for a stainless steel cookware set because we figure they will last longer. After the wedding we will probably buy more individual pots and pans in other brands and designs (nonstick, etc.) I believe our 10 piece set was $200 normal price, but went on sale for less (plus it was being discontinued, but luckily it was one of the first items bought)

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

We cook with All-Clad d5 stainless steel. It’s amazing and made in America. We have a few pieces of Le Creuset as well, which we also love. My mom has the Emerilware by All-Clad stainless steel and it’s really quite good and much more affordable (but made in China, I think, but def. not America).

I used to have a really nice set of Calphalon nonstick, but no matter how expensive the cookware is, the coating will be compromised within a few years, maybe 10 at the absolute most if you rarely use it and treat is perfectly. I follow Alton Brown’s advice on this one: if you must use nonstick, by the cheap stuff (think: T-Fal and Walmart or similar) and replace often. When you spend a lot of money on nonstick, you are paying for a piece that could alst a lifetime if it weren’t nonstick, but won’t… because it’s nonstick (unless you like toxic chemicals in your food).

ETA: we did not buy a set. We registered for individual pieces. If you want good stuff, that’s the ebst way to go. It was rather unlikely that anyone would buy us a $1200 set, but we had plenty of people buy us individual pieces between $80 and $400.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

We registered for a large martha stweard dutch oven and the small le cruset (2 qt.) one.

Also we registered for enamaled cookware becuase the non stick stuff just doesn’t hold up like it should and we want to use it for as long as possible

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We got the caphalon 13 piece set.  It’s held up well (its only been a year).   But I dont cook much, so I really only use 2 or 3 of the pots the most.  2 of them I’ve used maybe once.  Registering for individual pieces add up to so much more though, so I figured better to be prepared and have it laying around than to pay so much more to piece together everything when I need it.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

It was Emeril because there wasn’t a great selection when we registered. I have not received it yet so I can’t claim as to how it will/ is holding up.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@globalmargaret:  Just a warning, my brother and I both got Martha Stewart dutch ovens from Macys for Christmas from my dad. The enamel on mine lasted about a year and my brothers less than 6 months. I am very careful with my cookware.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have Fabarware stainless steel cookware and I love it to death. It have been used on a daily basis for over 10 years and it’s still looking good (with proper care). I expect it to last at least another 10 years.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We had cooked on FIL’s Sur la Table Anodized non-stick Chef’s pan, and loved, it, so we registered for the Chef’s pan, the grill pan, and the saucepan with straining lid. 

We ended up also buying the griddle, because an older frying pan finally bit it. 

We already had one smaller frying pan for little stuff and one other saucepan, and that’s all we need. We love our new stuff – cooks very evenly and is super easy to clean.

I think it’s best to think about what you really use and register for just those pieces. The huge sets can leave you with a bunch of things that just take up space

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We registered for (and someone purchased it for us!!!–but we have not received it yet) a 13-piece stainless steel Calphalon tri-ply set.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We recieved the 10-peice stainless steel calphalon set that we registered for as an early wedding present.  I am very happy with it.  (well, we were just using cheapy mismatched pans before this…)  The one little annoyance is that with the stainless steel I need to be more careful that I put olive oil in the pan and wait until it’s warm enough (no non-stick coating).  THe good thing is that we can use metal spoons and serveware in them (non of that balck stuff to worry about scratching), and they will probably last longer than the ones with the non-stick coating on them (the coating breaks up over time…).  I’ve had a few kitchen aid skillet pans with the non-stick spray on them and the non-stick stuff has always broken up over use and time.  

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We splurged on the All-clad copper core and it is AMAZING. I’m a serious home chef and the even heating is just amazing. It’s made in the USA and I expect it will last a lifetime. We previously had high end nonstick Calphalon and the Copper core runs circles around it. I never have to turn my burner past 5 to get good heating so it also uses a lot less energy.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

OP, a great resource for helping you choose what you need and what to invest in and what to buy cheap is Alton Brown’s Gear for Your Kitchen. You are absolutely right that there is so much out there to choose from and a little guidance can help you filter out the noise.

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Our primary pots & pans are Lagostina 18/10 Stainless Steel (ss).   We also have a large collection of skillets / frypans for various duties… they range from the smallest individual egg t-fal ones, up thru a copper bottomed ss saute pan, and several non-stick larger frypans that are ideal for browing meats, etc.  Lol, Mr TTR loves frypans, we currently have our eye on a very flat griddle for pancakes & crepes, and a cast iron one for specialty items.

Additional pieces include the cutest tiny copper sauce pan (good for making clarified butter), a huge Italian Pasta Pot with built in strainer, a KitchenAid Dutch Oven, and a KitchenAid Roaster, and some Stovetop / Microwave / Oven pieces by corning in French White (including a beloved Lasagna Pan).

Other miscellaneous pieces I’m hoping to add after our Kitchen Reno is complete (more drawer & cupboard space) will be an Asparagus Steamer, a true Double Boiler, and “something” from the Creuset and Emile Henry lines (these last two lines I’ve coveted for decades)

Truly Cookware is Mr TTR’s domain, my interests by far more lie in the Dining Room… I freakin LOVE all the items that go into setting a nice table… Everyday Dishes, Good China, Glassware, Chrystal, Linens (Placemats, Runners, Tablecloths, Napkins), Candles, Serving Pieces, Flatware & Silver etc.  I could buy a different set for every meal every day if money was no object !!

Lol, just like I don’t get the need for 10 or so different frypans, Hubby-2-B can’t get his head around all the dishes etc… but he lets me “play” because he knows it makes me happy, and he loves it when we have folks over and everything looks so lovely in addition to it all tasting fantastic.

 

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