(Closed) What is the best cookware?

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 2
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Busy bee

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gael:  I like high quality stainless.  You can’t get a good frond or as good of a sear with non stick.  I know some non stick are oven safe at lower temperatures but I feel better about putting stainless is the oven, as well as being able to use at high oven temps.  A good stainless pot/pan will last you a lifetime.  Non stick, even high quality, might eventually need replacing from scratching/scorching.  

I have a stainless set, plus one non stick fry pan (handy for eggs) and one piece of cast iron.

I don’t see the need for a whole set of non stick, just one fry pan is handy, I don’t get the rest.  But that’s me.  Maybe someone else will chime in on the virtues of non stick.

My stainless clean up very easy.  No problems with stuck on food. Once in a while I need to give it a quick scrub with brillo but it’s not a big deal.

Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

I LOVE All-Clad. I’ve had and have both regular and stainless Calphalon and stainless Cuisnart and they just don’t react the same way on a gas stove or over time. 

A nonstick fry pan is a great thing to have, otherwise stick with stainless. Most nonstick isn’t recommended beyond medium heat. A well-made, pre-heated stainless pan will clean up easily.

I agree w/ PP re: some cast iron pieces as well. A Le Creuset or Staub dutch oven is a great investment as well. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I got the exact same 11 piece set from Calphalon — the first runner-up on that list you posted. LOVE them!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Non-stick just does not hold up as well, and the justy is out to how safe it is. I would go with stainless all the way. I got rid of a stainless farberware set when I oved in with DH and have been regretting it ever since, his non stick Calphalon is just not as good and some of the non-stick has started coming off, since we have not been as careful as we should have and used metal spoons when cooking in them. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I actually really like our Green Pan cookware. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Waldorf Astoria, Orlando

I have two sets of pots and pans I love them both for different reasons. The first set FH and I bought (one piece at a time, in college) was vintage 1950’s-1960’s Revereware copper bottom pots and pans. We adore them! I still use them occasionally. You can usually find them on eBay. I highly recommend them.

 

When we decided to upgrade over Christmas we both agreed on Mauviel’s copper set from William Sonoma. I SO LOVE THESE POTS AND PANS! They’re gorgeus and cook everything so perfectly!!! ( http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/mauviel-copper-12-piece-cookware-set-2015/?pkey=ccookware-sets&&ccookware-sets)

I keep adding individual pieces to my collection as I go. It’s very expensive but I think these are heirloom pieces for sure! Just like the revereware!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Waldorf Astoria, Orlando

 

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SLOBee:  I was given a 8″ Green Pan as a “White Elephant” gift for Christmas a few years ago and I keep it around for making grilled cheese! I don’t know why but it’s the perfect pan for that, or eggs. I love it!

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Sugar bee

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marynicole:  Same here! Here is a tip in case you want it – they say not to use cooking spray or EVOO on it. I do. Eventually, you will get a brown film on the pan that is hard to wash off. It comes off easily using a Magic Eraser and the Magic Eraser does not damage the pan. It is good as new!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Waldorf Astoria, Orlando

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SLOBee:  I’ve only honestly used irish butter in the pan! Just enough to cook an egg or to butter the grilled cheese’s bread. I honestly don’t make either very often! Thank you for the tip! I’ve used Magic Erasers to rebeautify my copper bottom pans and it really works like magic!

Post # 11
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Honey bee

 

I’m using Mom & Dad’s Revere Ware stainless set; almost sixty years old and going strong!

If I ever have to buy new, though, I’m getting collapsible cookware from the camping store. Those things really know how to tempt a girl.

 

 

Post # 12
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Honey bee

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marynicole:  

Mine aren’t copper bottom but they’re still fabulous.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Waldorf Astoria, Orlando

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NFLwidow:  Revereware is the best! They just don’t make things like they used to! Even un-loved sets clean up into beautiful splendor! I will hand the revereware set down to my children for sure!

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Buzzing Beekeeper

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gael:  nonstick isn’t long lasting and isn’t as versitile so I like my stainless and cast iron pans. As long as you lube up the pan and are patient when searing meat (if it sticks just wait – it will free up when it finishes searing) you’ll be fine. 

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Honey bee

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marynicole:  

Yup. I’m next-gen on these for sure. Ironically, Dad only remembers that they were obtained with wedding money. He doesn’t know if Mom bought them second hand. So, they could’ve been pre-loved. 😉

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