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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-26-2010, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for a new a new cookware set:

I found one on amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

The GF says it is too much, we are going to cook 6 times a week to save on money.

Anyone have opinions of which sets are better than others?
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I'd go with non-stick.
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Not bad - but it may behoove you to drive up to Kenosha's Outlet Malls. There's a Calphon outlet store up there and you can build your own set. It's super solid stuff that you'll keep using for years, at a very good price.
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I have a kitchen aid set and love love love it. I would also check home goods, tuesday mornings, marshalls, tj maxx, etc. You can get some great stuff there cheap. I got my kitchen aid set there, discontinued color for 75% off. That was 5 years ago and I use it almost daily.

My sister bought the Emrill (sp?) stuff and loves it. Very well made, got it at home goods, worth every penny.

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That's not too much.
Stay with the stainless and if you need non-stick for something, get single pieces.
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+1 on only getting 1-2 nonstick pieces. For the rest get high quality stainless.

The cuisinart is a nice set, and that's a good price on amazon. All-clad makes fantastic cookware but it's more pricey. Tuesday Morning has great deals on cookware-- they will sell all-clad and le creuset, which a lot of the other discounters don't.
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We got our basic calphalon set at bb&b with a 20% off coupon, plus a $50 calphalon gift card (they are running a promotion). It's not stainless, but they do have several sets at different price points, including stainless. My pots do the trick, only complaint is since we didn't get the really expensive set you have to hand wash. Also, make sure you have non-metal utensils.

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One thing I believe all good kitchens should have, is one solid cast iron skillet. Get one - they're not too expensive. Take care of it well, keep it seasoned properly, and it'll be in your kitchen for DECADES to come.
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Looking for a new a new cookware set:

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One thing I believe all good kitchens should have, is one solid cast iron skillet. Get one - they're not too expensive. Take care of it well, keep it seasoned properly, and it'll be in your kitchen for DECADES to come.
Good advice and learn how to use it. I've been using mine on the weber for meats. You sear them and then let them finish in the pan on kosher salt.

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Not bad - but it may behoove you to drive up to Kenosha's Outlet Malls. There's a Calphon outlet store up there and you can build your own set. It's super solid stuff that you'll keep using for years, at a very good price.
Is this on the east side at the outdoor outlets or the west at the indoor.

Also in the market and interested in what others have to say. The stainless are nice, but not the best for none stick or discoloring. The better infused pans are great but now come with a added coating to help with none stick and this coating is under fire for possible toxic levels like the old teflon coatings are/were questioned.

Have only heard good things about the calphon brand.
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Is this on the east side at the outdoor outlets or the west at the indoor.

Also in the market and interested in what others have to say. The stainless are nice, but not the best for none stick or discoloring. The better infused pans are great but now come with a added coating to help with none stick and this coating is under fire for possible toxic levels like the old teflon coatings are/were questioned.

Have only heard good things about the calphon brand.
http://www.primeoutlets.com/location...Calphalon.aspx

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What I've learned over the years is to have a nice mix of different types of pots and pans, for different tasks.

Oh yes, and one thing I wish I knew years before... get things with metal handles, since you can toss those into the oven to finish things.
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I have a hook up for this stuff if you are interested. I don't think you can find anything much better than this.

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How "culinary" are you?

The reason I ask is because if you get into some of the more advanced recipes with glazes, cream sauces delicate sautees, etc. Its hard to do them correctly with plain stainless steel pots and pans.

Cast iron is always the way to go to hold consistent temperature, but we settled on stainless with a copper insert. May be worth considering. The stainless only cookware dissapates heat rapidly, and heats unevenly.

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The stainless only cookware dissapates heat rapidly, and heats unevenly.
The Kitchen Craft that I posted a link to has a design that solves this problem.

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Advanced engineering and skilled craftsmanship is combined to bring you our quality cookware...designed for lasting beauty and durability. Kitchen Craft® cookware is created by a unique merging of five layers of metal through an exclusive patented process. Heat spreads smoothly and quickly -without hot spots - and spreads evenly across the bottom of each pan. A core of gentle heating carbon steel between two layers of stainless steel carries the heat up the sidewalls. Foods cook naturally in a complete circle of heat.

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The Liquid Core® Electric Skillet allows for added convenience while supporting your healthy lifestyle. The electric skillet is crafted with an exclusive liquid core construction and stainless steel to resist pitting, cracking and chipping. The base is designed for safe counter to table portability and is submersible in the sink or dishwasher for easy cleaning.

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Williams-sonoma has free cooking classes and demonstrations. Go sign up for one and you can try out the different brands and see what you like.
Frankly I think their set pricing is really good, if you wait for a sale, but you could also just see what kind you like and then shop around on the interweb.

I have a farberware saucepan that was a wedding gift to my parents. I still use it, nearly every day. If you get good stuff you'll keep it for life.

That said, if your idea of cooking is hamburger helper, go get whatever. If you're going to make sauces and custards and go stovetop-to-oven for roasts...well, get the best quality you can afford.

You really don't need a set. One saucepan, one straight-sided skillet, one nonstick skillet, and one enameled cast iron dutch oven are fine. Perhaps a roasting pan if you plan to be the cook during the holidays.
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I have a 12 piece set like this....

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/prod...103334&RN=399&

Mine included a steamer for the stockpot and a double boiler for the small sauce pan. Ive been using it for about 8 years and its in great shape. Not a bad deal with a 20% off coupon.
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Williams-sonoma has free cooking classes and demonstrations. Go sign up for one and you can try out the different brands and see what you like.
Frankly I think their set pricing is really good, if you wait for a sale, but you could also just see what kind you like and then shop around on the interweb.

I have a farberware saucepan that was a wedding gift to my parents. I still use it, nearly every day. If you get good stuff you'll keep it for life.

That said, if your idea of cooking is hamburger helper, go get whatever. If you're going to make sauces and custards and go stovetop-to-oven for roasts...well, get the best quality you can afford.

You really don't need a set. One saucepan, one straight-sided skillet, one nonstick skillet, and one enameled cast iron dutch oven are fine. Perhaps a roasting pan if you plan to be the cook during the holidays.
My mother has farberware stuff. Probablly 60 yrs olds and used daily. That said, the farberware stuff that I looked at recently was all china-made shit.

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My mother has farberware stuff. Probablly 60 yrs olds and used daily. That said, the farberware stuff that I looked at recently was all china-made shit.
I would agree on that. My farberware saucepan, no shit, looks brand-new. Not a char mark, a pit, loose handle, or anything. It is 40 years old. In other news, I have an Oster blender that is also 40 years old and still works PERFECTLY.

I registered for several All-clad pieces at WS, plus one nonstick for omelettes, one enameled cast iron (giving Staub a try, over Creuset), and one copper piece (a double boiler, for looks, really, since it will be used primarily at the holidays). I also registered for some bamboo utensils, silicone coated tongs, and a few silicone spatulas.

I have a few nice pieces at home but I've been "making do" for a long time, so I made my registry choices very carefully. I guess after I start putting this stuff to good use I should write some reviews for the clsb kitchen.
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You really don't need a set. One saucepan, one straight-sided skillet, one nonstick skillet, and one enameled cast iron dutch oven are fine. Perhaps a roasting pan if you plan to be the cook during the holidays.
This. For sure. Spend your money on a few good pieces you know you'll use. I love and use my enameled cast iron dutch oven and braiser for pretty much everything. I do need to get a cast iron skillet as well, but make do.

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