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KosmoCramer
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Be all, end all Cookware Thread


Ok, so I've decided to bite the bullet and invest in a good value cookware set. I've seen a few threads on here recently but I thought we could have one central thread to refer people to.

So the first question is non-stick or stainless?

I've pretty much decided i'm going stainless for the even cooking, browning advantages, ability to put in the oven, and most are dishwasher safe if thats something you're into.


The second question seems to be do you buy a set to save money, or buy individual items that fit exactly what you prefer.

I was looking at this set, highly reviewed basically across the board, highest rated on Amazon:

Cuisinart MCP-12 MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set

Its $250. It has an 8 quart stock pot which I think is a good starter size for me, it also has.the aluminum core than extends up the sides of the pots and pans (similar to the All-Clad) as well. One draw back is that it only has 8 and 10 inch pans, rather that 10 and 12. I think that's the only thing I would regret. It looks affordable, high quality for the price point, and high value overall.


I already have cast iron skillet that is 12 inches so I suppose if I need more room I can use that. Since its pretty affordable, I feel like I could compromise on the skillets.

The lids are stainless, is this an advantage over glass, out just personal preference?

All in all it seems like a.great value for a starter set to replace the half non stick/half whatever I have now.

Would I be better off going piece by piece and getting copper core, high end products? I have no problem doing that, I just want to get the absolute best value and ease of use. Im sure down the line when i'm making 6 figures I can upgrade to copper core I just don't feel its a necessity right now.

This is a very popular set so I assume some if you have it, id love to hear from all of you y'all haven't led me in the wrong direction yet.









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CITWTT
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re: Be all, end all Cookware Thread


Never, ever buy non-stick as you will be eating the material of the pot/pan at some point in time. Buy a set with a copper bottom, aluminum core stainless make-up.





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Neauxla
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I wouldn't buy a set as you will have a bunch of pots/pans that you never use taking up valuable space. Also, could buy a few nicer things rather than a bunch of cheap ones for the same price. IMO


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KosmoCramer
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Ok then what are the essential pots and pans?

Stock pot - what size?
Frying pan - what size?
Sauce pot- " ... "


Id say those are three essentials.

What else?






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Make sure everything you buy is induction compatible

Then the next time you feel like biting the bullet on some awesome shite you can buy a sweet induction range

Praise allah
GTFO






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KosmoCramer
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I'm making my mother get a new gorgeous range for holiday dinners. I won't be getting a new range for a while.


Shalom Aleikhem. Mazel Tov.

yGTFO







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alajones
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I would recommend stainless for pots, but non stick for sauce pans.

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buy individual items that fit exactly what you prefer
I would go this route.






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CITWTT
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You can buy a cool range for 78K of your spare change.





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Stock pot - what size?
One small pot with handle and one large pot with handles on either side. 12 quarts should be plentyu for stock, boiling noodles, etc.

quote:

Frying pan - what size?
10 or 12" cast iron skillet. Also, if you are a single guy, nothing beats a square electric griddle. It could be the only thing you use. Perfect for eggs, pancakes, etc.


quote:

Sauce pot-


10" saucier pan with straight edges for sauces and veggies. I would go non stick here.

You could literally have like 4 things and be good.






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KosmoCramer
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I already have a cast iron skillet and cast iron dutch oven. Both relatively new from Lodge.

I want a stainless frying pan and stock pot for sure.






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alajones
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I have two sets in my kitchen. One stainless and one non stick. I never use the stainless steel pans, only the pots. Non stick IMO is the way to go for frying.





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KosmoCramer
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I don't get the need for non stick frying pan. For that I'd use cast iron.

Id use the stainless to cook, then deglaze.






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Martini
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Non stick IMO is the way to go for scrambling an egg.


Non stick has it's place but no reason to use it for frying.






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CITWTT
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At Wally world they have a 8 or 12qt stock pot stainless with an aluminum core, pasta insert, and steamer basket. Doesn't hurt the wallet.





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I don't get the need for non stick frying pan. For that I'd use cast iron.
Well, I would also, but you said you wanted a stainless frying pan.






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alajones
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Non stick has it's place but no reason to use it for frying.
Except that it doesn't stick?

If I'm the only one on this board who likes non stick I don't care. I've cooked enough in my life to know when it is better to have non stick though. If I'm the only one, so be it.


ETA: Not trying to sound hostile.



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Gris Gris
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First, think about what you like to cook, repeatedly or regularly. Buy what you know you will use and add as you go along. I keep a set of non stick skillets in 3 or 4 sizes from Sam's. Just replace them periodically, which isn't often unless you use the wrong utensils in them. If you don't use non stick, don't buy them.

I have quite a few big pots, but I do a lot of big cooking. I have a 20 quarts, a few 16 quarts and probably 4 12 qts. More than I need, though I do use 2 or 3 at a time pretty regularly.

However, I bought a 50 buck roaster from Sam's and make stocks in it overnight regularly. Honestly, I think that was a great investment. That and a pot in which to transfer the strained stock would be a good purchase.






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Martini
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Except that it doesn't stick?


What exactly are you FRYING that sticks?

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If I'm the only one on this board who likes non stick I don't care. I've cooked enough in my life to know when it is better to have non stick though. If I'm the only one, so be it.


I like non stick for what I said. Eggs, maybe a light saute', for my kids to use because they make things stick etc...When they chip I toss and buy a new one at Sam's.

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ETA: Not trying to sound hostile.


Well didn't mean to hurt your feelings. But FRYING generally means in OIL which in itself would prevent sticking right? Or have you cooked enough in your life to know this to not be true?






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Gris Gris
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I don't fry in nonstick, but I do use them for some things. If you don't think you'll use them, don't buy them. If you're going to buy them, buy them cheap at Sam's.





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Yes Gris, that roaster is a good investment.

I do my briskets in there, sitting on the little rack, with chicken stock underneath, basting regularly.

In 3-4 hrs, you have fork-tender, falling apart brisket.






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