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.