Q: Hello, I'm looking for recommendations for cookware (ie pots and pans). Just on paper, I like the concept of Farberware Millenium, but I'm open to other suggestions, and would be interested in comparisons of brands, materials, etc. Thanks,
A: Farberware makes a good product. We have been using our original set for 30 years now and the SS pots still look good. Only loss in all of that time is a lid knob. If you like the looks of the Millenium and have the $$ for them go ahead. You won't be disappointed. You do not have to spend that much to get good cookware though. We also use some sast iron pans. There are things that can be done in a cast iron pan that would ruin anything else. They are non-stick, can go under the broiler, are excellent for browning meat, and a zillion other chores. Club Aluminum cookware can be found at WalMart as well as other stores. It is one of the heaviest of the aluminum sets you will find. Get two sizes of the saute pans. Learn how to flip the veggies in them and you will use those pans a lot. The Club Aluminum dutch oven we have is over 60 years old. It is in the third generation now and my kids both want to be left it in the will. Ken, I've cooked with lots of pots and All Clad is the best you can get for general cooking. I use Berndes pans for really hot saute and general fry (fish chicken beef lamb). It gets specialized after that. My 2 cents worth for whatever it's worth ... Bill I have a set, or what is left of it, of the original stainless steel Farberware with the phenolenic handles that melt under the broiler. Aside from that, I think they are wonderful. When Farberware millenium first came out I bought several pieces. I think they are about as good as one can get. BUT they are not the same millenium that is manufactured today which weighs about half of what it used to. Farberware right now is in the midst of a major promotion of its non-stick millenium. For some reason, the pots and pans weigh somewhere between the old versions and the lightweight versions. I've not followed this thread all that well, but you might consider All Clad....they have 3 categories....go with the top. Weight and the layering of metal on the bottom and up the sides are what to look for along with handles that do not get hot.