What Are The Best Cookware Sets (brands)
Q: I am starting to learn to cook and want to invest some money into some pots and pans that would last a while (also,, if you have any suggestings as to what a kitchen should contain in terms of pots and pans ) also, what else should a kitchen have in general? :) (what spices are good to carry all the time...etc.. small utensils..etc.)
A: I would say 99% of my stovetop cookery is done in these four pans. The stockpot and saucepans are inexpensive stainless, and cost very little. I do have a bunch of inherited Calphalon that looks very nice as it sits on the shelves so it doesn't get scratched up. Everything I actually use is well over 10 years old. My curlery is a collection of nice sharpenable steel from Meier's Thrifty Acres with carbon steel blades and heavy wood handles (average cost $4 each) and a large cleaver from the Chinese market. I have to agree. I have a $30 set from Target (not sure if this is a national chain; it's slightly more "upscale" than Walmart) which includes a dutch oven (that I used for spaghetti before my mother gave me a real stock pot), saucepans in two sizes, and a saute pan. I also have most of another set that includes another three saucepans (of different sizes) and two saute pans in two sizes. All of these have lids. I have yet another saucepan with no lid (which was the very first one I bought and it's in terrific condition after 4 years - not bad for ~$10-15), a $20 wok and a $20 large skillet. All of these are non-stick. And I have a 10-qt stock pot made of aluminum (I think). It's got a hot spot but makes fairly decent stock. If you're careful with the non-stick coating these can last quite a while, plus they're easy to clean (but don't put them in the dishwasher). So basically, you really don't need a whole lot or anything super expensive while you're just starting out. I spent probably two years with nothing but a 2-qt saucepan to cook with and a set of wooden spoons. It can be done.
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