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Pots and pans for a first kitchen

I know this type of question has been asked before, but I can't seem to pull up what I am looking for. I need to buy 2 or 3 pots for a college student, who cooks some, but not much. I'd like to get her something that is good enough (not a piece of junk) but reasonably priced. Not the right time for all-clad, etc. Also need to buy two pans for her--preferably non-stick, I think. I'll be purchasing a lodge cast iron (10 or 12 inch?) and a dutch oven.

asked by ATG117 about 3 years ago
11 answers 1477 views
added about 3 years ago

I'll add to this, any decent wood cutting boards as well

added about 3 years ago

You can get some nice nonstick pans in pairs, where you get one shallower and one deeper with a lid that fits both. I like this set because the deeper one can be used in place of a wok if need be, and the lid is really useful.

added about 3 years ago

Buy quality even if fewer pieces to start. One non stick pan and one cast iron should be in the mix. Think ahead to maybe having an inductive range in the future so buy appropriate pans.

A good Dutch oven and lasagna size roasting pan are also assets.


QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

added about 3 years ago

When I started my first kitchen, with an EXTREMELY low budget, I bought Lodge for cast iron and Ikea stainless steel http://www.ikea.com/us.... I was really Impressed with Ikea's price to quality ratio. And they looked stylish too.


Chris is a trusted source on General Cooking

added about 3 years ago

The "buy quality even if fewer pieces" can work for some, but other students will move so often that they do not want to pack up and move their kitchens. For them, the Ikea approach is better. My daughter has had and abandoned three Ikea kitchens and is on the fourth. Her nicer things are here with me. While they'll be fun to come home to, they aren't doing her much good now.

added about 3 years ago

Thanks Greenstuff, I'm assuming these won't move with her. But I don't want to buy her complete junk either. So really just looking for brand suggestions.

added about 3 years ago

10or 12 inch nonstick skillet. Spaghetti pot. Dutch oven. Small saucepan for heating up milk for cocoa. I would skip the cast iron for now. It takes more care and is too heavy. Also a nonstick cookie sheet and a roll of parchment! Think about what she'll be cooking---pasta and sauce, grilled cheese, scrambled eggs and french toast, heating up cans of soup. That's cooking in teens and 20s! I am a parent of 2 who are tgat age.


sexyLAMBCHOPx is a trusted home cook.

added about 3 years ago

Simply Calphalon or Rachael Ray's pieces may be a good option. As you may know Bed, Bed & Beyond has those $ saving coupons and Kohl's offers RR at sale prices.


Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added about 3 years ago

Check out TJMaxx if there's one near you. You probably won't be able to find matching sets, but they have decent stuff (sometimes really good stuff) at great prices. My favorite Calphalon cookie sheet and baking pans are all from there.