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Pots and pans for someone starting out

I'm looking for a set of pots and pans for a new cook with her first apartment. Looking for something in the $200 range. Forty years ago I was given Farberware. Which is still in good shape at my sons. What are the best options?

asked by sgshrchef 11 months ago
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Susan W

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added 11 months ago

I agree with CV. Unless you know this person very well and what kind of kitchen habits they may have or may develop, Ikea is a great place to start. Amazon also has some good starting sets that are reasonably priced. I think I saw a Kitchenaid set for just under $200.

There was a thread a while ago about this sort of thing and there were tons of suggestions. If I find it, I'll come back and link it for you.

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added 11 months ago

Do they still make copper clad stainless steel Revere ware? It's stood my family well for two generations, but a lot of fine old products (Sabatier Knives come to mind) have sold their names for a handful of bitcoins.

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added 11 months ago

Rachel Ray brand looks good for the price. I have one pan from her and Avalon? I think and its a low maintenance workhouse.

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Susan W

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added 11 months ago

I saw those on Amazon and wondered how they are. Which piece do you gave. I like their looks.

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added 11 months ago

Hi, Susan - This is the pot/pan that I love among my All-Clad Stainless Stell extensive set & Le Cruset pots. I've had it for 10 years and its great for so many things (pasta, ragu, stir-fries, etc.) I also clean it in the dishwasher.

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added 11 months ago

http://www.rachaelraystore...

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Susan W

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added 11 months ago

That's the one that I was eyeballing wishing it came in that agave blue. I have a 3.5 qt le creuset Dutch oven, but I sometimes wish I had this oval piece for braises. Does the oval shape fit round electric burners sufficiently? Can't beat the price. $39 on Amazon.

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added 11 months ago

Yes, it does a great job of retaining heat evenly. I think it's the oval shape that makes it so versatile. Highly recommend. Mine is all black before her name & colors were put on it.

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Susan W

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added 11 months ago

Just pulled the trigger on that and her agave oval stones are baking dish. Quarter's Tres Leches cake will look lovely in it. :) I need another apt just for my kitchen stuff.

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added 11 months ago

A few years ago, I snagged a set of Bodeux pots and pans from Overstock that has impressed me at every turn. They appear to still carry some in this line.

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Nancy

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added 11 months ago

Sets are fun & sometimes good. But the material that is good for one cooking purpose may not work as well for another, or in another size. If you know the cook well enough, pick two or three pieces and buy them separately, within your budget.
For a new cook, cooking most often for only one or two people, I would go for a covered 10 or 12" cast iron fry-pan (can make everything from pancakes to stew to cakes), a 1.5 quart covered saucepan in a good heat-conducting metal and maybe a cheap large pot for boiling pasta.
Also, have a look at a couple review articles, like this one:
http://www.epicurious.com...

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ktr
added 11 months ago

I agree. I lived for several years with just a large cast iron pan with a lid, a 2 qt pot with a lid and a large soup pot.

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PieceOfLayerCake

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added 11 months ago

I like to cherry pick my kitchen tools from vendors that specialize in them. If you can't afford something like All-Clad, I would do what cv said and hit up your local restaurant supply. There you can buy, high quality, reasonably priced (albeit not dirt-cheap), pots and pans, and you can choose what you will find useful for this person. I find sets (whether its pots, pans or knives) often come with tools I don't need and are often lower quality. Check some consumer reports or Cook's Illustrated articles for help.

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added 11 months ago

http://www.chefscatalog...
I have lived this catalogue for years. Now they are going out of business and everything is on sale. I would grab a few good pieces. They can fill in the gaps as they grow. Since they are just starting out, they are probably only cooking for 2-4 most of the time. So huge pots and pans aren't necessary. At least right now.