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Madeleine's picture

I'm considering purchasing new cookware after nearly 30 years of using my Farberware and a few odd pieces I've collected over time.  I was wondering what all of you cooks might recommend.  I read some consumer reports suggestions, but they only confused me.  I'm not a gourmet cook, just a basic cook.  What do you all use that you love and why?  Thanks for your input.


Madeleine (visiting from "Over the Fence")

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Jean's picture

(post #26657, reply #1 of 82)

AllClad! Standing in for Mean Chef here.


http://www.outletsonline.com/cookware/stainless.html



 



 


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Edited 8/26/2002 8:57:31 PM ET by Jean

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Wolvie's picture

(post #26657, reply #3 of 82)

LOL!


And I'll do my traditional support statement for Calphalon - the original anodized aluminum version, and even a few pieces of their non-stick. ;-)


I also like , and have, a few cast iron fry pans, a set plus a few corning ware baking dishes, and a 5 - 6 qt stock pot/dutch oven made by LeCreuset.


BTW - I have just about every piece of Calphalon (orig) that there is, and all perform wonderfully. I did have to return a piece awhile back, after 12 years, and with no receipt in site, and had NO problems. Just took it to the nearest store that sold Calphalon(which happened to be a Crate and Barrel store), told them I needed a new one, and 3 - 4 weeks later, I had the new pot.


 


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- Chaucer

 

CBirck's picture

(post #26657, reply #4 of 82)

I am considering the Calphalon Pasta Pot with Insert.  Do you have/like it?  Does Calphalon have an outlet store online?

Wolvie's picture

(post #26657, reply #5 of 82)

I have the pasta pot, it works fine. Outlet online....hmmmm...I will look for one, I made up my list (and mind) about 15 years ago, and each Christmas and Birthday, received a few pieces until I had what I wanted! ;-)

Woe to the cook whose sauce has no sting
- Chaucer

 

Fledge's picture

(post #26657, reply #6 of 82)

I am looking at a set of All Clad for 149.

Oh. duh, I found it.

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transona5's picture

(post #26657, reply #7 of 82)

Dollars?? Please, let me know when you find one.

 Left-wing pinko radical extremist. Yeah. 

 

Fledge's picture

(post #26657, reply #9 of 82)

I believe it was Linen and Things, the betty crocker version....lol...

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doyenne's picture

(post #26657, reply #8 of 82)

That's pretty inexpensive. Is it Master Chef All-Clad?

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Fledge's picture

(post #26657, reply #10 of 82)

I lost the flyer...I intend on snooping around that store soon.


I got a Henkels knife there too, price tag was switched.  Again, the betty crocker version.  Even Chiqui said it was dull.


I still paid 36 bucks for it though.


Oh. duh, I found it.

You don't scare me

I have an African Grey

doyenne's picture

(post #26657, reply #11 of 82)

Fledge


 


It's probably Emerilware which is currently running a promotion for the 7 piece set.


IMO Emerilware's best feature is its lid which has a better design than the other All-Clad products. It is not made in the United States as the other All-Clad products are.


You were right. It is in a Linen 'n Things flyer. I believe it is in Chefs Catalogue as well and probably available at the $149 price in a lot of kitchenware shops.


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KarenP's picture

(post #26657, reply #12 of 82)

  I've been told the Emerilware IS All-Clad with a little different look?

doyenne's picture

(post #26657, reply #14 of 82)

This is the All-Clad web site.http://www.allclad.com/ ( sorryI can't get it to highlight ) Look at the detailed product info and then follow the link to Emerilware which has no detailed product info.


I've cooked with a sample piece of Emerilware and find I get better results with my All-Clad stainless. I did some work in a local kitchenware shop and found that serious cooks wouldn't go near the Emerilware. The only people who bought it were Emeril TV fans and the store ultimately dropped the Emerilware line.


As I mentioned, the lids are the best part of the Emerilware.


 


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Jean's picture

(post #26657, reply #15 of 82)

Your link will highlight automatically if you make sure you have a blank space on either side of it. Next time just put it on a line by itself.


http://www.allclad.com


Thusly. As soon as you hit enter, it shows up hot.


 


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doyenne's picture

(post #26657, reply #17 of 82)

thank you, Jean.


http://www.allclad.com/


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doyenne's picture

(post #26657, reply #18 of 82)

And this.


http://www.emerilware.com/cookware.html


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Jean's picture

(post #26657, reply #21 of 82)

Attaboy! Girl. :)

 


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APonKP's picture

(post #26657, reply #23 of 82)

Jean, you are invaluable.  I wondered why sometimes mine highlighted even when I didn't mean it to.  Thanks.

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Fledge's picture

(post #26657, reply #13 of 82)

ahhhhh, so...whatcha think?  I have to get rid of my tephalon stuff because of the parrot.  Not to mention the tephalon is peeling off.

Oh. duh, I found it.

You don't scare me

I have an African Grey

doyenne's picture

(post #26657, reply #16 of 82)

You're right to get rid of the Teflon  before it does unspeakable things to Moses.


I would not recommend the Emerilware. I also don't like getting sets of pots and prefer a more eclectic approach to my cookware depending on my needs. I mix All-Clad stainless with Sitram, Berndes and a few other brands.


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Fledge's picture

(post #26657, reply #22 of 82)

I thought about going that route, but all in one bang is going to be tough for my bucks.

Oh. duh, I found it.

You don't scare me

I have an African Grey

doyenne's picture

(post #26657, reply #32 of 82)

Fledge


You might want to take a look at the Super Steel offered by A Cook's Wares.


http://www.cookswares.com/


Another one to check out is Cuisinart's Every Day line. Stainless with copper core, I believe. Has welded handles instead of riveted and is oven-proof to 450. You can get a 7 piece set for under $130. Hunt out the Cuisinart web site and you'll see the details.


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Fledge's picture

(post #26657, reply #37 of 82)

Okay, I read the web site, but I cannot touch the pots.  I have a thing about touching stuff before I buy.  Call me weird.  I think I am going buy individually.  We do have a gourmet kitchen shop here and they carry alot of hardtofindinthistown items.


Thanks,
Fledge


Oh. duh, I found it.

You don't scare me

I have an African Grey

doyenne's picture

(post #26657, reply #38 of 82)

I know what you mean. It's nice to get the feel of a pan so you know if it's going to be comfortable to use.


Good luck in finding your pans.


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Sylvaine2's picture

(post #26657, reply #40 of 82)

When buying cookware, I think it's always wise to evaluate how comfortable the handles feel in your hand. Not a big deal for a small saucepan to melt butter, but definitely critical on the 12" skillet!

kai230's picture

(post #26657, reply #41 of 82)

it's always wise to evaluate how comfortable the handles feel in your hand


Definitely, and imagine it containing an additional 1/2 to 1 lb.

Sylvaine2's picture

(post #26657, reply #42 of 82)

Precisely <g>

I learned the hard way. DH bought me some great cookware; love it, except for the handles: too thin.

kai230's picture

(post #26657, reply #43 of 82)

Except for how sleek they look, I just don't "get" the thin handles. Close to zero traction if you want to tip a pan slowly. Betcha whomever has to move them around so photographer can get all the great shots wears a hand mit!

Sylvaine2's picture

(post #26657, reply #44 of 82)

And that's exactly what happens when I use this skillet: I have to wear an oven mitt or use pads. And it's heavy! And I have small hands!

kai230's picture

(post #26657, reply #45 of 82)

Oh I can identify--I need two hands (and have for years, so it's not an age thing) pref both w/mitts, for maneuvering my crepe/omelette pan that Bro offered to fix the handle on so many years ago (and hasn't). Too, too skinny, flat, and ungripable (sp?).


I can rather easily maneuver a larger, heavier cast iron skillet w/one hand (mitted): handle design. Simple.

Gretchen's picture

(post #26657, reply #46 of 82)

 

And that's exactly what happens when I use this skillet: I have to wear an oven mitt or use pads. And it's heavy! And I have small hands!


Does this brand have rubbery "sleeves" that go over the handles--doesn't Calphalon do that?


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