Time for New Coookware...What's Good?

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  1. Ms. I

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    Time for New Cookware...What's Good?

    I want to get a couple of skillets. My Cusineart's skillet cooking surface is getting rough & the food is hard to wash off. I don't want teflon nor cast iron...too heavy.

    Any good brands out there?

    (Didn't mean to put the extra 'o' in the title.)
     
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    I love my All-Clad set. Only downside is how d*mn expensive it is.
     
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    I love my All-Clad stuff too. I've gotten some pieces on sale, but even on sale, they are more than cheaper brands but when something works like new for twenty and counting years, you get what you pay for.
     
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    I love waterless cookware.

    I'm on my second set of hard anonized cookware in 15 years, and Mom is still using her waterless cookware from the 1960's, and it still looks brand new.
     
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    We've started getting Le Creuset (spelling?) from the outlet store. Great quality but pricey!
     
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    I'm hoping to get some gift cards for Christmas so I will be shopping for new cookware also. The set I had is totally shot after only 8 years.
     
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    I need some cookware too. I will check out what's being mentioned here. I also need some sharp knifes.
     
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    I love my cookware from Pampered Chef (and no, I'm not a consultant ;-) ). All Clad is good too, but I prefer my Pampered Chef items.
     
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    It all depends on your budget.

    For knives, Wusthof is pretty much the top of the line.
     
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    Thanks guys. I know you get what you pay for. I want something good, but not too pricey. There's no Michelin star chefs over here! ;)

    Any more ideas?
     
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    The All Clad skillet is on sale at Macy's.
     
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    Thanks. Anyone know the BEST, safest, non-stick surface?

    - PFOA-free ceramic nonstick (white-colored finish)
    - regular cephalon (dark grey color finish)
    - stainless steel (food will stick, right?)
     
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    I have one ceramic pan and it's not the easiest to clean. You can't put it in the dishwasher. I think I'm going to get a few individual pieces instead of one of those sets that come all together in a box. I'm just not sure yet :unsure:
     
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    Food sticks to stainless steel.

    I watched an episode of either America's Test Kitchen or Cook's Country the other day on this very topic. The pans ranged from ~$80-~$350
     
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    And did they say which type was the best regarding food safety & non-sticking? :)
     
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    Not when I cook. :p
     
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    Thanks, I'll check that out.
     
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    Not when it's done right ;) :)
     
  24. czacza

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    Go for 'Anondized' rather than nonstick.:2cents:


    Not necessarily.You're probably flipping too soon. You need to let a bit of browsing/carmelization to occur and then food lifts more easily.
     
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    If you have a Costco membership or know someone with one, they have great cookware sets or smaller sets of just 2-3 pans. Make sure you never use metal tools on non-stick! The surface shouldn't get scratched up.
     
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    Although I have All-Clad, for my skillets, I buy the coated ones at Sam's Club, a couple of different sizes, and they cook very well. When the coating starts to go, and it will, I have absolutely no qualms over throwing them out and buying new ones. I get several years out of them, while getting the coating that allows me to cook oil free. All-Clad is the only thing I will use for stock pots, saucepans, double boilers, steamers, and the list goes on. In these uses they are virtually indestructible. Skillets can be ruined by cooking at too high a heat, adding something very cold to a hot pan, burning something in the pan, etc. A friend passed her "trick" on to me, and I swear by it now. I think a large skillet was about $20 and it distributes heat very well. When I manage to scratch the coating, I will buy a new one. Enjoy breaking in your new cookware!
     
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    Thanks again guys! I'm sure All-Clad's nice, but more than I want to pay these days.
     
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    I got $245 to spend on new cookware! I am hoping to go to BB&B and use a 20% off coupon. Not sure what set I will get but I will be looking tomorrow I think.
     
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    I'll probably go to BB&B for my cookware too. Remember, their coupons NEVER expire AND they'll let you use a coupon for each item you buy (so if you buy 5 items & have 5 coupons, they'll allow all 5 of them.)
     
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    In my area, they have changed their policy on coupons (Bed, Bath and Beyond), and they do expire.
     
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    Really? I'll have to see if my location changed since I last week 1-2 wks ago.
     
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    Their coupons have expiration dates here in NJ too, and it's one coupon per transaction.
     
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    Mine have always had exp dates printed on them, but my store employees say no exp date & will keep taking them past the printed dates (& they'll still take 1 coupon per item all in one transaction as far as I know still).
     
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    This had me curious, ours clearly say one coupon per transaction (not one per item).
     
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    Store policy often differs from what the coupon says. Our BBB takes expired store coupons and will take one per item. They also will help customers determine what the best deal will be when they have different types of coupons such as 5 off or 20% off one item.

    They will not take expired coupons from competitors but will take valid coupons from competitors.
     
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    Watch with cookware. Some popular "quality" brands have different levels for their cookware. Name isn't always important if you buy their cheapest version of the line.
     
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    I've used BB&B coupons way past the printed expiration date and use as many coupons as I have during one transaction. My most recent visit to BB&B was right before Christmas and I had no problem using multiple coupons when checking out.
    You can also use BB&B coups at buy buy Baby and Harmon's.


    :thumb: mine does this too!
     

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