I’m so excited! I created a Pots and Pans Primer and Buying Guide! You can get this buy signing up for my mailing list – the link is on the front page.
I’ve wanted to put together this guide for quite some time, and I allowed fear and perfection get in my way. A special thanks to my friend Kat for the gentle chocolate covered kick in the ass to get this out.
I put this together for a couple of reasons:
1.) I’m often asked about pots & pans as this purchase can be daunting. I get questions around which to buy, which is the best, which is the easiest to take care of, which is the best value for the money, do I want copper or stainless steel, what does copper core mean, how about nonstick, and all things in between.
2.) It’s hard to answer because the short answer is, it depends as pots and pans are not created equally. Not only will it depend on the type of food or dish you’re making, but they’re made of different materials that react with food differently and sometimes negatively impact your health. Some things to consider are:
- What do you make/cook most often?
- What and how much do you really need?
- How do you plan to store your pots & pans?
- Will you wash your pots & pans right away & by hand or are you hoping for dishwasher safe?
- What is your budget?
3.) I’ve put together this primer and buyers guide to help you make your pots and pans purchase with a little bit less stress and more calm and ease. This is a culmination of personal and restaurant experience and a bit of research.
My preference is to have a variety, of all different sizes and made from different materials as they all perform differently. I have a few stainless steel, some enameled cast iron to get my braising and stock making on and 1 lone chemical free nonstick pan for eggs.
I’m not a fan of buying a full set. While it may appear to be a good value for the money and all pieces will match, I find that it doesn’t fit my needs. I use mainly one 10″ saute pan, one or two pots, and an enameled cast iron dutch oven. In the guide I’ve included a glossary of the most commonly used pots and pans, as well as an overview of each type of material, including their pros and cons, cleaning and best uses.
Many retailers like TJMaxx, HomeGoods and some new online companies that sell high end cookware at reasonable prices making it easy to assemble a really good cookware arsenal.
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Have any questions? I am very passionate about this topic and would love to chat!