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Quality Pots and Pans

adams135 11,238 September 12, 2015 at 09:45 AM
Looking for a deal on REAL GOOD QUALITY pots and pans as a gift for my wife.

First problem is I don't know what is good and what isn't. Looking for pots/pans that cook evenly and don't stick. Recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Second problem is of course I would like a good deal. Not saying money is no object but then again I do have to be reasonable as far as cost is concerned.

Any help in brand/type/ and where to get them is needed.




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It's not so much about brand as it is build quality. Check your local restaurant supply or a Costco Business Center (if you have one near you - this is different from a regular Costco) for high quality, low cost cookware.

Try to get individual pieces instead of a set as a set comes with a bunch of stuff your wife won't use which equals wasted money and space.

As far as nonstick goes (I'm assuming you're looking for stainless steel and not nonstick cookware, that is more a function of cook's ability and knowledge than it is the particular stainless steel pan. Look for stainless steel in one of two different styles. The first, and best, is what's called a clad technology. It's essentially a multi-layered metal that makes up not only the bottom, but the sides of the pans and pots as well. This technology provides the most even heat as the heat not only spreads across the bottom, but up the sides very efficiently as well.

The second style has stainless steel walls, but a sandwich of layered metals and alloys that make up the base. This provides very even heat across the bottom, but the sides don't heat quite as evenly.

At the end of the day, chances are she wouldn't notice the difference between these two technologies.

Going one of the two routes mentioned above - restaurant supply house or Costco Business Center - should get you the cookware she'd use and want that should last for at least two or three decades - maybe more.

If you'd feel more comfortable getting her a set, I'd go with this 12-piece clad set from Costco for $199.99 [].
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Last edited by Brian1 September 12, 2015 at 10:42 PM.
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^^^ what Brian1 said.

I second the Costco Business Center suggestion, you can get phenomenal prices on high quality utensils there. Here are links for
cookware []and utensils []. The in-store price is often a lot less than what you will see if you enter a zip code. The web prices are the delivery prices. For example they sell the single stainless steel whisks in the warehouse for 2.99. (vs 7.99/2 on the site).

I also personally do not like buying sets. I know what I'm going to cook and what size/style pot I need for my routine. Also most standard sized pans do not fit on my pro range. So for years I have been picking up individual pieces from Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Marshalls. Often if I like a certain pot/pan I've found at one of these stores and want another size in it, I usually find the other piece at one of the other stores if not the same store at the same time. Pans that serve more than one purpose makes sense. For instance pots with a built in straining feature near the top that function as normal pots but then you can use for pasta as well. They often carry well crafted German and Italian cookware brands that are not normally distributed in the US. A lot of times you don't even find that much information online except that someone is selling them on ebay. I don't worry too much about matching sets because most of what I buy is stainless steel anyways.
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