What Cookware do you like & why?

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Registered: 04-10-2003
What Cookware do you like & why?
Tue, 01-27-2004 - 1:48pm
Hello :)

I was just wondering what type of pots and pans everyone likes to use and why. Do you like teflon or stainless steel. Maybe copper bottom or cast iron. I love to cook but have never really been able to afford good cookware until now. Just want some opinions to help me decide what to buy :) Thanks.


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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 01-27-2004 - 4:14pm

Hi there Raspberry Snow!

I like a good mix of cookware, some non stick, some stainless and some cast iron.

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Registered: 03-20-2003
Wed, 01-28-2004 - 8:03am

As for me, I'm also partial to both non stick and cast iron.

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Registered: 10-30-2003
Thu, 01-29-2004 - 1:01am
I have to smile about this question. When we moved to Hawaii

we had to pick and choose what would go with us on the plane,

what would come on the boat six weeks later, and what would

stay on the west coast. I had silverware, dishes and enough

basic pots and pans in my luggage to get us set up in house-


I missed my wok so bad, those six weeks. When we married we

were given a nonstick wok. When it gave up the ghost soon after,

I bought an anodized aluminum one that has lasted these many

years. My goodness, the new wok is ancient now, but it's not

showing it.

I don't really like cast-iron. Anything you can't use detergent on

kinda scares me. And I don't like the pretty copper bottoms on

pots and pans. My pans are for cooking, not for display, and I don't

want to spend more time cleaning than I do cooking. MiL polishes

hers every time she uses them.

So I use stainless steel pots and pans mostly, nice heavy ones.

I've had really crummy luck with non-stick coatings. I have a fancy

new non-stick skillet (part of a set I got last Christmas) and it

already has flaws in the non-stick. I have never used the wrong

sort of utensil in it; maybe my dishwasher is the culprit.

Can't blame dh. he neither cooks nor cleans

Now, let's talk about cheesecake pans. Ye olde' springform. I

bought a set of cheap ones. BAD idea. They leak, they don't want

to stay together. They're dented, they're rusted, they're just all-

around bad. This Christmas I did my homework and learned that

Kaiser springform from Germany is the only brand that won't leak,

so I got myself an assortment. I haven't used the non-stick one

yet but I'm well-pleased with the shiny ones.

Yyletha all my failures are edible

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 01-29-2004 - 1:29am

thanks for posting, and great question!

hunk 'o, hunk 'o burnin' heartburn!

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Registered: 02-18-2003
Fri, 01-30-2004 - 3:46pm

Hi, RS:

I like different pots and pans for different purposes. With kids, you absolutely cannot go wrong with a high quality set of non-stick skillets. I love T-Fal the most. My other daily use pots and pans are copper-clad stainless steel (Paul Revere) because they heat evenly across the bottom. We've been a Paul Revere copper-clad family for a couple of generations. Then, there are