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Good quality pots and pans that won't break the bank
« on: September 10, 2017, 07:47:54 PM »
I'm looking for some recommendations for good quality pots and pans that don't cost an arm and a leg. For most of the last 10ish years, I've been buying Calphalon pans, but I haven't been having much luck with them. They seem to warp, and most of the ones DH and I got for our wedding 4 years ago have already bit the dust. DH tried to buy a new set last year (also Calphalon, but a different style, this one with ceramic inside), and these are even worse. They started shedding their coating within a few weeks.

Anyone have any suggestions? I'm willing to pay a bit more to have ones that will last a bit longer, but I'm hoping not to have to fork over anything insane.

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Re: Good quality pots and pans that won't break the bank
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2017, 08:12:33 PM »
Estate sale - Revereware. Your grandmother used it and gave it to your mom who put it in the attic when she got teflon. Still works great.

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Re: Good quality pots and pans that won't break the bank
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2017, 09:12:52 PM »
Estate sale - Revereware. Your grandmother used it and gave it to your mom who put it in the attic when she got teflon. Still works great.

+1. Goodwill is also great for that stuff.

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Re: Good quality pots and pans that won't break the bank
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2017, 09:26:12 PM »
My in-laws got us a set of hard anodized aluminum pots and pans at Costco for cheap. I bet you could find some of those at a garage sale or Goodwill. They have held up really well for years now and they are non-stick.

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Re: Good quality pots and pans that won't break the bank
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2017, 10:12:46 PM »
Cast iron skillet, 12" Lodge. Season it well. (I also have this in 9" & 14".)
Stainless steel saucepans.
Tramontina enameled cast iron Dutch oven, 5 qt., available at Sams Club for much less than LeCreuset.
Non-stick Skillet for eggs. Farberware Millenium is non-stick on stainless steel & works great. You'll have to replace non-stick after 3-5 years so you don't want to spend much on this.
Stainless steel stock pot, for boiling pasta, 8 qt. Restaurant supply stores have good prices.
The only aluminum I buy these days are sheet pans, which resemble cookie sheets with a lip & are so useful. Sams Club sells them 2 for $10.
Instant Pot electric pressure cooker with stainless steel inner pot, from Amazon.

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Re: Good quality pots and pans that won't break the bank
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2017, 11:45:51 PM »
I also love my revereware! Ive had mine for 15 years or so, and my parents set is still going at 40$ (maybe not every single of their original set). Those are my basic pots. I also have a few skillets- a nice big 5qt high sided one, from costco, probably a kitchenaid. Some Lodge iron skillets, and that large tramontina brand enamel lined dutch oven. Got mine at walmart 10 years ago. And the instant pot.

Most of my cookware is over a decade old and still great.

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Re: Good quality pots and pans that won't break the bank
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2017, 03:37:51 AM »
Depends on your definition of "won't break the bank", but I'm a big believer it Buy It Once/Buy It For Life when it comes to pans.

I have Renaware that I bought on eBay nine years ago.

My mum bought her set when she was 17. She's 60 and they're still going strong.

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Re: Good quality pots and pans that won't break the bank
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2017, 06:38:14 AM »
Personally, I avoid any pans that are 'coated' in teflon, ceramic or anything else. If you take care* of your pans, most kinds will last years if not decades.
What kinds of pans to get depends slightly on your cooking style, but here are three suggestions
i) self-seasons cast iron (Lodge is a great brand.  For $20 these should last generations and improve with use.)
ii) carbon skillets.  The workhorses of commercial kitchens, plus they are cheap!  you must season them.
iii) aluminum with stainless cladding (aka try-lam or try-ply).  Good for people who don't want to season their pans. These should be shiny on the inside (no coatings!!) There are decent sets available at places like CostCo, and deal-of-the-day sites like Woot! frequently offer sets for half off. 


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1) never, ever, ever use a knife or metal utensils.  Wood, plastic and silicone ONLY. If there are scratches inside someone is violated rule #1.
2) never wash in the dishwasher.  Dishwashing soap is extremely caustic
3) season well and clean immediately. Stuck food? Put pan on burner with a little water and some baking soda and voila!
4) season the pan (if its cast-iron or carbon).  Learn how to do a 10-second seasoning with cooking spray and a paper towel.
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Re: Good quality pots and pans that won't break the bank
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2017, 07:49:01 AM »
I also believe in the buy it for life for pots and pans. I have had my all clad for almost 18 years and still going strong. Also my DH had a couple of reverware which are fantastic!. I did get rid of the All Clad that had teflon, they wore out too soon.

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Re: Good quality pots and pans that won't break the bank
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2017, 09:11:13 AM »
Frypans.

I bought a large one of these "Heritage Rock", and am amazed.  Usually the 14"+ pans warp for me, too, but not this sucker.   The non-stick is very aggressive and very nonstick, too.  Cast aluminum with non-stick, I think.

https://www.starfrit.com/en/heritage-the-rock-12-34-30cm-deep-fry-pan-with-lid

Pots.  Well, I bought a kitchen aid pot to replace one of mine after 20 years (honestly, I still use the first three pots my mom ever bought for me when I moved into residence 26 years ago, so this was a nice addition)...  I would buy more than just one, but the pots just don't wear out.  To save money, get the super sales, buy open stock for only what you need.


-5635608/KC2TS10ST/]https://www.kitchenaid.com/shop/-[KC2TS10ST]-5635608/KC2TS10ST/

Of note, I use an electric stove top, so the "wrap around tri layer" high cost pot design that works with gas ranges really does not help me at all.  I just need a heavy disc base, and robust design,  that can be used with the electric stove top, and go into the oven. 

After 26 years, family of 4 I use:

Various frypans and large frypans (one with lid) for cooking (warping all except for the cast iron frypan and the heritage rock version).  I think I own 3-4, various sizes, now... from 2 eggs, to pancakes size, to large strify.

One small saucepan with lid.
Two medium saucepans approx 2Qt (aka pots) with lids (plus one steamer insert)
One large heavy based Dutch oven (part of the pot set)  with lid (also used for soup / stock, pasta).
** all but one sauce pan is the original set from my university days**

Other (not used as much)
Roasting pan(s) in two sizes, broiler pan from oven purchase, Canning kettle / pot.  flat baking sheets / pizza pan / covered casseroles

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Re: Good quality pots and pans that won't break the bank
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2017, 06:22:32 AM »
Personally, I avoid any pans that are 'coated' in teflon, ceramic or anything else. If you take care* of your pans, most kinds will last years if not decades.

Agree with nereo here. Teflon will always wear out. I have a stainless steel Caphalon saute pan that has lasted me 8 or so years, and recently got a stainless All Clad that is heavy as shit but should last forever. Cast iron is a good choice too but there's a learning curve to cooking and taking care of it, that said I have a $5 cast iron pan from Craigslist that's lasted 8 years.

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Re: Good quality pots and pans that won't break the bank
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2017, 10:00:24 AM »
I have Lagostina pots that are almost 40 years old.  They still look like new.  You can find them at places like Winners (Canada) and Homegoods and TJ Maxx in the States for reasonable prices.  Second the recommendation for Revereware - my Mom has pots that are at least 60 years old, and they still work and look great.

We gave our son and DIL All Clad that we bought at an outlet store (65% off retail).  They love them.

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Re: Good quality pots and pans that won't break the bank
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2017, 07:19:38 AM »
Personally, I avoid any pans that are 'coated' in teflon, ceramic or anything else. If you take care* of your pans, most kinds will last years if not decades.

Agree with nereo here. Teflon will always wear out. I have a stainless steel Caphalon saute pan that has lasted me 8 or so years, and recently got a stainless All Clad that is heavy as shit but should last forever. Cast iron is a good choice too but there's a learning curve to cooking and taking care of it, that said I have a $5 cast iron pan from Craigslist that's lasted 8 years.

Your cast iron pan will last much longer than you do. I know some cast iron pans that are older than I am! Spend a few minutes learning how to season it, care for it properly, and it will give a lifetime of service - and go on to do the same for other people.
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Re: Good quality pots and pans that won't break the bank
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2017, 08:31:10 AM »
Not sure I have anything to add, but can confirm that the OP is getting some good advice here. I still have some old Revereware that works fine. I never polish the copper bottoms--who cares. I have a couple AllClad saucepans with lids that I bought from Amazon (i.e. not in a pricey set at BBB). I really like AllClad. There are different lines, so do your research. I have a 10-inch cast iron skillet that is a basic for me. I have a Lodge enameled cast iron 6-quart Dutch oven--again, a basic that I use a lot. I have just given up on anything Teflon or "non-stick." It never holds up, and who wants that stuff flaking off into the food. If you keep your cast iron skillet seasoned and up to speed, you don't need a non-stick frying pan. So in terms of price, the AllClad is expensive of course, but get the pieces you'll use a lot and just consider it BIFL. None of my other stuff was expensive. FWIW, I tried buying some really cheap stuff at a restaurant outlet--perfectly usable, but the pans were aluminum and I was worried about ingesting that stuff--so got rid of them and spent some money on the AllClad. (but as I said above, I did not buy a whole $600 or $700 set. No way.)

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Re: Good quality pots and pans that won't break the bank
« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2017, 02:58:27 PM »
All clad is very nice (used my sister's kitchen)...  but a waste if you don't have a gas range -- the All clad design is intended to be efficient at using the heat up the sides of the pot, but electric-based stoves and induction are bottom heat only.

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Re: Good quality pots and pans that won't break the bank
« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2017, 06:17:52 PM »
All clad is very nice (used my sister's kitchen)...  but a waste if you don't have a gas range -- the All clad design is intended to be efficient at using the heat up the sides of the pot, but electric-based stoves and induction are bottom heat only.

I think it may depend on what line of All Clad you're using. But it's probably possible to over-think this. And if you're buying pans that you will be using for years and years--who knows what kind of stove or cooktop you will be using in the future? I suggest just buying some practical, good-quality pans that work for you--are sized well, have comfortable handles--that you can afford--and not drive yourself crazy. We're talking kitchenware here--not world peace.