My daughter is getting married and I want to buy her some pots and pans that will last for as long as humanly possible but also resist food sticking. Any recommendations? I have some old cast iron pans and some newer teflon pans (cheap). What's worked well for you guys? I don't mind spending money as long as I know they are good.
Cat (Proud Mom) from Min.
I have to say "ditto" to the Farberware. When I got married many moons ago, my mother in law got me a basic Farberware Set (5 pots from large to small + 2 pans) and some accessories, like a Farberware Tea Kettle.
They are, to this day, like new. I have never needed a replacement part or anything, and I am a bit hard on things :-).
I highly recommend this and it is a great gift idea.
I love to cook so when I got married I wanted good pots and pans.....I received Cuisinart pots and pans and they work wonderful....15 years later. Also I've added All Clad pans to my set and love them. Both are expensive and are carried by Williams and Sonoma....check their outlet stores and sales on the internet and catalog. I think the price was well worth the many years of good quality I received and my pots look great.
Congratulations on your Daughters Wedding!
Someone else suggested QVC and it's a great idea. I own the complete Cook's Essentials line and I cook every day with them - they are wonderful. I treated my T-Fal poorly by putting it in the dishwasher, so now I hand wash these and they are like new. I'm sure you can look at them on the QVC website. Bye for now, Kat, also in MN
I bought some pans 3+ years ago and they are still in perfect condition. I bought them off QVC and it's their line of cookware. They're called: Cooks Essentials, hard anodized and have a non-stick coating. They can also be put in the oven up to 500 degrees! They have different sets available and I highly recommend them. Good luck!
If You have Cable TV or A Dish System? Then you will have a shopping channel called QVC.
Look for in the kitchen with Bob. Or any program on there that has Kitchen Ideas. They the best Dinner Ware, at great prices. All with a thrity day money back guarantee.
How do I know these things? I have been buying from them for 18 years and never a problem.
They are also on the good ole WWW. If you have a confuser, Just type in www.qvc.com
Happy Wedding Bells.
I highly recommend Farberware. I have used it for years and it is super easy to clean; even something that gets burnt on.
I have the set that Pampered Chef sells. It's pretty expensive, but it lasts and lasts. I've been happy with every piece of it. I got mine by having a party so I could get it at half-off.
Karen in WI
At all 3 of my daughters wedding showers, one of my gifts to them was a complete set of FARBERWARE pots & pans. My mom also had a set & I have a set. I own & operate a bed & breakfast & have 3 different size electric coffee pots made by FARBERWARE. In addition to that, I have a large coffee urn that makes up to 50 cups by FARBERWARE. They are not inexpensive but I feel are decently priced & it you can watch when they are on sale that will be an additional bonus.
Happy cooking to your daughter.
IF YOU WATCH QVC ON TV THEY HAVE GREAT AND GOOD BUYS ON GOOD STUFF - LIKE 'COOKS ESSENTIALS'. OF COURSE THEY SELL MUCH MORE, BUT LOOK FOR 'IN THE KITCHEN' .
Hi there! My daughter is engaged also...I like T-Fal. I've used it for years. : )
I purchased my set of pots and pans from a door-to-door salesman, way back in 1969. I do not remember what they cost but they are still working great. Would not trade them for the world. They are Saladmaster, Stainless Steel 18-8 Tri-Clad; Dallas, Texas. They are well worth any price as mine have been used daily, in the oven and on the stovetop. I have never had a speck of trouble. Good luck finding them if you choose to do so.
Congratulations on your daughter's marriage! My own mother bought me a set of Analon pots. I've only used T-fal and inexpensive pots in the past, and I found these were absolutely wonderful! They are very heavy, heat evenly, and nothing sticks. Good luck! Barb
My grandmother died more than twenty years ago and I'm still using her old copper-bottomed RevereWare. I don't do anything to clean the bottoms, although my mother's set is bright and shiny....I'm a horrible cook and I used to burn everything. But the pans have survived well and I don't burn stuff much anymore. But good cookware can be so expensive. Try to get it at yard sales. Sometimes the old stuff is the best stuff. New RevereWare has awful plastic handles and mine has some kind of really solid wood that doesn't burn or melt. I don't like non-stick cookware as it just scratches and falls apart too easily even with TLC.
I recommend stainless steel with copper core. My DH "suprised" me with a set that he bought at Costco. approx 199.00 for the complete set of 3 different sizes of saute pans and 3 sizes of sauce pans, a large soup/stock pot, and large deep frying pan, not to mention a steamer basket. I've been using them LOTS over the past 6 months and they still look like brand-new. I thought items might stick
without a "coating (like teflon)", but they don't. My Congratulations to the Bride to be and her sweetheart.
I've had a set of Belgique for years and they have served me well. They have a set at Macy's on sale this weekend. http://www.macys.com/catalog/produc ... ategoryID=9482&LinkType=Homepage
If you miss them this weekend, they have them on sale quite often.
They are easy to clean, rarely stick and look good after years of use. They also have the copper core in the bottom and are stainless steel.
Thanks for all the great feedback and kind words! Very Helpful!
In my lifetime I have gone through a lot of different cookware ... Farberware, T-Fal, etal. I have found the best for me is the WearEver brand (they have a Taste of Home series that is great). They are heavy-duty and the non-stick doesn't scratch. One piece of advice that you should give your daughter and son-in-law is ALWAYS wash cookware by hand. They will remain looking brand new for years if proper treatment is applied. Best of luck to the bride and groom.
My mother bought a set of Saladmaster pots and pans many years ago and they are still around. The same man she bought them from years ago she ran into a few years ago and he hooked her up on getting some handles replaced for free. I am thinking they have lifetime guarantees, but not certain.
Revere Ware is awesome. It is stainless steel with the copper bottoms. I have had mine for over 20 years. My grandmother passed away a year and a half ago. I gave her set of Revere Ware to my sister. It was in perfect shape, and I know that her set was at least 50 years old. It is not non-stick, but I use cooking spray. I never use nonstick cookware. It is not too safe.
Much hapiness to the kids.
Check http://www.overstock.com. They seem to have the best deals. I'm not sure what types of pots and pans you want to get. Aluminum sounds good (since they won't be eating Teflon "pepper" after a few months after getting them.) However, I must say, the best pans I have in this house are the cast iron skillets, which are now a few decades old and still holding up. No matter what type of set you get her, throw in a cast iron skillet---they last, and they make the best tasting cakes and cornbread.
If your daughter likes to cook -- go with saladmaster. I grew up with it. went to college forgot about it. Had a set of farberware that didn't last 3 years. Got complete set of Calphalon that is dinged, discolored and on its way out only 10 years later and that stuff is expensive!!! I just rememberd saladmaster!!!!! My mom's is still beautiful after more than 30 years!!!!
Tawnda and Sammi.
My sister had salad master pots and pans for 25 years now! She needs to replace handles of the pots. Will you be able to let me know where to get these handles?
Look into saladmaster cookware, it's the best there is.
you could get on saladmaster website and find a dealer near you.
they will come to you and cook you a dinner and show you what saladmaster is all about.
I have studied almost all cookware and trust me Saladmaster is the way to go. I know people who have had their sets 40+ years with no problems. Yes, there is a lifetime warranty and I know of one woman in particular who after 40years needed new handles and the company sent her a BRAND NEW SET no questions asked!! I have a set and I would not even think of using anything else. Go to www.saladmaster.com and have someone come cook for you it is a lot of fun. And the best part is there is no pressure or obligation. Unbelievable company. STAY AWAY from aluminum, and non-stick.
Hi, I was wondering,if you ever found the Taste of Home Series by Wearever pans? If so please let me know where I can buy them. Thanks
Ok is www.saladmaster.com selling aluminum pan or what? I ave Stainless Steel (Wolfgang Pucks) and they stick like mad. Yes, they say use oil let it get hot etc, but to me this isn't healthy cooking! In this hurry up world I need good no stick pans. Any help? TIA.
I swear by Paderno. But I also have some non-stick pans that I like --- just as long as the stainless steel is heavy duty. Most of the sticking comes from a lightweight pan. And for those who think oil isn't healthy -- olive oil is about as healthy as you can get and you don't need much - maybe a tablespoonful or so. It is just to fill the microscopic holes (pores) in the bottom of the pan. That's where the sticking comes from.
I suggest to get corningware. It will last a life time. Will go from freezer to table & use in microwave. I use mine every day, and had it over 20 years It still looks very good. Good luck.
Try to use cast iron, glass, or stainless steel. Aluminum and nonstick finishes can be toxic. I find copper clad bottom stainless steel pots at thrift stores and garage sales. I do not buy sets. Teach your daughter the benefit of cooking with cast iron; they are well worth the scrubbing and care. Use glass for baking.
I personally think that the old standby CAST IRON is the way to go. It doesn't break and WILL last forever. My DH melted a plastic spatula in one of mine years ago, and I just had it sand-blasted out. It's perfect since. If they get sticky with grease, use them in the campfire next summer and the excess gets burned off. Cook your cornbread right in the pan that you cooked the breakfast bacon or eggs in.
I find that I am way less likely to burn food in a cast iron than other pan because it heats so evenly. ----- Look in the second hand stores and get a super set for not much (and it will probably be seasoned and super non-stick already) and still, the older makes are best. Start with a fry pan that is 10" or so and then just see what else you can find.
Griddles are useful, either rectangular or round like a no-side frypan. It's fun to have muffin pans or corn-stick pans. You can even use a frypan to set another metal pan in to keep from scorching a sauce, sort-of like a double boiler.
The most welcome gifts I've ever given for a wedding was a nice size iron skillet, with an embroidered tea towel and a glass pie pan.
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