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Help, I need some new pots

#1 Post by J a y H a c k » November 18th, 2020, 7:45 am

Other than a Green Pan for omelets, a Le Cruset for casseroles and a large heavy cast-iron, my wife and I are generally not happy with our pots and pans, which represent a random collection of items we have bought over the years. Can anyone recommend a brand/set that we can buy that will just make me happy when I use them. The pot and pan equivalent of a really good knife. You do not need it, but it makes cooking more fun. I am 69 years old, and I figure if I invest in some good pans, they will carry me until all I can eat is oatmeal and cream of wheat.
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#2 Post by Andrew M c C a b e » November 18th, 2020, 7:49 am

We recently purchased Demeyere Industry5 pots and pans and are very happy with the performance. A little bit on the expensive side but they look like they will last.
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#3 Post by Victor Hong » November 18th, 2020, 8:26 am

Noo Joizee just legalized the stuff.
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#4 Post by J a y H a c k » November 18th, 2020, 9:16 am

Victor Hong wrote:
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Noo Joizee just legalized the stuff.
But I am a Type II diabetic so getting the munchees is bad.
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#5 Post by Rodrigo B » November 18th, 2020, 9:34 am

+1 for Demeyere, excellent design and quality. Really even heating, and the handles might be my favourite part about them. Really highlights their thoughtful design considerations. It disperses heat well and doesn't heat up the handle. It's also welded to the outside instead of riveted which makes cleaning a lot easier. Expensive, but built for performance and to last
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#6 Post by Jay $$ Winton » November 18th, 2020, 9:58 am

We bought an induction range for our new house so need recs for pots etc. Fortunately, cast iron works.
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#7 Post by Josh Grossman » November 18th, 2020, 10:07 am

For pots, I like Dansk--but admit it's mostly for the aesthetic. For pans, I have a bridge burner with a Le Creuset cast iron reversible grill/griddle that is my work horse. For skillets I'm convinced by carbon steel and like Darto and AUS-ION by Solidteknics. I have a large amount of antique cast iron that I very rarely get out. I have gas, so copper doesn't seem like that great of a benefit. I know you said you wanted a set, but I'm an *sshole.

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#8 Post by Dan Hammer » November 18th, 2020, 10:36 am

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#9 Post by Josh Grossman » November 18th, 2020, 10:44 am

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Made in Cookware. https://madeincookware.com/pages/review ... gKwRPD_BwE
I gave away my Made In. I don't like that there are rivets going into the skillet. The handle stuck up too far to fit under the broiler. There is no heat dissipation mods in the handle so you can pick it up. The quality is okay but the design isn't great.

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#10 Post by PeterH » November 18th, 2020, 10:45 am

All Clad regularly has "factory second" sales at half off. That makes it reasonably priced, but I haven't compared closely to Made In normal pricing.
We have one Demeyere pan, which seems heavier than necessary. Beautiful pan, though.
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#11 Post by Jay Miller » November 18th, 2020, 10:45 am

I've been happy with both Hestan (originally recommended on this board by Mark G) and my All Clad copper core.

And my old copper bottomed Revere Ware from their early period I got from my mom though some of them have warped.
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#12 Post by Jay Miller » November 18th, 2020, 10:47 am

You might find this thread useful:

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#13 Post by Mike Cohen » November 18th, 2020, 10:48 am

I know this is not what you want to hear, but I'm done with buying high end pots and pans unless its from HomeGoods or HomeSense or one of those type stores. Every time I'm in one of those stores, I see plenty of All Clad, Calphalon, Cuisinart, Le Crueset, Staub, etc. for a fraction of the price. I actually don't understand how Williams Sonoma stays in business.

With regard to non-stick pans, I buy cheap ones from the same stores and use them until the non-stick factor sucks. And then I buy a new one. I don't remember paying more than $8-10 for an 8" non-stick omelette pan.

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#14 Post by John S » November 18th, 2020, 11:06 am

All Clad users here. Our main pots/pans are the All Clad "copper core". We have some that are aluminum core (with stainless) and the bit of copper is a nice touch in terms of use and still not too heavy. Those aluminum core ones may go to the kids and are 30+ years old. These are daily use for a family family of 5 for over 20 years and still going strong. We have one all clad saucepan is all copper but it is too heavy for everyday use, just specific sauces.
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#15 Post by Eric Michels » November 18th, 2020, 11:08 am

I remain very happy with my All-Clad saucepans (have both the old MC and MC2 lines as well as newer copper core TK line). I also have plenty of skillets from the same lines but never use them - I always reach for either Lodge cast iron or some carbon steel that I picked up at Homegoods. I wouldn't repurchase expensive skillets.

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#16 Post by David K o l i n » November 18th, 2020, 11:42 am

I never regret going for my All-Clad, although I have quite an assortment in my collection (including some Cuisinart steel from 40 years ago. Indestructible

I don’t use their frying pans, though - mostly restaurant nonstick and cast iron

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#17 Post by NED VALOIS » November 18th, 2020, 12:56 pm

Jay,
About 40 years ago I bought Paderno pots & pans and have loved them ever since. We cook alot ! They are indestructible and heavy duty. Warranteed for life and used on Queen Elizabeth's ship & Air Force One.They are no longer made, however these (below) seem close and with same name, made in Canada !
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#18 Post by Scott Brunson » November 19th, 2020, 3:35 am

Josh Grossman wrote:
November 18th, 2020, 10:44 am
Dan Hammer wrote:
November 18th, 2020, 10:36 am
Made in Cookware. https://madeincookware.com/pages/review ... gKwRPD_BwE
I gave away my Made In. I don't like that there are rivets going into the skillet. The handle stuck up too far to fit under the broiler. There is no heat dissipation mods in the handle so you can pick it up. The quality is okay but the design isn't great.
We enjoy ours. They cook really hot, which can be a negative as well as a positive.
I especially like the saucier.
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#19 Post by PeterH » November 19th, 2020, 9:46 am

Misen is another option.

https://misen.com/pages/collection

The difference from most others is the rounded bottom on the sauce pans, which is nice if you really use them to make sauces.

They currently have a 25% off code FEAST

Made In is running a 25% off promotion too.
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#20 Post by Andrew Kotowski » November 19th, 2020, 8:43 pm

All Clad fans in this house. Bought a set with a heavy discount that I found on a post here. Posted more to tell you about Bar Keeper’s Friend, which I use to clean my pans/pots. Used powder, steel wool and some warm water and cleaned up two years of grime in about 30 mins. Have used previously on a Mauviel sauce pan, as well.
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#21 Post by jeffmazen » November 20th, 2020, 4:40 am

Jay,

I'm doing the same for my beach house. I landed on Sitram cookware. What I've found is if I buy great pots they will outlive me.
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#22 Post by MitchTallan » November 20th, 2020, 11:29 am

I bought the black anodized exterior All-Clad twenty years ago-pretty much one of everything. They have never let me down. They get banged around and abused. They go off the six burner Thermador range and into the oven often. There may be better-haven't tried them all-but they are well designed. Most times I can handle the hot handle without a towel. I have never noticed any uneven cooking. If there is one draw-back, it might be getting a good sear on fish and meat.

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#23 Post by Lee Short » November 22nd, 2020, 12:06 am

I've got de Buyer for carbon pans, Demeyere for stainless, Staub / Creuset for enameled cast iron. I use carbon steel pans for most skillet tasks, stainless when I'm cooking reactive foods. enameled cast iron for dutch oven, etc.

De buyer makes (made?) a carbon steel roasting pan, which is hard to find, but cleans up so much easier than a stainless roasting pan.

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#24 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » November 22nd, 2020, 1:42 pm

Misen non-stick pans are awesome. I haven't tried any of their other stuff.

I have a few All-Clad pots which I like.

You might be covered if you have cast iron already, but my Turk forged iron fry pans were game changers.
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#25 Post by mike pobega » November 22nd, 2020, 3:58 pm

Gave away my Made-In too.
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#26 Post by RKatz » November 22nd, 2020, 6:12 pm

Hestan Nanobond's are pretty impressive. Very hard to scratch and very even heating, flat rivets. Trading up for my all-clads which too much sticks to.

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#27 Post by Chris Freemott » November 22nd, 2020, 7:29 pm

Count me as a big fan of Made In. Have some Misen too, but really prefer the Made in. I can see why how you use them (hot handles above) could be an issue. But, I really love mine. My favorite is the saucier but the 2QT sauce pan (which wasn’t available for sale recently?) is a go to pot/pan for me. And I think Made In’s Teflon is better than Misen and Misen was miles ahead of what I’ve had before which included All Clad.

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#28 Post by Jay Miller » November 23rd, 2020, 6:40 am

Oh, and I assume you have some enameled cast iron already (Le Creuset, etc.) but if not then you need at least one dutch oven.
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#29 Post by Ken Strauss » November 23rd, 2020, 4:51 pm

I own a set of all-clad d5 that I have been very happy with.
That said after reading this thread I would purchase the Hestan set now if I was in the market.
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