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Sun Jul 8, 2012, 09:41 AM

List your favorite, go-to cookware.

I love my Le Creuset 2-Quart sauce pots...I have 2, one white and one red and they are both "Heart Shaped". I call them my love pots.

I have an old, well seasoned, cast iron, #8 Griswold dutch oven Tilt-Top Baster, dated inside the lid, February 10th, 1920. I use it to bake my no-knead bread daily.

Oh, I must not forget my "Martha"....a kitchen aid stand mixer....another classic which I got for $75 dollars at a garage sale in 1995. It is a Hobart Made mixer from the Greenville-Troy Ohio location.


I also love my other cast iron skillets, my all clad and 5.5 Qt. Le Creuset dutch oven. Additionally, got to thank the chef's above for silpats. I have favorite mixing bowls too....local from Ohio as well....Roseville Pottery.

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Reply List your favorite, go-to cookware. (Original post)
FarPoint Jul 2012 OP
tru Jul 2012 #1
FarPoint Jul 2012 #2
Callalily Jul 2012 #5
FarPoint Jul 2012 #6
bif Jul 2012 #3
FarPoint Jul 2012 #4
Callalily Jul 2012 #7
pinto Jul 2012 #8
elleng Jul 2012 #9
Lugnut Jul 2012 #22
FarPoint Jul 2012 #24
Aerows Jul 2012 #10
Aerows Jul 2012 #11
tru Jul 2012 #12
Aerows Jul 2012 #13
Aerows Jul 2012 #18
Callalily Jul 2012 #15
Aerows Jul 2012 #17
hobbit709 Jul 2012 #14
cbayer Jul 2012 #16
tru Jul 2012 #23
cbayer Jul 2012 #25
Stinky The Clown Jul 2012 #19
OswegoAtheist Jul 2012 #20
Phentex Jul 2012 #26
Blues Heron Jul 2012 #21
Phentex Jul 2012 #27
pscot Jul 2012 #28
HopeHoops Jul 2012 #29

Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 10:21 AM

1. Nordic Ware, excellent plus made in the US n/t

 

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 10:45 AM

2. I must be weird....

as I value my cookware like I value friendships. I choose them carefully as I want them to be long lasting. The quality of my meal is 50% due to the effectiveness of my tools in my opinion.

I'm a bit surprised others here don't seem to claim their cookware in the same style as I do... . I thought this would of been a hot thread.

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Response to FarPoint (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 11:27 AM

5. Smiling! It's early in the day,

I'm sure more comments are forthcoming.

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Response to Callalily (Reply #5)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 11:36 AM

6. Your right....

I'm into baking in the morning due to the heat wave....so I'm up early. No knead bread is in the oven now...Plus, the weekend is my time to get organized for my week of meals.

In other words...I'm on a mission.

I already placed my 2 inch thick pork chops into the apple cider and garlic brine last evening....

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 11:05 AM

3. I love my Celphalon frying pan

I use it all the time.

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Response to bif (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 11:10 AM

4. I have just one....

it is non-stick. It's a keeper!

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 11:37 AM

7. After years and years of

having mediocre cookware (budget, etc.) I decided to just start replacing cookware one by one and buy quality. And yes, I agree, good cookware is key to successful cooking.

Anyway, about two years ago I purchased a WONDERFUL Celphalon 12" covered skillet. It's deep so I can make just about anything in it. It's my go-to pan. No buyers remorse here - it's worth every penny I spent.

My next purchase was a 5-quart stock pot. It's from Italy and sorry I don't know the manufacturer, doesn't say on the pot. I purchased this piece at Tuesday Mornings and I paid a hefty price for it even discounted, but I am not disappointed with this pot either.

So these two pieces are my go-to cookware. I make just about everything using them.

But on occasion, I'll still use my mom's old stainless steel stockpot. It's 55+ years old and my dad repaired one of the handles. Food always tastes good when cooking with this old stainless pot!

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 12:20 PM

8. Cast iron - Dutch oven and 3 skillets, slow cooker, rice steamer, roasting pan, blender.

Covers the basics for me.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 12:31 PM

9. Voila!

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Response to elleng (Reply #9)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 02:09 AM

22. I love my Le Creueset.

The set I have is really old - about 35 years old. Between that set and my 40 year old Revere Ware I have all the pots and pans I need.

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Response to Lugnut (Reply #22)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 08:12 AM

24. Revere Ware ....

I never thought that it would be enduring. I'm impressed.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 02:31 PM

10. MMM... I have many

 

I one is big ancient pot that I use to cook pasta, and I have no idea of the brand because I've had it for ages.

Calphelon 8 inch skillet is my go-to for everything that needs to be sauteed or things like hot dogs and sausage for sandwiches. It has probably gotten more use than any of my pots combined, just because it is handy, easy to clean and is good with heat distribution.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 02:49 PM

11. I read some Amazon reviews

 

Where people were complaining about T-Fal. I have a few pieces of that, and they were complaining that if left too long in the sink they developed streaks and spots.

Do people no longer do their damn dishes and pots after they cook? Uh, that's pretty much a requirement if you wish to cook is to care for your knives, your silverware, you plates and your pots.

It's the tools of your hobby or trade. You either like to cook or you don't, but people griping because they leave their non-stick pans for too long in the sink seems like folks that don't really like cooking. My mother hates to cook, and is good at only approximately 2 things - oatmeal and round steak, and we were overloaded on both of them as kids. She's so awesome at everything else, that we all love her anyway, and I took up the mantle of household chef.

We didn't go hungry, but I learned to cook in self defense. My mother is a wonderful person, and she wouldn't be noticing about the pots, she'd be complaining that she had to cook at all. My sister had dusty pots when I went to visit for Thanksgiving. Yes, I ended up cooking for obvious reasons.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #11)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 03:33 PM

12. I like to cook. I don't like to clean.

 

I think your sister and I would get along just fine.

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Response to tru (Reply #12)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 03:47 PM

13. Probably

 

LOL.

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Response to tru (Reply #12)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 05:43 PM

18. But dusty pots

 

That implies that they haven't been used since the wedding. Fine with me, but .. dusty pots, seriously?

I was shocked since she got some great cookware at her wedding, and frankly, I was jealous that she got it. Then I came around ... and she hadn't used a bit of it. Her children are being raised upon McDonald's and it's not my business. She lives too far away for me to have any input, and she probably wouldn't care.

At least I live close to our parents and can help.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #11)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 05:16 PM

15. My mother too hated to cook,

so I too learned at an early age and made many of the family meals by age 12.

Taught my daughter how to cook at an early age and she's awesome!

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Response to Callalily (Reply #15)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 05:32 PM

17. Best way to learn

 

Is deciding that we wouldn't be having oatmeal or chicken fried steak .... *AGAIN*. LOL.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 04:09 PM

14. Cast iron skillets. 12-in, 10-in, 10-in Dutch oven, 8-in.

That and an old 3-qt pot and I can cook damn near anything.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 05:26 PM

16. My boat came with a set of cookware that I can't identify. Maybe someone could help.

They are heavy, enameled on the outside and have some very old anti-stick substance on the outside.

They are orange and really easy to cook with.

They have no distinguishing markings or names (or if they did, they came off long ago).

Those and my cast iron skillet are all I need for the most part. I just bought some stainless steel bakeware, which I am loving and brand new knives!!

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Response to cbayer (Reply #16)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 07:13 AM

23. photo requested n/t

 

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Response to tru (Reply #23)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 12:18 PM

25. This is mildly embarrassing, but I can't do that.

I have never set up the proper kind of account to upload images.

Sorry.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 08:22 PM

19. Wow, I can't name one.

A pedestrian 12" stainless steel teflon skillet.

A pedestrian 8 qt pot for cooking pasta, along with the pedestrian colander to drain it.

An ancient Martha Stewart brand tri-ply sauce pan from K-Mart.

An 11" light weight copper skillet from Mauviel.

A very heavy 8 qt copper stock pot from Mauviel.

My 8" and 12" French knives.

I use lots of other stuff, too, but those get used a lot these days. Over time, my go-to tools change as our tastes change.

But my most used "cookware" is the gas grill. It gets used more than anything else. Some days we cook lunch and dinner out there. Other days just lunch or just dinner. It is used at least once on probably five days out of seven in warmer weather and two or three days even in the dead of winter.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 12:20 AM

20. My cheap santoku knife

We've been together for years, and it's been the best knife I've ever owned, even though I only paid 30ish bucks for it. It's still sharp as hell, too; I've cut myself a few times washing it, including one ding that gave me six stitches.

Oswego "chicks dig scars" Atheist

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Response to OswegoAtheist (Reply #20)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 08:13 PM

26. LOL! forget scars, I'll take a

man in the kitchen any day! Especially one wielding a chef's knife.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 12:25 AM

21. cast iron skillet

Got a nice big cast iron skillet many years ago at a flea market in maine. That's a go to all the time. I also have a small one, thin, that I learned to cook on when I was only a child. That's a sweet treasure.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 08:17 PM

27. Cast iron, a couple of swiss diamond pans, a large pasta pot...

and of course knives. I still use an old pot of my mom's which is one of those waterless cooking things sold door to door. It's great for rice or other sides.

Got a couple of pampered chef microwavable bowls that get a regular workout as well.

In this heat, the grill pans are probably most used.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 04:48 PM

28. 25 year old set of Belgique stainless

and Henckel knives. The cookware is kind of beat up,, but still serviceable. Plus a couple of teflon fry pans from costco, whch get replaced about once a year. And a teflon wok that we've had for ages. Gave up cast iron years ago. It has its uses, but it's too heavy

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 08:00 PM

29. A small teflon frying pan and a made-for-marriage small spatula. Great for fried eggs.

 

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