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O.T. I am going to buy some new pots and pans and I am having a really hard time deciding on what to get. I know for a fact I do not want non-stick (aka teflon) pans. I have always had them but I hate them so much. I want stainless steel but am not sure what brand I want something that is affordable and will last. Any suggestions.

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Last updated: Feb. 3, 2013 1:08 am
Posted: Feb. 2, 2013 3:14 pm
Answered by: AllieGeekPi
Feb. 2, 2013 3:25 pm
I've had my Farberware stainless cookware for 30 years with no plans to replace. I highly recommend. It's affordable, durable and performs well.
Feb. 2, 2013 3:27 pm
that was one that I was looking at but the last thing of farberware I bought ( the knife set) didn't even last a month before they went dull. So i am a little cautious now about them.
mimosa ain't no PRO
Feb. 2, 2013 4:21 pm
Sadly, many brands products from 30 years ago are much higher quality than the same company's products today. My mother and I both have some 30+ year old Farberware that's fantastic, and they may still have some good things, but I've seen some things that are total JUNK by them too lately.
Answered by: Renee'
Feb. 2, 2013 3:28 pm
Years ago my husband and I went to a free dinner where Salad Master cookware was demonstrated by serving us a meal. My husband said before arriving we were not purchasing anything that evening. As the evening progressed, the demonstrator asked by husband what quality of tools did he purchase to use for our auto repair. We went home that evening having purchased a complete set of the cookware. That was over 39 years ago and they are still working wonderfully. BUY QUALITY..
gderr the dysfunctional
Feb. 2, 2013 3:36 pm
cast iron or triple ply. both!
Feb. 2, 2013 3:48 pm
Cuisinart MultiClad Pro 12 Pc. set It's triple ply and is oven safe to 500 degrees and broiler safe. The aluminum is also in the sides of the pans not just the bottom. Since it's aluminum your food will brown nicely. You can brown a roast on the stove then put the same pan right into the oven to finish the cooking. Dishwasher safe also. I think you can get the set for around $300.
Feb. 2, 2013 4:54 pm
Nowadays, 'non-stick' refers to a LOT of different surface finishes not just teflon. Teflon had proven to not be very durable for use on cooking surfaces and many other advancements have taken place since it was first invented. I think non-stick surfaces are great when cooking certain types of food that tend to otherwise stick to the pans.
Answered by: Hazel Wagner
Feb. 2, 2013 5:10 pm
Maybe try the discount stores Marshall's or TJ Maxx, if you have them near you. I've seen All-clad pans there, at a real good discount.
Feb. 2, 2013 6:22 pm
Lagostine (sp?) stainless. I've had it for years, it was reasonably priced and is great. I just wish there were different handles on the lids...not stainless that are always too hot!
Feb. 2, 2013 6:34 pm
My Cuisinart set is about 30 years old, and the handles don't get hot, unless I put the pan in the oven. Bottoms are still warp free, which is important for ceramic top stoves or induction-types. You must learn the technique of cooking with stainless steel. Usually the manufacturer has some recommendations about that.
Answered by: RedCooker
Feb. 2, 2013 7:12 pm
Buying pots and pans should be purchased like jewelry... a piece at a time... not a packaged set. Non-Stick type are good for some recipes...caphalon good for others...revere wear...etc...stainless vs. aluminum.cast iron...etc...I've gotten favorites at William Sonoma and Kohls. Good luck searching for your gems.
Feb. 3, 2013 1:08 am
when we remodeled our kitchen- hubby bought me a set (never had a set before) of cuisinart-- hate them- i use cast iron(on glass top) carefully whenever possible- i want to have a bew set- but do not want to hurt his feelings-lol- so i have just been buying a piece here & there - an omlett skillet-etc-also i love the two cast iron grill pans i have - great for cold weather or a quick dinner(only the two of us) :-)all my baking pans are from a restaurant supply store- love them
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