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They're not all right... 
Jul. 7, 2011 8:24 am 
Updated: Jun. 21, 2013 12:16 pm pots and pans, that is. In fact, I'm embarrassed by them. I realized a few months ago that I bought my current set in 2002 from Target, and only spent around $60 for 3 pots, 3 lids and 2 pans. It's 'non-stick' and the insides now look like a cat spazzed out in them.  I also have a small set of aluminum pots and pans that I bought a few years later (I don't even remember buying them!?) that sucks just as bad. They don't heat up evenly (they were cheap), and the handles of them get hot enough to heat up their own zip code. 

So this is what I've been working with for the last nine years. For the occasional cook, yeeeeeeah, you could probably get by with these, but for someone who LOVES to cook every day, they've been nothing but constant aggravation and stress.

I've been researching different types of hard anodized cookware....Calphalon, Circulon, Earth Pan, Technique. This has been going on for MONTHS. (I'm a total commitment-phobe when it comes to important purchases.)  The last straw was a week ago when I was attempting to sear some meat and....let's just say it didn't go very well. Is it weird to yell at your pans???

Meet my new pans.....TAAA-DAAA! They're from Technique (sold on QVC) and get great reviews! The set includes a 1.5-qt saucepan with lid, 3-qt saucepan with lid, 4-qt saute with lid, 7-qt stock pot with lid, 8" skillet, 10" skillet, and 11" skillet. Yeah!   I had been eyeing up their other sets, but they didn't quite contain the pieces I wanted. When I checked again last week, this new configuration had popped up that was perfect!  I don't have them yet, but they should be arriving any day. I will update once I've had a chance to try them! 

New cookware set!
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Jul. 7, 2011 2:30 pm
I think you'll be very happy when you realize 20 years later (like I just did with my Calphalon set) that you haven't had to replace a single one! Funny thing about pots & pans - you don't even think about em (let alone cuss em out!) when they're good!
Jul. 8, 2011 8:20 am
I've been running a set I inadvertently acquired a piece at a time as a discount purchase from a major grocery store. When I got them, I knew a whole lot less about good cooking gear than I do now. The luck was with me because it turns out that the Oneida set I ended up with has almost every feature I'd want if I was to buy new now. About the only thing they lack is lids with steam vents. I've had them for 12 years and they are still as good as the day I got them. I have since added to the set, spending hundreds more to get upgraded additions and ultimately, I hardly ever use them, they're simply not as good as the Oneidas. Anyhow congrats on getting your first set of good pots, always a thrill.
Jul. 12, 2011 3:54 am
Congrats! You deserve good cookware! Consider adding a big heavy iron skilled with lid, to complement your new set. They never wear out and are extremely versatile. (Frying, roasting, baking, etc.
Jul. 12, 2011 8:33 pm
Oooh, yes, an iron skillet! Thanks for the reminder! My mom swears by these and I've always wanted one. *adding to shopping list* :)
Oct. 25, 2011 3:34 am
Congratulations on your new cookware set purchase! I do have the Technique set that is very similar to yours (dishwasher set and all) that I have had for 2-3 years. They are still going strong so hope you will be happy with your purchase. I have also started collecting All-Clad (yes, very pricey but well worth it.) since these things last forever and non-stick cookwares always do (I have gone through at least 10 sets over the last 20 years of my cooking, I cook every meal we eat.) Good luck with your new pans! Enjoy cooking!
Oct. 25, 2011 3:53 am
They look great! Good investment!
Oct. 29, 2011 5:00 am
From one French Canadian who trips out on buying good cookware to another... as Mamaw said, iron is great. A large iron pan and a good iron dutch oven. If you don't like the care you have to give them, you can buy them glazed. But the cookware you just bought looks really nice and I'm anxious to hear how you like it.
Jun. 21, 2013 12:13 pm
no I don't think it is weird to yeLL at inanimate objects (such as pos and pans) .
Jun. 21, 2013 12:16 pm
(Pots and pans) this kindLe fire ALWYS MAKES typing errors Because the STUPID thing insists on deciding for me what words I want to use in a sentence And it is wrong more often than right
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