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    #16
    If I threw everything out and started from scratch, I would buy some inexpensive items. For most cooks, there is no need to break the bank:

    - An inexpensive set of pans. Costco has a set of Teflon (or something like it) coated pans that are very highly rated. Most pans for heating foods don't need to be expensive. Glass lids are a big plus.
    http://reviews.costco.com/2070/11624...ws/reviews.htm

    - A good lodge cast iron pan with high sides. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00006JSUB/...oequippilot-20

    - A 12"skillet for frying. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009W38T4/...oequippilot-20

    - A 12qt stockpot for soups, chili, cooking spaghetti, etc. Look for one with good ratings on not burning at the bottom. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00008CM6K/...oequippilot-20

    - Inexpensive sheet pans and baking pans.

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      #17
      But most inexpensive (cheap) will need to be replaced several times, that does add up. buy good quality item once and be done with it.

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        #18
        I think I want to go with the all-clad, seems like awesome stuff and I want these to last.
        I think I have landed on at least:
        12" skillet, one regular, one non-stick
        3qt saucepan
        2qt non-stick saucepan

        I am still debating size for a Dutch oven, but once I have that I think these will have me covered. I already have some good baking stuff I just need to toss all the junk, I keep using these warping things instead of the thick aluminum sheets I already have.
        I think after these I can toss the majority of what's left, which are mostly just little non-stick pans from 6-18 inches or so.

        I just counted, I have 16 pans and I know that I personally have only used 3 of them since I got married a decade ago.

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        • mgaretz
          mgaretz commented
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          I have a 3qt saucepan that I hardly ever use. Too small. I use the 4qt that I referenced above.

        #19
        I went through this process last year and this is the link to it

        http://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/for...e-manufacturer

        I got the All-Clad D5 Brushed SS 10 piece set. I have had it since last December. I am very pleased with it and would purchase it again if I was in the market for a new cookware set.

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          #20
          I have nothing but All-Clad, (and one old cast iron skillet) and lots of it, that I have purchased over quite a few years. It will be in my will, because it will certainly outlast me. It is the original polished stainless, easy to clean, and great to cook with. Stovetop to oven without any problems. I'm not too fond of most of their accessories, though; they don't work any better that most less expensive brands. I do have a set of barbeque tools that were a gift, but other than the tongs, they are all virgins.

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            #21
            Yno Thanks, have you ever had to warranty any of them? Just curious how that process is. When I was a mechanic I got all of my tools at Sears, not only were they cheaper but using the warranty meant swinging by the store, picking up a new one, leaving the old one and getting back to work.

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            • Yno
              Yno commented
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              I think they can have a great written warranty because the things never break.

            #22
            I'm wondering if buying cheaper nonstick pans instead of all clad isn't a better option. To my knowledge all non stick will eventually need to be replaced. I know I've bought a nonstick skillet from Chefs.com (it had a "sandwiched" bottom) just like all clad, and it's lasted me a couple years of nearly daily use/abuse, but the non stick is slowly starting to flake off. Thoughts?

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              #23
              Originally posted by Dr ROK View Post
              I'm wondering if buying cheaper nonstick pans instead of all clad isn't a better option. To my knowledge all non stick will eventually need to be replaced. I know I've bought a nonstick skillet from Chefs.com (it had a "sandwiched" bottom) just like all clad, and it's lasted me a couple years of nearly daily use/abuse, but the non stick is slowly starting to flake off. Thoughts?

              That's the route I take w/ nonsticks. In my opinion you can't go wrong with T-Fal Pros. They might cost $20-30, available at any store that sells pans, and last a good two years of moderate use, more with light use. America's Test Kitchen rates them as a best buy, and I must say I agree. We have one going on either year 3 or 4 right now. Yes it needs replaced but it still works for anything except eggs. Scrambled eggs are your 'how-good-is-my-nonstick-pan' meter.

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                #24
                Originally posted by Dr ROK View Post
                I'm wondering if buying cheaper nonstick pans instead of all clad isn't a better option. To my knowledge all non stick will eventually need to be replaced. I know I've bought a nonstick skillet from Chefs.com (it had a "sandwiched" bottom) just like all clad, and it's lasted me a couple years of nearly daily use/abuse, but the non stick is slowly starting to flake off. Thoughts?

                All Clad is clad all the way from the bottom to the top of the sides, it's not a disk on the bottom.

                I believe you are right, all non-stick will eventually need to be replaced. I've been using my All Clad non-stick for 7 years and it's still going strong, but admittedly I don't use it for everything.

                I think the bottom line is this: Cook with what makes you happy and makes cooking a joy instead of a chore. When I use my All Clad it makes me feel better when I cook compared to other brands, and that's what counts in my book!
                Last edited by mgaretz; May 29, 2015, 11:37 AM.

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                • Huskee
                  Huskee commented
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                  I considered an All-Clad a while back. I want to feel good about frying, I like to make ATK's chicken parm recipe every now and then. We have a less-expensive but heavy & stylish one now (forget what brand) and it works ok. So I've never actually pulled the trigger on another.

                #25
                If you don't cook a lot inside, don't waste your money on the higher end gear. I do cook a lot (heavily and every day) and I have old Calphalon (I think from 1989) that has served me well for years - and I take care of it. The only thing I really spend on is copper. There's a line out right now called "Belgique" that Marcus Samuelson put his face on that I was impressed with for price/performance.

                It depends on how and what you cook, but spend your money on your knives. My opinion only, your mileage may vary.

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                • richinlbrg
                  richinlbrg commented
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                  I have my Calphalon from 1991 and with the exception of one pan which the coating has worn off, they are all going strong. But it is difficult to find the cleaner these days, so we don't use them so much anymore.

                  Having said that, I also have to add that one of the best non-professional cooks I've known is a chemist who had about the crappiest pots and pans I've seen.
                  Last edited by richinlbrg; May 30, 2015, 04:59 AM.

                #26
                I have some knives I am happy with, some good ceramics etc. I don't have any complaints with my outside cooking, it's inside that's the problem. I cook pretty much every day inside and my stuff just isn't any good, so I want a few quality pieces that I don't have to worry about.

                I tried a few places today and only Homegoods had any all-clad, the great news was they $100 cheaper than anywhere else, the bad news was all that they had were 10" skillets and a tall 7qt pot.

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                • The Burn
                  The Burn commented
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                  Yeah, you can often find good deals at Marshall's Homegoods, but it's hit or miss what they have. I usually stop by there every few weeks just to browse.

                #27
                John maybe they'll let you order what you want?

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                • _John_
                  _John_ commented
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                  Didn't even think to ask...almost bought it anyway, but I know I need a 12" and wouldn't use it that much.

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