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Old 01-16-2008, 10:44 AM   #1
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Question I Need Some Inexpensive Cookware

It is time for some cookwave, But I can't spend a arm and leg for it ...Which brands and style do you suggest.

I don't want Walmart types...something that going to last.

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Old 01-16-2008, 10:58 AM   #2
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If you don't want to spend an arm and a leg you can go to places like Sam's or Cotsco and see what they have. It certainly will serve the purpose. I would look for stainless steel as I don't feel a coated/non-stick surface serves well for how I cook, except for eggs. The non-stick surfaces should not be heated to hot and a lot of times that's what I want for searing purposes.
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:09 PM   #3
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Try Amazon.com, esp. their Friday Sale. Good quality, discontinued lines.
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:43 PM   #4
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Ceres443,
I am not sure where you live, but IKEA, TJMAxx, Home Goods also carry good value cookware, Amazon is also a great source.

A friend of mine got a "Tool for the trade" Stainless Steel with Cooper bottom set at Macy's. The pots look and feel pretty good, I've used them a couple of times.
I think she payed about $150 for a 16 pcs set on Sale.
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:56 PM   #5
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Check to see if the town you live in has a restaurant supply store that is open to the public. We've scored some pretty good deals on some commercial cookware in ours.
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Old 01-16-2008, 04:14 PM   #6
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I would go with Bowling, we have bought many sturdy inexpensive items at a restaurant supply store. Those were often stainless, and I actually prefer it, but you can also pick up other items that are actually pretty good.

We used to hang out with friends in the kitchen of a very expensive restaurant - not during service.

But their pots and pans you could not sell for two bits at a garage sale.

Yet they made the most wondrful French food we have ever tasted.

Am not telling you to buy cheap pots and pans but a Calphalon set does not make a chef.

And a chef can cook on minimal cookware.

Just an observation.
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:02 PM   #7
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...But their pots and pans you could not sell for two bits at a garage sale.
You are correct - restaurant pots and pans are not of a high quality because of the abuse they take. They are meant to be thrown away and new ones bought - over and over and over again.

So - you can go to a restaurant supply and buy pots and pans that certainly work - just don't expect them to last more than a couple years if you cook a lot.
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I've seen postings of members who got great cookware deals at thrift stores.
I personally have not been to one of those, but I will check them out, specially to find Descoware stuff.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:06 PM   #9
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Wal-mart actually has some good cookware. Tramontina 8-Piece 18/10 Stainless Steel TriPly-Clad Cookware Set - Wal-Mart
Sam's has some good stuff too. they have a good quality non stick set
Sam's Club - Housewares
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:10 PM   #10
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Do you have a Discover credit card? if so.. look at your current cashback rewards, you can turn them in for giftcerts to many places. Bed Bath'n'Beyond is one.. if you have enough you can make a nice Calphalon set cheap out of pocket.
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