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Old 11-01-2011, 12:43 PM   #11
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You can pick up deeply discounted name brand cookware at Ross/TJ Maxx. Names like Cuisinart, Kitchen Aid, and Calphalon are available. I have a full set of tri-ply stainless I bought by starting out with a starter set as a gift and then buying every damn individual pot and pan available in the same brand (Le Gourmet Chef). Now I wish I had shopped around more and tried a few different types of equipment. Now I'm married to tri-ply stainless til death do us part, or dump it all and make another big investment in something else. I have a couple of Calphalon anodized aluminium pans that I love but if I buy any more cookware I'll have to store it in the garage. I wish I had room in my kitchen for more.

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Old 11-01-2011, 04:22 PM   #12
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I have that kind of problem, too. Largely because I can't pass up a good copper piece for dirt cheap at the flea market. And then the other day, my wife walks in with two fine little Spanish BRA heavy bottom stainless saute pans with brass handles that are perfect for frying a few slices of shallots for topping. Why I need two, I don't know, but I'll keep them. What it's time for is a new or more rack.

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Old 11-01-2011, 04:45 PM   #13
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I converted a coat closet right off the kitchen into an equipment pantry.....

I have to still keep myself in check so it stays orgainized, but I have lots of room. When I upgrade a pan or piece of equipment, the old one has to go in the shed in a box for donation to a thrift store or to a friend in need.
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:00 PM   #14
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I am partial to my LeCrueset. I have the starter set and a number of additional pieces. The down side is they are heavy. The edges can chip. They can stain. I also have a number of SS and CI pieces. My advice would be similar to those above--buy the best quality you can, buy open stock pieces to add to a set, or buy open stock and then add.

What do you like to eat? If you love soups and sauces, you'll want a decent-sized dutch oven type pan. If you love making pasta, you might want a pasta pan. If roasts are your thing, you'll want a roaster or similar pan that can go in the oven. If you love Chinese cooking, a wok might be in order. A saute pan (fry pan) is essential, IMO. Make a list of the types of foods you like (and can foresee cooking) and then decide what types of pans and pots you need to prepare these things at home, JMO.

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