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Old 10-26-2006, 09:46 AM   #1
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One pot/pan or ?? you can't do without?

Hi folks,

Someone who is close to me is in a situation where she may be making a big move. Up to this point she has always shared a kitchen--including cookware--with another person. If this move happens, she will be in a situation where her lifestyle may be volatile for a few years, and easy mobility is necessary.

At this point, she has a set of 4 good kitchen knives, one cast-iron skillet, and a couple of mixing/serving/eating bowls. And tableware for 2.

My question to all you wonderful cooking folks is this: what *one* item would you add to this mix to help make a good kitchen?

(I'm guessing one more cooking pot or pan would be helpful, which is why I posted in this forum. I'm looking for gift ideas, obviously! And I'd like this to be a surprise...)

Sorry to "post and run", but I have to get to school soon. I'll be checking back this evening. (Maybe there will be some answers by then?)

Hope y'all have a wonderful day!


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Old 10-26-2006, 09:48 AM   #2
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I think I'd add an 8-quart stock pot with lid. that's good for soup, chili and other bean dishes, boiling water for pasta, and other basic things.

However, that "one more thing" might be different for a different person.
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Old 10-26-2006, 10:00 AM   #3
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You are right. That's why I thought I'd get a variety of opinions!
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Old 10-26-2006, 10:05 AM   #4
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A large le creuset casserole dish. She could use it for stock or for preparing stews/casseroles/boiling water for pasta etc.
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Old 10-26-2006, 10:08 AM   #5
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I might go with a large Dutch Oven. It can be used for boiling water, making soups, stews, braises, sauces, and a number of other things.
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Old 10-26-2006, 10:17 AM   #6
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At this point, she has a set of 4 good kitchen knives, one cast-iron skillet, and a couple of mixing/serving/eating bowls. And tableware for 2.

My question to all you wonderful cooking folks is this: what *one* item would you add to this mix to help make a good kitchen?
If I had only what she has and could only add one item it would be a good quality, thick bottomed, four quart, stainless steel, lidded, straight sided sauce pot. It's big enough to make a decent size batch of soup, chille, beans etc., but small enough that you can still cook veggies or mashed potatoes for one or two, or even, perish the thought, heat a single can of something. A good one will last a lifetime.
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:15 AM   #7
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Another vote for the 8 quart, clad bottomed, stock pot with lid, very versatile.
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:23 AM   #8
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I agree a saucepan/stockpot is a good addition. However, since there are only two of them, I think an 8-quart is too big. A 4- or 6-quart will be big enough to do all the things listed for two people.
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:27 AM   #9
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If I had only what she has and could only add one item it would be a good quality, thick bottomed, four quart, stainless steel, lidded, straight sided sauce pot. It's big enough to make a decent size batch of soup, chille, beans etc., but small enough that you can still cook veggies or mashed potatoes for one or two, or even, perish the thought, heat a single can of something. A good one will last a lifetime.
This one gets my vote.
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:35 AM   #10
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Wait a minute -- she doesn't have any "regular" pots or pans.

Before I'd get her a dutch oven or a stock pot, I'd get her what skilletlicker and andy and con suggest-- a 4 quart sauce pan.

That way she can heat up soup and canned goods, steam veggies, cook ramen and mac and cheese, make sauces, etc, etc, etc.

8 quarts is way too big for simple everyday tasks.

The next thing I'd suggest is a 10 inch nonstick skillet.

Then I'd move on to stockpots and dutch ovens.
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