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Old 01-04-2016, 03:08 AM   #1
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Stainless Steel pans

I'm looking for an inexpensive set of stainless steel pots & pans. NO nonstick coating. Any ideas?
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Old 01-04-2016, 07:36 AM   #2
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I'm of the mind, now being older, hopefully wiser, to purchase good quality for a life time rather than replacing cookware every few years. I have also found that quality and performance go hand in hand. When it comes to stainless, we purchase All-Clad. Welcome to DC!
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Old 01-04-2016, 09:40 AM   #3
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There are different type of SS cookware. I recommend pans that either have an encapsulated disk on the bottom or are tri-ply with aluminum. They work much better to distribute heat evenly and prevent scorching. My preference between the two is try-ply. You can find try-ply Spans in a number of different brands from very expensive to more reasonable.

You don't really need a set. Buy individual pots and pans that you use frequently rather than a set. While the price of the set is discounted, you also end up with one or two pieces you really don't need.
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Old 01-04-2016, 09:45 AM   #4
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I would go with a set of Revere or piece together a collection of the older heavier Revere ware from estate sales, thrift shops, garage sales etc...

http://www.amazon.com/Revere-1400-Li...&tag=c99-gd-20
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Old 01-04-2016, 10:09 AM   #5
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I am in the buy the highest quality you can afford camp. I have Lecreuset enamel pans. I've had them for 35+ years. I also have SS pans and Ci pans. You don't need a set. You need what you will use. I scour the thrift stores for add ons. Know the brands and only look for those. Welcome to DC.
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Old 01-04-2016, 10:19 AM   #6
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All Clad is not inexpensive. Neither is LeCreuset. Here's Seriouseats take on SS cookware:

Equipment: The All-Clad vs. Tramontina Skillet Showdown | Serious Eats

I'm in the "buy what you need" camp, and not a fan of sets.
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Old 01-04-2016, 10:26 AM   #7
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Calphalon is also a good brand of tri-ply stainless steel at a reasonable price. And I agree that you should just buy the pieces you use. DH bought me my set of Calphalon for Christmas years ago and I rarely use the small skillet.

Of course, I might use it for toasting spices if I didn't already have a small cast iron skillet.
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Old 01-04-2016, 10:37 AM   #8
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If you can afford it buy '316L' SS cookware. Here's some good reading. Check out the 'comments'.Stainless Steel: All About Food Grade 304, 18/8 and 18/10 | MightyNest I found a 316L small fry pan in a thrift store a few years ago. As long as I keep the heat down and the pan has been seasoned with salt/oil once in awhile it's a non-stick deam to use.
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Old 01-04-2016, 10:56 AM   #9
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Look for some pieces of All Clad at the Cookware and More website.

No one needs a "set" determined by the manufacturer. Buy the pieces you will use.
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Old 01-04-2016, 11:23 AM   #10
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Its hit or miss, but the off-price retailers (Marshalls, TJ Maxx, etc.) sometimes have decent quality cookware at good prices. I picked up a Lenox tri-ply stockpot for about half the price that BB&B sells it for (and waaay less than an All Clad), and Im pretty happy with it. All Clad has blemished products on sale once or twice a year (through homeandcooksales.com), but still awfully expensive.
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