Cookware Article

What You Should Have and Why

Ideas from Restaurant

This cookware page is provided as a convenient way for you to identify your cooking needs (and wants) and a great place to research and find good quality kitchenware and cooking tools.

If you only cook for a couple of people regularly, three pans may be all you need: a saute' pan with a lid, a sauce pan with a lid and a small stock pot with a lid.

But if you cook for more than one or two people or you enjoy entertaining or if you enjoy cooking a variety of foods, you'll probably want a basic set of pots and pans.

Purchasing a set rather than one pan at a time will save you money in the long run.

I really like beautiful pots and pans but I buy ones that meet two critical criteria: conductivity and durability.

Conductivity means the cookware is made of materials that transmit heat evenly and efficiently. When pots and pans are made from highly conductive metals, heat spreads quickly and evenly across the bottom and up the sides, allowing food to cook evenly.

Today most pots and pans meet these two criteria. However, if you choose aluminum make certain it is "anodized." This process hardens the aluminum and makes it non-reactive to foods.

Pots and pans have come a long way, thanks to technology!

Basic Cookware Recommendations

I have two items listed as "basic" that many people leave off the list: a steamer basket and a crock pot (slow cooker).

I include a steamer because steaming makes a huge difference in taste and nutrition.

I include a crock pot because many people today need to start cooking a meal in the morning so it is ready when they return home from a busy day.

Click on each of the recommended individual items to read details about that specific item and its uses.

sauté pan 2 skillets 2 quart sauce pan
with lid
4 quart sauce pan
with lid
6 quart
stock pot
with lid
double boiler steamer basket
or insert
crock pot

Additions to Pots and Pans

No single kind of kitchenware does the best job at every kind of cooking, so you may want to consider supplementing a set with individual pieces, including some made of different materials for specific cooking tasks.

wok or
stir fry pan
roasting pan with rack Dutch Oven cast iron cookware

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“In the childhood memories of every good cook, there's a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom.”

Barbara Costikyan (‘New York Magazine’)

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