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Stocking Your Kitchen: Pots and Pans

all clad 4-quart saute pan

With more time in the kitchen during the holidays, several people have asked me about cookware, specifically, pots and pans.

As you read through the list of items below, keep in mind that stocking your kitchen need not be an overnight process. You can invest slowly and build your own “dream team” set of pots and pans over the years. I received mine as wedding presents more than a decade ago and appreciate them anew every time I cook.

I use my All-Clad Stainless on a daily basis and my inexpensive, cast-iron cookware, nearly as often. Below is a guided tour of my pots and pans and hopefully, helpful hints as to how to stock your kitchen.

I enjoy using cast iron for roasting nuts and seeds; below are my favorite size pans. Brand is irrelevant when it comes to cast iron; this type of cookware is heavy duty, inexpensive and long-lasting.

Cast Iron Cookware
9 Inch Skillet
10½ Inch Griddle

If you are a bride to be figuring out how to stock your kitchen or what to put on your bridal registry, the above list is a good place to start in terms of basic, useful pots and pans.

Happy Holidays!

posted on December 9, 2007, 7 comments

  1. ~M

    Hi Elana,

    Nice choices and both all-clad stainless and cast iron are induction-ready, a requirement of my fiancé and mine. I was wondering, however, which pan/skillet you use when you cook eggs or pancakes? We make over easy eggs and pancakes here all the time, but we will be donating our current (non-stick) set once we get our all-clad and le creuset pieces. Thanks!

  2. Hi Elana,

    Thanks for putting this list together. Being a cast iron effectionato, I especially liked the choices you made here.

    Now, I just need to choose who I will be especially nice to before Christmas real fast :)

  3. Bill,

    Thanks for your comment. I really like your site!


  4. June Sinclair

    I have been married 47 1/2 years to a wonderful man who is celiac as of 1 year ago. Your site has been so very helpful. I am purging my shelves of my alumnium cookware which I have used all these years. I would love to have the all clad sauce pan. I am starting to replace my pans but cannot do it all at once. Thank you so much for your cookbook which I ordered and love using. Happy Holidays. June

  5. Nina

    I have been researching cookware for a few years in the search of the “healthiest” to use and finally found one I cannot fault in any way. I plan to switch my non-stick for Nutri Stahl pans. I recommend people check them out.

    • Judy @ NutriStahl

      How do you like your Nutri Stahl system? We just bought it yesterday off a street vendor for $699 and he gave us two additional large pans (large fry pan and big pan for roasts). Just wanted some feedback as I am having a bit of buyer’s remorse. We haven’t used the system yet

  6. I really like Le Creuset cookware but I find the cast iron range so heavy. I have a few pieces of it (only a few due to the cost) but am always scared I will drop it. Maybe I should look at the alternatives.

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