Sunday, November 25, 2012

Pots and Pans

When Mr. Quimby and I got married, we were relatively young (23 and 27) and didn't live together before we got married, so we had never really set up housekeeping.  I had no dishes or pots/pans and Mr. Q only had a few, so it was really fun and exciting for us to register for dishes and pots & pans.

We chose them with care.  Our pots & pans were the height of kitchen fashion in 1996 - the outsides were plated in hunter green.  I thought they were so snazzy !

Fast forward 15 years . . . those green pans only lasted about 8 years and our next set isn't looking too good.  The non-stick coating on the inside is wearing off and that scares me.  I don't think it's good to be eating that stuff !

I've been looking for new pots & pans for about a year now.  We don't need non-stick pans except for the frying pans, we definitely want glass lids, and we don't need an entire "set."  We have a small kitchen (to refresh your memory of how small our kitchen is) and I don't cook for fun (I just cook to feed my family) so the small kitchen works for us most of the time.  This also means that we have a limited space for our pots & pans, and those boxed sets are just too much !  Too much space for our kitchen and too overwhelming for me !

I've tried looking at places and on websites where you can buy exactly what you want rather than a set - I've learned it's called "open stock."  But I still haven't found exactly what I'm looking for.

I think my next step is to buy direct from the manufacturers on their website.  For people living in older and/or historic neighborhoods in the Washington, DC area, I would expect that space is also at a premium.  So, I'm curious.  Do you use all of your pots & pans or are some relegated to a storage area and you use the same 3-4 pots & pans all the time ?

11 comments:

Rachel et Natalie said...

I love pots and pans and like the good stuff too. I have the whole set (non-stick ones!)and do use the main sizes. The huge pots are left on the shelf in the basement.

Aimee @ Smiling Mama said...

My husband installed a rack that slides in and out of a lower cabinet in our also-small kitchen and so we pretty much have our whole (smallish) set avail. all the time. The funny thing is that my mom has declared that my sister and my wedding registry sets are in dire need of replacement and so (whether we like it or not!) is getting us each a set of pots and pans for Christmas this year!

Elaine said...

Don't get nonstick. When it gets too hot and turns into vapor, it's bad. Manufacturing it at all is bad for the environment - and it's totally unnecessary. The only exception I allow is our omelet pan - in which the benefits truly are great. Indispensible to me is my cast iron skillet. At our old house, when kitchen space was at a premium, Ed hung an overhead rack - which was no more than two giant screws, a metal bar, and some s-hooks. Total cost was about $20 - and we could hang every pan we ever needed.

Jen said...

We have a small kitchen too. The two good sized frying pans, large and medium pots get used very frequently. The small frying pan and small saucepan could easily go in the cabinet (and perhaps will tonight). Get a good cast iron skillet - to save money you can re-season a discarded one from the Village. They'll last forever.

Jen said...

Oh and what I use more than anything is my crockpot. I swap meals with 5-6 other families once a month, freeze, and everything goes into the crockpot.

V said...

What do you cook? Pots and pans that I use nearly all the time: a stainless steel wok (because I stir-fry a lot--don't get non-stick for a wok either because you need to get it really hot to do a good stir fry), a stock pot (because I do like to make soup), a cast iron Le Creuset (it can cook a lot of stuff), a stainless steel pot (same reason--and I often have both on the stove simultaneously!), a grill pan (we eat a lot of steak in the winter).

janel said...

I basically use 2 pots/pans. A big round almost wok like analon(?)pan for those one pot meals, a smallerish stock pot for pasta, soup. I have a few smaller ones and a large stock pot but don't use them as much.

Laurie said...

Don't buy them yet Ellen. S can probably get you several pieces and offer some ideas about what to use based on what you like to cook. He probably has samples in his office right now. There are also several restaurant supply places in the area that have great quality stuff that lasts at much better prices.

Michelle said...

Same four pots and pans. I bought open stock, good stainless steel. Watch for a sale!

I ended up with the kitchen stuff from melding 6 households. First husband's, mine, ours, 2nd husband's, our, his parents...

And all I need is four pots and pans!

Romilda Gareth said...

Thanks

Mary said...

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