New to Buying

Discussion in 'Cooking Equipment Reviews' started by ryanism, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. ryanism

    ryanism

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    Hey guys,

    So I need to buy new pots and pans. I do cook a lot, but I'm not sure what to get. I do cook healthy, try not to use oil that often, but at times I do. I also need a cast iron pan for cooking my steaks.

    What would you put together for a little starter set? If I wanted to spend around $300.

    Thanks guys
     
  2. beastmasterflex

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    Get a De Buyer mineral B fry pan, they season up like cast iron, but are much more maneuverable than a cast iron skillet.  You can use it as a non-stick pan for eggs and omelettes. I use mine for pretty much everything. They are heavy though so you may want to get an additional saute pan. Large pot (Pasta Pot), medium sized sauce pan, couple of small sauce pans, optional saute pan, all in stainless steel if possible. You want a fairly thick bottom on your saucepans and saute pan, the large pot doesn't need a thick bottom. I don't like plastic handles as they can't go in the oven. I'd also throw in a Wok they're the best thing in the world for a quick dinner.
     
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  3. kokopuffs

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    I own a complete set of DeBuyer M.B. pans and they cook meat a bit different than cast iron.  The difference (i.e. cook and flavor) is really subtle and you gotta' experience the it all.
     
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  4. beastmasterflex

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    I prefer the sear from a de buyer, I think they're easier to season/maintain, and you can actually move them around easily. I don't recommend other types of carbon steel cookware, well, maybe Paderno, the jury is still out on their fry pan.

    Enameled cast iron is another good option, but have to be cleaned every time you use them, and are heavy.
     
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  5. kokopuffs

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    Yes, it's the sear from D. B. that I really like.