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Aug 25, 2006 10:45 PM

Good CHEAP Pot?

I'm teaching a young friend the basics of cooking (a real pleasure, by the way). Unfortunately, he has basically no money. I've equipped him with a commercial-grade non-stick frying/saute pan, but he really needs something for braising/cooking beans, etc. Any ideas? Obviously, something multi-functional would be best.

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  1. How cheap is "cheap"? I've found some of the stuff off the TV shopping channels aint too bad. Try something by Wolfgang Puck.


    1. Lodge cast iron dutch oven. Cheap, good quality, and indestructible.

      1. I'm not sure if there's a Ross around, but I've been able to pick up some Analon and similar types of cookware for quite cheap. I believe I got two small sauce pans for about $12 each.

        1. If you have any Asian markets where you live with a Chinese bias, they'll probably sell all manner of inexpensive pots. Aluminum ones, even clay pots that can be used on the stovetop for slow braises. Here in So Cal, $10 will yield a variety of shapes and sizes to choose from.

          1. Also check Amazon, especially in their Today's Deals & Clearance sections and during their Friday sales. Also be on the lookout for coupons (generally they have $25 off $125 total). Free shipping over $25 and no tax.

            Ikea and Target for cheap tools, plates, etc. They both sell kitchens-in-a-box.

            As mentioned many a time, check Goodwill and Salvation Army stores near him, garage sales and the like. Also, just put out the word among friends and family. Most people (if they are anything like me) usually have kitchen stuff lying around that they would love to get rid of -- extra pans, appliances they never use, old dinnerware and flatware. He could probably outfit an entire kitchen from peoples' giveaways. (If you post in your home city board, I'm sure CHers would come bearing their extra pots.)