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Jan 22, 2007 12:32 AM

Cookware Regrets?

When I left for university, I turned down my mother's offer to take her 10-piece orange Le Creuset set to school. Because I was not yet a passionate cook, I had no idea what I was refusing. My mother (not much of a cook herself) ended up giving it away to an aquaintance's son...she found Le Creuset too heavy to hold...and I am still smarting from my decision.

Anyone else turn down offers of familial kitchen gems?

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  1. Ouch.

    I've yet to turn down any family cookware. Though I very quickly replaced those knives my parents gave my fiancée which I ended up taking to college...

    1. Do not regret turning down the La Crueset cookeware. I hated it. I am 58 years old and if I had it to do over again, I would get All Clad from the get go, even if it meant only getting one piece per year. It is "forever" cookware and so fabulous!!! Le Crueset does not cook evenly and when something sticks (as it often does) it is a real problem to clean. Be thankful!!!

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      1. re: Kaisgraham

        That is a good point. I hadn't thought of it that way. Thanks for the perspective!

        1. re: Kaisgraham

          i have to disagree. le creuset is heavy, but i have only had great results & even cooking, AND when things do stick it has been easy to get off!! it's particularly good for braising, in my experience, and the stove to oven flexibility is fantastic. i will say though, that i also like all clad - which i think is much more well known for quick & high heating. not to make you feel bad about turning down the set, but i wouldn't dismiss le creuset so quickly. just think about what you want to use a pan for and build slowly - sets can be cheaper but they may give you pieces you may not use frequently.

        2. Gave away a pizza stone once,took up too much room.Now every time I reheat pizza I use my iron skillet.The pizza stone seemed to work better though.

          1. I was given an old coffee grinder (big red cast iron electric one with the aluminum hopper meant for a store) by a girlfriend once and when we broke up I gave it back. Been kicking myself ever since. Dumb dumb dumb.