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Grandma's Pots : Keep or Throw Out

Ok here is my dilemma. I am moving at the end of this month and I found a box of pots that my Grandmother had given me. Worth keeping or throw out? Here is the list of brands:

San Ignacio - Made in Spain - Cobalt blue on outside with white enamel on inside. There are two of these a small (1/2 quart) pot and a 1-2 qt pot with lids. Handles still seem sturdy.

JMP Sweet Flowers - Made in Spain - Creamy white outside with w/ yellow and orange flowers on it with a white enamel inside. There are 3 sizes - sm/med/lg all with lids. Handles are a bit loose. Reminds me of the 70's - 80's style.

Hawthorne Waterless Cookware - 2qt. - Stainless steel looking with black lid knob and handle. Seems sturdy but looking really worn.

Are these give away or donate pots?

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  1. The enamels you might try selling on E-bay, I'll bet there is someone out there lookng for those to complete their set. Donate the Hawthorne, get a receipt.

    1. Depends partly of what they're made of.

      1. Depends partly on what they're made of. If the enameled pans seem fairly heavy and thick, they're probably cast iron and should work fine. If they're light, they're probably inespensive thin steel, which is not the metal of choice.

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        1. re: mpalmer6c

          They are definately not CI ...they are much lighter...I use CI for my everyday cooking.

        2. Keep San Ign and JMP; donate the Hawthorne. You can easily screw the handles back in the JMP.
          And, I bet you'll love cooking with your Grandmother's pots, as the years go by. I do.

          1. They'll boil water a little faster than heavier stuff, so keep one around for when you want to make a cup of tea. Also, the smaller ones are a good way to carry water to your plants. Otherwise, give them to the Salvation Army.

            1. I have some of my grandmother's well used pots and pans too, and I am glad that I have them. She loved old fashioned Farberware stainless steel and enameled pots too -- probably because they were lighter and easier to handle when full. I have kept the useful sizes because this lighter stuff does boil contents much faster than the professional quality Paderno or Demeyere I keep for myself. I can also lift these pots when full -- something I have difficulty with in the larger sizes of the "good stuff". I rarely cook meals in them, but rather keep them around for odd jobs or summer travel. You may find yourself packing them for your beachhouse one day. A tiny saucepan is always useful, so I'd keep the SI pieces. The JMP is probably a collectible that can be sold on e-bay, so unless you can envision using these pots at your summer rental or giving them away to a college kid, try selling them. I would get rid of the Hawthorne any way that is easiest. You don't hear much about waterless cookware these days.

              1. Hi ktcolt - I'm interested in the JMP Sweet Flowers pots if you ever decide to sell them. I have one that I purchased in a country store sometime ago and would like to start a collection. I have no idea how much they are worth so let me know if you are interested.

                1. ktcolt - I'm not familiar with this web site. I noticed it signed my reply as Lamont Pharmer. My email address is billjimtom@aol.com.

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                  1. re: Lamont Pharmer

                    They are packed up and in storage after a recent move. Thanks for the offer though. I may have done it had our paths crossed a month ago! Good luck in your search!!!!