Registering for cookware
Hello! My fiance and I are getting married this summer, and we are in the process of registering for gifts. Neither one of us has much in the way of cookware, and we really want to make the right decision in this department! What do you recommend (or don't recommend), and why? We both enjoy cooking, but are definitely not experts. I also love to bake.
We are currently registered with Bed Bath & Beyond and Amazon. We would hope the set could come from one of these two places, as we don't really want to start a third registry.
Also, if you have any suggestions for kitchen items that maybe we wouldn't think of right away but would be useful, please let us know.
Thanks in advance for your help! :)
A common mistake is to get anodized aluminum cookware (Calphalon is a very common cookware purchase for newlyweds). Don't buy it. Regardless of your experience level anodized is NOT dishwasher safe, so unless you want to hand wash every piece of cookware you cook in for the next however many years, don't buy it.
Stainless steel is 100% dishwasher safe. It can go from the stove top to the oven, to the table, to the dishwasher and look great and perform great in all those situations. There are lots of brands of stainless steel so you'll have to decide on what you like best and what you think is fair for your guests to purchase, but I strongly suggest stainless for the majority of your cookware.
Don't get me wrong, there's room for all kinds of cookware in your proverbial "culinary cabinet," (like qwerty78 mentions) but if you're looking for registry items, of which most of your cookware will come from, go with stainless.
if you do get stainless, make sure you get pans with an aluminum disk on the bottom, or that's clad (like all clad), with aluminum or copper sandwiched inside. Stainless steel by itself is a very poor conductor of heat. most people would argue against a set, if that's an option, and get some pieces made of different materials: enameled cast iron, plain cast iron, stainless, etc. Since you're just starting out, get a few really good pieces to begin with, like a good saute pan, 4 quart would be good, a dutch oven from le creuset (they last forever), a decent non-stick frying pan for eggs if you don't want to be bothered seasoning cast iron, and a few inexpensive sauce pans, 1 and 2-quart. then add more as you need them, but you should be able to cook most things with just a few good pieces. Congrats on your engagement.
If you are searching for items at BB&B and Amazon and you're expecting people to pay more than $5 for a piece of cookware for a wedding gift, you will not have to worry about it being pure stainless steel. In fact, I think you would be pretty hard-pressed to even find cookware that isn't clad or sandwiched.
As for just getting a few good pieces to begin with, well that's good advice if you're fresh out of college or something but this is your wedding. Now's your chance to register and get things that you might not be able to afford otherwise.
I had posted on this recently as well (i think it'll come up if you click my user name) I did a set of cuisinart multiclad and a few pieces of le creuset and a non stick skillet. I did like the all clad as well but didn't like the sauce pans as much as the multiclad (which are very reasonably priced at amazon. I'm not much of a baker so I won't be too much help there but i did put on a set of baking pans that seemed to cover all the basics. i think it's chicago metallic.