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Apr 8, 2010 07:22 AM

Starter Pots and Pans - Another Post.

Hi everyone,

So I'm sure there are previous threads on this topic, but I believe that each household is a bit different...

I'm getting ready to move over to the UK from the States, my fiance and I have just purchased a home out there.

We're a young couple, first home, not looking at having any children so really a general dinner prep would be for her and I, although the occasional dinner party could boost the number to 6-10 people. I'm considered a bit of a "Foodie" by my friends, and in general a good cook...but I've never owned a set of "quality pans".

So, starting from scratch from the pots/pans department, this is what I"m thinking about

Saute Pan (For...just about everything)
Non-stick Skillet (mainly for eggs)
Maybe a medium/lg sauce pan (I have a small one already)
Roasting pan
Stock pot
Maybe a dutch oven for stews.
I've already picked up a Wok.

(Gas hob)

Am I missing something important? What brands/models do you recommend? Money IS an object, I can't afford to spend an obnoxious amount on the stuff, but I do want something that is going to last a long time, and has that "Feel" of quality. So "Best bang for the buck" if you would...

Any advice is appreciated - be nice to the n00b though :)

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  1. If you did want to look for the more "upscale" cookware at a discount, Williams Sonoma has an outlet about 70 miles from you.. could be worth spending a day at the outlet:

    Williams Sonoma Outlet
    BIRCH RUN, MI 48415
    (989) 624-6092
    73.3 miles

    It looks like Le Creuset has an outlet in the same center..
    8925 Market Place Dr # F530
    Birch Run, MI 48415-7904
    (989) 624-6264

    Both carry clad stainless steel cookware and both carry the LC enamel cast iron if you wanted to look for one of their dutch ovens at a nice discount.
    If you look for LC at the LC outlet.. they are seconds which usually means a variation in the paint.. still has full warranty. But get them to bring you out a few of the pots you are interested in and look them over well.. I've gotten mine with just a mis colored pin dot of paint at substantial savings and no one would notice if I didn't point it out.

    The outlet here also has a couple other kitchen stores for miscellaneous items as well.
    Hope this helps!

    1. Daederik - I think you fully covered. In terms of brands, I would take into my consideration only the induction ready cookware. I like AC SS and LC. By the way, depending on the pricing, I would consider buying some or many of them (especially such as LC and European brands) in UK due to the stronger USD and avoid shipping something from US to UK. I bet you might have thought:) Congratulation.

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      1. re: hobbybaker

        I agree with you wholeheartedly re induction-ready. It's certainly the wave of the (near) future. If they're just starting out, why not get something that will work every which way? I got a great 11 or 12 piece set (and I'm usually averse to sets) at Costco, Circulon for $200. Along with a couple of CI and some LC and Staub, I'm truly set for life. Dang it :)

        Edit: Forgot to mention that I just went induction and some of my favorite pieces no longer work. Gratefully I have a daughter who commented on "Christmas in February" when I passed them on to her.

      2. I recommend you purchase everything there, so you don't have to move it overseas. It's costly, you risk breakage, etc. Why bother?

        If you are a foodie and a good cook, you already know what you need! Take the pot or pan you use most often and upgrade that first. For your saute pan I recommend something along the lines of Demeyere's multifunction pan (terribly expensive in the U.S.): or All-clad's braiser pan: While neither is strictly a saute pan as they have flared sides, their shape is versatile and easy to maneuver into the oven.

        1. Thanks for the tips. I'm probably going to end up ordering the stuff online on some UK based sites. I'll probably end up going up to Birch run to get a good "feel" for the pans I'm looking for. I'm TERRIBLE at visualizing the difference between a 3qt saucier, and a 5qt one etc. etc....UK bases it off litres, so that makes it even worse >.<

          Will look into the convection stuff - I hadn't considered that at all.

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          1. re: Daederik

            this may help with your conversions when you get your quart visuals:

            1. re: Daederik

              I think Europa is closer to the (near) future of induction than the US. So it makes more sense to buy induction ready cookware for you. I guess that is why the european brands' cookware, which are imported and seen in the US, are often induction ready. (Needless to say, it depens on the area because both Europe and US are big.)

              1. re: hobbybaker

                That's what I understand, too.

                1. re: hobbybaker

                  You might even have induction stoves in your future home already :) Even if it is not the case, it is still good time to be familiar with the requirments of your stove top before buying anything.

                2. re: Daederik

                  A liter is 1.06 quarts so, for all intents and purposes, they're the same.

                3. Daederik, As hobbybaker has pointed out, "I would consider buying some or many of them (especially such as LC and European brands) in UK due to the stronger USD and avoid shipping something from US to UK." and as E_M has pointed out, "I recommend you purchase everything there, so you don't have to move it overseas. It's costly, you risk breakage, etc." May I add a third consideration?

                  Some really excellent lines of (European, mostly) pots and pans are simply not available in North America at any price, but just happen to be available in company stores located near where Britons and other Europeans like to take vacations. See, for example, the Hackman Etiqett line:

                  In your situation, I would go light on what I was shipping from the United States, then selectively add one pot or pan at a time as souvenirs from the places in Europe that I took my vacations. It's a win-win.

                  P.S., don't forget Sambonet stainless flatware, available from Small Island Trader in England.