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Aug 19, 2014 05:42 AM

Mistakes, I've made a few

Knowing what you know now, what would you do differently as regards cookware? In my case I might have purchased a carbon steel pan instead of my Staub fry pan. Instead of a 2 quart saucier and 4 quart AC Essential pan I would buy a 3 quart saucier. And why did I buy 3 roasting pans? What was I thinking? Oh, and that wok. Oy.

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  1. I had to have the All Clad pasta pentola. Total waste of money.

    1. I have run through a good number of pans - can't really say I regret any although I have finally upgraded to a point where I am pretty happy with my batterie - (I would like one or two nice copper pieces added) I do need to focus on weeding out the unused items that hog space

      I do have a set of VitaCraft "waterless" cookware that I just could not resist they were so cheap - and they are pretty nicely made SS/AL/SS with the lids that spin around and double as trivets LOL - and they stack nicely - but I really have NO USE FOR THEM If I could only communicate to my housemate how perfect they are for his type of cooking (reheating and boiling) he may keep his hands off of my CI and Anodized. If I could go put it back on the shelf and walk away I would

      Most of the "regrets" I have are more in the small appliance category

      Blender/food processor that did neither well and had a gazillion breakable/losable parts - now happy with a basic blender and a real food processor

      Rice cookers # 1 and # 2 (just not the place to go cheap and small) # 3 a Breville is perfect

      The biggest "dislike" is my slow cooker or "multicooker" - it was a very thoughtful and expensive gift - but I hate the Teflon coating because I am always afraid of scratching it -also It is supposed to do all this additional stuff like browning and steaming - but those features don't work and by the time I realized it was a common product defect and not my not understanding how to use it it was too late to return it

      also while it is very nicely styled brushed SS look I find the outside hard to clean and I cracked the plastic around the controls - for something that was pretty pricy it is sort of cheaply made

      that said I use it constantly but I will chose differently when the time comes to replace it.

      1. My Vollrath Tribute 2 qt saucier, while very well made, is too shallow. I should have sprung for a 3 qt Demeyere or Mauviel instead.

        6 qt. Vollrath Optio saute pan. It's huge. To be fair, the disk began to separate a bit from the pan, but it was still usable. I just don't need it.

        Cheap carbon steel stir fry pan - the base is too big for everything but popcorn. And it warped the first time I used it.

        That cast iron DO from Costco? I have no explanation.

        1. Where do I begin when my eyes are bigger than my storage?
          Popover pans. I'll start there.

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          1. re: monavano

            Popover pans....I have resisted so far but one day I will cave and no doubt use it only once.

            1. re: cleobeach

              That's exactly it- I have things that don't get used that often, or hardly at all, or never.

              1. re: monavano

                I have a tiny kitchen (and oven), but I love my popover pan. It makes me happy every time I use it.

                1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                  I have to just use it- I have every intention to. Just gotta do it one of these days.
                  Nothing against popovers. It's a lazy me thing.

                  1. re: monavano

                    blasphemy? i use my muffin tins for popovers.

                    1. re: eLizard

                      Not the same thing, eLizard. A popover pan is designed to allow air to circulate around each popover. That lets them pop bigger, and bigger...

                      1. re: CindyJ

                        the popover pans produce a superior product, but i wonder for the amount i make popovers is the tradeoff one that i'm ok with..... is this my next mistake??

                        1. re: eLizard

                          Well, you can look at the question the other way -- if you had a pan that produced superior popovers, would you make them more often?

                          1. re: CindyJ

                            i dunno! i have a really good Madeline pan..... and i've only used that once.

                            1. re: eLizard

                              Cool weather is coming. Madeleines on weekend afternoons with tea.

              2. re: cleobeach

                No, no, no! You'll buy a popover pan and then you'll make popovers all the time.

              3. re: monavano

                I LOVE my popover pan! I can store a bunch of them in the amount of space wasted by my Zo bread maker.

                1. re: monavano

                  While DW is a self-proclaimed non-cook, she enjoys baking from time to time and is really pretty good at it.

                  In her wedding registry she asked for and received a popover pan. In the 14 years that we've been married, the only time that pan is been out of the cupboard is when we've had to move it to get to something else. And every time it comes out, she looks at it and says, "I've got to make a batch of popovers one of these days." And then it goes back into the cupboard. And so it goes.

                2. All Clad chop pan (12" with 2" straight sides, All Clad "fish" pan ( oval with handle mid-pan), both at irresistible prices. Mistakes only in that I suffer from Monavano's optical affliction. Oh yes, and there's that Staub mussel pot........

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                  1. re: Pwmfan

                    That mussel pot has called my name a few times...

                    1. re: Pwmfan

                      When my husband was allowed to shop at WS alone, he came home with a copper fish pan. I can't remember the brand but it was at least $300, if not more. I returned it days later.