Monday, March 21, 2011

I need some new pots and pans!

About 5 years ago, when my husband and I got married, my sister-in-law and her fiance gave us a very nice set of Emeril non-stick pots and pans. We loved them! I had never had "real" pots and pans to cook with, and my husband never had a complete set.

These were great. I loved the non-stick idea. I loved that they were Emeril's pans. Unfortunately, I didn't actually know how to cook, and I really thought that if you cooked everything on "high", the food would get done faster. I'm really impatient in the kitchen, can you tell?

So here we are, 5 years later, and in need of new cookware. The non-stick surface of our pans has started peeling and burning (due to high heat....okay, and burning food). Not only does that make your food stick to the pan, but that also has the potential to get nasty chemicals into your food, or into the air.

Now that I actually know how to cook, I am ready for a new cookware set that I won't ruin! After a lot, and I mean A LOT of research, I have decided that we are saving up for the Le Creuset enameled cast-iron pans.

The Le Creuset pans are just about the most expensive pans that I have seen, but after much research, I an convinced that these are what I want. Cast-iron is extremely durable, contains no harsh chemicals, and over time can become non-stick.

I am working on a "Cookware" page which will include pros and cons of stainless steel, non-stick, and cast-iron cookware.

What's your favorite pan in your cupboard?

1 comment:

  1. Love my cast iron. I have 2 cast iron fry pans, and one Le Creuset 5qt soup/stew pot. I found the Le Creuset at Marshalls/Homegoods discounted. Some people say never put water in them to clean. If they can make do with a wipe out, I do it...but if there's some sticky stuff I put a layer of water while the pan is hot and scrape with the spatula to loosen it up. You don't want to be scrubbing it and taking off the seasoning. In the beginning I would wipe it with a little oil after ever time I used and dried it. Then you will see it will eventually have a really nice shiny look all the time and you are good to go. My enamel lining in the LeCrueset is discolored a little, I have to find out how to clean it. They are heavy though, so I am happy to have some nice Stainless steel pieces as well.