Pots and pans might be the most important tool you can have in your kitchen. You'll do most of all your cooking with these things. But which set do I go for? Which set should I add to my registry? Here's what I went with and I couldn't be happier.
I’ve never had “nice” pots and pans until I got married. None of my family members really cared much to cook growing up so there were never quality pots and pans around the house.
Before getting married, I shared living spaces with several other friends of mine. All guys. Therefore, no quality pots and pans.
Sometimes I’d go over to my mentor’s place—he’s an established, married father—and there I’d experience the joy of cooking with quality pots and pans.
I keep saying pots and pans. Quality pots matter. But what I’m really concerned with is quality pans. After all, I cook with pans far more than I cook with pots. And I’d bet the same is true for you.
So, the question is: which set should you buy? There’s also a similar question to the one I ask about in the post on kitchen knives: should you get one quality cooking pan or a set of cooking pans?
My suggestion: go for the set. If you have the money, purchase a quality pan by itself later. But with the set I want to share about, that may not be necessary.
Did you ever watch 30 minute meals with Rachael Ray? I used to LOVE that show. But it did always feel like slight false advertisement because those meals rarely took me “30 minutes” to make. Always took longer.
Nevertheless, Rachael Ray still earned my respect and quite a name for herself through her cooking shows. This actually made me a little suspicious about her cooking ware.
Is this just a broader part of her marketing scheme? Are these pots and pans of hers actually as good as they appear? Do you they actually maintain their nonstick surface? (Because we’ve all cooked with “nonstick” pots and pans that were hardly nonstick at all.)
Let me tell you, these pots and pans live up to their name.
This is the exact set I have. Not only are they beautiful, but they are fun to cook with. I love to tell me friends and family that cooking is genuinely fun, so long as you have the right tools.
It’d be like trying to do wood-work with a dull saw. Not having the right tools can make almost anything that’s fun instantly laborious and stressful. Make sure you have the right tools.
Back to these pots and pans.
Yes. Yes. Yes. They genuinely are. While I think it’s still smart to cook with oil, both for flavor and added nonstick quality, you’ll really notice the non-stick feature when you go to clean these pots and pans.
That’s generally when the nonstick quality either shows itself or doesn’t. Every pan is coated just the same, with a smooth, gray aesthetic which pairs beautifully with the red grips.
My kitchen is predominantly white, with stainless steel appliances, and gray accents going on. The red grips add a bright and fun accent to the rest of the design.
With no struggle at all. These pans are both somewhat thin and light, yet they contain heat like no other. I cook on a gas stove top, so that certainly helps.
If you’re cooking on a gas stove top, what you’ll find after using these for a little bit is that the undersides of the pots and pans will likely begin to show marks from the flame. Don’t worry. This is normal and doesn’t impair the quality of cooking at all.
The size and styles of pots and pans this set includes is perfect. There has never been a time when I needed a certain size pot and pan outside of what’s included in this set.
A sauce pan great for that small batch of buffalo sauce you need.
Three individual pans, one with walls, all of which are great for scrambles, stirfrys, and salmon.
Two pots; one big one great for that batch of pesto pasta you’re making.
And then probably my favorite spatula I’ve ever used in my life. A weird sentence to utter, but couldn’t be more true.
I stand by these pots and pans, and now have even more confidence in Rachael Ray cooking ware.
Hope you enjoy them just as much!
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