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    My wife specifically asked for new cookware so I'm going to get her some new stuff for Christmas. (other stuff on top of that as well).


    Anyway, we have an electric, smooth glass top stove. What type of cookware do you guys recommend?


    Looking to spend ~$150.


    Something like this?


    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=8833056


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    ......I had T-fal cookware for a few years, until the nonstick surface starting flaking off into my food. Gross, and extremely unsafe.


    I use Emerilware Stainless Steel cookware now that I got from Bed, Bath & Beyond for a good price, and you can very easily get 20% off coupons to use there as well.

    http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/stylePage.asp?order_num=-1&rn=397&rnt=0&ipp=15&brand=41


    The coupon would make that particular set about $160, though I'm sure I didn't even pay that much for it. I think stainless steel, cast iron, and enamel coated cast iron (like le creuset) are the only ways to go, but I know some people won't let go of their non-stick cookware.

    You are what you eat,
    and what you eat eats too - Michael Pollan

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      Thanks!


      Does stainless cook well on electric with glass smooth top?


      More concerned on finding the best type for my oven...

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        Yep I have an electric glass top myself. You have to heat the pans more slowly, and cook more around medium than on high with SS, but it's easy enough to get used to. That particular set can go right in the oven as well, because it's all metal.

        You are what you eat,
        and what you eat eats too - Michael Pollan

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          Oh I forgot to add that you have to use a bit more fat to cook with than you do with non-stick, but I didn't think that would be an issue

          You are what you eat,
          and what you eat eats too - Michael Pollan

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            lol no problem there... we use butter


            so stainless steel it is... as other primals out there, we do a lot of cooking at home so figured it would be worth spending some money on something decent.


            Thanks!

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              Check this out as well if you're a Costco member. Excellent quality.


              http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11484952&whse=BC&Ne=4000000&eC at=BC|89&N=4017641&Mo=148&No=1&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC &cat=56625&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&topnav=

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                Completely agree with hannahc on that.

                I also have a smooth-top stove and use mainly stainless-steel and cast iron cookware, although I heard enamel coated cast iron works like a magic if you want to avoid sticky mess issues.


                Like hannahc mentioned, the stuff will only be sticking to the surface if you don't put enough fat/oil on it. Properly seasoned cast iron cookware is like a non-stick pan, really.


                If you're looking for a decent brand that's not going to break your budget, look up Martha Stewart stainless steel sets on K-Mart. They're really nice.

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                  I agree with Hannah and CC. I found some heavy bottom steel pots at TJ Maxx for a decent price. They're not a set. I buy a piece here, a piece there when I find them but it'll be more practical to buy an entire set when you know you'll be using them regularly.


                  As for the Enamel coated Cast iron, I'm eyeing one of them Le Creusets, maybe someday.

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                    My favorite go to pan is my 10 inch cast iron skillet. It's as good or better than my old teflon pans ever were. And I use stainless steel pots and pans for everything else. 10 inch in cast iron is a great size (IMO) b/c it gets pretty heavy and hard to manage if it's any bigger. I'd love to have 2!


                    My mom has a glass top and uses cast iron. (And she is VERY careful w/ her stove--she also makes sure to set it on gently etc. to make sure it doesn't harm the surface). No brands to recommend--I searched online and found my pan for $7 on *some* site, and it has been amazing...

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                      I love the Green Pans. It's a new non-stick ceramic and can go into ovens up to 800+ degrees. You can get great sets of them on HSN (totally sucked me in).


                      I've also picked up some at Target.

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                        I love the Green Pans also. BTW, I am looking for the cheapest place to find kitchen appliances...including a dishwasher, built in freezer/fridge, gas cooktop, microwave, and double ovens. I want them to be of good quality that will last a long time, and name brand


                        cooking forum

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                          I decided to get rid of all the non-stick pans used for frying, and just keep a saucepan which is used for cooking liquids, so the temperatures are lower. I don't like the fumes which come off the non-stick surface if you forget to turn off the burner (even on low), and also after a couple of times doing that, the non-stick is no longer non-stick.


                          I wanted to get back to cast iron which I used to use (sorry I ever got rid of them) but I found that new cast iron (mostly from China?) tends to be coarser-grained than the old stuff, and also harder to keep seasoned.


                          So I went to Ebay, and found what I wanted, nice old good-quality pans, and then a friend gave me some nice old frying pans in other sizes. Much better.


                          They have a lot of LeCreuset for sale on Ebay, too, so you don't have to pop for a brand-new price.


                          Good cookware should last a lifetime. That's another thing I dislike about non-stick pans. You have to keep buying new ones every few years.

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                            http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tramontina-8-Piece-Cookware-Set/5716478


                            This stuff is pro quality. It is made with a layer of aluminum sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel, just like the cookware by All-Clad that costs $500 but for a fraction of that price.


                            I have the 10-piece set and it is really superb. Triple-ply "clad" style cookware like this is the favorite choice of professional chefs.


                            Don't buy anything that is solid stainless steel. Stainless steel is a terrible, uneven conductor of heat. The good stuff, like this, has a thick layer of aluminum all the way through for better conduction.


                            Other than these, I have a couple of cast iron skillets and a couple of enameled cast iron Dutch ovens, and all of these get a lot of use, too.

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