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pots and pans that will last a life time

I'm really just looking for some pots that will last 50 years, barring any accidents. I would actually prefer to spend as little as possible.

Oct 03, 2012
paulpaul in Cookware

Dutch oven vs. Slow cooker

I love my slow cooker. I use it on the weekends when I'm in and around the house doing chores. Chop up a bunch of stuff and throw it in and do something else

Oct 01, 2012
paulpaul in Cookware

pots and pans that will last a life time

Fortunately my career is also my main hobby and in order to stay competitive I have to devote a lot of time to it. So while I like cooking, I can never be obsessed about it.

that being said I'm a simple man, I have cheap knives that I will sharpen until they break. I shave with an old double edge razor that is older than my dad. My main pair of work shoes are 8 years old and have had the souls replaced numerous times. I just like the idea of owning things for a long time and really learning their nuances.

In the end I would just like to be able to prepare decent meals for my family. I don't have a problem washing pans by hand but hey if I could throw a stainless pot in the dishwasher occasionally, that would be pretty nice.

Sep 29, 2012
paulpaul in Cookware

pots and pans that will last a life time

I have nothing against the Chinese, I just try to buy american when there is a good option available, because well, I'm american.

Sep 29, 2012
paulpaul in Cookware

Good Knife for cutting lots and lots of vegetables.

I would get he whetstone first and get real comfortable sharpening the cheap blades.

I would think with all of that cutting you'd be doing your hands a favor if you learned how to keep a blade sharp.

Sep 29, 2012
paulpaul in Cookware

pots and pans that will last a life time

I think my mom has one, maybe I can borrow it for a week and test it out.

do the enamel cast irons do well on electric stoves?

Sep 29, 2012
paulpaul in Cookware

pots and pans that will last a life time

I'm considering a nice clad pot. It's pricey but I do like that it's american made and high quality.

Sep 29, 2012
paulpaul in Cookware

pots and pans that will last a life time

oh wow, I just looked at those on amazon. They seem reasonably priced

Sep 29, 2012
paulpaul in Cookware

Looking for non-perishable things to pack for my boyfriend...

does he have access to hot water or a microwave?

If he does I say oatmeal, and brown sugar mixed up in a ziploc bag. He could dump some into a mug with some hot water from a coffee machine and let it sit for a a minute. That's a great simple meal early in the day.

Sep 29, 2012
paulpaul in Home Cooking

What Do You Cook Best?

green beans. doesn't matter if I'm boiling them, steaming them of frying them in bacon fat. I know the exact color to look for when they are just right. I know it doesn't seem like much, but I swear everyone else on the planet overcooks them.

Sep 29, 2012
paulpaul in Home Cooking

Steak vs Pot Roast

I like a strip steak pan seared with salt, pepper, olive oil and butter it's delicious, and you can really watch over it and control how it cooks. It only takes ten minutes, you don't have to worry about setting up coals or an open flame overcooking it and you can really get a feel for when it's medium after a couple of times.

I like this method:

softest part of your cheek: rare
tip of your nose: medium
forehead: well done

Sep 29, 2012
paulpaul in Home Cooking

pots and pans that will last a life time

Hey hey, I've been lurking for a little while but I decided I'd finally join since I'm genuinely getting interested in cooking and I have a ton of questions.

recently I've picked up a couple of cast iron skillets which are amazing. It's really nice to know that they could last my whole life if I take care of them.

Now I'm looking for something similar for a nice sized pot. Not cast iron, but Is there a type of pot out there that that I can easily boil water in at high heat, cook soup in, make stocks.... without worrying about chemicals and wear & tear?

I'm really looking for pots that'll that I'll be able to use for the next 50 years. Is stainless the way to go?
what are some good sizes that'll come in handy over the years for a small family?

are there any other types of pots or pans that i should think about getting?

Sep 29, 2012
paulpaul in Cookware