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Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

Right place/right time.

Leftovers from a photo shoot of Lodge cookware for catalog & ad images for a retailer now carrying these products... After the photography they were in a box in the studio corner. Total cost: the effort of "removing some clutter".

For my hard work of taking a box of clutter I got:

5qt DO
4 mini enameled DOs
Meat press
Sauce & brush set
2 handle covers
Bristle brush
Reversible griddle

What pieces am I missing?

I'd replace the Calphalon with Calphalon. The plain anodized surfaces (gunmetal gray, no nonstick coating) is perfect for eggs. A preheating with a slight spray of oil has my eggs sliding right out every day.

May 14, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Needing a new cookware set

My mother-in-law has had a set of Rachel Ray nonstick pans for years. Not something I'd be interested in, but I've used hers when I'm there and they hold up fine for her daily cooking needs.

For your parameters I suspect they would meet your needs for a few years.

May 14, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Cookware you're obsessed with...

Unless its that $200 pan that's just about $50 too much by your estimation...

May 13, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Cookware you're obsessed with...

I may or may not have secret storage for cookware finds that will one day live at a weekend home we do not yet have...

Cookware you're obsessed with...

I picked mine up at thrift shops. The 6qt sauté pan - in red - set me back $6.88.

No longer in production doesn't mean no longer available!

May 13, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Cookware you're obsessed with...

May have to break down and go THAT route... I've had one on order with a local artisan (no deposit, I'm just first in line when his shop is back up)... $30 no shipping...

May 13, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Cookware you're obsessed with...

You need an old school cast aluminum uncoated bundt pan... Or two. Do eeet!

May 13, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Cookware you're obsessed with...

What haven't I been obsessed with!?!?

I went through my cast iron phase... My collection weighs more than I do.

Pressure cookers: used to have 4. I'm down to three... Not counting the canners... Sigh

Slow cookers: who can get by with 1?

Revereware: not the best ever, but the price point at thrift shops ($3 or less!) and nostalgia hooked me when I was kitchen building. Today's cookware is often superior... But they are groovy.

Farberware: again, nostalgia meets thrift shops.... It's what I grew up with...

Woks: "how many do you need?!?!?" Turns out I need about 5... One (Magnalite 14") is my dedicated cabbage frying pan. Wait, are we counting the kadhai? Ok, maybe 6.

Ethnic cookware from ANY ethnos... The day will come when I prepare a feast with my cataplana, æbleskiver pans, paella pans, discado, kawali & kadhai. It will be epic

Club Aluminum: I found a cheap set from a summer home estate sale and kept adding to it. Everywhere I went I found another piece!

Copper cookware: kaleo, eBay, and some estate liquidators with my number on speed dial are completely to blame.

Dutch ovens: they display so beautifully... I regret nothing.

Calphalon: again, thanks mom.

Knives: I won't name names... The guilty hounds know who they are... They egged me on. It's them, not me!

Old school cast aluminum nordicware bundt pans. A normal person needs 1. Like I'm any type of normal...

Old school Corningware. Mom's a "French white" girl, I followed her lead...

Grillware: I might not always need stainless steel grilling baskets, but when I do I am not found wanting

Kobenstyle anything. Say it with me, it's fun: "kobenstyle"

Other than that... Not really.

What are you lusting after?

Kaleo's cookware. Full stop.

May 13, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware
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All-Clad Stainless Steel indestructible, you say?‏

I'll give you $21!

May 05, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

All-Clad Stainless Steel indestructible, you say?‏

A paraphrased proverb: "Never trust a skinny chef or a home cook with shiny unblemished pots & pans!"

This is why I prefer factory-seconds. My AC pans come pre-scratched, saving me the trouble!

May 05, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware
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Czech Cooker? (Remoska?)

I'm a kitchen maximalist - I don't collect a lot of things otherwise and there is a joy to reaching for the right tool even if you reach for it infrequently... Says the man with a kawali, cataplana, two æbleskiver pans and a few more paella pans than anyone outside Valencia will ever need...

But this gadget just doesn't do anything better than what I already have, and what I already use for the tasks it could do are multi taskers. That aluminum oven is also a smoker, deep fryer, steamer & Dutch oven bread baker. Not bad for $10!

May 05, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Can anyone recommend a one-burner solution (Wok/Disco)?

That's an urban backyard... I'm three blocks from city hall.

May 05, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Czech Cooker? (Remoska?)

A cast aluminum lidded pot with a rack inserted set over an electric burner (hot plate) is perfectly serviceable as a portable oven, smoker, fryer and more. Such hot plates can be found for >$10 and such cast aluminum Dutch ovens can be picked up for an off-key song in thrift shops (Club Aluminum, Guardianware, Magnalite are all great!) or about $15 or less for a new caldero easily found in Latino markets. I have a little round stainless grate that holds food off the "floor" of the pan and a very basic "lo-med-hi" burner from a discount chain. I found the grate at a thrift shop, I see them all the time.

Pictured here is a quiche I made on my back porch step last summer.

May 05, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware
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Czech Cooker? (Remoska?)

It's from the Czech Republic.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remoska

I don't think it's a gimmick per se - they met a need in postwar communist Czechoslovakia.

I looked at them when I first moved to Central CA - anything that allows me to cook outside during our 100+ days of 100° is sexy to me. Ultimately a $10 cast aluminum caldero with a $10 hot plate became my go-to "oven" for summer baking & smoking... More versatile in my mind.

May 05, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware
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Can anyone recommend a one-burner solution (Wok/Disco)?

How adventurous are you feeling? You could always cast your own rocket stove burner with $3 worth of concrete & perlite in an old 5 gallon bucket. I did. It's wicked fun.

Calphalon Cookware

I learned something.

May 04, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Calphalon Cookware

The orig poster was asking about "Calphalon One" which IS non-stick coated as opposed to "Calphalon Commercial" which is not... (Though the stuff called "commercial" at Costco is coated!)

May 04, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

I am a terrible cook!

Bingo. My experience as a waiter of vegetarian children were - as often as not - husky children who ordered mashed potatoes & Mac n cheese & French fries.

Meatless, joyless, unbalanced.

Got a Le Creuset roaster for a steal, but what utensils/rack should I use with it?

If your plastic utensils can scratch enamel I would very much like for you to post photographs of them on here please.

Mar 16, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

Tools of the Trade Belgique cookware

One piece - a 16q stockpot - has served me admirably. I got it off eBay for the princely sum of $18 with free shipping.

Mar 16, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Cookware

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

"Homemade Indian food is a very different experience."

Yes. This.

I've enjoyed every single home cooked Indian meal I have had - perhaps two dozen.

Restaurant fare has been iffy for me.

Maybe the dishes I've enjoyed most simply don't lend well to "made to order" restaurant production?

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Familiarity. Vacations can be fatiguing or overwhelming at times. Growing up in Ohio with a family that drove to Florida for vacations... My parents preferred the safety of the familiar to the risks of the unknown. Yeah, we ate at Olive Garden on vacation.

Mar 11, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

I always thought of the place as "TexMexlebee's" - Applebee's with a faux American Southwest styling. I am amazed by how much people who love the place REALLY FREAKING LOVE IT. I had coworkers who went weekly on Wednesdays - I joined a few times and never saw what they saw.

Mar 11, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

You should try it. Even if just to add validity to your strong opinions against it.

Mar 11, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

We didn't "steal" Scheisse from the Germans - the quarter of the nation that came over from there brought it with them. What crap it turned into I can't defend & won't try.

But about that curry...

Sorry you were offended - will pissing all over us make it better?

Mar 11, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Other than that you're fond of Yanks though I am sure.

Mar 11, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

My justification back in the day was that it was cheap and if you loaded up the slice with crushed red pepper you could ignore the fact you'd been reduced to eating mall pizza on your lunch half hour.

I don't miss those days.

Mar 11, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

"If there are no Mexicans eating there I turn around and leave."

Seriously, how do you determine this? Do you scan for brown people and ask them their national heritage? I guess if you don't you run the risk of dining with duped Dominicans and Puerto Ricans. Conversely I guess you run the risk of arriving during gringo hour right after the Mexican bus left.

Mar 11, 2015
CaliforniaJoseph in Features