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Looking for a lifetime set of cookware

Thanks for all of the suggestions. It is greatly appreciated. The funny thing is that I do most of the cooking. I think my wife's interest in new pots is so that when we buy our first house (about 6 months from now) she wants to have gleaming pots hanging over an island in the kitchen. We both want a set that will last a lifetime, but then again I am the cook in the relationship.

I've proded through a lot of the examples you have given and like a lot of them. My thought is to get a nice skillet and a 2-quart pan to start with. Then we can go from there.

I already have 2 cast-iron skillets and a cast-iron dutch oven.

What would be your choices for the skillet+2qt pot under $200 for both?

Nov 12, 2013
syvmn in Cookware

Looking for a lifetime set of cookware

Hi everyone! This is my first post here so bear with me if I am naive.

My parents have a set of Revere Ware copper clad pots/pans that they bought 35 years ago. To this day I can go over to their house and see my Mom whipping up something fantastic in the same pots that fed me when I was 5. There isn't really anything "fancy" about them, they just are quality pots that have lasted and will last for a long long time.

This year for Christmas I would love to get my wife of 3 years something similar. A set of pots and pans that will last a long long time. To my eye, too many of the sets I am seeing are overpriced "art". Of course they are nice pots that will last a long time but my salary can't pay for a $500 set.

I also don't need a 57-piece set. I would like to get something like 3 pots (sm, med, lg), and a skillet or two.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a high quality budget set of pans?

PS. My wife LOVES the copper clad stuff

Nov 11, 2013
syvmn in Cookware