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post #1 of 7
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Hi All,

I am a home cook and very limited in what I can afford and have room for.

You have only a home electric 4 burner stove and oven and a very limited budget and room for storage.

You want at least one good frying pan that can go stove top to oven, a good sauce pan, and a good pot for making pasta etc.

Additional cookware is fine but these are a must. You have only a $100 to work with. What do you buy?

Please be as specific as you can. I need all the help I can get here.

Thanks,

Tim

post #2 of 7

first, dragging out the long list of thousands of threads on the topic.....  realize there is no "best" answer.

 

Tramontina is often suggested as offering a dang good bang for the buck.  they have several lines. 

I personally don't have any; it's just a repeat of 'overheard' recommendations.

 

you mentioned oven use - that eliminates a lot of brands/lines - if you're serious about oven use, go for all metal construction, handles and knobs.  the "safe to 450'F" works for a period of time then the "oven safe plastics" start to fall apart.

 

the bad news is:  fry / sauce / stock pot - three for $100 or less is not likely going to happen except....

 

time to time people report running across a super-blowout-sale - $150 pots for $25. 

typically at the discount department stores.

 

here's the catch:  you must educate yourself on the "discounted retail pricing" for the various brands and lines in advance.

do not count on going home to search on pricing then come back to the "deal" - they'll all be gone. 

so you need to recognize and act on "the real deal" on the spot.

post #3 of 7

100 bucks you can't do it off the shelf at just any old time. As Dillbert notes, you'd have to find the deals at the discounters and know which are good deals and which aren't. 

 

These are the least expensive quality pans I can reliably find. There are times there are better deals on other pans at other vendors. 

 

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tramontina-12-Tri-Ply-Clad-Open-Frying-Pan-Stainless-Steel/23000697

 

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tramontina-Style-12-Quart-Covered-Stockpot/19581114

 

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tramontina-3-Qt-Tri-Ply-Clad-Sauce-Pan-with-Lid-Stainless-Steel/23000704

 

But at that point, you just as well get the set and get the clad stockpot included.

 

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tramontina-12-Piece-Tri-Ply-Clad-Cookware-Set-Stainless-Steel/22984416

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post #4 of 7

timothy. 

it would be helpful if you posted what you already HAVE.

then we can weed out the crap and maybe advice you for better stuff.

its not that you need to replace all at once.


personally I always advice NOT to go for sets.....but inform yourself about YOUR needs.

if you "just need pans" well then its not too hard, but it would be helpful if you got really specific advice, no? ;)

 

personal experiences vary, though.

so many cooks, so many preferences.

 

I would also ask, how are your KNIVES? 

those are the most important tools of the cook, I find. THEN pots and pans come next....

 

so, what kind of a cook are you, what's your style, etc.

tell some more about yourself......we are very willing to think along the lines.

post #5 of 7

I agree, Sets are generally not the way to go. The Tramontina set I linked is the exception to the rule. 

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post #6 of 7
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Hi,

My knives are ok. They are "Tools of the Trade." I'm sure I can get much better but I have a full set and they get the job done for me.

 

I have a set of Bialetti cookware which includes 2 "fry pans" 8 and 10 inch, 2 "sauce pans," a pot, and a 14" high sided fryer (which is seldom used.)

 

I don't have a particular style although I am more home style "meat and potato" than anything else. I am self taught and watch a lot of Food Network and cooking shows. My mother was either a poor cook or hemmed in by our fathers bland tastes. Either way she never dreamed of teaching my brother or I to cook.

 

I have a tiny kitchen and no way to expand it. A old Kenmore 4 coil electric range and very poor counter top space.

I don't get too exotic. Although, I do try on occasion. 

Meats are beef, pork, and chicken for the most part. Starches are potatoes, pastas, and rice. I use fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible.

I cook an occasional breakfast when my wife is home from work. Lunches are normally leftovers or sandwiches. Supper is the one meal I cook daily. I am disabled and can only stand for 20 minutes at a time. I often do my prep work on our table in our dinning area so I can sit and have some more room. 

 

Last night my wife and I celebrated our 17th Anniversary. (We have been together for 20 years.) I made pan seared rib-eyes (which I finished in the oven on a baking sheet) with caramelized onions, baked potatoes, and peas. 

She told me I didn't get chopped.  ;)
 

Let me know if there is anything else I should share which may help you help me.

 

Thanks,

Tim

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P.S.

 

I am hoping to take advantage of Black Friday sales. I am already checking the ads that have been posted online. 

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