Okay, while it was blizzard-ing the other day I got the bright (?) idea to take a complete inventory of ALL my cookware so that I'd know exactly what I have/don't have, and also which lids might be interchcangeable with which pots. Good idea, right? NOT.
After going through every nook and cranny (btw, those deep corner base-cabinets must be an invention of the devil specifically to hide cookware in: "out of sight, out of mind"...) my final inventory totals...... 77 pieces of cookware. Seventy-seven. I am officially appalled. HOW the bleep did I manage to acquire so many pieces??!!! (btw, that is with counting a pot-and-lid combo as one item, but individual cookie sheets, baking pans, etc as separate items; also, no electric items counted -- just things that are used in oven or stovetop). This is what I currently own, AFTER giving away all my "coated" nonstick stuff to son and daughter at the beginning of this year; yes, I did replace a number of those pieces with the same items in metal, that's true, but I also added some newbies.... :-(
I would be embarasssed to post the detailed list (yes I printed it out, as a reminder the next time I am tempted to buy anything!) but will admit to the following breakdown:
77 items = 5 stockpots, 5 dutch oven/casseroles/pressure cooker, 4 roasters, 8 fry/saute pans, 10 saucepans, 4 au gratin pans, 41 bakeware items
They are made of the following materials: 26 stainless steel, 16 anodized aluminum, 9 Pyrex/Pyroceram/vitreous china/stoneware, 8 Scanpan Classic (circa 1990s), 6 commercial aluminum cookie sheets, 6 traditional (coated) nonstick [why do I still have these???], 4 Le Creuset enameled cast iron, and 2 tin.
They include items I haven't used in ages and can't imagine why I still have, such as: two vintage Pyroceram cassseroles, Scanpan 10" square frypan (why square??? answer comes there none...), Berndes nonstick 10" crepe pan, two stoneware au gratin pans both too small for practical use, a vintage Anchor Hocking glass 9x5 loaf pan, a 10" maryann pan (have I EVER used this? it must have seemed a good idea at the time...) and a 20-qt generic LNT (on sale when they went out of business in 2009) stainless stockpot that I totally forgot I had because I stuck it in the back corner of a corner cabinet.
The sick part is that I looked at this list and managed to rationalize my last week's ordering of a 10" Henckels Classic Clad 10" frypan on the basis that, after all, I did NOT have a 10" STAINLESS frypan...... only the Scanpan Classic one. :(
Does this qualify me as an official Cookware Junkie, do ya think?? :/