I cook quite often, and for years I've been using the old pots and pans I inherited when I moved out on my own. I suspect that they are nonstick with much of the nonstick coating worn off. They heat unevenly and the stockpot is starting to pit. Anyway, I'm ready to upgrade!
I'm planning to get a Lodge pre-seasoned cast-iron skillet, and I need suggestions about what else to buy.
Typically I just use an eight-quart pot, a 2-quart saucepan and a 10-inch saute pan. Most of my cooking starts with a saute. I also make rice, lentils, etc. I would dearly love to be able to make hash browns from scratch without having the potatoes glue themselves to the bottom of the pan.
I do want to avoid buying anything with a nonstick coating. Aside from that, I need something that will stand up to my abuse (can soak overnight, be put in a dishwasher and survive the occasional cooking mishap), heat evenly, and be as stick-resistant as possible. Oh, and it should also last a long time.
I was looking at an All-Clad Copper Core 7-piece set. It looks like it would definitely meet my needs, and I don't mind paying the money IF there's not something out there that's just as good but much less expensive. I'm definitely willing to spend the money for something that is good quality and will last for a couple of decades or so.
So... please take this opportunity to air your opinions! Is All-Clad worth it? What brands would you recommend?