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What Pieces of Cookware Should I Buy?

KosherHound | Jan 18, 2010 07:24 PM

I've always purchased sets, but now I'm tossing all my old junk and starting out with a few nice, new pieces. Because I keep kosher, I need separate sets of cookware for both meat and dairy, which adds to my bottom line (and requires double the consideration in purchasing). What I'd like is a recommendation of three pieces of essential cookware for each set (meat and dairy) based on what I like to cook.

Meat:

Typical Jewish fare - stovetop potato kugel, chulent, chicken soup, roasts, dumplings, stuffed cabbage, roast chicken w/ veggies
pasta with meat sauces, stroganoff
stir-fries, fried rice, risotto, paella
homemade sauces, not usually in large quantities (say enough for a meal for four)
scalloped potatoes
stuffed chicken
pan-sauteed veggies

not a lot of frying, but ideally a good pot for frying since I do sufganiot and other seasonal things. no egg dishes, no pancakes, fish only occasionally

Dairy:

blintzes, fish, soups, pasta, eggs, dumplings, grilled cheese, pan-sauteed veggies, mashed/pan-fried potatoes homemade sauces, custards

I'm typically cooking for between 2-5 people, though I will cook for up to 15 on occasion. I was thinking an enameled dutch oven for the meat set would be a good idea, but I'm not sure what would suit me for the other pieces. Ideas?

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