Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Nadine Levy Redzepi of Downtime: Deliciousness at Home | Ask Your Questions Now ›


Setting up a kitchen - which of this equipment?


Cookware 57

Setting up a kitchen - which of this equipment?

mc22 | Jun 26, 2013 01:54 PM

After living with roommates for years, I have been cooking with wildly inappropriate pots and pans for six months. All purchased in a cheap set from Target 6 years ago. But now I'm getting married - woooo. I know this question gets asked a lot (and I have certainly perused the board for those threads), but it also seems like it is fun to answer.

I put together a list of recommended pots and pans, but I feel like there is some overlap. We are having a big wedding so I'm not concerned about cutting down the number, just more about not having too much overlap and inefficiency, if that makes sense?

I don't currently have a grill pan of any sort and living in an apartment have always wanted one, so I would be curious what people recommend. We cook a lot and a great variety of dishes - more vegetarian than meats but the occasional braising happens in our house and I love a good pot of chili. My fiancee is all about scrambled eggs with anything and also likes to make different (sometimses weird) pasta sauces. He recently did roasted beets and salmon on pasta, which was definitely a mistake. Hopefully that helps you get an idea of what's happening in the kitchen! We are avoiding appliances because of space - I'd rather have a pot that can cook rice and do more than a rice cooker at this stage of my life. I also left off a really big stockpot for similar space reasons - some day when I do more canning and large-scale soups and such I'll just get myself one :)

Here's what I've thought of. What should I cut? I can't think anything is missing, but if so, let me know that too!

AC Stainless steel fy pans, 10" and 12"
AC non-stick fry pan, 8"
AC Stainless steel large roaster with rack
All-clad double burner grill (not sure if this is the best choice?)
AC SS 2-quart saucepan
AC SS 4-quart saucepan
All clad SS Steamer Set - 3 Qt
SS Stock pot - 7 Qt
Le Creuset 3 1/2 quart briaser
Le creuset 6 3/4 quart oval dutch oven
Le crueset 5 1/2 quart round dutch oven
Lodge cast iron round fry pan 10"

What do y'all think? Thanks for any help you can provide! Having bought cookware for all of my non-cooking friends I am excited to finally set up my own kitchen in a more lasting way!

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound