I know I mainly review books, articles, and websites here but I want to find some new cookware and want your help.
My cookware set is old school. I have an old stainless steel 8 inch skillet, 12 inch cast iron skillet and 4 and 6 quart pots.
That's my extent of cookware. Four pieces. I don't need one of those 15 piece sets that clogs up my cupboard, but I will mention that I'm looking to get a new set up.
I've been reading reviews. Consumer Reports and Amazon are sites I've used. I don't think we many more pieces but I want to make sure that if we do do some cooking we're set.
I've been reading reviews of the best nonstick cookware sets because I know Sarah's never very good at cooking. (When he has cooked eggs, he's tried to scramble them in a cast iron skillet -- hello? can you say stuck eggs?)
I saw the Anolon Professional Hard Anodized set for a decent price and am considering it. I'm not a big fan of Teflon coated nonstick pots and pans and really am getting it so he can cook and not set the fire alarm off and burn everything.
I like that the Anolon has no speciality pieces and comes with standard sized saucepans, saute pans, skillets, and stockpots.
The handles don't get hot, according to reviews, and they are riveted so they won't fall out or weaken.
My big concern is that there's a lot of pieces with this. I'm sure we'll grow into as we grow as a family. I'm also concerned about the longevity of this stuff.
It says it's OK to put in the dishwasher but I know from first-hand experience when I was in college that putting nonstick stuff in the dishwasher is a sure-fire way to ruin that Teflon.
That means hand-washing. I don't have any issues with it but I worry that someone else might. I can hear it already, "Isn't that what the dishwasher is for?"
I'm sure it will work fine but this line has been discontinued.
I've also looked at cheaper models like the Rachel Ray nonstick stuff.
I love the colors that this set comes with and how the lids use handles rather than knobs. The handles, in theory, should make it easier to remove the lids.
Speaking of lids, I read that they are not interchangeable, which is a bummer. Also, I can't find any info on whether it is PTFE free or not RTFE free.
If I'm eating eggs or pancakes John's cooked on this set, I only want to taste the food, not the chemicals that go into making the cookware.
I'll probably keep looking for a new set because I don't think either of these will satisfy my requirements.
If you know of any good sites that are devoted to cookware reviews, drop a message.