There are so many kitchen gadgets and cookware on the market right now it can get overwhelming to choose what is best for your lifestyle. You could spend hours agonizing over which kinds of pots and pans to buy (stainless steel? non-stick? cast iron? copper?!), what sorts of utensils you need (plastic vs. metal), and even how much of either of those things you need in the first place!
Personally, I like a lot of shit…so my kitchen is chock full of every sort of kitchen accessory you could dream of. BUT if you’re just starting out, or you don’t have an addiction like me, here are a few of my recommendation for must have items in your kitchen.
If you could only get ONE set of pots and pans, I would invest in a quality stainless steel set. You can literally do anything with them; stick them in the oven, braise meats, fry food and, at the right temperature, they can even be non-stick!
Non-stick pans certainly have their appeal. The clean-up alone makes these pots worth almost any price tag. They do have their limitations however, mainly that you shouldn’t use metal cooking utensils when using these pans because it will damage the non-stick coating. Also, in general, I have found that they don’t distribute heat or handle high-temperatures as well as stainless steel BUT they tend to be less expensive.
Basically, if you’re not throwing down in the kitchen every day or if you’re just starting out, non-stick might be the move until you can upgrade.
I don’t care how much you cook or don’t cook, you should own a cast iron skillet and/or a Dutch oven. They can be found at bargain stores like Home Goods, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls for cheap. If you get lucky, you can also find them in excellent condition at antique stores if you’re willing to hunt. This cookware can stay in your family for generations if you take care of it. This is truly an all in one products that can handle any kitchen situation you throw at it.
Copper cookware is incredibly expensive and for good reason. Copper is an amazing conductor of heat and is also beautiful. The downside is of course the price. Copper is expensive as hell. Most quality stainless steel sets will feature some copper at the base of the pot to help with heat conductivity so unless you’ve got money to blow…save your money for now.
Hope this was all helpful!