Why I Own a Variety of Cookware in My Kitchen

4.9.2016 | 02:42

When I first moved away from home to go to college, I didn’t want to move into residence because of one reason: I wanted to cook my own meals. My parents were generous and gave me some of their cookware to take. They thought I was just going to fry eggs and cook instant noodles so I got a small frying pan and a small pot to boil water. It wasn’t enough.

I didn’t have money so I ended up going home and “borrowed” more cookware from my parents, which I ended up keeping. I love to cook soups and stews so I took a large stock pot, and a medium pot for roasts. I thought I was set for life, but didn’t turn out that way. That was only enough for myself.

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After marriage, I found out that certain recipes required a wok, a pressure cooker or a slow cooker. Those quickly got added to my pots and pans collection. When we bought our first home, I wanted everything to match, so I purchased the best cookware set I could afford to match my stainless steel appliances. Again, I thought the lifetime warranty on my cookware would last me until I handed them down to my grandchildren. I no longer had to invest in cookware. That thought was silly too.

As I cooked with different cookware, I quickly realized not all cookware was the same. Sometimes you needed non-stick cookware for things like frying a perfect egg. Sometimes you needed cookware that heated up fast for reheating. My family grew and relatives visited often so my stock pot had to be even bigger. The size that I needed didn’t fit on the stove. I had to use it on a portable induction cooker in the garage. The great thing about this was that it didn’t smell up my house with the hours of simmering. What I didn’t know was, my giant pot was not induction friendly! I had to return it and get a proper one.

Throughout the years, I found it was better to collect certain pieces that will do certain jobs well, than own the best cookware set in the market. There is no such thing. It’s nice to start off with the best set that you can afford, but expect to add to it if you like to cook.

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