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post #16 of 27
Cuisinart Multiclad Pro. I got a 14 piece set for about $350 - as good as any All Clad stuff I've used.
post #17 of 27
The Tramontina's mentioned earlier in the thread are fantastic. I was given a set of 10 last Christmas and still cant believe the set only cost $200. Not too long ago there was a comparison between All-clad and Tramontina and all-clad, and All-Clad barely beat out Tramontina, and Tramontina is just a fraction of the price. If you dig around the forum you can probably find the article.

These are the ones I was given
Edited by Johnny_5 - 8/9/11 at 10:40am
post #18 of 27
Yup, the Tramontina pans rock. The cast iron dutch oven is also a winner. You can't find the shit in stores though, so you usually have to have it shipped to store to get it.

If you're looking for a different avenue I'd recommend the Kirkland Signature sets. Something like 15 pieces of anodized cookware for $150. They consistently get high ratings as well.
post #19 of 27
If only there was a way to buy the Tramontina stuff without buying it from walmart....

oh well...the cuisinart saucepan I have from Target is quite nice
post #20 of 27
Thread Starter 
Well, I bit the bullet and ordered the 10pc Tramontina set from Walmart online!
post #21 of 27
http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?upc_ID=13902093&ID=100067&LinkshareID=lw9MynSeamY-GBFvIav0eF5.rH7y0Os87Q

add coupon code HOMETWENTY for another $20 off...$80 total with free shipping.

I have one of their saucepans and its quite nice (though I swear mine has a layer of copper sandwiched in the middle...but it might just be decorative). As far as I can tell, this set has almost everything you need although for myself, I would prefer the saucepans to both be a .5-1qt smaller.
post #22 of 27
Thread Starter 
^ Damn good deal, but already picked up my Tramontina over the weekend. It is quite nice, was paranoid of overheating it at first and set it to medium, which took forever to get a rolling boil going but I guess my electric burners at home aren't powerful enough. Should be resolved when I move to the new place with gas burners icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #23 of 27
Gratz on your new set and I hope they give you lots of joy.

Stay cheap on your future stuff. If I had to do it all again, I would go to a restaurant supply store and get some cheap pots and pans. I think I would only drop real money on a couple of knives (not a set) and maybe one enameled cast iron dutch oven.
post #24 of 27
is it too late for me to jump in and say that the ONLY thing you should even consider buying is a complete set of Mauviel copper pots and pans? (sorry, just got done reading SField's mini-cooper thread).
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by foodguy View Post

is it too late for me to jump in and say that the ONLY thing you should even consider buying is a complete set of Mauviel copper pots and pans? (sorry, just got done reading SField's mini-cooper thread).

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post #26 of 27
seriously, though: the standard advice for buying pots and pans is to avoid the sets (just like knives). they usually lard them out with pieces no one will ever use. of course, if a set is cheap enough, you may find that buying one costs less than buying just the pieces you want. so you can safely (and economically) bequeath the filling to an unsuspecting friend.
post #27 of 27
I ordered a Lodge Logic seasoned iron skillet. I can't wait to begin breaking it in.
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