Help me outfit my kitchen!
April 20, 2010 1:38 PM Subscribe
I'll soon have the opportunity to outfit a new kitchen entirely from scratch. Recommend me some great cookware and cook's tools!
posted by ixohoxi to food & drink (70 answers total) 58 users marked this as a favorite
Due to various circumstances, I find myself with very little kitchenware of my own (I've been using my roommate's stuff).
I've caught the cooking bug, though, and I'm planning to move soon—so I'll need to get a few things. Okay, more than a few. Like, everything. (Shopping orgy—hooray!)
I'm not looking for what kinds of tools to buy—I'm looking for recommendations of specific brands and models that excel in their category.
So: what's your favorite [ pot | pan | utensil | thing ] in your kitchen? And what's so great about it? How long have you had it (I'm willing to spend for great tools, but I want them to be durable)?
I don't think I'll have a problem finding a good knife and cutting board—so don't worry about that, lest this thread become nothing but knife-geekery. Anything else is fair game, though. Lemon zesters, woks, pepper grinders, cast-iron skillets, kitchen scales, special-purpose tools, spice racks, thermometers, you name it. I'm not going to buy everything right away, but I want to start looking for things.
I'll definitely need a few good pots and pans in various sizes. I don't need the best stuff money can buy, but I definitely want something of high quality. Definitely no Teflon crap. I'm considering an All-Clad set—any fans or detractors care to comment?
FWIW, I prefer glass or ceramic bakeware, stainless steel cookware and utensils, and generally as few plastics and synthetics as possible. (It's partly an aesthetic thing, and partly a health-concern thing.) I'm mostly vegetarian, so meat-centric stuff will not be necessary. And I'm interested in tools, not gadgets (unless they're super-useful—I could use a good, easily cleanable spice grinder, for example).
Note that I'm not asking about large appliances—I'll be renting, so I'll be using whatever fridge and stove is available.