Kitchen and value Cooking Stuff

Hosted by Tim Cogswell
Group active since Sat, Apr 04, 2015

Folks who are frugal and like to cook well and buy good things wisely.

Sharon Colyer
Jun 5, 2015


I asked my son & daughter-in-law for a set of non-stick cookware for Christmas. It is Farberware, which is kind of low-end cookware, but I have never had expensive sets of cookware, & they seemed fine.

I hadn't opened the set, because of procrastination. I needed to clean out my pots & pans cabinet, for one thing. I also had purchased a rack for lids & cookies sheet. So, here it is June, & I decided I wanted to use one of the new saucepans, one night. I didn't like the fact that my old largest saucepan was scraped up; missing some of the Teflon coating. So, I opened the box & thought I would never get all of the pans & lids out of the box. It seemed like a puzzle!

I finally got them all out & started reading the instructions on usage. It says use only low to medium heat on these pans. How do you make spaghetti, if you can't boil water? It says not to use nonstick cooking spray, due to invisible buildup. It can eventually cause the food to stick to the pan. Also, says not to use much oil. How do you panfry anything that way? It says to dab oil on a paper towel & carefully wipe the interior of the pan.

There were other confusing instructions. After reading them, I put the pans away, & used my bad pan. We don't know what to do. It has been 6 mos., since we received them. I doubt, if our family member could even find the receipt, after all this time.

What is anyone's opinion on using these pans. Or, should be take them back to where them came from?

Tim Cogswell
Apr 4, 2015

Cooking stuff; ‘too soon old, too late smart’…

It’s a funny thing about cookware and cutlery. When you get married, people give you cheap stuff, often in sets; stuff you never like or use (but heck, they meant well and they tried). Then, you decide you need better sets, so you purchase the best stuff (again in sets). Only to find you only use around 20% of the set (maybe less); and you need more of the basic stuff. So, you wake-up to the fact that buying just what you need makes better sense in the long run.

Now (in my seventh decade of life), I have more pots, pans and knives hanging all over the place; though I find I only use a select few of each (most collect dust). Ironically, none of my best kitchen tools are expensive. They are certainly high quality and work rather well, just not expensive. In fact, most of the stuff I use to cook with is rather low cost, that most anyone could afford.

My point is that if you shop wisely, you do not need a lot of typical expensive “stuff”. Restaurant supply stores are a good place to start. There is a good reason they supply professional cooks and chefs. Further, their salespeople will help you with your basic kitchen needs; they will be able to give you good guidance and they are the first places ‘brides to be’ should visit.