Over many years of buying items for my kitchen, I have decided to write this guide on how to buy cookware for you!
Buying Pots and Pans:
- Consider the durability of the pot/pan: while it can seem like a good idea to go for cheaper pots or pans, it often ends up being a better long-term option to buy good quality materials. Considering you will use it for years, you are better off paying once and having a great pan/pot for years to come.
- Avoid bundle deals: many people get sucked into buying big kitchen bundle deals but often, the quality of the cookware in these deals is not great, and you end up buying things that you did not need in the first place.
- Pick the right materials: the most popular pans are flat-bottomed, and these are great if you are working with a smooth-top range. If you have burners with ventilation rings on top then you could go for a work or a magnetic pan/pot for an induction cooktop.
- Remember your needs: a vegetarian cook does not have any use for meat-based knives like filleting or boning knives so make sure you do not get drawn in by sales or specials if it is not a knife you need.
- Small can be mighty: paring knives are small but they are some of the most useful knives that you can have in your kitchen. They will cut through most vegetables and suit most of your uses, but most importantly they are very affordable for the quality.
- Chef’s knives: I would aim to have at least one of these in your pantry – they have a curved blade and they are great for more heavy chopping that your paring knife won’t take care of.
- Knife material: the cheapest option is stainless steel, and while they need sharpening more often than the other options they are budget friendly. Ceramic knives do not need as much sharpening as stainless steel, and they are sturdier than carbon steel, but they can chip. If you can afford it, titanium is the best material for knives that are the lightweight but heavy duty.
Hopefully, this has given you a few hints on how to buy cookware that is good quality, within your budget. When you first start looking for new kitchen equipment it can seem complicated but hopefully, a few tips will make it easier!