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Cookware and Bakeware

Whether you're a world-class chef or someone who could burn water, finding the right kitchenware can be tough. For a beginner, a few pots and skillets may be sufficient, while more experienced cooks might be on the hunt for ramekins, a pressure cooker or the ultimate paella pan. As you look into cookware and bakeware, reflect on how you spend your time in the kitchen and what tools will enhance your culinary experience!

Consider the best cookware and bakeware materials.
Before you purchase any kitchenware, be sure to do your research on what materials work best for your needs and budget. Glass baking dishes are common and fairly inexpensive, while metal bakeware conduct heat well and are often used for broiling. Ceramic dishes are great because when they're glazed, they provide a non-stick surface. Stoneware and stainless steel might be more expensive, but they're both really durable and ensure even heating. In the end, all materials are safe to use (otherwise they wouldn't be on the market), so consider your needs and what you can afford above all.

Invest in a pots and pans set.
For those just starting out, it's best to splurge on a multiple-piece set instead of buying each item individually. Cookware sets usually come with eight to 14 pieces, and often include several saucepans and lids, a saute pan, a stockpot and one or two omelette or frying pans. It's the easiest, most inexpensive way to stock a new kitchen, and because they are all the same brand, color and design, it ensures that your supplies look put together instead of disjointed. Be sure to get a baking dish set as well to ensure that you have multiple sizes.

Think about what cookware and bakeware you'll actually use.
Once you have the basics out of the way, it's time to consider what specialty cooking and baking items you need. The options are endless, so think about what you usually enjoy making and eating, and accommodate those favorite dishes. Cast iron dutch ovens and crockpots are great for slow cooking, while skillets and woks are used for sautéing food. Cookie sheets, pie pans and ramekins work well for baking pies and cupcakes, and many cooks enjoy having a roasting pan, griddle and several casserole dishes.
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Featured Reviews of Cookware and Bakeware

Homestart Dough Scraper and Chopper, Stainless Steel
Cookware and Bakeware
May 1, 2016
My baking arsenal is almost complete!: Excited to use this for everything from a cookie spatula to a dough cutter. Very versatile and durable. Should have this for a long time. The ruler at the bottom is another nice, helpful touch.
Cook N Home Stainless Steel 8-Cup Flour Sifter
Cookware and Bakeware
May 22, 2016
Old school quality!: Well made, easy to use, does a good job on sifting the flour. It looks old school , acts like new school materials. First sifter I have used, always baked bread without, decided to get this one & follow the recipes with the recommended use of sifter flour. Clean up nice!
Cook N Home Double Boiler and Steamer Set, Stainless Steel
Cookware and Bakeware
December 11, 2017
Well made Double Boiler and Steamer: This is a gift for my daughter so I haven't tried it out - we will have to wait for her to do that. However, the stainless steel set is well made with a good size steaming basket and the double boiler is a nice size too! It is way nicer than the one I have. I would definitely purchase this item again.
Nouvelle Copper Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set
Cookware and Bakeware
January 12, 2017
Nouvelle Copper & Stainless 10-Piece Cookware: This is a beautiful set of well designed and excellently crafted cookware. I have finally decided to do some pretty serious cooking & this set wii help fulfill my goal. It replaced some odds -and-end pieces I had put together. My brother who graduated from the CIA was actually impressed with the set. Now let's see if my cooking does the same!!!
6", 8", 10" Skillet Set
Cookware and Bakeware
March 14, 2017
I've fallen in love with Houzz: I love my new pans, they came fast and packaged well. I bought them because my mom used to cook meal in these types of pans when I was small. She's gone now, so in memory of her, I have my own now.
Cucina Hard Enamel Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set, Agave Blue, Agave Blue
Cookware and Bakeware
August 22, 2017
Better than I expected !: I absolutely love my beautiful new Rachael Ray Cookware. They are great quality and the perfect size to cook a meal for my family. The see through lids are the best, along with the coated gripper handles. Off to the Goodwill with my old pots, and in with the new Agave Blue for my beautiful new kitchen. I now have new Cookware that gives me the kitchen look I've always wanted at a great price.
Thin Belgium Cookie Iron
Cookware and Bakeware
November 3, 2018
Stroopwafel: To the one person who wrote a review (dont know how to make a comment to them) after the stroopwafel is cooked you have to slice it in half while it is still warm, then put your treacle on each side & sandwich them together. So really not so thick than ......

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