Finding the best pots and pans set for an aspiring amateur chef

I love cooking and in all the years that I have been preparing great food in my kitchen. I have burnt broken and dented a lot of pots. I have the idea in my head of having those nice copper pants hanging over my kitchen stove like they have in kitchen décor magazine pictures. They seem to give a kitchen a homely character, but a good cook needs the right implements, not decorative pieces to cook, besides, those pans are hard to come by. I have also gone through my fair share of “non-stick” pots and pans as well as a couple of stainless steel utensils. I would like to find the best cookware that will make cooking easier and make the food that comes off my kitchen stove tastier. So I did a little research on the best pots and pans set on the market.

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The material of cookware

The first thing I realized was that cookware is rated according to the material it is made of. The types that are available are stainless steel, non-stick, anodized, cast iron, ceramic, stone and my master chef dream – copper pots and pans. In my search, I noticed that a lot of the TV chefs I idolize so much have their own range of cookware. I could simply choose a pot and pants set that my favorite chefs have created for instance the range that Rachael Ray has. I was drawn to the Rachael Ray 10-piece hard-anodized pots and pans set.

Hard-anodized cookware is primarily non-stick, but it does not have the Teflon coating found in most non-stick cookware, which makes it safer. The complete set comes with a stockpot, a French skillet, a sauté pan, a stockpot and two saucepans. The pots have glass lids, which would enable me to see my food cooking without having to lift the lid which is great for cooking stews and braising meat or cooking anything that requires constant temperature. The cookware is also oven proof, which is great for dishes that need to be pre-cooked on the stovetop and then transferred into an oven. The pots and pans set look amazing and it turned out to be very affordable. For now, I am happy with this set, but knowing me and how I like to push boundaries and try new things, I’ll probably need to look for another cookware set in a year or so.

Additional reading: These are the pots and pans you really need

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