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It's time. My pots and pans are no longer viable. The magnalite professionals have served well over the years, but the step kids ran then thru the dishwasher and now they are pitted and leaving residue.

I've scouted a few different options but most of the lesser stainless and copper sets scare me based on the reviews. Some are happy, but there's quite a few pics and testimonials that they easily warp. I'll not mention so as to not influence recommendations.

I'm not opposed to paying for quality, but I don't want to over pay for a shoddy product.

Looking at the Made-In and found Caraway which look really nice and have some bonus items like the rack and lid holder.

So what other brands do you recommend?
 

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The Le Creuset?
yea, I got the 7.25 qt round model. Perfect size - excited to use it. That completes my current kitchen checklist items. For the moment.
 

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Also, looking for a good cutting board. The one we're using is a hard plastic or type of glass, but it's really noisy when my wife is cutting, particularly fruits n vegetables. Kids hate it, lol. Something that dampens the sound a bit would be nice.
Glass is evil. It's fine for serving cheese on, but do not let your good knives touch the surface.

End-grain wood is ideal.
 

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Glass is evil. It's fine for serving cheese on, but do not let your good knives touch the surface.

End-grain wood is ideal.
This. Glass and hard plastic are terrible for your knives. You'll either have terrible edges and dull knives or be sharpening them so often you'll be wearing them out.

Dull knives are dangerous.

Buy a Boos board of end grain maple. It'll last longer than any of us.
 

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what would you recommend as a good size for small* meals?

no short jokes. i have to use it as a disclaimer.
when I was looking at sizes, a lot of people raved about the 3.3 L/3.5 QT size for an individual or couple. The smaller sizes were said to be a bit too small to have the versatility
 

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when I was looking at sizes, a lot of people raved about the 3.3 L/3.5 QT size for an individual or couple. The smaller sizes were said to be a bit too small to have the versatility
so the staub 3.5 pumpkin i have as decoration would be sufficient? i'm just worried about the use marks after.

even though, my mauviel 1830 copper collection of pan/pot are gorgeous. i won't use them because of the heat.

the staub should be fine as it it ceramic, and cast iron enamel (which is incredibly beautiful), i can cook (poorly to mid), but am hesitant to use great works for simple food.

i am no cook, especially no chef, though i can semi-follow directions to create food.

i love the beauty of the fantastic creation of excellent, awesome, greatness of forged metals.

taken for granted by non-chefs, wannabe chefs, and that of which uses these tools to be used for their potential.

certain objects of old, require respect, as many dishes today would be absent without their ability to work in creating. tools or not, these are legacy.

respect the dishes before you. they have a great history, in which created a culture, and have used these teachings as an art of progress to our current culinary needs.

never forget this when cooking.

i highly value several pieces of (representations) of french cuisine, that i am hesitant to use some of the pieces of i have.

sorry, my drunken rant. i truly hope every piece of every brand is used. i just have a certain connection to a few.

fork it. ignore everything i posted lol.

if something ever happens to me, my collection goes to buzd. only friend, personal friend, that would appreciate.
 

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so the staub 3.5 pumpkin i have as decoration would be sufficient? i'm just worried about the use marks after.

even though, my mauviel 1830 copper collection of pan/pot are gorgeous. i won't use them because of the heat.

the staub should be fine as it it ceramic, and cast iron enamel (which is incredibly beautiful), i can cook (poorly to mid), but am hesitant to use great works for simple food.

i am no cook, especially no chef, though i can semi-follow directions to create food.

i love the beauty of the fantastic creation of excellent, awesome, greatness of forged metals.

taken for granted by non-chefs, wannabe chefs, and that of which uses these tools to be used for their potential.

certain objects of old, require respect, as many dishes today would be absent without their ability to work in creating. tools or not, these are legacy.

respect the dishes before you. they have a great history, in which created a culture, and have used these teachings as an art of progress to our current culinary needs.

never forget this when cooking.

i highly value several pieces of (representations) of french cuisine, that i am hesitant to use some of the pieces of i have.

sorry, my drunken rant. i truly hope every piece of every brand is used. i just have a certain connection to a few.

fork it. ignore everything i posted lol.

if something ever happens to me, my collection goes to buzd. only friend, personal friend, that would appreciate.
This is nonsense. Well made cookware should be used and it should be reasonably easy to take care of with some simple steps. Otherwsie it’s not well made.
 

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This is nonsense. Well made cookware should be used and it should be reasonably easy to take care of with some simple steps. Otherwsie it’s not well made.
This and 3.5 quarts is probably smaller than you'll really want if it's the only one.

I would start at 6. That's big enough to make a 1 pound bag of beans.
 

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This is nonsense. Well made cookware should be used and it should be reasonably easy to take care of with some simple steps. Otherwsie it’s not well made.
oh my god. i speak nonsense. let the gods collide.
 

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So the enamaled cast iron is every bit as advertised. It is an absolute dream to cook with. And it cleans up so easily.

it literally hasn’t left the stovetop in the last week or so and has been used four different times.

I’ve seared chicken off before putting into the oven and making a sauce. I’ve made a thai ground pork dish. I’ve made a sort of Tex mex chili pasta dish. I’ve made a chicken thigh and mushroom gravy.

it really is pretty incredible
 

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I don't know if the Kiwi knives were recommended here or another site, but it is a fantastic product for $10. The blade is very thin and has the same edge as my Dexter Russell filet knives. I sharpen it every two weeks on my stones and I can still shave with it. Haven't used any of my other knives since I received this one in the mail. You can't go wrong for ten bucks.

 

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So the enamaled cast iron is every bit as advertised. It is an absolute dream to cook with. And it cleans up so easily.

it literally hasn’t left the stovetop in the last week or so and has been used four different times.

I’ve seared chicken off before putting into the oven and making a sauce. I’ve made a thai ground pork dish. I’ve made a sort of Tex mex chili pasta dish. I’ve made a chicken thigh and mushroom gravy.

it really is pretty incredible
I have one and it's been sitting in the cabinet for a long while now. I'm gonna have to start using it again. We are moving to a new place this Saturday and will have to start making use of it again. I don’t know why we stopped using it.
 

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