It can be easy to overlook the importance of cooking pots if you're used to baking or frying everything, but it won't be long before you'll miss them if you don't have a good selection. Pots make it possible to do everything from boiling a bit of water to cooking a huge pot of spaghetti. They're also essential for warming up sauces that require low, controlled heat to come out right. The microwave may be able to do a lot, but it cannot take over all of the functions of a good pot.

Many people are tempted to use nonstick pots for everything, but this isn't always the best idea. That's because hours of simmering or boiling can loosen many types of nonstick coatings. If you're going to be keeping your pots wet for hours, it's much better to get a type that has no such coatings. Instead, go for stainless steel, ceramic, or some other material that is impervious to such treatment. Cast iron pots are especially known for being invincible.

That doesn't mean that you shouldn't get any nonstick pots. The nonstick ones are great for making sauces, especially those that include cheese, milk, or eggs. They're also good for melting butter and handling other foods that would be hard to remove from a piece of plain cookware.

Here is a good selection of pots to get you started in a new home or to round out your current collection of cookware items:


I've always loved to use stainless steel bowls on the stovetop because they can do double duty. The problem is, a "stainless" bowl will scorch since it's not made to resist that. Cuisinart has fixed this problem with its Chef's Classic multi-purpose pot! This bowl-shaped cooking pot is made to be able to handle the stovetop and even the oven. It's a great all-arounder that can handle whatever you throw at it and can double as a bowl, as well!
Cuisinart Chef's Classic Sauce Pans
"Classic" is a good description for these basic stainless steel saucepans from Cuisinart. These have glass lids. They're sold individually, and you can get them in sizes ranging from 1.5 quarts all the way to 4 quarts. It's a good idea to get one that's at least 2-3 quarts for your new home - 1.5 quarts isn't big enough for many things.
T-fal A8572494 Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Sauce Pan with Glass Lid, 3-Quart
This 3-quart non-stick saucepan is a good size for most cooking needs. It's free of PFOA, has a glass lid, and is treated with non-stick coating both inside and out. If you don't want to have to worry about a need to scrub your pot, this is the one to get.
KitchenAid Tri-Ply Copper 8-Quart Stockpot with Lid
If nothing but the best will do, and you need a big pot, go for this tri-ply 8-quart stockpot from KitchenAid. Stainless steel plies sandwich an aluminum one for excellent, even cooking. Its flat stainless steel base is good for all cooking surfaces, including induction. Inside the pot, you'll find etched-in measurements lines to make it easy to add the right amounts of food or water for recipes. This pot's finish is brushed copper, and will look great for years.


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