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Essential Cookware

  • 2 quart saucepan: You'll need saucepans to cook rice, soup, sauces, macaroni.
  • 3 quart saucepan
  • Roasting pan: Roasting pans are great for cooking chicken, beef, ham, and turkey.
  • 12-inch skillet: Also called a traditional skillet, fry pan, and omelet pan.
  • Non-stick skillet: Non-stick skillets are great for scrambled eggs, omelets, sautéing meats and vegetables.
  • Sauté pan
  • Griddle: Great for a large serving of pancakes, french toast, eggs, burgers, and fish fillets.
  • Stockpot: Great for soups, and stocks. Stainless steel with a heavy aluminum base is best because it allows for easy cleanup.
  • Crock pot
  • Dutch oven: Look for one with a vented lid. A vented lid will allow steam to escape when necessary. Also called a french oven and a casserole dish.
  • 9 by 13 inch baking dish: If you can afford it, buy a ceramic and metal baking dish. Some dishes cook better in a ceramic baking dish while others cook better in a metal baking dish.
  • Baking sheet: Non-stick is best. A non-stick baking sheet will help ensure fast and easy cleaning.
  • Cutlery set: Look for a set that has a Paring knife, Utility Knife, Chef's knife, Sharpening steel, Kitchen shears , and a Carving knife.
  • Strainer: Strainers are great for straining noodles and rinsing fruit.
  • Wok: A wok comes in handy when cooking stir frys. A wok will allow you to toss vigorously and without the worry of splattering and spilling of food particles over onto the stovetop.

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