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Post  kat on Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:00 pm

So when we moved to our current place, I inherited a bunch of pots and pans from my friend. We mainly use a Tefal non-stick frying pan and I have a big soup pot too (some cheap non-stick stuff) that I love. However the Teflon has started to come off our frying pan and Darin turned me onto the possible dangers of Teflon, so I'm thinking I need to make an investment and buy some new pots and pans.

I did some research and people say that enamel coated cast iron is the way to go, so I'm thinking Le Creuset. Of course they are pricey but some people say they last 25 years so it would be worth the investment. I also think they will be cheaper to buy here in Japan than Australia since I know of a few places around here that sell them at cheaper prices.

Before I go ahead and buy some new pots and pans, I was wondering if any of you have recommendations - brands, types of pots and pans you use a lot, etc???
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Post  Momo on Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:08 am

Aside from our cast iron wok, we've got mostly Teflon-coated stuff, too, and the fact they're looking scrappy worries me as well! I'm also looking at getting a few pieces of Le Creuset when we've moved into our new house in the next few months. I think Japan probably is cheaper, unless you wait and catch the post-Christmas sales at Myer or David Jones. This year casserole dishes were 30 per cent off at DJs. Anyway, I think anything that lasts 25 years AND looks that good is well worth it! I have a Silit stockpot which distributes heat perfectly for slow cooks of soups and stews, as a slightly cheaper option (but doesn't look anywhere near as ace).
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Post  floatingworld on Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:32 pm

Hey,
We have a mixture of stainless steel saucepans, and some (increasingly dodgy) teflon frying pans, but my favourite thing is a Le Creuset dish that we got as a wedding present - I love that you can use it on the stove and then stick it in the oven, and it is really easy to clean. It would also be very handy as a weapon in case of home invasion - cast iron / enamel is HEAVY.
I think the cheapest places to get Le Creuset in Sydney is Peters of Kensington, so you might want to check them before buying in Japan - but I suspect Tokyo prices are cheaper.
There's another, similar brand that's popular here, Le Chausseur - it is very similar to Le Creuset but a bit cheaper. Victoria's Basement stocks it too.
And a friend of mine swears by a cast iron pot she recently bought at IKEA.
For Teflon, I have found Scanpan is the least prone to scary flakiness. I have my doubts about it, but it makes things like pancakes just so easy, so I still use it.
I was going to go out and get a whole load of Pyrex for storing / freezing / reheating because I hate all our scary plastic fake tupperware, but then I read stories about it simultaneously combusting, which put me off a bit. If anyone has recommendations for non-exploding food storage I would love to hear them.
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Post  kat on Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:33 pm

Thanks for the links, Suzy! It's good to compare.

I'm finding Japan to be cheaper so far. Most of the pots seem to be around 20,000 yen. I found one of the cute Le Creuset heart shape dishes for less than 18000 yen....I need a heart shape pot, right! So cute! Man it even comes with an oven glove - I'm sold! Oh wait they even have apple-shaped pots!!

http://item.rakuten.co.jp/manmaru/10001204/

I will probably buy a couple of Le Creuset dishes and then buy a cheap new teflon pan and just chuck them before they get flaky. I think my sister has a camping cast iron pot which she loves too and it was super cheap. I also think she has some Le Creuset too, so I'm guessing most people have a mix of cookware.
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Post  floatingworld on Wed Sep 03, 2008 3:57 am

I have never seen the apple shaped pans here! You should totally get one! Fabulous.
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Re: What do you cook with?

Post  studiotamar on Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:00 am

Oooh, I wish I could get my hands on some Le Creuset. I've heard nothing but good things about them! I do like my Farberware stainless steel pots and pans also. They are relatively inexpensive and are also very light to lift. We have some nonstick pans as well, which I'm getting a little concerned about for health reasons, so I'd definitely like to replace those eventually. For now, though, they work so well and since the stove doesn't get them past the critical heating point, I'm holding off on getting new pans.

I've personally had some great experience with Pyrex both for baking and storage. I've never heard of them blowing themselves up (yikes)! Most of my mom's Pyrex dishes are 20+ years old, and while some do get kind of older-looking, they still do the job. The only issue I have is that the plastic lids they make are #7, which I avoid unless I know it to be BPA free. (Sorry, I'm a little nuts when it comes to plastics paranoia, I know!) There is a Crate&Barrel outlet near where I live that I go to for inexpensive glass storage dishes (with #5 lids). I did get rid of all my flimsier plastic storage, but got a set of Snapware containers (also #5). The smaller sizes are excellent for baby meals!
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