Buying a cookware set is an easy way to ensure that your kitchen has a generous, versatile supply of pots, pans and tools. To find the best set for you, consider your cooking needs, your storage space and what materials you prefer.
If you'll mainly be cooking basic meals for yourself of your family, look for a basic cookware set including a saucepan, a stock pot or dutch oven and a frying pan or saute pan. If you tend to cook more complicated meals, you'll want a set with more pieces of varying sizes and uses. Cooking for more people requires larger pots and pans. Many cookware sets also come with tools such as spoons, ladles, pancake turners and pasta stirrers.
You may also have to consider storage space. If you live in a dorm or small apartment, you'll probably have to restrict yourself to a smaller cookware set with smaller pieces.
Finally, consider material. Aluminum, copper and stainless steel are all popular materials for cookware. Cast iron is heavier but very versatile, since it can go into the oven, on open flames and on top of a stove and it conducts heat evenly. You may also want to consider nonstick cookware sets, which are easier to clean.
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