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The right cookware and utensils make all the difference in the kitchen. Spice up your collection and equip yourself for chef’s-kiss worthy home-cooked meals with our top picks, all of which have stood the test of time.

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Frying Pans

A good frying pan should move from stovetop to oven, last you a long time, and not cost a fortune.


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Best cast iron skillet

Lodge L8SK3 10-1/4-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

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This heavy, thick-bottomed, 10.25-inch cast iron skillet is ideal for browning thick-cut steaks, pork chops, burners, and sausages on the stove. Treat it right, and it will serve you for a lifetime.

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Use it for:
Searing steaks, chops, and thicker cuts for meat to give them a good browning. “Dry-heat” cooking on the stove or in the convection oven.

Wash it:
By hand with water, seldom with soap, never in the dishwasher. Pat thoroughly dry for storage to prevent rust.

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Frying pan of the year 2022
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Misen Stainless Steel Frying Pan - 5 Ply Steel Skillet - Professional Grade Pans for Cooking - 10 Inch Cooking Surface

Misen Stainless Steel Frying Pan

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This 5-ply, 10-inch frying pan with an aluminum core and stainless steel exterior heats quickly and evenly—cooking protein, vegetables, and pan sauces to absolute perfection.

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Use it for:
Pan-frying red meat and poultry in butter or oil. Cooking with “wet heat,” such as simmering down pasta sauces and thickening gravies.

Wash it:
In the dishwasher or by hand.

You can use grease-fighting soap or cleaning products, such as Bar Keepers Friend, to remove burnt-on residue.

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Best non-stick skillet

Tramontina 80114/535DS Professional Aluminum Nonstick Restaurant Fry Pan, 10', NSF-Certified

Tramontina Non-Stick Pan

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Sticky foods, like eggs, fish fillets, and pancakes, call for a non-stick frying pan. This aluminum pan heats quickly, can move from stovetop to a 400°F oven, and can safely go in the dishwasher.

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Use it for:
Preparing tender, delicate foods that would stick to an uncoated pan, so that mangling them is no longer a reason to worry.

Wash it:
In the dishwasher, making sure no other cookware, dinnerware, or utensils can bang against the coating and scratch it. Or wipe with a paper towel and rinse by hand.

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Dutch Ovens

No cooking vessel stews and braises as well as a Dutch oven. They’re not cheap, but they’re totally worth it.


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Best Dutch Oven

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Round Dutch Oven, 5.5 qt., Cerise

Le Creuset Dutch Oven (5.5-Quart)

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A culinary classic, the Le Creuset 5.5-Quart Dutch oven has decorated the kitchens of professional and home cooks for nearly a century, helping them prepare the most delicious of soups, stews, bakes, and breads.

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Runner-Up

Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6 Qt, Cornflower

Lodge Dutch Oven (6-Quart)

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Not as legendary as the Le Creuset (and significantly less expensive!), the Lodge 6-Quart Dutch Oven is a great choice for shoppers on a budget. This cooking vessel is a workhorse that moves skilfully from stovetop to oven.

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Wash by hand:

Enameled Dutch ovens are generally dishwasher safe. But the rims under the lids are bare iron and are prone to rust. Therefore, wash them by hand and pat the rim dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.

Preheat with oil inside:

Always drizzle your Dutch oven with 1-2 tablespoons of cooking oil when you preheat it. Preheating enameled cookware when empty can cause cracks on the cooking surface.

Mind the lid in the oven:

Dutch ovens are generally oven safe, but the lids shouldn’t be heated above 400°F (205°C) as the heat could damage the handle.

Bakeware

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet, 2-Pack, Silver

Nordic Ware Aluminum Half-Sheets

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These aluminum baking half-sheets heat quickly and evenly, fit in every oven. Made of uncoated aluminum, you won’t have to worry about scratching their surface and they’ll never rust. Plus, they come in a pair!

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All-Clad Stainless Steel E752C264 Dishwasher Safe Large 13 x 16-Inch Roaster with Nonstick Rack Cookware, 25-lbs, Silver

All-Clad Stainless Steel Roaster

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Roast red meat, whole birds, and vegetables to perfection with this thick roaster made of stainless steel. The V-shaped, non-stick rack promotes even cooking, no matter how thick the slab or massive the bird.

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Knives & Cutting Boards

WÜSTHOF Classic IKON 2-Piece Prep Knife Set

Wüsthof Ikon Knife Set

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These sharp and well-balanced German knives can cut, slice, chop, and mince anything.

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Wusthof Classic 7-piece Slim Knife Block Set (Acacia)

Wüsthof Classic Knife Set

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This 7-piece German knife set has everything you need to prep meat, vegetables, and fruit for supper.

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John Boos Block R02 Maple Wood Edge Grain Reversible Cutting Board, 24 Inches x 18 Inches x 1.5 Inches

John Boos Cutting Board

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This reversible maplewood edge-grain cutting board measures 20×15 inches and is 1.5 inches thick.

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OXO Good Grips 2-Piece Cutting Board Set

OXO Cutting Board Set

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Use one board for red meat, poultry, and seafood—and another board for cutting produce and dairy.

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