I blogged more than a week ago, asking for suggestions of quality cookware manufactured in the United States, Europe or somewhere comparable.
I was pleased - and a little surprised - at all the suggestions I received. Who knew this was such a hot topic? Suggestions included lots of great ideas, in a variety of price ranges, from brands like:
- eco-friendly Bialetti
- checking out eBay, estate sales and thrift shops for vintage Farberware, Revere Ware and Guardian Service Ware
- All Clad
I also received a few emails on the topic, including one from a reader who has had Paderno Pots for Eternity for 23 years, with no problems. This line is manufactured in Canada and is sold on Amazon.com.
I checked out all of these suggestions, and found a Pots for Eternity set that featured almost exactly what I needed on Amazon.com for a great bargain. Not sure if it was a fluke last week, or some sort of sale, but I purchased this nine-piece set for $150. The original price is listed at $612, but I'm not sure if anyone actually pays full price.
Anyhow, I was impressed at the recommendation (the reader bought these pots and pans when I was 3 years old) and the fact that the cookware comes with a 25-year warranty. In 25 years, I'll be 51. This, along with the great price on the set, made it seem like a great value.
I probably could have bought a larger set of vintage American-made cookware on eBay for a similar price, but that warranty and the modern look of the cookware made me choose Paderno. Also, I don't necessarily need tons of pots and pans - just basically what the set I bought includes.
They came yesterday, and they are great. Very heavy, with handles fastened securely and a thick pad at the bottom. Paderno boasts that this heats up quickly for excellent cooking. Plus, they have a fancy French name: des casseroles eternelles. Much more glamorous than "Pots for Eternity."
I also love one storage feature - the pots lids can slide onto the handles of the pots. The pot handles have holes for hanging, so the lids actually hang with the pots. Does that make sense? I love that - no more fumbling around, trying to find the correct lid to go with a specific pot.
My only problem so far: I got online to register my purchase for the warranty. There was no option to say I lived in the U.S., and it wanted me to select the Canadian province in which I live. I'll mail my warranty card instead, I guess ... anyone know how much postage to Prince Edward Island is? (Edit: An email a few minutes after posting this cleared it up. It's 85 cents for a 1-ounce item. Thanks, Tom!)
I'm planning a big cooking weekend, so I've already washed my pots and pans and can't wait to break them in. I'll keep you posted on how they work, and will also probably blog next week with the care instructions included with my set. I was surprised by several of them, so I figured they're worth passing along.