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Small Saucepan

For small portion cooking of soups, stews, pastas or sauces, a lightweight and easy to handle saucepan is necessary. Cuisineart’s Multiclad Pro 1 ½ quart saucepan is our recommended small saucepan pick for your minimalist kitchen.

There’s not much more to say about the Multiclad series after promoting them in our other recommended cookware. Suffice to say, this small saucepan is fantastic value and is a high quality item that will last you as long as your cooking career lasts (which we hope is a very long time!).

Small Saucepan (Premium)

Our premium small saucepan pick is All Clad’s 1 quart tri-ply bonded sauce pan. You’ll notice by now that we recommend All Clad products for most of our premium recommended picks. Their made in USA high-quality construction and beautiful design sets them apart from their competitors, but their prices are set to match their quality. Choose this small saucepan if you want the best quality cookware that money can buy.


Medium Saucepan

Just like most of our recommended cookware options we suggest purchasing from the same line, this 4-quart Multiclad Pro series saucepan from Cuisineart is our recommended pick for your medium saucepan needs.

It’s made of solid stainless steel and aluminum and has been designed to pour easily (a big frustration saver!). It is dishwasher and oven safe and can even be put under the oven broiler.

Medium Saucepan (Premium)

Our premium medium saucepan pick is by All Clad. It is made in the USA from stainless steel and has nothing but glowing reviews from its 5 star rating on Amazon.

Our recommended pick will likely be enough for all of your cooking needs, but if you’re interested in upgrading to the best, we highly recommend this 4-quart medium saucepan from All Clad.


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Large Pot

For cooking large dishes like soups, stews, pastas or sauces, you’ll need a large pot to handle the volume.

When it comes to stainless steel pots and pans in general, we’re big fans of Cuisineart’s Multiclad Pro series. They’re extremely durable and cook evenly, thanks to their solid stainless steel and aluminum construction. And because they’re made in China (rather than in the USA, like our premium brand recommendation), Cuisineart is able to keep costs down for a decidedly premium product.

This large pot is perfect for cooking pasta, large dishes, or even for making your own broth. It is dishwasher and oven safe (even on broil) and was designed with simple pouring in mind. Pick up this “steal of a deal” pot and relax knowing you purchased a high-quality item at a fantastic price.

Large Pot (Premium)

For a made in USA high-quality large pot that you simply can’t go wrong purchasing, look no further than All Clad.

This 6 quart tri-ply bonded pot will last a lifetime and you’ll never tire from using it – take it from us that all All Clad products are a joy to use in the kitchen.


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Cast Iron Skillet

Cast iron skillets have been workhorses in kitchens all over the world for over 2,000 years. Modern cast iron skillets are made from heavy cast iron and pre-seasoned (so food doesn’t stick); with impressive heat retention abilities these skillets are favoured for use on both the stovetop and oven alike.

You’ll never need another cast iron skillet in your lifetime as these are insanely durable and can cook anything. The best part? Our recommended cast iron skillet is made of high-quality materials in the USA and is very reasonably priced! You can’t go wrong with Lodge’s 12 inch cast iron skillet.


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Grill Pan

Grill pans have gained popularity in recent years. And why not? They’re great for those without a barbecue (or who don’t want to grill outside in the winter) but who still want those nice grill marks on their food.

For summer dishes like burgers, roasted salmon, meatballs, and marinated vegetables, a grill pan is a must. It creates tantalizing grill lines in your food, just like a barbecue does. But it’s much easier than barbecuing because you don’t have to leave the comfort of your kitchen and it only requires a stovetop element – no propane, gas, charcoal, or intense cleaning necessary.

We used to recommend Lodge’s cast iron grill pan, but we found ourselves not using it because of its weight and how difficult it was to clean. We now recommend this non-stick 11-inch grill pan from Calphalon and we couldn’t be happier. It’s easy to use, affordable, and a snap to clean.


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Baking Sheet Pan

A baking sheet pan (or sheet pan, baking tray, baking sheet) is a flat, rectangular metal pan that is used for roasting and baking food in the oven. From quickly roasting cauliflower, broccoli, or squash to whipping up a tasty treat if you’re inclined to bake, a high quality baking sheet pan is an essential item for a minimalist kitchen.

This 100% pure aluminum sheet pan from Nordic Ware is commercial quality and a large size – perfect for spacing out your food and getting that delicious browned effect. This sheet pan is easy to clean, lightweight, sturdy, won’t bend or buckle like cheap alternatives, and will last a lifetime.

We use two of these sheets in our kitchen while testing new recipes. After plenty of use, they still look great and perform perfectly.


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Casserole Dish

A casserole dish is a large, deep dish with high edges that is used for baking or serving. For those lazy times you want to throw a one-dish meal into the oven (like lasagna or a casserole), a quality casserole dish is a must.

This casserole dish from HIC is made of fine white porcelain and is broiler, microwave, and dishwasher safe. That means that a lazy one-dish meal also is simple to clean. What could be better?


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Broiler Pan

A broiler pan is a rectangular metal pan for use under the high-heat broiler in the oven. It is much thicker than a typical baking sheet pan so it doesn’t warp under the high heat, and contains grooves and a draining pan that sits below to catch any fat that drips through (so your oven doesn’t get stained).

Broiling is great when you want your food to get a nice brown crusty top. Our experience with this broiler pan from Range Kleen is that it is sturdy and easy to clean (you can even throw it in the dishwasher). It can handle broiler heat (500 degrees fahrenheit or more) without warping, feels very high quality, and is something you’ll never have to replace.

Plus, this pan is super inexpensive. Pick one up today and you’ll likely never use it enough that you’ll have to replace it.


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A stockpot is a very large pot (usually 12 quarts) that is ideal for homemade broth or large portions of soups. Anytime you want to make an extra large meal is also a great reason to use a stock pot. But because most cooks don’t tend to make their own broth (though they should, it’s easy!) this is not an essential item for a minimalist kitchen.

Our recommendation is this 12-quart stockpot from Cuisineart’s Multiclad Pro line. It’s fantastic value with very high quality construction, materials, and reasonable prices. You can’t go wrong with this stockpot.

Stockpot (Premium)

Our premium pick is this 12-quart stockpot from All Clad. It is made in the USA and comes with the high quality guarantee that covers all All Clad purchases. Once again, this is an optional option, bu

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