Kicking off another thread based on Huntall's "what to stock" thread. Was thinking today of all the stuff I have gotten over the years and what I really use...
Most of this stuff you can pick up at a flea market for cheap... I know, because that's what I did. Buying used stuff is really the sensible way to go. No one has ever looked at me across the table and said: This meal was entire cooked on brand new All Clad cookware, wasn't it?
So here's my list of stuff that I find indispensable in the kitchen. Not sure what I would do without the following.
Pots and pans:
Stock pot (huge)
Enameled French oven & cast iron dutch oven
Stainless steel frying pan 12''
2, 3.5 & 6 quart stainless steel pots
Flat skillet - cast iron
#3, #5, #8 cast iron skillets
11' teflon frying pan (I think we got it at Ikea - works great)
A cookie sheet not the double layer variety
10x13 and 9x9 pyrex baking pans
Heavy duty loaf pan
Stainless mixing bowls
Japanese vegetable knife
10" chefs knife
(got a bunch of others but really these four see the most use)
Coffee grinder for spices
French press coffee maker
Colanders plastic and tall stainless
Chinese spider strainers large and small
2 quart and 2 cup pyrex measuring cups
Measuring spoons: round and rectangle.
Off the wall stuff.
Silicon mat for dough kneading
What works for you?