I’ve been loving some of the recommendations you guys have been sharing when it comes to different posts I should cover! I’m switching it up by sharing not only workouts, fashion and food, but now I’ll be sharing some travel, beauty, kitchen and even decor. Right now I’m covering things I love to cook with, but I’ll also soon be sharing how I stock my pantry to help you know the best products to have on hand!
Many of you have been asking about what my favorite pots and pans are to use. As I started pulling out all my random pots, pans and baking dishes, I began to notice how unattractive all of them look together. No matchy-match for me. I picture the Pioneer Woman pulling out all her dishes and all of them matching perfectly so. But not here. Not in the PaleOMG kitchen. I do have 2 adorable matching Le Creuset dishes, but that’s it. And that’s also because someone gave me one as a wedding gift. When I first started blogging, I couldn’t afford new pots or pans, so I would shop at the thrift store and find the cheapest pans I could! And I still have many of those pans! So I apologize for the non-sexy look, but nice big kitchen drawers hide that, luckily!
So here’s the thing, I honestly think most pots and pans are the same. Whether you spend a little money or a lot, they pretty much work all the same. The only thing I really think is worth spending more money on is Le Creuset. Their ceramic pots, pans and dutch ovens are amazing at cooking evenly and they clean in seconds. I adore them. If you have any pots or pans you love, just share them in the comments for other people to see!
Here’s an easy list of all my favorites!
- Baking sheets for oven roasting and delicious cooking
- Wire rack for cooling baked goods or cooking chicken thighs or wings evenly on top of a baking sheet
- Large glass baking dish for cakes or casseroles
- Small glass baking dish for blondies, brownies or smaller casseroles
- Bread pan for breads or meatloaf
- Round cake pans for cakes, pies or frittatas
- Ceramic Dutch oven for slow cooking like short ribs, chard or cabbage
- Ceramic baking dish – glass one works just fine, it’s just nice to have a prettier presentation at events like a brunch or dinner
- Non-stick Fry Pans for really cooking anything from eggs, to scallops to ground meat
- Ceramic Non-Stick Fry Pans
- Cast Iron Skillets for even sears on steaks, pork chops and whatever else you prefer to cook. And this is a great cleaning tool.
- Double Burner Griddle Pans for cooking lots of pancakes
- Grill pan for when you don’t have a grill or it’s too cold to go outside
- Muffin pans – metal or silicone
- Mini tart pans for fun desserts
- Different size saucepans for soups, sauces or just heating up ingredients quickly on the stovetop
That’s about it! I tend to try different brands as I go and again, the only one I’ve truly loved and would spend the extra money on is Le Creuset. These are all pretty basic items and you can even get away with less pieces than I have, but having different sized cooking tools/baking dishes makes cooking a little easier and because of that, more fun. And the more you cook and the more confident you get in the kitchen, the more you may want to add to your collections with fun things like mini muffin tins or bundt cake pans or a springform pan. I have no idea if this post is helpful at all so feel free to ask questions if you have any or add to the conversation with your favorite pieces you use! AND if you have anything you would like me to write about in future posts, let me know! I want to keep this blog interesting and fun for you guys!