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12/2/2014 10:18:13 AM

Pots and Pans

After all that jam making I came to realize that my miss-matched pots and pans (mostly from two very cheap sets purchased about 12 years ago) were on their last legs... or in this case handles.  So I started looking for replacements for the dutch oven that lost it's handle last year.  Of course, then I noticed that most of the other pots and pans were getting loose handles as well, so I was also keeping my eye out for a nice set of pots & pans that I could get cheap.

Not an easy search.  Sure there are a lot of really cheap cookware sets out there... even stainless steel.  But I wanted to get riveted handles and cookware that I would not have to replace again... hopefully in my life-time.  And if I am going for that, I also wanted to get two sets so that I am not constantly having to wash the two most used pots sometimes twice a day.

So I have been checking off-and-on online and found a set that was a little better than low-quality, and stainless, and had neat pour spouts.  But it was hard to get behind the smallish set containing 4 pots/pans and costing $70... especially when I would need to get at least two sets to have enough pots.

Then one day I noticed a CRAZY price on some mid-high quality Calphalon pots and pans.  A whole 14pc set for the price a single Calphalon pot would normally cost.  I guessed it was a mistake in the price listing, but I thought... why not try?

I ordered three sets and in the end it took quite a bit of email and a phone call, but Amazon honored the price and gave us free one-day shipping for the trouble.

All this of course means that my pot and pan slider for my kitchen cabinet needed a bit of updating.

Here is the original Before & After:  (see more here)

Pots and Pans - BEFORE Pots and Pans - AFTER

However, the dowels I used as separators slid around a bit too much and didn't keep some of the more unwieldy frying pans straight at the bottom.  So I decided to replace the dividers with full length 1/4 inch wood.

Cordless tools make quick work of cutting and sanding...

The dividers are placed and then the end is marked for drilling...

A hole very carefully drilled for a wide head screw that will lock the board in place on the wire back and front...

And viola!

Now all I need to do is wash the pots from the second set and get them put away.

The ironic part is that I started looking for a standard dutch oven, and that is the only piece the Calphalon sets didn't include... they have a large 8-quart stock pot instead.  So I think I will try to sell the extra set so that I can get the 6-quart stock pot or 5-quart dutch oven.

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12/2/2014 1:00:30 PM Punkin
wow!As always you have created a wonderful space for your new pots and pans. I always need more than one or two 2 qt. and 3 qt. saucepans at every meal. But My dutch oven is used more than any other pot. I have an older dutch oven that I use just for boiling water for my spaghetti.
You idea of buying more than one set is a great one.

12/2/2014 5:44:54 PM TinkerT
When we got the first two very cheap sets a long time ago, I made the mistake of not getting sets that matched.  Now I don't think I would ever get just one set... having the same lids that fit two pots just makes a world of difference.

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