If I only had one cookware, what would it be?
Over time, I have accumulated several pots and pans after my initial investment of stainless steel sauté pan. However, there are pieces which I use sparingly and a few pieces which I rely on heavily. If I had to limit my cookware, I’d choose at least 3. If were to have only one cookware, I won’t be as productive.
It makes it hard when there’s sites like http://cookwarenation.com, which reviews pots and pans. They also have a best of nonstick cookware reviews list at http://cookwarenation.com/best-nonstick-cookware-reviews/
But if there’s a singular pot I’d bring with me to camp in the woods or cook during my kid’s school fair, it would be my trusted 6-quart Dutch oven.
You could bake, roast, stew, fry, bake, braise, sauté, broil, boil, marinate, and freeze in it. You can put it over flame or charcoal; it won’t complain. Had I known about the Dutch when I bought my first cooking equipment, I would definitely have chosen it. My mother laughed when I told her that; she said, had I only asked her she’d have told me “to buy a Dutch – it was no secret!” But I wanted to show I was independent, didn’t I?
I only have one Dutch oven which I decided to buy after owning about a dozen pieces of cookware. Buying it practically put half of the dozen to non-use. I actually intend to hand down the six (maybe more) to my sister who is building her own nest and, yes, her kitchen. With the half-a-dozen, she won’t need to shell out for her first skillet when she has lots of other things to spend for.
She’d been eyeing my Dutch oven, actually, short of asking for it. It’s a 6-quart, with plain flat bottom. I’ve long wanted to own an 8-quart or bigger oven since I often find a crowd in my house. If I find the right size, appearance and shape, she might just have her wish granted. But in the meantime, I’m finding so much use for my old pot that my kitchen would malfunction if it as much as takes a break even for a day.
Should you be in the same situ that I was 6 or 7 years ago, don’t make any mistake, buy a Dutch oven. I’m not your mother so that should be okay.