The Best Cookware Needed In Every Kitchen

The Best Cookware Needed In Every Kitchen

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

My goal has always been to teach people to cook from scratch. To be able to cook in the most efficient ways, you need the best cookware. I’m going to show you some of my favorites.

You can start with cheaper brands, but if you have two or three really good pieces of cookware, they will last a lifetime when you take care of them. I want to invite you into my kitchen today to see what I use. Be sure and let me know your favorite cookware so I can share your ideas with my readers.

When I got married over 50 years ago, aluminum pans were the name of the game. They worked fine for many years. Then someone thought of making non-stick pans. They were so awesome, nothing stuck to them, making after-meals cleanup so much easier.

But after a few months, the non-stick finish started flaking off and attaching the “stuff” to our food. Or, we would see bare spots where the non-stick finish used to be. Those pans were soon trashed, not knowing if that finish was toxic or not. Raise your hand if you had some of those!

The Best Cookware Needed In Every Kitchen

The Best Cookware Needed In Every Kitchen

Cast Iron Pans

My mother used cast iron pans, so I’ve used cast iron pans. If you season them well, nothing sticks to them. Yes, they are heavy and feel bulky, but I love them.

I soon learned if I bought the cast iron pans without a long handle I used them all the time. This is one of my very favorite pans shown below.

12-Inch Cast Iron Fry Pan

I realize for some people this pan is heavy and awkward to use, but it’s still one of my favorite pans I use almost daily. This is a Lodge 12-Inch Skillet. It’s perfect for cooking scrambled eggs, making fajitas, doughnuts, bagels, and even Lefse.

It’s left on my stove day in and day out. Yes, I use it that much. I love fried onions and bell peppers, especially the red, orange, and yellow ones. They are so sweet and mixed with onions, all I need is a tortilla, salsa, cheese, and maybe a little meat, I have the tacos you can imagine.

The Best Cookware Needed In Every Kitchen


It makes food taste awesome, the price is reasonable, keep it seasoned it will be non-stick, will last a lifetime if cared for properly.


You have to hand wash it, heavy and bulky. They do not work well on glass top stoves.

8-Inch Cast Iron Fry Pan

You sometimes want a fried egg on toast, right? Or just plain with a slice or two of bacon? I sure do! And this pan is the one to use. It makes a fried egg in butter, well you know, it’s the best egg ever!

When I was growing up my dad made fried cheese in a cast iron pan about this size, yep, fried cheese!

Oh, plus chicken livers and onions, and sometimes just liver and onions. I love memories! 8-inch Cast Iron Pan

8-inch fry pan


It makes food taste awesome, the price is reasonable, keep it seasoned it will be non-stick, will last a lifetime if cared for properly.

Read More of My Articles  Instant Pot® Beef and Bean Taco Bowls


Must be hand washed. They do not work well on glass top stoves.

4-Quart Stainless Steel Saucepan

I have three of these, I’m almost sure one of them is at least 30 years old. It’s a Farberware Stainless Steel 4-quart Saucepan. I love a few pans without long handles sticking out.

You still have to use hot pads to pick it up, but at least the handle is not in my way while I’m stirring. I can make a roux in this pan, boil water, make a small pot of soup. It’s the perfect pan for so many meals.

4-Quart Saucepan


Stainless steel, dishwasher safe, and affordable.



6-Quart Stainless Steel Saucepan

When my family comes, I always make Creamed Chip Beef on Toast and this is the pan we use. I will add the recipe below the pan in case you want to print it out and give the recipe a try. Who grew up with cream-chipped beef, creamed tuna, or hard-boiled eggs in a white sauce?

Maybe your family used a 6-quart saucepan! Farberware 6-Quart Stainless Steel Saucepan.

Mark uses this pan to boil pasta or spaghetti for us, it’s the perfect saucepan for so many meals.

6-Quart Saucepan


Stainless steel, dishwasher safe, and affordable.



5 from 3 votes
Creamed Chip Beef with Peas
Creamed Chip Beef
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Author: Linda Loosli
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 gallon milk
  • 2 4.5- ounce jars dried beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  1. Melt the butter in a large pan, add the flour and quickly use a whisk to make a roux. Continue whisking and add 1/2 gallon of milk. Keep stirring until the mixture is cooked and smooth. Rinse the beef, chop it into pieces and add to the white sauce above. Add salt, pepper, and sugar to taste. Serve hot over bread, biscuits, or toast. We like to add frozen peas (cooked) when ready to serve.

8-Quart Stainless Steel Soup/Spaghetti Pot

This 8 Quart Spaghetti Pot is meant for large families to boil spaghetti or make a large pot of soup. I’ve had this soup pot for years. I raised my kids with it and blanched fruits for canning. Every family needs a large pot for so many reasons, it’s perfect to use on a gas stove when the power goes out.

You can make soup for your neighbors. Life is good with a warm bowl of soup. This pot is great when you have a large meal item to make.

The Best Cookware Needed In Every Kitchen


Stainless steel, dishwasher safe, and affordable.



Ebelskiver Pan

This is a fun pan to have when making Ebelskiver’s for friends and family. They are basically round pancakes. They are super easy to make and kids love them. My mother had a cast-iron one, but after she died, I’m not sure what happened to it.

I will share my recipe after the picture. Ebelskiver Pan

Quick And Easy Way To Make Ebelskivers

The Best Cookware Needed In Every Kitchen


Nonstick, and affordable.


Handwash only and cannot use metal utensils.

5 from 21 votes
cook breakfast
Linda’s Whole Wheat Ebelskivers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
12 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 7 people
Author: Linda Loosli
  1. After whisking, add the dry ingredients.

  2. Heat the Ebelskiver Pan.

  3. I use vegetable spray instead of putting 1 teaspoon of oil in each Ebelskiver hole.

  4. Heat the pan until very hot. I use a toothpick to flip mine. I will cook both sides and then cook them on their side.

6-Quart Ceramic/Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Here’s the deal, I have several regular cast-iron Dutch Ovens with legs (to stack and cook outside). Plus, I have a few different sizes without legs, but today we’re talking about what I use in my kitchen.

For some reason, I saw this Red Lodge 6-Quart Dutch Oven and I knew it would look perfect in my kitchen. Plus, it’s oven-safe.

We have made so many pots of soup or beans in this gem, and I smile every time I turn on the stove with it sitting there front and center. It’s cast-iron with a ceramic finish so that’s why you can see the little “black dividers” to hold the lid above the Dutch oven base.

This can’t be used on briquettes, it’s not designed to be used outside.

The Best Cookware Needed In Every Kitchen


Easy to clean, it makes the best soup and chili taste even better, affordable.


Heavy, handwash only.

10-Inch Swiss Diamond Skillet

When I taught classes at a fancy kitchen store here in Southern Utah, I learned about the Swiss Diamond pans. When my family and grandkids come to visit and use these pans, they see how wonderful they are to use and really want them for their own kitchens.

They have never cooked with anything like them. Nothing sticks, they are different than the old non-stick coated pans from the 1970s!

My oldest grandson even bought one for his girlfriend for Christmas. You do have to hand wash them like any good piece of cookware and be sure to use non-metal kitchen tools with them. Swiss Diamond 10-Inch Skillet

10-Inch Swiss Diamond


Food never sticks, no vegetable spray needed ever.


Pricey, handwash only, cannot use metal utensils.

12-Inch Swiss Diamond Skillet

This 12-Inch Swiss Diamond Skillet is perfect for omelets or fajitas. I mainly use this one when the family comes to visit. Nothing sticks and it’s easy to clean up after using it.

12-inch Swiss Diamond


Food never sticks, no vegetable spray is needed.


Pricey and handwash only, cannot use metal utensils.

Lodge Cast Iron Griddle

Every family needs a good griddle, right? I’m talking pancakes, grilled cheese, and quesadillas! This is a Lodge Cast Iron Griddle, it’s perfect for every family!

Cast Iron Griddle


Makes food taste better, lasts a lifetime if cared for properly, non-stick is kept seasoned, and affordable.


Heavy and handwash only.


My braiser is packed away for the holidays. These work great for braising meat, ribs, and even steaming your favorite vegetables.

Tramontina 6 QT Covered Braiser – Tri-Ply Clad SS

Final Word

I hope you enjoyed visiting my kitchen on the internet today, Mark and I live a simple life and enjoy cooking together in the kitchen. He always cleans up the prepping dishes, which is a blessing to me.

We love eating at home where we know the ingredients in the food we are cooking. Please let me know about the best cookware you love using in your home.

So many of us are cooking for fewer people in some cases, and others have growing families, but we all appreciate quality cookware base on how much time we spend on meal preparation. Please keep prepping. I believe hard times are coming, we will survive my friends. May God Bless this world, Linda

Similar Posts


  1. Thanks Linda for another great post! I also have a small saucepan for heating those small items. Costco is now carrying a set of 3 Graniteware frying pans and I am loving them! They are a high quality nonstick frying pan that are not Teflon.

  2. Love this post! I have several pans I use that are Calphalon brand. The husband gave me a set for Christmas almost 20 years ago and they are still as good as new. My only complaint about them is that I can’t use metal utensils on them or they will scratch, but otherwise they are perfect. My very favorite though is my great-grandmother’s cast iron Wagner skillet. It is as smooth as glass and better than any non-stick pan you can buy. I use it every day also!

    1. Hi Paula, oh my gosh, I love the Calphalon brand! 20 years old and going strong! Yay! Oh my gosh, having your great grand mother’s Wagner cast iron skillet is a treasure!! I’m not sure who got my mother’s cast iron skillets after she died. I need to add that to my post, some of those you cannot use metal utensils either, thanks for the reminder. Life is good in the kitchen with awesome pans! Linda

  3. 5 stars
    I have most of these. I do have a stainless steel smallish pressure Dutch oven. I’ve used it as a regular pot, but haven’t pressure cooked in it yet. I do have a whole set of cast iron cookware. I also have a complete set of stainless steel cookware. I do have several Teflon skillets. Love them all.

    Nothing tastes as good as anything cooked in cast iron. Yum

    1. Hi Deborah, thanks for the 5 stars, my friend! You have the best pans too!! It’s so fun to cook when we love our pans, what can we say, right?? Cast iron does make food taste better!! Linda

  4. I would add a braiser to the list of essential cookware. Braisers are used for
    braising and slow cooking meats, such as ribs, in the oven. A 5 quart braiser can hold one rack of ribs. Make sure to get one with a lid. Cast iron braisers of that size are quite heavy when loaded with meat- consider getting a cast aluminum one instead. Braisers can also be used on the stovetop.

  5. 5 stars

    We have the exact same stainless steel pots and pans. We also have most of the cast iron. I have a 12″ cast iron frying pan with a clear glass lid that I use for all kinds of dishes. Jane can’t use the cast iron due to lack of strength in her wrists and hands.

    I love the Creamed Chip Beef recipe, though I had to seriously downsize it for just Jane and myself.

    1. Hi Ray, thank you for the 5 stars, my friend! Yeah, I would need to cut the recipe down as well for just Mark and me. Life is good when we have the cookware we love using! Linda

  6. I have a whole set of the Faberware stainless pots and pans, all the way down to the fry skillets. My parents bought the set in 1970 and they are still going strong 50 years later!!! I also have their cast iron stuff. And yes everything taste better cooked in cast iron pans. Love reading all your stuff, thanks.

    1. Hi Renee, thank you for your kind words!! oh my gosh, I love the Farberware stainless steel pans! I remember having some Farberware with the handles but then “upgraded” to the ones without the handles. LOL! I never had the fry skillets! Those pans just keep going strong. Cast iron pans are the best! Linda

  7. 5 stars
    A great post, Linda! So many memories!

    I grew up with RevereWare which looks very similar to the FaberWare. I passed a lot of my mom’s RevereWare to my son & daughter in law when I downsized the collection in my cabinets.

    I watched my Grandma T. cook fried chicken in a huge cast iron skillet, but never had cast iron myself until I married. My favorite cast iron is a square fry pan (cornbread pan?) a dear friend gave me many years ago. It’s just the right size for grilled ham & cheese sammies, eggs or sausage or pork chops for the two of us.

    I recently helped friends put together an estate sale. Their relative had lots of RevereWare. I was able to purchase 2 RevereWare covered skillets to send to my granddaughter who is setting up her first apartment. I also snagged a very nice enameled wok/braiser. The lid on the larger frypan fits the enameled pan like it was made for it.

    1. Hi BDN, oh my gosh, I forgot about RevereWare!!! I had some of that too!! Oh my gosh, that square pan sounds awesome! It’s so fun to help set up our grandkids with items for their first apartment!! They always appreciate it!! Oh, I feel like making some fried chicken!! Yum! Linda

  8. Great post! I had bought All-Clad to re-build my kitchen following a divorce (the ex got custody of the previous Calphalon set). Then I met my present and forever husband and married into his set of Saladmaster stainless. My-oh-my! It is pricey, but amazing; Truly made to be passed on to another generation when the time comes. Just a cautionary, when it comes to cast iron. While it’s great used on a gas range or electric range with coils, I don’t recommend that it be used on a glass cooktop range.

    1. Hi Mary, oh my gosh, I love All-Clad, I have so many baking dishes by them. Thanks for the reminder of cast iron on the glass top stove, I just added that to the post. NOW, I need to scope out Saladmaster Stainless, I LOVE good quality cookware! I’m on it. Thank you, Linda

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating