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#1 WhatWouldBuffyDo

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:10 PM

Random Monday topic ahead lol.

DH and i are planning on upgrading all our pots, pans, knives etc this year and we want to get really good ones. Ones that will stay good for years. Cost isn't all that important as we will more than likely be buying one or 2 things at a time so that it's not one massive cost at once. And we are quite happy to only have a couple of each (saucepans and fry pans) because we mainly eat a lot of salads etc due to the heat up here.  

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#2 Marchioness Flea

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:15 PM

I say buy the best you can afford. I bought my first Esteele frypan last week with a copper base and it's really nice.
I also have 2 of the Jamie Oliver for Tefal SS saucepans and I love them!
Now's a great time to look as the sales are still on.

#3 B.feral3

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:21 PM

My kitchen is perfect with a Thermomix and a set of Global knives.

We were going to buy some decent pots and pans this year as ours are 14 years old and seen better days. (They were fantastic in their day.) We just can't justify it though because we use them sometimes not even weekly. We also looked at selling and upgrading our Globals this year but saw nothing genuinely reduced in the after Christmas sales.

I agree that you should buy the best that you can afford.
My father paid $1200 for his pot and pan set 50 years ago which was a small mint back then and they are going strong now. They are Renaware but I don't think you can get them in Australia anymore.

Edited by Bek+3, 07 January 2013 - 05:26 PM.

#4 pol

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:26 PM

Global knives, scanpan non stick.

We now have a decent collection because you can usually get scanpan on sale (Peter's eg), and that's what we've been given for Xmas and birthdays for the last billion years. Now we have most of my family using them and am working on MIL!

#5 BubblyGal

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:32 PM

We used our wedding gift registry 18 months ago to upgrade all our kitchen things and I did quite a bit of research on different brands...

Global knives are great and they do a really good knife block set.

Esteele pots and pans are great (my mum has had them for years and I love my set).

I've used Scanpan in the past - they are great if you're looking for something with a non-stick surface.

Don't by anything from anywhere other than Peter's of Kensington. Even with end of year sales at Myer and DJs, Peter's is usually much much cheaper.

#6 Cranky Kitten

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:35 PM

I'd go to a couple of kitchen specific places and poke/prod what they have. See what you like and why you like it.

Personally, I love my Essteele stainless steel (copper bases) set and have both Anolon and Baccarat knives. I wouldn't touch non-stick if you paid me and am not fussed with Global knives as they are too light for my liking. I like a knife with a bit of weight and balance to it.

If you can find one, a good sized steel wok is well worth the trouble of seasoning it. And I can't go past a santoku to add to the knife collection, even though it's not included in most block sets and has to be bought separately.

#7 mitty82

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:43 PM

We bought saucepans when we first shifted into our first house 10 years ago. They cost about $120 for the set but omg they are still going strong. Yes they have been used to burn food etc,used to kill spiders so have a few dings on the edge. We were told go for something with a thick solid bottom on them. Which we did. 10 years and still going strong it has been the best purchase we have made yet.

#8 B.feral3

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:50 PM

QUOTE (Cranky Kitten @ 07/01/2013, 05:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I wouldn't touch non-stick if you paid me and am not fussed with Global knives as they are too light for my liking. I like a knife with a bit of weight and balance to it.

And I can't go past a santoku to add to the knife collection, even though it's not included in most block sets and has to be bought separately.

The knives my DH wanted to upgrade to were a Japanese name which I can't recall. They are not sold in block sets either so this might be them. They are about $200-$300 each and he too said that he wanted knives better balanced than the Globals. The Globals have served us well though I must admit.

#9 YandiGirl

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:53 PM

I know a lot of people love the Global knives, but I personally really, really dislike them. They just feel completely wrong in my hand.

I suggest you go to a kitchenware store (one the pros use) and get the feel for the different brands. I have messermeister knives and I adore them.......

#10 YandiGirl

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:04 PM

QUOTE (Cranky Kitten @ 07/01/2013, 03:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd go to a couple of kitchen specific places and poke/prod what they have. See what you like and why you like it.

Personally, I love my Essteele stainless steel (copper bases) set and have both Anolon and Baccarat knives. I wouldn't touch non-stick if you paid me and am not fussed with Global knives as they are too light for my liking. I like a knife with a bit of weight and balance to it.

If you can find one, a good sized steel wok is well worth the trouble of seasoning it. And I can't go past a santoku to add to the knife collection, even though it's not included in most block sets and has to be bought separately.

My favourite (and most used) knife of the lot.

#11 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:05 PM

Not scan pan non-stick unless you are happy to replace them regularly.

While planning to buy a piece at a time is a good idea in theory, have a look at the sets as they are often much cheaper than separately.  Kitchenware Direct have good sales.

#12 Escapin

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:10 PM

We have mostly Scanpan and Le Creuset. I love the Le Creuset, and I know I will be able to hand it on to my grandchildren! Scanpan, hmmm, not so sure. It does blister if you get the heat high enough, which I've managed to do to a roasting tray and a frypan.

I recently bought a Neoflam which I'm really enjoying using, especially as it is so light compared to my other pans! I'm only using rice bran oil (or nothing) as olive oil/butter cause the nasty buildup. But I haven't had it for long so time will tell.

#13 Daisy Goat

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:19 PM

Jamie Oliver Tefal for Induction.

I have Global Knives and am irritated that at about 8 years the tips are starting to break off

#14 Fire_fly

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:21 PM

I am not a fan of scanpan for the reasons stated above. I do however live my Jamie Oliver pans and Le Creuset.

Knife blocks I can't help you with as I am after a good set too.

#15 TheGreenSheep

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:33 PM

Like other PPs wouldn't have scanpan, really disappointing surface.

I have Circulon and Le creusset pots and pans.

I also have wustof knives. I tossed between the globals and wustof, but the lightness of the globals didn't feels good. Too 'tinny' and light. My friend has them and she wouldn't recommend them either.

I've never paid full price, always got kitchenware on sale.

#16 Cranky Kitten

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:39 PM

Ah yes, Le Creuset (or it's slightly cheaper cousin, Chasseur) - a decent sized one of these is an absolute godsend. I do all kinds of things in mine, and it doubles as a slow cooker as well.

#17 Taffyk

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:42 PM

Anolon pans, wusthof knives.

#18 mum2cooper

Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:45 PM

I can highly recommend buying from kitchenwaredirect.com.au. Fantastic service, variety and so cheap!
Good luck with your upgrading.

#19 bunny2

Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:11 PM

I'll be following this thread too!

I'm on the lookout for a good large pan, around 30cm + non stick.

I was looking at the Jamie Oliver for Tefal and also Anolon and Circulon which I saw on sale at Myer.

I think it's hard for me to go for more expensive - I've previously always bought cheapies from K Mart, and it's only now that I'm sick of having to buy new pans!

#20 Marchioness Flea

Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:43 PM

Bunny2, any of those you'll be happy with. I really like my JO stuff and my few Circulon pieces I have as well.

#21 WhatWouldBuffyDo

Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:14 PM

Thanks original.gif
Might do a bit of comparing now.

#22 B.feral3

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:27 AM

I have already replied to this thread but back again. We just bought some new knives over the weekend because, as I mentioned, we were looking at upgrading our Global Knives.

We looked at Shun but Ran's were one step up again. Then we researched more and more and learned that Wusthof's were right up there in quality of the Ran's. Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey also prefer Wusthof's for personal use apparently when they are not doing a TV program sponsored by a particular set!! I read other professional chef blogs and the preference seems to be split down the middle but it's more a Japanese/German preference thing, kind of like Mercedes/BMW when really both are elite IYKWIM.

In the end we went with the Wusthof Ikons. They are stainless which means we can be a little more careless with them. Rans needed to remain bone dry so couldn't leave them on a drying rack or in a sink full of water which we do all the time with our Globals so I know we would get lazy and they would get rusty!! Rans couldn't go in the dishwasher. Also, Wusthof in Australia have a LIFETIME free sharpening service. You send them off in a reply paid envelope and they send them back!! We couldn't go past it!!

We didn't buy a block but rather individual pieces. We thought it would work out more expensive this way (which we didn't mind if we got the knives we wanted) but we actually ended up with one more knife for $100 less than the block we would have bought if we didn't go this way. The blocks though were full of knives we wouldn't use.

There are some good deals online at the moment. Peter's of Kensington is the cheapest. I didn't buy from him though. Instead my orders were split between Le Domaine and Everton. The knives were slightly more expensive, but the postage was cheaper (or free in the case od Le Domaine) plus I Googled for and found 10% off the whole order codes which brought me out ahead.

There is also myhomedepo and Kitchenwaredirect but they were more interested in selling blocks which I absolutely didn't want. Also, the few single pieces they did sell were pricey. You can buy overseas for slightly cheaper again, but you don't get your free sharpening service. I have no idea about warranty but I couldn't be bothered with it anyway. Even without the free sharpening, the saving weren't great enough for me to be bothered with importing.

Anyway, I just thought I would share my experience. Globals are a good starter knife and you will love them if you are upgrading from Kmart knives (which is what we did 10 years ago!!) We're bored of Global now and I am looking forward to receiving my Wusthof's!!! They were absolutely gorgeous to hold. Such a better feel to the knife than my Globals.

Edited by Bek+3, 14 January 2013 - 09:05 AM.

#23 ubermum

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:55 AM

My knife block is Wusthof Trident. Be prepared to spend. My cooks knife was $156 for that one knife in 1996, but, I still have it. Make sure you get a stone and learn how to properly sharpen a knife. A steel does not sharpen a knife, it only hones the edge. I hate non stick pots and pans, the surface always goes crap. I prefer cast iron. I only have one good one, they are on my list for this year.

#24 marley*and*me

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:03 AM

Look at these three online shops. All muc cheaper than Myers, des, etc

Peters of Kensington
Kitchenware direct
Your home depot

I have just bought a set of global knives, have a kitchenaid mixer, and use estelle pots which are 10 years on and still perfect.

#25 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:25 AM

Seriously, someone buy these http://www.petersofkensington.com.au/Publi...e-Set-5pce.aspx

I don't need them, but I want them.  That's a MAJOR bargain.  

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