I am all about saving money, who isn't? If I can find a way to not pay full price for something rhat is what I will do. Especially this time of year you shouldn't have to pay full price, you can almost be sure to find something you want at some reduced rate. I might be biased but I think giving the gift of cooking one of the best things you can give. Gifting something that can bring endless hours of enjoyment beats out any new electronic gadget that the person will be clamoring to replace in a 6 months to a 1 year. A good set of cookware outlasts the latest iPhone by a wide margin. I wanted to take some time this morning to suggest some cookware you can get on sale on Amazon today and the next. Some of the deals may have a time limit or product limit so keep that in mind when shopping.
Circulon Contempo Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set
I don't like spending a lot of time cleaning pots, I would rather be cooking. That is why non-stick cookware is something I appreciate. This set contains:
8-Inch and 10-Inch French Skillets | I think you really need two different sized skillets, to make multiple cooking applications easier. I use both of my skillets on a regular basis, I would miss one if I only had the one. I like using my wider skillet for finishing sauces, making small batches of jam, and gravy. The wide skillet provides a lot of surface area for quicker exportation.
1-Quart and 2-Quart Covered Saucepans | The curve longer handles on these saucepans should help keep your hands from getting too hot
8-Quart Covered Stockpot | I love a stockpot with good handles and this one seems to have some great handles.
3-Quart Covered Saute | I like this kind of saute pans for cooking chicken and pork in flavorful sauces
Here are some other options by Circulon:
Circulon Infinite Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set
Circulon Elite Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set
Cuisinart Copper Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set
Copper pots can be pretty expensive. A significant discount is really needed to send you into bankruptcy. They look great and are great to cook with. The reason why people desire copper is that is heats up quickly and cooks off quickly. Helps to better control the temperature of your food. This sets comes with:
1-qt saucepan, 2-½-qt saucepan, 5-qt sauté pan w/helper handle, 8-qt stockpot and lids; 18cm steamer insert; 8-inch skillet, 10-inch skillet
I like the high handles on the lids, easy to grab. Keep in mind these are stainless steel, not non-stick. While I like having non-stick around it can get scratched easily and you end up having to eventually replacing. Not every cooking job needs non stick, in fact when I saute meat I don't want non-stick because I want brown bites to stick to the bottom that I can later de-glaze with some flavorful liquid.
T-fal C798SC64 Ultimate Stainless Steel Copper-Bottom Multi-Layer Base 12-Piece Cookware Set, Silver
Looking for a set that is more affordable, try this one from T-fal. They have some copper in them to help better regulate temperature. The set got 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Most of the complaints about this set is that food sticks to them, but these are NOT non-stick pans so of course you will have some sticking but again have a non-stick pan around for when you are really concerned about that. The set comes with:
8 and 10.5 Inch fry pan;1-Quart, 2-Quart and 3-Quart Sauce pan; 5.5 Quart covered Dutch oven; Spoon and Slotted Turner
Other sets from T-Fal:
T-fal A777SI64 Initiatives Nonstick Inside and Out Dishwasher Safe 18-Piece Cookware Set, Red
T-fal E918SC64 Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick Expert Interior Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Anti-Warp Base Dishwasher Safe 12-Piece Cookware Set, Gray