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Healthy Cookware

by Deliciously Organic on January 19, 2013

Here’s a picture of the pots and pans I currently use. I hang them on this pot rack.

We spend a lot of time thinking about the foods we eat, but sometimes overlook the importance of the cookware we use to prepare food. It’s important to use cookware without coatings or substances which can leach into our food. Studies have found that Teflon non-stick cookware, and aluminum – two of the most popular cookware choices – have a tendency to leach metals and other harmful chemicals into the food. Today we’re going to look solely at cookware and in a couple weeks we’ll circle back and discuss bakeware.

Teflon
Non-stick cookware has become very popular over the years because it’s incredibly convenient. Unfortunately, it emits toxic fumes when overheated and over time, the coating can wear away and end up in your food. Teflon is DuPont’s trade name for a synthetic polymer called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Non-stick cookware is simply a metal pan with a PTFE coating.

Manufacturers’ labels often warn consumers to avoid high heat when cooking on Teflon. But Environmental Working Group-commissioned tests conducted in 2003 showed that “In just two to five minutes on a conventional stovetop, cookware coated with Teflon and other non-stick surfaces could exceed temperatures at which the coating breaks apart and emits toxic particles and gases. Also, Toxic fumes from the Teflon chemical released from pots and pans at high temperatures may kill pet birds and cause people to develop flu-like symptoms (called ‘Teflon Flu’ or, as scientists describe it, ‘Polymer fume fever’).’ Ingesting particles that flake off scratched non-stick cookware isn’t toxic because solid PTFE flakes are inert.”

Aluminum
Aluminum cookware is popular because of its low price and quick heating, but it comes with health concerns. Studies have shown that aluminum leaches into the food during the cooking process. Aluminum is regarded as a neurotoxin agent due to its accumulation in the brain, bones and liver.

Anodized Aluminum
Anodization subjects the surface of aluminum pots and pans to a process that builds up the metal’s natural coating of oxide. This should yield a hard, nonreactive substance that forms a tough coating. As a result, an anodized aluminum cooking surface is non-stick, scratch-resistant and easy to clean. While there aren’t hard and fast studies to show that this material is harmful, I’m not comfortable with it. As always, I suggest you do your own research so you can make an informed decision!

 

Healthier Cookware Choices
Stainless Steel
Stainless steel cookware is one of my favorites. It’s a non-reactive metal that doesn’t corrode or pit like other materials can. It’s durable, and can last a lifetime. Almost all of my pots and pans are stainless steel. I’ve had them for over 10 years and they’re beautiful! I found a few articles that said stainless steel could release very small amount of nickel into the food, but I had a hard time finding anything conclusive. If you’re sensitive to nickel you might want to avoid this cookware. The key to keeping foods from sticking is heat. I cook sunny-side-up eggs in my stainless steel skillet a few times a week using high medium-heat and ghee. It really works!

Ceramic/Enamel
This is a great option for those who love the even heating of cast iron, but don’t want to bother with the seasoning process. The cast iron is coated in a hard enamel, making it somewhat non-stick and very easy to clean. Le Creuset has some beautiful, colorful enamel pieces!

Cast Iron
Cast-iron cookware is a great conductor of heat and is very economical. Acids can cause some iron leaching, so it’s best to avoid cooking acidic foods in cast iron. I prefer to buy cast iron that hasn’t been seasoned, as most pre-seasoned pans have been seasoned with soy oil. Here’s a great post that explains how to season and take care of your cast iron pan.

Dishwasher cleaning takes a heavy toll on pots and pans so it’s usually best to hand wash them.

Here’s a list of the sizes of pots and pans I use most often:
12” stainless steel skillet
3 quart stainless steel saucepan
Large Dutch Oven (a large, oven safe pot with a lid) – I have the 8 quart size.
6” stainless steel skillet – great for cooking up small batches of scrambled eggs and such.
1 quart stainless steel saucepan – I actually own 2 of these. I use them all the time!

While preparing for this post, I contacted the good people of Le Creuset and asked if we could give away one of their beautiful 12” stainless steel pans and they agreed! It’s a gorgeous all-purpose three-ply 12” stainless steel pan you can use for many years to come!

 

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Christy Henry January 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I got rid of all my old non-stick and aluminum pans and then my mom came to visit and bought me more, thinking that I needed replacements!

Thanks for the great info:)

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Sarah Beth January 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm

My favorite cookware is stainless steel! And my dutch oven. :)

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Jessica January 19, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Thanks for the useful information! I never really thought about how cookware affects my health.

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Erica January 19, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Ooo. I don’t have any stainless steel Le Creuset. That would certainly be a nice thing to win.

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Laura Ann January 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I’ll have to remember this when I’m getting more pots and pans :)

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Janet Londagin January 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I could really use one of these pans.

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Kimberly Fuhrer January 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I recently bought a cast iron pan and it seems to be the only one I use lately. I love it!

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Francie January 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I received a 6 quart enamel pot for my birthday and I use it all the time! It’s terrific. I also love my stainless pots and pans. I’ve had them for years and years. Recently, though, my husband and son went camping with some of my cookware and left it by the wash station! Ack!

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Annaliese Fleming January 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I’ve been meaning to clean out my pots and pans for a while – I love stainless steel!

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Regan January 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Would love to try one of these pans!

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Heather A January 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm

This post is so helpful! I’m in the market for new cookware–perfect timing!

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Erin B January 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Cast iron creates the best sear!

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Amber January 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I love cast iron!

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Deanna January 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

!We have a Calphalon stainless steel set and really like it! I use the skillets a lot followed by the 3 quart “chef’s casserole pan”.

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Bethany Gavett January 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I use exclusively stainless steel with the exception of my crepe pans and two fry pans for eggs. Those are carbon steel from De Buyer and, once they are seasoned, are as good as any teflon or cast iron I have ever used.

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Jessica January 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I love enameled cast iron and stainless steel pans, especially ones with copper bottoms.

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linda schwehr January 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Le Crueset

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Cari January 19, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Sadly, right now I do not have any favorite cookware. I tend to not cook but I’m changing that to get healthy!

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Cindy January 19, 2013 at 1:58 pm

My favorites are the few stainless steel pots and cast iron pans. I wish I was better at building up the great coating on the cast iron though! That Le Creuset pan looks dreamy!

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Michelle January 19, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I prefer non stick, just because my teenagers cook for themselves sometimes & they seem to have an easier time of using non stick & then my 2nd choice would be a really seasoned cast iron.

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Betsy Kunz January 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Can’t wait to get a new pan

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Stephanie Goodin January 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I use stainless steel and my favorite cookware is the cast iron skillet that belonged to my grandmother.

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Kelly Jo January 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Oh goodness! I want/need these in a bad way. I am actually in the market for new pots and pans. I am currently using some that were a wedding gift 12 years ago. They were “cooks essentials” from QVC and I have my eye on the le Crueset line.

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Kristin January 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Don’t have a favorite right now but would like to try stainless steel out

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Marsha January 19, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Love my stainless steel pots and pans. I haven’t been brave enough to buy any cast iron yet….maybe someday!

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Gina Fix January 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm

A dear friend just blessed me with a 10qt cast iron Dutch oven and a cast iron 2 burner griddle pan. Time to start reevaluating my pans.

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Cindy Dover January 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm

My favorite is my Le Creuset pot that was handed down from my father.

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Marianne January 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Love my cast iron skillets! Use at least one of them every day.

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Crystal January 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I love my All-Clad cast iron dutch oven for making popcorn. I received a whole set of All-Clad stainless steel cookware, but I don’t think I’ve mastered how to use it yet. Everything sticks and it discolors or looks burnt on the inside. I would love this pan to add to my collection and hopefully learn how to cook better using it!

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Audra Eason January 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Thanks! I really enjoyed this information!

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Heather January 19, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I have the 7ply Viking Stainless Steel…LOVE THEM!!!

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dynamics January 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I have a cast iron pan that somehow I seasoned to perfection and love it. I also have a professional pan which I think I better research and see what it actually is made of. Thanks for a great post.

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Jen B. January 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I love my stainless steel pots and pans. We invested in a set a few years ago and got rid of all our Teflon coated stuff. Right now I’m really enjoying my stock pot for making soups and broth!

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Melissa January 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I prefer stainless steel or ceramic, but only if I know it’s made in the USA. I had some nice dishes from Crate and Barrel, but it turned out they were made in China. From what I understand, China doesn’t require testing of the glazes and they can be pretty nasty. We don’t eat out of those anymore. I got a stainless steel Calphalon pan for Christmas and I love it. It’s so much better than my cruddy old pans that had to get tossed every few years!

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pak January 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Stainless Steel!

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ultrahipmama January 19, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I recently replaced all my non-stick with stainless steel. I love my new pots.

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Clarice January 19, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I can’t live without my grill pan!

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Michele January 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm

My favorite thing in the world is our cast iron skillet. I don’t know why we resisted buying one for so long, but now we can’t live without it.

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Stephanie January 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I like cast iron, but haven’t quite mastered how to season it to the point where it’s truly non-stick. I would love to switch to stainless steel!

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Carrie Gaze January 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I love stainless steel.

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Laura January 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm

In the process of getting rid of teflon as well… bought a few Cuisinart pieces that are nice. Would love to try Le Creuset.

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Angie January 19, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Our favorite cookware is a cast iron skillet- especially while being used camping over a warm campfire! : )

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Francine January 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I find stainless steel to be most versatile! Just got my first cast iron though. Hope to use it very soon. Have you used ceramic coated yet?

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Letty January 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I have a few pieces of Le Crueset enameled cast iron and three of their enameled stock pots… but stainless steel? Where have I been?! Swoon!

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Brooke January 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I love cast iron and stainless steel cookware!

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Kelly January 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm

So could use some pans that are round in shape, versus ones that are all warped out of shape , lids will not go the pans :( only have had this set five years and they are worse then the ones i had previously for ten years

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Mallory Cook January 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I have one stainless steel skillet that I love! We got rid of our teflon and I’m slowly building my collection of healthier options

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Kelli January 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I love my enamel coated cast iron!

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Mimi January 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I use copper pots aluminum interiors.

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Jill January 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I am still trying to find my favorite type of cookware. Maybe I will win and find a pan that meets my expectations?!

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Aleah Schoengut January 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I love my cast iron!!! when its taken care of it properly it is just as good as other “non-stick” cookware!

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Trezlen January 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Definitely Cast Iron!

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patrick zaia January 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Cast Iron cooks soooo beautifully once you’ve taken the time & care to treat it right.

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Brittany January 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I absolutely love my dutch ovens, and use them more than any other piece in my kitchen. I’m partial to Staub dutch ovens over Le Creuset though. While the enamel may seem more non-stick, I find that it can erode over time, while the Staub black enamel actually becomes seasoned and effectively non-stick within a few months with no risk of wear.

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Karibeth Soto January 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Cast Iron… I buy from Lodge because it’s made in the US. I won’t buy things made in China.
I have some good stainless steel pots I use too. Old copper bottom Revere ware and some heavy duty Calphalon. But I use my cast iron multiple times a day. Can’t live without it :)

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Hilary January 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm

There is nothing like a cast iron skillet!

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nichole January 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Toss up between s/s & cast iron.

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Caroline January 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Love Le Creuset and this website!

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Nancy January 19, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Cast iron! My momma needs some new pans so I hope I win for her!

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Jennifer January 19, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I can’t wait to switch to stainless steel. I have been trying to decide what brand to go with. So many choices.

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Samantha January 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm

I love my cast iron. Mine has been passed down from my Grandma to my Father to me. It’s amazing!!

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Eric F January 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Cast Iron… other than the weight its the best.

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Marla January 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I love using my cast iron Le Creuset pieces – I’ve been slowly collecting them one by one!

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Kel January 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Cast iron would be my favorite.

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Lauren January 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I’m a fan of stainless steel and I like enameled cast iron.

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Megan Conway January 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I don’t have a cast iron pan of my own, but my Mom’s has been nicely seasoned over the years – and I covet it! :)

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Deborah January 19, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Love Le Creuset! Also love my All Clad stainless.

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Charissa January 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I usually use stainless steel but have been going nuts lately over the ceramic non-stick!

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Shannon D January 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Cast is my favorite cookware.

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Amy January 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Ceramic/enamel is my fave. I hope to be able to switch soon, anything from my nonstick!

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Molly January 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Some day I’m going to own a cast iron pan. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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kathy January 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm

My favorite cookware is any besides what I have!

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tawnya January 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Cast iron. I LOVE cast iron!

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Alicia Kibodeaux January 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I always use stainless steel to cook.

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Michelle January 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Stainless steel is my favorite cookware to use

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Naomi January 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm

cast iron!

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syamout January 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I would love to get a dutch oven! Any good recommendations?

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Deliciously Organic January 22, 2013 at 9:46 am

Le Creuset makes some amazing dutch ovens! They last a lifetime and come in many different colors.

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Kammie @ Sensual Appeal January 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I love my non stick pan

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Andrea January 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Thank you for the informative article! I know the risks of Teflon and am trying to replace mine piece by piece since finances don’t allow us to replace the whole set. Winning this would be great!

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Ellen January 19, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I use almost entirely cast iron pans, which are my favourite. I’d like a steel one, though!

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Julie January 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm

That is such a nice pan, I would make so much yummy food in it ;) Thanks.

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Susan January 19, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I’ve used my Revereware stainless steel copper-bottom pots & pans for more than 30 years. They have outlasted every other piece of cookware that’s come through my kitchen. Love them!

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Stacie January 19, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I have all clad primarily plus a cast iron skillet

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Tricia Goss January 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Stainless steel is my favorite

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Renee H... January 19, 2013 at 4:19 pm

This is awesome, I have been researching pots and pans for the last month. I need to replace everything in my kitchen because they are in horrible shape. I have decided to go for quality and replace them one at a time. I really hope I win. Thank you Carrie!

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KikkaQ January 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm

I love cast iron!

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Jessica Verge January 19, 2013 at 4:22 pm

my fav cookware is lecreuset

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elizabeth January 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Great information. Thanks!!!

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Emily January 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I love my stainless steel pots/pans with copper bottoms. We got them as a wedding present 15 years ago and I can’t imagine using anything else.

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Jen January 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm

I love stainless steal!

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RachelC January 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I’m slowing trying to make the switch from my non stick stuff and would love to add this to my small collection.

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Marjorie George January 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I love my stainless steel pots & pans. I also use cast iron a lot too. My parents had someone come to our house many years ago talking about how good stainless steel cookware is & they made the switch. We have never looked back. It was pretty cool how he cooked just plain water & had us taste the water from each different cookware. Stainless had no flavor.

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Sharee January 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I use stainless steel for my stove top.

But what about waffle makers and griddles? Seems like you just aren’t going to find one with out the non-stick surface.

And what about cookie sheets and muffins tins? Any suggestions?

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Deliciously Organic January 22, 2013 at 9:45 am

There are cast iron waffle irons and griddles. Both go directly on the stovetop. I’ll be talking bakeware in about a week and I’ll give links to all of my favorites! :)

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Paige Meyer January 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Have been wanting some good pans for awhile now!

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Ann D January 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I’ve grown to love my Dutch oven.

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Jennilee Hogancamp January 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I use stainless steel pots and have a stainless steel skillet. I love my cast iron. It is definitely my most versatile piece in the kitchen.

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Amy January 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm

love lecruset line! :)

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Michelle January 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I love stainless steel but don’t have any myself, at least not yet!

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Jen January 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Stainless Steel!

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Kim L January 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I just got an All Clad stainless steel set for Christmas. I love stainless steel cookware!!

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Anne-Marie Anderson January 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I have been loving my cast iron. just recently got an enameled skillet and am really liking it.

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Kirsten January 19, 2013 at 5:05 pm

LOVE this post! Been looking for a good sorce on which pots/pans to buy and also how to restore my cast irons. Thanks!

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Kirsten January 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm

…and my FAVORITE kind of cookware, Le Creuset of course! :)

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Anna B January 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm

All my cookware is old. I sure could use this skillet.

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Becca Z January 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm

My fave kind of cookware is anything non-stick. I love the idea of stainless steel and cast iron but I have a hard time not having things stick.

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Erin January 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I would love to try one of these pans, especially on days like today when it seems I am never out of the kitchen:)

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Tanya Beers January 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I have some stainless steel and I am learning how to use it. I would love to get a dutch oven in the future. I will get rid of my coated pans in time as I get new ones, but I don’t have the money to buy too many at once. I should hit up some garage sales.

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Dana January 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm

I like using cast iron

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Sarah January 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm

My favorite cookware is anything that cleans easily- Le Creuset is pretty good at that.

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Krista V. January 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm

my favorite kind of cookware is stainless steel. we are slowly trying to replace our cheap cookware with stainless steel and/or ceramic enamel. thanks for the giveaway!

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oriana cuffe January 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm

They look lovely would love to win these.

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Justine January 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm

I LOVE Le Creuset! I finally got three pots from them this past summer and I can’t wait to be able to get more. Hence why I want to win this giveaway!!! :)

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Jennifer January 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I love my le creuset!!

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Tam January 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm

cast iron and my ceramic scanpan pans!!!

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Maranda A January 19, 2013 at 6:01 pm

I don’t really have a favorite. All of my pans are 13+ years old. So I could use some new stuff ;)

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Laurel K January 19, 2013 at 6:05 pm

I love my Cuisinart “green” non-stick skillet!

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Marie January 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Well, I’m currently using my pampered chef set that I got for my wedding 8 years ago. Apparently It’s time for an update:)

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Marie January 19, 2013 at 6:12 pm

So glad this was posted. I love my Le Creuset. And I’ve been needing new pans for a while.

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Melissa January 19, 2013 at 6:12 pm

love cast iron but still need to replace some other pans. Would love to try this one.

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Tracy January 19, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I love my cast iron pan and also my ceramic one! Have never had stainless steel though! Very pretty!

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heather January 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Love my cast iron skillet. A stainless pan would be wonderful.

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Simply Complex January 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Actually just bought a LeCruset that we are learning to use! It’s awesome.

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Diana Severnak January 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm

I love my dutch oven and cast iron pan from Le Creuset.

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Christine Hazard January 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I love Stainless steel. I am currently trying a new pan from de Buyer. Not sure if I like it or not yet!

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Talia B. January 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I love my cast iron, but I just got some stainless steel for Christmas!

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Carmen Fraser January 19, 2013 at 6:47 pm

I love Le Creuset, I have one pot and it’s my absolute favourite!

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Pat B. January 19, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I have a few pieces I really like, but I think my favorite one is my 5 quart dutch oven from LeCreuset.

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KMN January 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I love my Calphalon pans but they get worn. Would love new ones!

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Jen January 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm

My favorite is my cast iron skillet…use it for everything!

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Teresa January 19, 2013 at 7:17 pm

I love my cast iron, but unfortunately Hubby loves the non-stick type. We need to ditch the teflon!

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Melinda January 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I use our Dutch oven a lot! I love it

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Shannon January 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I’m still searching for my favorite. I was thinking about aluminum, but I am allergic to nickel. Major bummer there!!

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Kelly Ruiten January 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I love my red cast iron pots!

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Debbi January 19, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Cast iron and Stainless steel

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Tiffeny January 19, 2013 at 7:51 pm

My favorite cookware is SaladMaster’s waterless cookware

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Nicole January 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm

I love my stainless steel set! I use it all the time.

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RachelJ January 19, 2013 at 8:10 pm

We’ve been cooking with enameled cast iron after we started realizing some of the things that could be lurking in our cookware.

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Kristen Anderson January 19, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I have seen what appears to be a really nice stainless pot and pan set by Kirkland at Costco recently. It has the copper core on the bottom. Do you know about/have opinions of the copper-core stainless pans? Also, “fried potatoes” is a traditional side with Saturday evening burgers at our house. By “fried” I just mean sauteeing in butter or coconut oil. They stick like CRAZY in my stainless skillet though. Your post said heat is key to not sticking… should I try higher heat? It doesn’t seem to matter which oil I use. I fry eggs in it regularly and they try to stick as well, but don’t have to cook as long, so as it’s not as much of a problem.

Thanks!

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Deliciously Organic January 22, 2013 at 9:41 am

Copper core cookware is great, because it helps the cookware heat more quickly and evenly. Here’s how I made sunny-side up eggs in my stainless steel pan: Put pan on stove. Turn stove to medium-high and let the pan warm for 2 minutes. Crack a few eggs into a bowl. Add a small spoonful of ghee (here’s a very easy homemade recipe: http://deliciouslyorganic.net/how-to-make-ghee-clarified-butter/). Swirl the pan to coat. Pour the eggs into the pan. It will splatter a bit. Put the lid on the pan for 30 seconds. Remove and continue to cook until the whites are down. Use a spatula to remove the eggs from the pan. Serve. You can use basically the same method for scrambled eggs. I shared this with a friend of mine a few weeks ago and she texted me pics of her pan after cooking eggs (only a few little pieces stuck). She was excited and shocked that it worked! :)

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bianca January 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I love anything in cast iron!

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Diane G January 19, 2013 at 8:53 pm

I have too many teflon pans and want to convert away from them as I can afford. Love my cast iron skillet and enameled dutch oven! Sensitive to nickel, and didn’t know about the stainless steel having it in there. Thanks for the info.

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AlysonRR January 19, 2013 at 8:54 pm

I have induction burners so I have to use something magnetic. For eggs I tend to grab induction-compatible stainless, but for everything else it’s cast iron, enameled or not. I have one well-seasoned cast iron pan in which I can fry eggs, but I have yet to manage scrambled eggs in a cast iron pan…

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Erica January 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm

I have no idea. Mine is a hand me down set… All I’ve ever used.

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Elisa January 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm

We have stainless steel cookware, but I’d love to add a ceramic dutch oven to our collection!

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Jen K. January 19, 2013 at 11:01 pm

I love my non-stick pans :( but am ready to make the switch to healthier choices!

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Kristin January 20, 2013 at 1:07 am

Stainless steel!

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Noella January 20, 2013 at 2:38 am

I love my Le Creuset dutch oven and would love one of their stainless steel products!

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Michelle Miller January 20, 2013 at 2:58 am

LOVE Le Cruset.

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Debby Guardino January 20, 2013 at 3:10 am

I use stainless steel because I have Fibromyalgia. Would love to win.

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Kate January 20, 2013 at 4:10 am

I have an Emile Henri pot that I LOVE!

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Jen January 20, 2013 at 5:21 am

I love this cookware!

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Taryn January 20, 2013 at 5:32 am

Love my lecruset stock pot

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Andra January 20, 2013 at 5:37 am

We switched over to stainless about 4 years ago. I took awhile to get used to it but I can even make omelets that don’t stick now!

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Stephanie January 20, 2013 at 6:13 am

I love le creuset! I registered for a few things from them when I got married.

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Luann January 20, 2013 at 6:34 am

I would love to use my cast iron and stainless. Would love to add this to my limited collection of stainless!

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kelley January 20, 2013 at 6:34 am

I just recently got a stainles steel All Clad set for my birthday and I love it! I also have an enamel dutch oven from Le Cruset and I love it too! I use it about once a week to make your meatball and marinara recipe.

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Stephanie January 20, 2013 at 6:43 am

I have just recently heard about non-stick cookwear being harmful to us. I never really thought about it. This really bums me out, seeing as how I’m a MAJOR “cooker” and almost all of my pots/skillets aren’t safe. ( I have 2 small stainless steel pots). :(

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Kelsey January 20, 2013 at 6:45 am

I love stainless steel and cast iron.

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Steph F January 20, 2013 at 6:46 am

Thank you for the chance to win. I’m in need of updating my cookware.

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Betsy January 20, 2013 at 6:49 am

I love my dutch oven for sure! I have a combination of stainless and cast iron and am happy with them.

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Lisa January 20, 2013 at 7:02 am

All Clad and cast iron!!!

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Lori January 20, 2013 at 7:06 am

I’d love to begin cooking on stainless steel!

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Kate January 20, 2013 at 7:12 am

Thanks for the great info! I picked up a few stainless steel pans recently (post holiday sales) and am starting to get into the swing of using them – don’t think I’ll ever go back to teflon after reading about all of the health concerns. A le creuset would be a great addition!

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Collette January 20, 2013 at 7:42 am

I love ceramic cookware! We recently have been replacing all of our cookware so I’m getting used to it but so far so good. Great giveaway!

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Pamela Frank January 20, 2013 at 8:07 am

My favorite kind of cookware is cast iron!

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Kim C. January 20, 2013 at 8:16 am

Stainless Steel is definitely my favorite kind of cookware.

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Jillian {Her Split Ends} January 20, 2013 at 8:27 am

I can’t wait to try…i need some cast iron in my life :)

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Robin January 20, 2013 at 8:32 am

I love ceramic cookware!

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Christine January 20, 2013 at 8:36 am

Stainless steel. :)

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Coreen Baldridge January 20, 2013 at 8:43 am

Hope I win!!!

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Catt January 20, 2013 at 9:01 am

I love my Le Creuset enamelware. I haven’t tried their stainless steel, but I look forward to giving it a try! Thanks.

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Melanie January 20, 2013 at 9:05 am

Wow this is an impressive giveaway !

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Jessica January 20, 2013 at 9:39 am

I love my cast-iron pan. And my dutch oven!

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Amy Smith January 20, 2013 at 9:52 am

Can’t wait to get rid of my non-stick pans!

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Amy Smith January 20, 2013 at 9:53 am

Can’t wait to get rid of my nasty non-stick pans!

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Cheryl January 20, 2013 at 9:59 am

Would love to trash my unhealthy coated cookware!

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Marjorie T. January 20, 2013 at 9:59 am

Stainless steel and cast iron.

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Fran January 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

I use a combination of Le Creuset, All-Clad, Calphalon and cast iron. And I give Le Creuset pieces to my daughters-in-law for anniversaries, holidays, etc. Always an truly appreciated gift.

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KarynL January 20, 2013 at 10:28 am

Cast Iron all the way! Have 3 frying pans of various sizes and a large Dutch oven – at least one or two of these are used everyday!

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Catherine B January 20, 2013 at 10:47 am

I love my stainless cookware. It was a wedding gift several years ago and I’m so glad we have it. It’s tough, oven proof, and cooks excellently.

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Emily January 20, 2013 at 11:02 am

I love, love, love my cast iron pan.

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Patty Forrest January 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

I love all the colors you can choose from! I bought a turquoise skillet and I’m looking forward to adding to the collection.

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Pam K. January 20, 2013 at 11:07 am

I love Le Creuset’s cookware! Thanks Carrie.

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Jessica January 20, 2013 at 11:15 am

Thanks for doing this post. Very informative!

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Courtney @ The Polivka Family January 20, 2013 at 11:23 am

I use my cast iron Le Creuset skillet every day :)

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Marsha Mc January 20, 2013 at 11:32 am

I am in the process of converting from mostly non-stick cookware to stainless steel, La Creuset, and cast iron. thanks for the giveaway, Carrie!!!

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Hilary January 20, 2013 at 11:46 am

I would love some le creuset it’s just always been a bit out of my price range…..

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Theresa January 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

I love my cast iron skillet.

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nicole January 20, 2013 at 11:49 am

I just started using cast iron more – loving it so far! Thanks for the tips.

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DM January 20, 2013 at 11:54 am

Love Le Creuset!

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Amanda K January 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I love our cast iron and stainless steel! Thanks for the opportunity and the research-based advice!

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Becky January 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm

If only I had the money to replace them all I would buy all enamel coated and stainless steel. Looking forward to being able to add some piece by piece.

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Ginger January 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

We use stainless steel, cast iron, and I do have two Teflon pans. I’d love to be able to replace those. Thanks.

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sarah sc January 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I exclusively use cast iron, but I’ve never used stainless steel. I have a feeling I’d fall in love…

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Hanna January 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I don’t have a favorite. Nothing so far seems exactly right. But we haven’t tried stainless steel yet!

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silvia Alvarez January 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm

as soon as i can afford it i will start changing pots and pots.

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Ariana January 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm

My favorite cookware is my cast iron skillet that I got from an sntique store when I was 18. It was in bad shape and took weeks to rehabilitate but I did it! Its my favorite piece to cook with because its also the first kitchen item I bought when I moved out on my own !

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Ann K January 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Le Creuset cookware is the best!

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Nancy January 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Cast Iron and stainless steel!

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Rocio G. January 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I love my LeCreuset dutch oven! The butter crocks and the honey pot by the company are also so handy and well-crafted! I love this company. Thanks for the giveaway!

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carrie January 20, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I could not live without my cast iron pans!

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Wendi Wilkins January 20, 2013 at 1:26 pm

My best friend gets Le Creuset cookware from her mother-in-law every year for Christmas and she’s built quite a collection. Now I can start my own collection (maybe)! Thank you for this opportunity!

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Kate January 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm

I use stainless steel, cast iron and Le Creuset enamelware. Would love to add this pan to my collection!!!

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Pamela Wright January 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I have a question: how do I know what my pans are made of? I have mostly Calfalon brand and one Todd English pan. Thank you for this giveaway and for this series. I am very new to eating healthy and have spent literally hours on your site and following links you’ve posted. I am very grateful for your blog. I am starting to feel good for the first time in years.

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Deliciously Organic January 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

I would google the exact name on the bottom of the pots and pans and see what info you can find. Stainless steel is usually a very shiny silver. Aluminum is a more dull silver color. Teflon is a black coating on the inside of the pan. I’m so glad you are feeling good and that you’ve found the site helpful!! :)

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Lorina January 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I have a 10 inch stainless fry pan that gets used most.

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Doina January 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm

My fave is Le Creuset! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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Kelly January 20, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I ADORE Le Creuset! I got my very first piece for my birthday in August and I use it all the time for breads, stews, roasts and beef stroganoff! I really love your website, too!

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Rachel January 20, 2013 at 5:50 pm

I use a combination of stainless steel, ceramic, and cast iron…it really just depends on what I’m cooking…I do have one non-stick frying pan that is a green coating for cooking things like eggs when I need a highly non-stick surface…

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Lisa January 20, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Time to start saving for a new pots/pans collection!

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Sally January 20, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Le Creuset would fill my kitchen if I could afford it. I have to settle for one at a time over the next several decades. I do love cooking though and it is a blessing. Thanks for the chance.

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Krissa January 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm

I love Le Creuset!

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MarieR January 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm

I love my Le Creuset dutch oven. Best thing to prepare soups or other massive amount of food.

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Amanda January 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I use cast iron skillet or stainless steel.

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Katie R January 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm

All Clad is my current favorite. Although I haven’t had a chance to try Le Creuset… yet! :)

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sarapete January 20, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I love my le creuset dutch oven

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Emily R. January 20, 2013 at 10:40 pm

We use cast iron for nearly everything these days, but I’ve been wanting to try an enameled Dutch oven or similar.

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Jenni Peters January 21, 2013 at 5:52 am

I most frequently use my cast iron although my stainless steel is a close second.

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Sarah January 21, 2013 at 6:14 am

I love the enamel coated cast iron. I want to switch to all stainless steel but it will be a slow conversion since I don’t want to get the cheap stuff.

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Nicole Stoddard January 21, 2013 at 6:44 am

Stainless is my go to choice, but love my cast iron, too. I put out a request for old unused cast iron to family and friends, and that is how I got an old old old 7 inch one from my aunt. Still works, and well seasoned already.

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Cat January 21, 2013 at 6:45 am

Yikes! We use Calphalon hard-anodized aluminum – I thought it was “ok” in the “healthy” department. My pans are getting a really great patina on them from all the searing. Truly, they clean up like they are non-stick, but we use metal utensils in them. I’d love to win the Le Creuset stainless steel to compare.

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Janay Hood January 21, 2013 at 6:50 am

I am way over due for a new set of pans!!

My favorite cookware would be ones that are chemical free!!

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Kim January 21, 2013 at 7:47 am

I absolutely love my Le Crueset enamel pieces and would love to try their stainless!

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Tracy January 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

Cast iron and stainless steel my favs…would love a 12 inch ss pan!

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Sarah January 21, 2013 at 8:48 am

I have a Le Creuset Oval dutch oven in Onyx. It is beautiful!

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Adina Gepfrich January 21, 2013 at 8:53 am

I have used stainless exclusively since 1995. I love it. It did come with one small nonstick skillet, but I never use it. My husband swears by it though for when he makes eggs. I cannot convince him to let it go. I also love my old cast iron. I really need a bigger skillet though. I keep dropping hints! LOL

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~Michelle~ January 21, 2013 at 9:17 am

My hubby loves Le Creuset! And we would love to switch to exclusively stainless steel for the pans – adding to the collection very slowly…

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Bronwyn January 21, 2013 at 9:31 am

I love Le Creuset, Stainless Steel and my copper pots (however they require a lot of maintenance)!

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Stephanie January 21, 2013 at 9:44 am

Right now I’m in love with my cast iron cookware. I use a 10 inch skillet, a 15 inch skillet, and a griddle/grill pan. I also just ordered my first piece of enameled cast iron. I can’t wait!

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Kelly Youngberg January 21, 2013 at 10:07 am

I love my cast iron pan. I got it from an antique shop in great condition!

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Katie January 21, 2013 at 10:42 am

Great info!! I made your Blondies from your previous post…they are soooo yummy!! I am having to restrain myself not to eat the whole batch. And I used rice flour since I didnt have almond flour and coconut flour and they came out just fine :)

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Marci January 21, 2013 at 10:43 am

I love using stainless steel pans

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Amy C January 21, 2013 at 10:45 am

I love my cast iron!

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Divya January 21, 2013 at 11:32 am

This is such a wonderful post..

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Sarah January 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

I love cast iron!

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Allyson Dubenko January 21, 2013 at 12:08 pm

How exciting! I’d love this! Thanks for the chance! :)

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Allyson Dubenko January 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Forgot to include the pan type. I just got my first cast iron and made some excellent pancakes this morning. We shall see, but I think I’m going to like the cast iron.

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Daniela January 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I got rid of all my non-stick pans, so I only have one stainless steel pan that I use for everything! I love it! Getting this pan would be nice, as it would make cooking easier and faster ;)

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Shanna January 21, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I have a horrible collection of pans right now, but my dutch oven would have to be my favorite.

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Heidi BH January 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Honestly, I don’t know yet! I’m in the experimenting stage. I’ve been using cast iron as much as possible the last few months, but I think I would prefer an enamel cast iron the next time I purchase a pan. :)

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Louise January 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I love stainless steel, but I do still have one large non-stick skillet which I have to use because I don’t have (and can’t afford right now) another that size. This would be a lovely replacement!

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Karen January 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm

About six months ago my mom picket up a Le Creuset dutch oven at a second hand store. I was the lucky recipient. It is one item in my kitchen I don’t know how I lived without for so long, I love it! Love to WIN another Le Creuset item. Thanks for the opportunity!

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Emily Wallace January 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm

We switched to stainless steel awhile ago. I LOVE it! It did take awhile to get used to, but it’s worth it :-)

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JessicaB January 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I am dying to get a dutch oven but currently get great use out of my cast iron skillet.

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Libby January 21, 2013 at 5:17 pm

My favorite cookware so far is an anodized one that I got at my wedding because it has draining holes in the lid and is pretty versatile. Unfortunately, I’m not sure that its 100% safe. From what I’ve read of different cookware options, it almost seems like everything has something wrong with it. Maybe I’ll look into stainless steel cookware like you mentioned!

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Gigi January 21, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I love my 12″ “everything” skillet. I use it everyday! I used to have a small Le Creuset Dutch oven, but gave it away to a friend because at the time I didn’t know how to use it and really wasn’t interested in cooking. I’ve since come to my senses and regret giving that away. But anyway, I hope she is enjoying it!

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Tami January 21, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I would love to add one of these pans to my collection of cookware!

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Lisa January 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I love my cast iron pan!!

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Megan January 21, 2013 at 7:29 pm

I love Le Creuset! I have been on the search for the perfect skillet. This looks like it would fit the bill.

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Ali January 21, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I switched to SS last year and will never go to anything else! I even cook eggs in mine every single day!

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Leslie January 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Would like to switch to higher quality SS pans!

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Stephanie January 21, 2013 at 7:48 pm

I love my Lodge cast iron pans!

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Darcy January 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I inherited a le creuset chicken fryer from my parents, and have longed for many years to add another LC piece…. it is great, and I have always wanted to cook with enameled lc, not just the unfinished cast iron.

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ambra January 21, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Cast iron or stainless steel.

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Jessica January 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm

I love cooking with stainless steel!

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Allison January 21, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Inherited some non-stick pans, but next time around am definitely hoping to go the healthier route!

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Marisa January 22, 2013 at 3:34 am

I have one La Creuset pan and it is fabulous. It is quite large and I would love to have a smaller one.

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Marika January 22, 2013 at 6:59 am

I have a Le Creuset enameled dutch oven that I use all the time. I love it!

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sherri January 22, 2013 at 7:03 am

I use cast iron or stainless steel.

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Marla January 22, 2013 at 7:40 am

I would love to win! I need new pots and pans badly! :)

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AmyG January 22, 2013 at 8:09 am

I love my enamel coated Dutch oven!

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Sarah January 22, 2013 at 8:30 am

I have been looking at the Le Creuset stainless steel sets forever!! I would LOVE to win this piece!

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Marcy Moser January 22, 2013 at 8:33 am

I like stainless for most things as well as cast iron. What would you reccomend for making omelets?

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Deliciously Organic January 22, 2013 at 9:34 am

A well-seasoned cast iron skillet is great for omelets.

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Christine G January 22, 2013 at 8:40 am

I’ve seen/heard of enameled cast iron pans. Is that ok to use as well – it would seem to not require the seasoning?

Thanks!
Christine

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Deliciously Organic January 22, 2013 at 9:35 am

Enameled cast iron pans are great! It doesn’t require the seasoning and they are so pretty!

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Terra Varnes January 22, 2013 at 8:42 am

I also recently trashed my teflon and bought stainless steel… it makes me feel safer!

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Michelle B. January 22, 2013 at 9:16 am

No teflon in this house! I have stainless steel pots and pans, a cast iron skillet, and a dutch oven. If people would just adjust their way of cooking a little bit, they would see there is no need for non-stick coated cookware anyway.

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Ally January 22, 2013 at 10:27 am

I am still searching for a favorite cookware type. We currently use annodized, but I am thinking stainless may be better.

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Andrea D. January 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

I love my new Cuisinart stainless steel pots! So far I only have the small sauce pan and a 8″ skillet, but I’m looking forward to adding more! I also have one white enamel piece from Pampered Chef that I’m growing to love as well.

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Amy W. January 22, 2013 at 10:44 am

Stainless steal!

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Steph Foist January 22, 2013 at 11:12 am

Thank you so much for this article. We just started “cleaning up” our eating habits last year with switching to almost only unprocessed foods, our pantry got a makeover… but this is one area we have not given much thought as of yet. So much to learn! Thanks for sharing it and helping us all live healthier :)

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Danielle January 22, 2013 at 11:38 am

I love non-stick pans but I hate that you have to use silicon or plastic utensils. I just want to use my silver spoon to stir in a saute pan without jeopardizing the integrity of the non-stick surface! I also like my one and only Le Creuset pot but he needs a friend :)

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Carrie January 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I have just started considering getting rid of my non-stick, just debating what to replace with. Thanks for the post.

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Jen H January 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm

My Mom and I were recently talking about this. Due to hard times I’ve had to move back home with my parents – and they have all teflon pans. I’ve been trying to convince her to make the switch.

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Lisa January 22, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Just recently did the switch with my cookware. Love stainless steel!

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Karen January 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I bought some Le Creuset enamel pans over forty years ago and they are still going strong. I would love to have some of their stainless steel pans!

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connie January 22, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I have mostly stainless steel pots and pans, but my favorite is my one large cast iron skillet. It’s well-seasonsed and cooks like a dream.

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RobK January 22, 2013 at 6:47 pm

I had heard of health concerns from non-stick pans a while ago – I try to stay away from it whenever I can.

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Khanh January 23, 2013 at 1:16 am

I only discovered Le Creuset recently, but I LOVE their enameled cast iron cookware!!!

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Linda January 23, 2013 at 4:05 am

My favorite cookware is cast iron. I have some pieces that belonged to my Dad and have purchased more since then. Great for home and camping!

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Sami Oakley January 23, 2013 at 4:56 am

I have two Le Creuset Skillets and a little sauce pot. I also use a Wolfgang Puck Stainless steel sauce pan. We got rid of our teflon coated pans a little more than a year ago. I love my new ones.

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Nd January 23, 2013 at 6:22 am

I have only used non-stick but have been wanting to by a cast-iron pan for quite some time.

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Michelle January 23, 2013 at 7:28 am

My favorite cookware item is our dutch oven. It’s great for soup and a very pretty blue. Love it!

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Laura Plekavic January 23, 2013 at 7:51 am

Two years ago we tossed out all of our nonstick pans and now use stainless steel and cast iron. We hope to one day own a Le Creuset!

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Stephanie January 23, 2013 at 8:26 am

I love cast iron for some things and stainless for others.

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Vivian Sun January 23, 2013 at 8:46 am

Ceramic for baking and stainless steel for stovetop

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Erin January 23, 2013 at 11:03 am

I love cast iron!

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Laura January 23, 2013 at 11:34 am

I try to steer clear of teflon because I know the dangerous fumes it can emit into the air. I love my Faberware stainless steel and I never put them in the dishwasher. They get hand washed as do all my pots and pans most of the time.

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Megan January 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I absolutely love my Le Creuset skillet and dutch oven, they are the best!

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Mary Haynes January 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Le Creuset is my favorite!

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Tempie @ The Texas Peach January 23, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I would really like to start replacing my non-stick pans with stainless steel, so I would love to win this pan!

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court January 23, 2013 at 1:22 pm

your website is so inspiring!!!

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Jessi January 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Love the post! My cast iron and enamel pans are my favorite anyway ; )

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Shamaira January 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm

I have a set of stainless steel pots that are nearly 7 years old and they still work and look great. However, I’ve still been using a non-stick pan for my eggs and pancakes. I wanted to get a cast iron pan, but I have a ceramic top stove and someone told me you can’t use cast iron pans n a ceramic top stove. Is this true?

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vera gorchakov January 23, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I use stainless steel but really need some new ones.

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Crista C January 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I love my cast iron skillet and enamel cast iron pot

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Carolyn S January 23, 2013 at 10:07 pm

I am a stainless steel gal myself. Been using the same set my mother gave me for a wedding shower gift twenty-five years ago and they’re still my go-to pans.

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Nikki M January 23, 2013 at 10:24 pm

I have a few stainless pans, they are my favorite now.

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Gina January 24, 2013 at 5:28 am

I love my stainless steel pans! And I LOVE my Lodge and Martha Stewart porcelain enamel cast iron Dutch ovens!!!!!

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ashlee January 24, 2013 at 6:11 am

ceramic bakeware!! I have nonstick pans at this time, looking to swap them out with stainless ones. This giveaway would be great to do so:)

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Shereen January 24, 2013 at 6:39 am

I don’t think I have a favorite type of cookware at this point. I own nonstick cookware and am just learning about other options. Would love to win to get started on a better path!

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Bianca January 24, 2013 at 8:15 am

I love All-Clad but I only have one pan. I’d love to win this!

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Leigh Ann January 24, 2013 at 9:18 am

A beautiful pan that I would love to win!

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Lori Galati January 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

I have not had any “expensive” cookware, but I really love cooking with my pizza stone. Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome pan.

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Shelly Barrett January 24, 2013 at 10:05 am

We use cast-iron, an enameled le creuset dutch oven, and stainless steel. Though in theory, I like the first two best, I tend to use my stainless steel most often because they just seem easier to grab! :-)

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Kristen S January 24, 2013 at 10:08 am

My favorite cook wear is a Dutch oven my husband got me last year! I have one Teflon pan that will be taken out with the trash today! Hoping in the next few months to find a new cast iron skillet and to slowly invest into some Le Creuset pots and pans, I have been very lucky to find them at our local home goods for 50% off and at a William Sonoma outlet as well!

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Delia January 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

I am trying to learn more about safe cookware. It never even occurred to me that it was a concern. I want that skillet!

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Erin January 24, 2013 at 11:21 am

Would love to switch over to stainless steel.

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Abbi January 24, 2013 at 11:48 am

I love my Le Creuset dutch oven!

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Margaret@WellnessCircle January 24, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Wow! I never realized that there are healthier cookware that I can used or I’m actually using (not that I’m aware of). Very cool! Well then, I think I’ll just stick to this cookwares. I’m practicing a healthy lifestyle now for organic foods and nutrition, so I could keep this in mind.

Thank you! :)

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Collette January 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm

I love Le Creuset!

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Janine O January 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I need to find my favorite kind of cookware. I do have one enameled cast iron dutch oven that I love but I just don’t use it enough. I was thinking about trying stainless steel to replace a couple of my older pans that are in rough shape.

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Ashley January 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I heart my 3qt LeCrueset dutch oven….need a winning lottery ticket to fully stock up on more of their cookware though! Pick me:)

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Alisha January 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I love my Calphalon wok! Stainless steel of course!

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judy January 24, 2013 at 12:52 pm

what an wonderful thing to win

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Hannah January 24, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I’ve always dreamed of owning kitchen pieces by Le Creuset! Someday! :D

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Sarah January 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I just tossed all my nonstick pans and switched to stainless. Never been happier. I’ve always wanted a LeCreuset pan.

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Brenda January 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I like a number of different types of cookware: stainless steel dutch oven (all clad) and sauce pans.
Also I don’t use teflon, but do have 3-4 of the new ceramic nonstick skillets that work great.

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Melody January 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I’ve learned to love cast iron.

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Jodee January 24, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Thank you for the great information – I am inspired!

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Carol L January 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Thanks for this great information on cookware. I never did care much for aluminum and never bought it, but I still use 2 stainless pots I bought when I was first out of high school! I’ve always wanted some LeCreuset cookware, but never spent the money to buy any! Thanks for the opportunity to win a great pan!

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Ana January 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Great info. Thanks!

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Nikki January 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I really need some new pots and pans. Thanks for the info!

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Elaine Versic January 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm

I use all-clad, cast iron, and Le Creuset enameled cast iron! I would love to have a LC stainless skillet!!!
While pregnant, I made my husband throw away our non-stick skillet! I could smell the fumes, and they made me nauseous! Also, I could tell if he made my scrambled eggs in the cast iron versus the non-stick. I swear I could taste the chemicals! I totally freaked me out.

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Christi January 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I LOVE my Le Crueset dutch ovens and often use both stainless cookware and my cast iron skillets!

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Laurie January 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm

We switched to all stainless, cast iron and enamel.

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Cheryl January 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm

What an awesome pan! We are making the switch to all stainless steel, slowly but surely. Would love to add this beautiful Le Creuset pan to what we have… what a perfect size too!!!

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Laura January 24, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Wonderful organization and explanation of the information! I have an induction cooktop so it’s stainless steel all the way for us. :-)

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Stacey L January 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm

We are slowly switching over to Le Creuset and Lodge cast iron cookware as we across great deals.

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Juli January 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I’m so happy to hear enamel is safe! I’ve been looking for cookware for my camper but cast iron is so expensive! I’d love this new pan!!!

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Heather V January 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I just started cooking with my cast iron skillet. It takes some getting used to.

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Margarita January 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I like non-stick but LOVE LeCrueset

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Anna January 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Great article. No idea. Need to look at my pans again.

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Nicole Keeley January 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm

I love to use my cast iron but would really like to move toward a set of Le Creuset!

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Natasha January 24, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Fave cookware right now is the stainless steel, copper bottom large saucepan. It’s not schmancy but it heats well and has high sides for less spattering and clean up.

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Abby January 24, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I own non-stick and really looking to replace them all to stainless!! Thank you for this post!

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Laurie January 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I love my Calphalon anodized aluminum cookware.

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megan January 24, 2013 at 1:23 pm

My favorite is Le Creuset! I don’t have any of the stainless steel cookware, though.

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Ariane January 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I love any kind of stoneware baking dishes!

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Dawn-Renée Mack January 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Lifetime stainless steel cookware.

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Becca from It's Yummilicious January 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I really love my cast iron, but I have a full set of Calphalon anodized cookware that I absolutely love! I’m never had a problem or health concern about it

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Cece Connors January 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm

My cast iron pans are my favorite cookware in my kitchen. Once perfectly seasoned, it is THE best “non-stick” cookware. I find mine second hand and give them new life. Stainless steel is my other favorite. Le Creuset is my “dream kitchen” cookware… I swoon over both their stainless steel and enamel, but to date, have not been able to afford them. I would love to be the winner of the 12″ pan you are giving away. What a treat that would be!

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Mary January 24, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I would love a new pan! I love my cast iron but I can’t use it for everything – like acidic things. I don’t have a Le Creuset, but I do have Cuisinart and love them. I love Le Creuset’s other products.

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Carrie January 24, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I gave my 20 year old niece a le crueset dutch oven I found for $5 at a garage sale and recipes to go with it. Her roommates love it!

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robyn January 24, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I own one Le Creuset pot and I am in love with it. I hope to slowly replace all my cookware with Le Creuset.

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Dawn Stephens January 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm

It always been a dream of mine to own some LeCreuset cookware. I would love to win this.

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Kristy January 24, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Stainless steal is my favorite!

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Tiffany January 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I love all clad and will be saving up! My go to currently is cast iron

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Maxine Booth January 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I used to have a La Crueset baking dish and I sure do miss it.

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Summer January 24, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I love my le creuset Dutch oven!

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Shari W January 24, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Oh – Le Creuset is, hands down, my favorite pan! (And I currently only have one, as it is hard to afford them.) I also have a great cast iron skillet and an okay stainless steel dutch oven. But I would totally want more Le Creuset! :-)

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Anastasia @ eco-babyz January 24, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I love my ceramic non-stick (no chemicals), and stainless that I use with coconut oil only – otherwise stuff sticks :) I would give this pan to my MIL! They still use old, scratched up teflon pans and we have to eat that food when we visit!

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Janna January 24, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I love my great grandmother’s cast iron skillet!

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Naomi January 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I have a great set of stainless steel cookware that I use all the time. But I also couldn’t get by without my cast iron frying pans and Dutch oven. Depends on what I’m cookin’! Thank you for this opportunity!

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saniel January 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm

before le creuset was in the thing to have my mother had a whole set. dutch oven, small frying pan, large pan little pot with their heavy lids. i loved them and would love a set of my own. so le creuset set would be wonderful. thanks

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Amy G. January 24, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Stainless steel – but for us, that requires using a steel pad to scrub it clean.

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Ginger January 24, 2013 at 1:50 pm

I use my mother’s old Cooks Essentials that has a coating. I would LOVE to win this and would love to have more stainless steel or enamel coated cookware. I have a cast iron skillet that I apparently did not season correctly because it rusted from day 1.

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Grace S. January 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I would love to own these pans! I have been trying to convince my husband that the others are not good for our health……he isn’t convinced yet…..so I can’t buy new pans yet. :-(

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nicolle January 24, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I love my LeCrueset pans!

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Robin January 24, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I would love to win the cookware. We are in the process of making changes to our diet and how we cook. Thank you!

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Anita January 24, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I would love to try a le creuset pan. I have heard good things but have never used one.

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Bea January 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Huge fan of Le Creuset enameled cast iron.

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Anna Giesman January 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I like cookware that does not have the nonstick surface.

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Diane | An Extraordinary Day January 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Hi Carrie!
We use stainless steel most of the time. I have my mom’s genereously sized Revere Ware pan that she got in the early 50’s….that says a lot for how well they hold up. We had the cast iron LeCreuset….a full set…it was stolen from our storage unit. Needless to say…it was too expensive to replace and insurance didn’t cover. I really miss it!

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Melissa Bailey January 24, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Green Pan and cast iron!

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Breanna January 24, 2013 at 2:08 pm

My favorite cookware is my cast iron. That stuff lasts forever!

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Kristy January 24, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Thanks for writing this post. I always wonder how harmful the Teflon pans that I use are. I might have to put some new pots and pans on my birthday list this year.

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Elizabeth January 24, 2013 at 2:18 pm

i love my cast iron enamel dutch oven, i use it all winter.

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Angie January 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Definitely prefer stainless steel over here!

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LouAnn Dahlager January 24, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Stainless steel, but I’d love to try enameled cast iron.

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Dawn Davenport January 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I don’t own one yet, but I am dreaming of/saving for a Le Creuset Dutch Oven. I use annodized aluminum right now, so obviously I have some replacing to do but my favorite piece is my 10″ skillet. I think a 12″ one would be even better! :)

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Susan January 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Informative post. Love your pan rack!!

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Beth Burwell January 24, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I was just looking at purchasing new cookware to replace my non-stick…. Thanks for the great info. Love the look of le cruset!

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Rebecka Brown January 24, 2013 at 2:42 pm

My MIL gave me a cast iron pan when we first got married 10 years ago. I love that pan. DH is a chef so we have some wonderful cookware but it will always be my favorite one to use.

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Karen January 24, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I use stainless steel and cast iron. I have had great success with both! Thanks so much for the post and for the giveaway!

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bethd January 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I worship Le Creuset. I like cooking with pans that are heavy and sturdy but are also beautiful.

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Stacy @Stacy Makes Cents January 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Cast iron, baby!

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Mona G. January 24, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Never had a LE CREUSET pan before, would love to win this :)

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Kristy January 24, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I totally agree with you on all points. I have gotten rid of my costly anodized aluminum and cheaper cookware for only stainless steel, cast iron and I have one enamel dutch oven as well. My most-used are cast-iron – I love them!

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Connie B. January 24, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Stainless Steel cookware is definitely my favorite!

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Tanya January 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I love using cast iron…

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Lynn B January 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I have a stock pot that’s stainless steel with a heavy bottom. Love it! I’d like to replace everything I have with all stainless steel. Thanks for allowing me to participate in the giveaway.

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KathyE January 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I love stainless steel and would love to win this pan. Thank you.

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Robyn Wagner January 24, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I love Le Creuset cookware but don’t have any pans yet. We have Scanpans.

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Kelly @ The Nourishing Home January 24, 2013 at 3:52 pm

How fun, Carrie! I love Le Creuset! And I’m a big fan of All Clad cookware – stainless steel is such a joy to cook with!

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Kandace January 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Though it has taken some getting used to, I seemed to use cast iron the most. I also have an enameled cast iron sauce pot and would love the chance to win the one you are giving away! Thanks for the opportunity :)

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Linda January 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Yikes! I currently have non-stick, which I will definitely need to be replacing with stainless steel. We have a glass topped stove and it said I can’t do cast iron.

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Viva B. January 24, 2013 at 4:14 pm

I love Le Creuset…working on all glass, enamel, cast-iron, and stainless steel cooking utensils

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Annette January 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm

The only pans I still need to purge are my skillets with the non stick coating! Just did not know what to replace them with, so winning this giveaway would be awesome for my families future health!

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Kelly H January 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Loving my cast iron skillet lately! Going to start working on accumulating more cast iron and Le Creuset cookware over the next couple of years.

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Melanie January 24, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Love my all clad stainless steel, best investment ever.

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kim January 24, 2013 at 4:32 pm

cast iron!

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Cherie B January 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm

I have to say that my Le Creuset stock pot is my favorite piece of cookware and I would love more Le Creuset since it is my all time favorite cookware.

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Chelsey January 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I love using cast iron!

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momof6insk January 24, 2013 at 4:51 pm

I love my stainless steel cookware. My next choice is cast iron.

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Kristina January 24, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I love cast iron and stainless steel cookware.

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Jesharelah January 24, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I love Calaphon’s Anodized aluminum non-stick pans. I have a few others, but those are my go-to ones.

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JennyA January 24, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Thanx for the giveaway opportunity!

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Pat Ankney January 24, 2013 at 5:20 pm

I am liking the caphalon pans

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Melody January 24, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Love the ceramic cookware…has anyone tried the pampered chef new ceramic line?

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Joyce January 24, 2013 at 5:25 pm

It is interesting to me that you posted this just as our family was taking interest in toxic cookware. I use stainless steel… a very old set, and I do like it. However, it is old and I am looking into cast iron pans and a newer stainless set. Thank you for this article!

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Sheila Heck January 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I have stainless steal pots. Le Creuset cast iron skillets and I have trouble with them heating evenly and therefore really disappointed in them. Should I get them replaced? I found some Green Life frying pans at Walmart last summer and love them. They say ceramic non-stick on them. Anyone know anything about them?

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Ellen M January 24, 2013 at 5:32 pm

I love good ol’ fashioned cast iron… still cooking on one that was my grandmother’s many years ago. I am definitely in need of some new pots for cooking though! Thanks for the tips.

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Carolyn January 24, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I need to get rid of my non-stick pans and replace them with stainless steel and enamel!

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Rachel January 24, 2013 at 5:37 pm

My cast iron skillet!

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Wendy Hoff January 24, 2013 at 5:43 pm

I would like to switch them all over in time. Use a lot of stainless now but still have quite a bit of teflon too.

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Elise January 24, 2013 at 6:12 pm

I love Le Creuset, I have one..a dutch oven, which is so nice.

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Melanie Christner January 24, 2013 at 6:37 pm

I use my Le Creuset enameled cast iron multiple times a day, as well as my Calphalon stainless steel pots. I love good cookware!

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Susan January 24, 2013 at 6:50 pm

I love using cast iron.

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Jon January 24, 2013 at 6:56 pm

stainless steel

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Amanda Thompson January 24, 2013 at 7:04 pm

I love Le Creuset for cast iron and All-Clad for everything else!

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Tori January 24, 2013 at 7:04 pm

My favorite is cast iron… however my husband didnt like cleaning them so he threw them away :(
I have a stainless steel dutch oven that I love! That i use alot for soup and chili :)
Thank you for the chance to win a new pan!
Blessings!
Tori

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Allison January 24, 2013 at 7:08 pm

A cast iron pan lasts a lifetime if treated properly and I am a huge fan of stainless steel cookware…nothing sticks if you just let it soak for an hour :)

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Joyce@Joyful Creations at Home January 24, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Thank you for such great information. I really need to take a close look at what I am cooking in. Winning this would help a lot! Thanks so much!

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Elisabeth Bishop January 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I love cast iron because it goes so easily from stovetop to the oven.

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Katie January 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Have always cooked with non-stick. I need to switch!

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Nocona Park January 24, 2013 at 7:33 pm

I use Giada’s cookware from Target and a couple of cast iron skillets. Both require a lot of effort to clean, but I do enjoy them along w/cooking. Would be elated to try out or win a Le Creuset!

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Shannon January 24, 2013 at 7:35 pm

My favorite kind of cookware is stoneware. Love it!

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Donna January 24, 2013 at 7:59 pm

I just bought a bunch of cast iron pans and bakeware, but I’d love to try stainless steel too!

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Laura January 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm

I love my stainless steel pots and pans! It takes a little while to get used to them after switching from non-stick, fyi for anyone who might get some soon.

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shan January 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm

I just recently got my first stainless pan (we have all teflon pans currently) and enjoy it knowing our family is cooking on a much safer pan!

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Gina January 24, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I need to make this switch but money is tight and I’m still working on restocking my pantry with whole foods and such!!! Good to know I have heard great things about the brand!!

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Rust January 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Le Creuset and All Clad are my tow favorites!

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Becky January 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I love stainless steel and cast iron cookware!

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Heather January 24, 2013 at 9:14 pm

My favorite is definitely Le Creuset! Wish I could afford to get more than the one piece I have :)

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Emily Cantey January 24, 2013 at 9:37 pm

I also have one of the Le Crusset Dutch ovens and it is one of my most used pieces, year round. One of the best and most durable items in my kitchen!

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JohnBrown January 24, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Using Lodge cast iron cookware & older Revere stainless; thanks again for the healthy cooking recommendations you provide us :)

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Congetta January 24, 2013 at 11:18 pm

What a beautiful piece of cookware!

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Jules January 24, 2013 at 11:43 pm

I’m with you, I’m a SS kind of gal!

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Karielyn January 25, 2013 at 9:55 am

I love your pot hanger…do you find the pots scratch your wall when putting them up or taking them down? Thanks for the article!

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Deliciously Organic January 26, 2013 at 12:14 pm

It has scratched the wall just a little, but nothing too noticeable. In fact, I hadn’t even noticed until I read your question and then went to look at the wall. ha! You can also hang it from the ceiling, which is a nice alternative.

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Tami January 27, 2013 at 11:07 am

Just bought a cast iron skillet. Why am I intimidated to season it? Therefore, I have not used it yet. :(

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Michelle Gauer January 29, 2013 at 1:50 pm

I would love to own a LeCresent pan.

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Brixie February 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm

The last time I seasoned my cast iron pan something went wrong, so I’m looking into the best oil, temp and time. Unfortunately, the link you have on here isn’t working :( Do you have a prefered oil, temp and time?

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Deliciously Organic February 2, 2013 at 10:15 am

I tried the link and it seems to be working on my end. Here is the link to Molly’s post. It has step-by-step photos that are very helpful! http://www.organicspark.com/portfolio/technique-how-to-season-a-cast-iron-skillet/

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Brixie February 2, 2013 at 6:29 pm

The link works on my phone, but not my computer. Time for an upgrade! Thank you!

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Ann December 24, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Hi there, I don’t know if this was mentioned or not but I just wanted to ask. You said in your post to stay away from aluminum, but when I go to the Le Creuset website their Tri-ply stainless steel set says that its made with aluminum. If its its such a good set why is aluminum used?

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Deliciously Organic December 26, 2013 at 8:00 am

The aluminum is used in the interior of the pot/pan, not on the exterior. So the exterior material be it stainless steel or enamel is a good material to use.

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