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Recommendations for pots and pans?

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I need some new pots and pans. Mine are about 15 years old, the frying pan should be renamed the sticking pan, and I only have ONE saucepan left. We don't have a microwave, so this is an issue!!!

I can't afford to spend $500+ on pots and pans. I would like to get a non-sticking skillet/frying pan (I have several cast iron pans, and we do use these a lot, but I need something nonstick for certain items), 2-3 sauce pans, a double-boiler, and the associated lids. I don't have many options for stores.

Can I get something decent at Target, Sears, JCPenny's or Kohl's? Something that isn't horribly expensive?

I've been checking Craig's list and our local swapmeet to know avail, and I'm getting desperate!

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I have a farberware set very similar to one that is on the JCpenny website now. It's just a simple stainless steel set, that can go in the oven up to 400 degrees

I would also recommend a cast iron skillet, and griddle. (great way to add iron to your diet!)
If you have a Sam's Club or Costco Membership I would try there. My MIL got some Emerilware (same as All-Clad just with his name) a whole set for like $220 and it's a great product. Also, if you have any Linen's and Thing's that haven't totally shut down, check there as they are having going out of business sales.
Are you aware of the health risks with non-stick coating?

What is it that you need non-stick for? Maybe we can suggest alternatives.

As for what to get, I always recommend checking out the local thrift stores and flea markets. I've gotten some great quality pans for super cheap that way.
I have 4 cast iron pans and they are pretty non-stick. I did have trouble with one but I re seasoned it and didn't use it for tomatoes and stuff for a while and it's smartened right up.

I keep my eye open at thrift stores for second hand ones. I have a mish mash of all different sizes and styles. I have been slowly retiring my coated non stick ones so the rest of the family doesn't use them.
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