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<p>I need a new pot and pan that are non-toxic, but I can't spend tons of money.  Any suggestions???</p>
 

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<p>We only use non-toxic cook and bakeware in our home, as we not only have a baby, but we have parrots. The PTFE in non-stick is not only long-term carcinogen for us, but will kill birds instantly if overheated.</p>
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<p>So we have stainless steel, cast iron, enameled cast iron, pyrex, silicone, and ceramic pot pans, and bakeware.</p>
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<p>Unless you can get a whole set for cheap, I would get really durable high quality pieces one at a time, just the things you need. In my small family of three, we have one 12" skillet, one 9" skillet, one saucepan, and several diff size stockpots.</p>
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<p>Cast iron will last many lifetimes. even if you get it rusty, it's an easy fix. And it is good for you to cook in!</p>
 

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<p>lillitu, thats funny, we have parrots too!  </p>
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<p>I second and third the cast iron, it's pretty darn heavy to work with, but ya just can't get fried eggs like that with a nonstick! lol, but seriously, I love love LOVE my cast irons, I have several sizes. I have tried the enameled ones, but they stick a LOT, at least for me, I have a few pots of stainless, I imagine a cast iron pots would be REALLY heavy. OH, and comparatively, cast iron is pretty affordable too. HTH, Danielle</p>
 

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<p>I have purchased almost all of my pots and pans at the thrift store over the last year.  They are all stainless steel and dh just bought my finally crowning piece ;)  An enameled cast iron 6qt pot.</p>
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<p>I have 2 sauce pots from Copco ($3/each) and 2 skillets from Tramontina ($8/each).  I really enjoy stainless steel and <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tramontina-8-Piece-Cookware-Set/5716478" target="_blank">Tramontina</a> is a very affordable brand for how awesome it is.  In <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/08/equipment-the-all-clad-vs-tramontina-skillet.html" target="_blank">this article</a> it's compared to All-Clad and holds it own against them :)</p>
 

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<p>If your talking skillets, go for cast iron - I have tons and I love it. I hate cooking on anything else. For sauce pans/pots I do stainless steel. Bakeware is mostly pyrex, though I do have a couple ss cookie sheets and several aluminum ones. :shrug</p>
 

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<p>Be aware though that you are not supposed to use cast iron pans on glass/smooth top ranges. The cast iron is too heavy and could crack the top.</p>
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<p>I love my Cuisinart stainless steel but it is pricey. I just save up and buy one piece at a time. I currently have a 6 qt stockpot and a 12 inch fry pan. Other than that I truly only need a couple smaller pans to boil pasta and will add those over time.</p>
 

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<p>We replaced our cookware a few years ago--3 years?-- mostly with Tramontina stainless steel.  I'm happy with how it's lasting, I don't foresee having to replace any of it anytime soon. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>daniellebluetoo</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1287622/safest-pots-and-pans#post_16142267"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>lillitu, thats funny, we have parrots too!</p>
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<br><br><p>Wow, that's cool. If you wanna chat parrots sometime, PM me. I also have a parrot focused pet sitting business, so you can bet I love them lots!</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kanga1622</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1287622/safest-pots-and-pans#post_16142816"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Be aware though that you are not supposed to use cast iron pans on glass/smooth top ranges. The cast iron is too heavy and could crack the top.</p>
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Ah! I've never used an electric stove, so I did not know that. Good to know.</p>
 

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<p>I'd just like to say I call BS on the 'no cast iron on a glass top stove!' crap. Cause' its crap. I cook w/ cast iron every day, multiple times a day and have for the past 4 yrs on our glass-top, and my dad cooked on it w/ cast iron for about 5-6 yrs before that. And its fine. So thats BS.</p>
 

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<p>I switched over to 100% cast iron and love it (I have canaries)....easy cleanup, the food tastes AMAZING and you can go from stove top to oven - I even cook on top of my woodburning stove with them.</p>
 

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<p>We have stainless steel and cast iron.</p>
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<p>If you have an Olde Time Pottery near you, they have Lodge cast iron for pretty cheap.</p>
 

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<p>I'd also look for stainless steel pots-- farberware is a slightly cheaper brand that has lasted my  mom 20 years. You might also try Craiglist-- I'm about to post two ss skillets that are still in the plastic. I never used them and luckily thought to check the box before I threw it out.</p>
 

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<p>I use my grandma's old revereware--stainless steel with the copper bottoms (on the outside).  You could probably find it piece by piece at thrift stores.  I also second the cast iron.  I love our skillet and would buy some casseroles or a dutch oven if the weight didn't freak me out so much!</p>
 

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<p>I just wanted to bump this thread to mention some affordable enameled cast iron that's available. Cost Plus World Market has some affordable pieces - frying pans, saucepans and Dutch ovens in a few different sizes. They range from $20-$60 per piece I think, and they run sales on them every so often. I've had a frying pan and small Dutch oven for awhile and it's good quality stuff - but a lot more affordable than Le Creuset.</p>
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<p>For used Le Creuset though, you can always keep your eyes open at yard sales and thrift stores - especially stuff in the more "retro" colors. And don't worry if the knobs are busted or worn, Le Creuset does sell replacement knobs for pretty cheap.</p>
 

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<p>We have several Lodge pieces of cast iron that we got from amazon for very little.  We also have a stainless set.  If you're looking for bargains on the stainless stuff, go to TJ Maxx or Marshalls.  They often have individual pieces for very cheap.</p>
 

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<p>The majority of my cookware is cast iron and they are easily 60+ years old.  They are the "original" non-stick cookware. I would scour yard sales/thrift shops.  Even the most rusted nasty looking ones can be cleaned and re-seasoned.</p>
 
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