MY FAVORITE COOKWARE | best pots and pans worth the money (on black friday and cyber monday)

– I can’t believe we’re
already at the end of November, but it’s that time of
year that we’re gearing up for Black Friday and holiday
sales and trying to figure out what we should put on our Santa wishlist. Now if you’re anything like
me, that wishlist is usually dominated with kitchen gadgets,
cookware and home decor, all of my favorite things. And since I know you’re
probably gonna ask me what all of my favorites are
in each of those categories I put together a Holiday
Gift Guide on my website so make sure you check that out. But today I wanted to deep dive into my cookware specifically
and chat about the pieces I use the most, why I love
them, and why they’re worth investing in or not investing in. I should also mention that
this video is not sponsored by any of the brands that you’re
gonna see me highlighting. I’m just sharing what I truly
love and use in the kitchen. So let’s jump right in. My All-Clad pots and
pans are most definitely my workhorse cookware in
the kitchen and what I use on a daily basis for
pretty much everything from frying eggs to sauteing
chicken and vegetables. The set you see me use
in virtually every video is the same set that I
bought right out of college almost 20 years ago and
it’s just as good today as it was back then,
even if it’s not quite as shiny and clean. But that’s okay because
it just means it’s been lovingly used in thousands
of recipes over the years. The great thing about All-Clad
is that it’s long lasting, durable, provides uniform
heating across the pan and it doesn’t react with
any foods or ingredients. And while it’s not cheap,
these posts and pans truly will last a lifetime so they’re
worth the investment. I originally bought an All-Clad set which included various
sized pots and pans, but you can also buy
individual pieces depending on how many people you cook for
or what type of cooking you do and create your own set. Either way, just know that
investing in high quality stainless steel cookware
is always a smart choice. When it comes to enameled
cast iron I always have a hard time choosing between
Staub and Le Creuset. I just love them both
and I have several pieces from both brands so don’t
ask me to choose a favorite. Enameled cast iron is durable
and incredibly easy to clean. In fact most of the time I
just use a sponge to clean it. And unlike regular cast iron, enameled cast iron doesn’t
have to be seasoned. I use my enameled cast iron most often in the fall and winter
when I make soups and stews or braise meat, and it can easily transfer from the stove top to the oven
just as stainless steel can. If you take good care of these pieces they can certainly last a life time so they’re worth the investment. Simple non-enameled
cast iron takes us back to an older time and that’s
because it truly has been around for over a thousand years. Cast iron is sustainable. It’s probably the most durable
cookware in my kitchen. It’s inexpensive and it’s
healthy to cook with. It may take a bit longer to heat up but when it does come to temperature it can maintain that heat perfectly. And when it comes to searing a steak or getting crispy chicken
skin, it’s really hard to beat. But the best part about cast iron is that it’s the original nonstick cookware. A properly seasoned cast
iron pan will easily release eggs, meat, and pretty much
anything else you toss into it. You do have to be a little
careful with acidic foods, so I recommend enameled
cast iron or stainless steel for things like shakshouka. But with how cheap cast iron pans are it definitely makes sense to have a couple pieces in your kitchen. When it comes to baking and
roasting you’ve seen me use both glass and ceramic pans in my kitchen. Brands like Pyrex and
Corningware are inexpensive, they don’t release any
chemicals or toxic metals into your food, and they’re
pretty durable as long as you don’t cause any rapid
change in temperature. I use these all the time for casseroles and baking chicken breasts
and they can easily go straight from the oven
to your dinner table. So I definitely recommend
you have a couple of these key pieces in
your cookware arsenal. All right, I’ve left this one to last because many of you know
that I’m not a huge fan of nonstick cookware due to
health and safety reasons. But, nonetheless I continue
to receive requests asking for my recommendations on
nonstick cookware brands so here is my honest opinion. Nonstick cookware pans
fall into two categories. Those coated with polytetrafluoroethylene, better known as PTFE, and
those coated with ceramic. PTFE is the classic
nonstick cookware surface that you might know better as Teflon, and ceramic pans are
often known as green pans or diamond coated pans. Historically PTFE pans also
contained another chemical called PFOA, but this was
deemed to be cancer causing and affect growth development and reproduction among other things. So for several years now,
PTFE pans no longer contain PFOA which is good, but that
chemical was simply swapped for another called GenX
and we don’t yet know the long-term ramifications of it. The problem with PTFE cookware
is that at high temperatures the nonstick coating can
break down and release toxic fumes and chemicals
into the air and food. And if the surface coating
starts to scratch and wear it can also release toxic
chemicals into your food. So you might be thinking, “Well ceramic pans must
be better then, right?” Well, not so fast. Ceramic pans might be
marketed with buzzwords like green and healthy, but the
surface of ceramic pans actually doesn’t last as long as PTFE. The big gray area with ceramic
pans is that they contain nanoparticles which can enter our cells and there’s just not enough research or scientific studies
yet to fully understand the potential adverse effects
on our bodies long term. So for all of those reasons
I’m not a proponent of nonstick but I also like to keep things real and I do have a couple of pieces
of nonstick in my kitchen. But I just use them very infrequently. But if you are gonna use nonstick, here are my three biggest tips on how to use them most safely. First, always cook on low or medium and never use a high temperature. Second, always use wood
or silicone spatulas so that you don’t damage
the surface of the pan. And third, replace your nonstick
pans every couple of years or as soon as you see the
surface start to wear. Because nonstick pans are not
pans you will have long term, I don’t recommend
investing in expensive ones with stainless steel bottoms. It’s just not worth the money. The ones I have, which are Ballarini pans have remained perfectly nonstick
for a couple of years now and so far there’s no sign of
destruction to the surface. But again, I’m super careful with them. So whether you choose PTFE
of ceramic nonstick pans from Ballarini, Zwilling,
GreenPan, SCANPAN or any of the other brands
out there, I think the big takeaway is that nonstick
cookware should not be viewed as the workhorse cookware in your kitchen. There are just far too many
more durable, longer lasting, and cost effective options
and healthier options that will last a lifetime. I should also mention that
there’s a 100% ceramic pan called Xtrema that’s been
getting a lot of good praise but I tried this pan for several weeks and personally I was not a fan of it. I’ll tell you why I wasn’t a fan or what I just didn’t love
about it on the full blog post. Lastly, when it comes to utensils, I do have a couple of favorites. I love, love, these
stainless steel utensils and spatulas from Crate & Barrel. I’ve had them for at least ten years now and they’re super strong and durable. They never bend or warp no matter how much
pressure you put on them. I also love my wood spatulas
and these silicone spatulas and I’ll link all of these
in the description box below. So if you’re going to invest
in cookware this holiday season I highly recommend you
invest in All-Clad, Staub, Le Creuset and Lodge Cast
Iron, and pick yourself up some extra glassware and ceramic pieces. And if you do decide to
purchase a nonstick pan, the one I have used and
can recommend is Ballarini. I hope you guys enjoyed
this cookware video and if there’s anything else you’d like to see my recommendations
on in the future, let me know in the comments below. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, eat lots of delicious food
and I will see you back here in a couple of weeks.

94 comments on “MY FAVORITE COOKWARE | best pots and pans worth the money (on black friday and cyber monday)”

  1. Downshiftology says:

    Hi guys! I hope you enjoy this review of my favorite cookware. I'd love to hear what cookware you use the most and why you love it (I love finding new brands!). All of the pieces I mentioned are linked on the full blog post, linked in the description box. Add them to your shopping cart now for Black Friday and Cyber Monday! 😉 xo – Lisa

  2. sa lo says:

    Wow I am so early

  3. Angie Shen says:

    This is exactly what I need!!! Clicked thumbs-up before even started watching!!!! Thank you.

  4. LibanViva says:

    Love the work you do! Thank you for making my life easier. I have a gluten intolerant toddler and you make gluten free awesome and delicious. Thank you!!

  5. sa lo says:

    You ate such an inspiration to me. Your Instagram videos remind me to be healthy and happy 😃

  6. Joseph Matevicius says:

    Saladmaster 316ti steel is the best! 👨🏻‍🍳👩🏻‍🍳👨🏻‍🍳

  7. David Van De Kamp says:

    Thanks for your suggestions, it is so hard to find good kitchenware nowadays, I have been obsessed with copper kitchenware ,only problem is keeping them shiny and clean, I'll certainly try some of these I'm the future 🌹🌹🌹

  8. therese cornelius says:

    Great video, Lisa. Thank you! I bought my All-Clad because of you, and I am a much better cook!😉 I absolutely love it, and it took me 30 years to realize..”Buy quality even if expensive from the get-go!” I’ve had SO many pots and pans over the years including Calphalon, and none compare. Plus, they scratch and stick. Your thoughtful care in analyzing medical aspects is right up my alley. You are the best!!
    My only thing to add is that if you ever go to a Princess House Crystal Party, the Fantasia glass cookware is excellent! I’ve used it for 28 years and it’s still going strong.

  9. Đỗ Nguyễn Nhật Quang says:

    This is exactly what I am looking for!

  10. Cheryl Lehman says:

    Thank you!! I have used Lodge pans for years. Downside for me is their weight! Will definitely check out Crate and Barrell utensils!

  11. lexi meisner says:

    Such a helpful, well-presented video, as always! Thank you!

  12. Manal Griffiths says:

    I love your videos, thank you for your time and all the information that you are sharing with us happy thanksgiving 💐😍

  13. Project Valiant says:

    Thanks a lot for the suggestion. Badly needed such a video to buy good kitchenware. Trying to get rid of my aluminium cookware in place good steel cookware.

  14. kristi battalini says:

    Wonderful video!! I

  15. Valencia says:

    Thank you!! Can you do one on knives and cutting boards?? Love your channel.

  16. François says:

    Hello from France 🇫🇷 @Downshiftology ! Love to watch your videos in this clean environment with fresh colors. You are among my favorite YouTubers.

  17. RuthaYAH Nadia Yisrael says:

    she is my number one clean cooking lady!! how you know when to send this video I'm cleaning out all the pots with chemicals as we speak …lol and replaces them with glass and cast iron kind of need to research the enable cast iron
    can you share the company for the enable cast iron the grey and white pots..that where cast iron..?

    but you lady !!😚🤗😍my number one girl ima turn this off and watch at a more quiet time thanks you on time!!!

  18. Joshua Langston says:

    Solid advice. I converted my kitchen to mostly cast iron except for 1 enameled dutch oven and 3-4 stainless steel pans for boiling water or heavy vinegar or tomato sauce recipes. My spatulas are absolute trash however and are a patchwork of all kinds of awful… so I will definitely have to check out the ones you recommended because all mine warp or look awful. Do your silicone spatulas trap water in them when you wash them?

  19. gubarik1993 says:

    Love this video! I just switched half of my cookware to stainless steel. Hoping to switch the other half very soon! Thanks for the awesome video ! 😊

  20. Suzanne Gonzalez says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family! 🦃

  21. Rachel Corley says:

    Crate and Barrel have 20% All Clad plus free shipping.

  22. jerseyscutey says:

    great video!

  23. yodathecatttttt says:

    Is there a safe muffin tin you recommend?

  24. Jessica Davis says:

    Just what I needed! Thank you Lisa!!

  25. Kay Potter says:

    Wish you would have provided some reputable scientific sources for your comments on nonstick :/

  26. stayhappylittle mermaid says:

    He who has health, has hope and he who has hope, has everything.

  27. Miquisha King says:

    Thank you for sharing💕I’ve been looking for a nice cookware set❤️

  28. nicelady333 says:

    Great thank you x

  29. D T says:

    "Luh" Creuset, not "Lay" Creuset! Sorry, gonna be that guy… 😂

  30. Dining With Tara says:

    Love the video Lisa 💙

  31. Rhonda Barnett says:

    What kind of sheet pans do you use.

  32. T DB says:

    Great video, cute sweater, no bloopers 😞😜

  33. Uapa500 says:

    Very useful video, I needed it just now, cos I'm planning on buying a new oven tray!
    I couldn't choose between non stick-stonewear and stainless steel, mainly cos they're easy to wash.
    I may be thinking if a whole ceramic one now though!

  34. Blowfish Malibu Reviews Morgan says:

    Use oven cleaner to clean the all clad! You won't believe the results!!!

  35. Floriane Lemoine says:

    Thank you for your tips, there will lead when i will move 🙂
    My mother bought a few years ago (maybe 15-20 years) lots of pans by Cristel (it’s made in france). We have knives laguiole and we have glass by duralex. And for the food preservation, we use dishies by pirex 🙂

  36. TheChicandCheapBlog says:

    Le creuset ( outlet) and calphalon are my go to. They are definitely worth it . I stopped buying super cheap ones and if I really wanna save I would check yogise two brands at T.J.Maxx

  37. Hope is life says:

    Thank you for sharing i love this video 😊👍❤ and by the way i use stainless steel 😉

  38. Eunice Almeida says:

    Loved it!

  39. Ivana S says:

    This was a great video I've learned a lot! Can you do a video on plates, bowls & fork/spoon

  40. Allan says:

    Weird how it’s only showing 7 views despite 60+ comments

  41. Soumia BENSALEM says:

    Thank you very much for the video but I was waiting for a stovetop pressure cooker suggestions

  42. Thuvaraka Mahenthiran says:

    I want to see what I eat in a day video please.

  43. xibalba2375 says:

    Great choice with Ballarini, I have been using this brand for over 15 years and you get great quality at a good price

  44. Jennifer S says:


  45. anye76 says:

    Yes! All Clad. I really doesn't get any better. What about copper pieces? I just fancy an French country kitchen with copper cookware 😍Great video. I wonder of you have any views on the Instant Pot. Its everywhere nowadays

  46. Veritech Girl says:

    I have a Le Crouset enameled cast iron. I love making stews with it! Great video and love your collection and tips! ❤️
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  47. audrey so says:

    Hello, great video, it's true that it's worth it to invest in good equipment. thank you for all his explanations.

  48. Jenny Berger says:

    Everything sticks to the stainless steel for me😭😭😭

  49. Marissa Raleigh says:

    How do you keep your le crueset pots white? I have a white one that is definitely no longer white

  50. Shakina Riley says:

    I love this video a lot

  51. Kirsty Pannu says:

    Thank you for this video, it was great to watch- very informative! I use non stick a lot because every time I use my stainless steel everything just seems to stick really badly on it (I put olive oil in). Do you have any tips on how to stop everything from sticking so badly?

  52. Brenda Davis says:

    I love my saladmaster stainless steel. And i have the whole set, by buying each piece at differant times at the thrift store. The highest I paid for one pan was $12.00. The lowest price was $3.00. That is the best part. I love your videos.

  53. Evelyn says:

    Would you recommend the original Green pan?

  54. Susana Toloza says:

    Can You please à vídeo about Air fryer recipes !!???

  55. LorieAnn says:

    I am slowly switching out my 15 year old set of Martha Stewart pots/pans for All Clad. I also have a 5.5 quart Le Creuset in Caribbean that I absolutely love.

  56. Elizabeth Newton says:

    😘 thank you I am now going to make out my xmas wish list

  57. Sarah Louise says:

    Great video. What are your thoughts with cooking with silicone … I use silicone baking sheets for easy clean up but wondering if it releases harmful toxins when in hot oven.

    And also … what do you use for cake tins, muffin, loaf tins too because they often have non stick coatings.

    Thanks so much 🍓😊

  58. Dagmara Szapar says:

    Please can you move in with me ? ❤

  59. Demi Mays says:

    Ok now you're just reading my mind!! Was just at home goods yesterday scratching my head wondering which pans were safe. Exhausted at the thought of googling all of this info, so Thanks for all that you covered and all you continue to do for us <3 <3 love love love it

  60. Tyna 73 says:

    Hi Lisa!! I love all your videos!!! This is very interesting. I have le creuset and I love it. I also tried Staub but I can say that I prefer Le Creuset definitely! Have you ever tried Panboo? It is completely natural, very easy to celan, durable, healthy and it works on every heat surface. Le Creuset and Panboo, in my opinion are the best! 💗

  61. Gina Kohne says:

    Unfortunately i was gifted a “healthy” non stick set of pots and pans by my parents four years ago. I love how they perform but thinking about switching them one by one for stainless steel, without my parents notice🤫

  62. TheBritFix says:

    Hi Beautiful, as always awesome video!! and you inspire me soo much to take the best care of my self/health.
    Already excited for the next video lol

  63. Katerina Ilievska says:

    At least with a PTFE pan you know what you are getting, (a totally inert substance which is harmful only if you heat it more than you will ever heat food at home). If you buy enameled cast iron od ceramic coated pans, you don't know whether it has lead and cadmium, unless it's Le Creuset. And not everyone has access to Le Creuset. Stainless steal is harmful for people who are sensitive to nickel ( the procent of people who have sensitivity to nickel isn't a small one). So it may be inflammatory to many of us and we don't know it.

  64. Dan Moore says:

    Wish I knew about this stuff 15 years ago. Thanks for the videos.

  65. Fatima says:

    What plant is that on the counter.

  66. Winnie Tan says:

    Hi Lisa, I’ve always wondered will silicone spatulas “melt” when used to stir the food directly when cooking?

  67. Carmen D Lugo says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family🦃 just realized I have to get a new All Clad pan, it was none stick😫

  68. Reem Bedwany says:

    What about stone cookware? is it safe?

  69. missT1806 says:

    Girl!!!!! So timely! Love every recommendation you put out there definitely looking into some all clad and building up. I got a ceramic set from them and now I wish I had done a little more research and gone with stainless steel 😭😭

  70. Wendy Fox says:

    Do you have a stance on anodized aluminum? I have a very nice set, but now I'm curious. Thanks!!

  71. nelson rivera says:

    Great video , i am looking for a cast iron skillet so i came here ,thanks for the tips

  72. Giws says:

    Thank you so much! I really like this kind of video ^^

  73. Kari Peterson says:

    Wow! Super educational. Thank you so much!

  74. JHolidayB says:

    Great video Lisa, thank you!!

  75. Alvin Vega Valle says:

    Thank you for this video. It's so informative and because of watching your videos I bought a Staub braiser pot with the glass lid!

  76. Cambiumlayer 13 says:

    I agree with you 100%. I own 1 All clad saute pan than I got on sale like 8 years ago and it is still performing really well. I use it for everything. I know there is a specific pan/pot for different purposes, but if you are on a budget, go ahead and make that 1 high quality pot a multi purpose pot. Better to cook in 1 really high quality pot than several bad ones.

  77. DM H says:

    For the same reason as you’ve described I’m chucking my ceramic nonstick Zwilling set for All Clad. I have been a Le Creuset cult member for years. Can’t wait to try out my new pieces.

  78. Christina T. says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject. I have a "green " ceramic pan and wondered about it's real safety. How do you season your lodge pans??? Mine need to be seasoned again. Appreciate your knowledge and honesty. Have a happy Thanksgiving!!!!!❤❤

  79. Everlastingg1 says:

    Vitamix is definitely on my list! The price tag is the only thing keeping me from getting one. Do you have any recommendations close to the Vitamix but more affordable?

  80. K Ballet says:

    Thank you!!! Do your All Clad plans stick?? Hard to clean? That’s why I like non stick. 🤔

  81. jsky0305 says:

    I have been trying to do some research on the cookwares, thank you so much for making this video and it really helps.

  82. Solange Maffi says:

    Wowww looove this video!!! Thank you for sharing and for answered every question I had 🙂

  83. Ozge Balkanli says:

    Hi Lisa, what do you think of aluminum core ones?

  84. Kirk Tremblay says:

    Your free gifts are their way 😃 😉

  85. Manya Abrikosova says:

    Thank you!

  86. jaimie clark says:

    My favourite cooking/baking channel! Your recipes look amazing and you are so knowledgeable on so many subjects, I will always trust your opinion and statements! I hope All Clad reaches out and at the very least thanks you for your kind words, you rave about their products so often! Keep up the amazing work Lisa!

  87. Amanda Panda says:

    Do you have any wok recommendations?

  88. Kate says:

    I got a Wal-Mart stainless steel set 12 years ago. It's sturdy and clean. No rivets to trap food, easy to clean and affordable.

  89. Nancy H Alwin says:

    Happy thanksgiving Lisa!

  90. Chad Coffey says:

    I have been watching too many of these videos. How did the top two things on my Christmas wish list become more all clad pots and pans, and a new vacuum?

  91. TZY TZY says:

    I just bought a few All Clad pieces from Bloomingdales (great sale right now); and TJMaxx always has great prices on All Clad as well!

  92. looovegoodmusic says:

    Thank you so much. How about ScanPan CS? They're supposed to be free of everything.

  93. samantha hemingway says:

    I love le Creuset, Lodge and Mauviel and that's about it.

  94. John Whirling says:

    The All-Clad handles are beyond uncomfortable. I can’t hold them without discomfort.

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