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Looking For New Cookware? Ask Your Grandparents What They Used

Novice cooks may think that the most effective options for kitchen gadgetry have to be new and as complicated as possible; but, this point of view neglects some seriously useful vintage cookware that can be better than anything that’s been invented in the last 20 years. Rather than reaching for a pan covered in Polytetrafluoroethylene or some other space-age coating, opting for cookware that would have been available to your grandparents of great-grandparents can have some serious advantages. 

Cast Iron

Cast iron pots and pans have simple, straightforward designs which makes them perfect for a huge number of cooking applications. For example, you could sear a thick steak on your stovetop and then pop the whole thing–skillet and steak–into the oven to get a delicious crust on a steak that’s also cooked all the way through. Another advantage over more modern cookware is that cast iron forms its own natural nonstick coating thanks to a generous rub of canola or vegetable oil that gets applied before cooking. This coating is tough and long-lasting, unlike artificial coatings that can flake off in your food over time. 

Solid Copper

The most obvious benefit of solid copper cookware is its gleaming shine, which goes with many kitchen color schemes and adds class and distinction to any stovetop. You may want to look for copper pans for sale so that you can display an array of pots and pans on a wall above the range.

Copper products can’t be beat for boiling or simmering since the highly conductive metal heats evenly, helping your water to boil faster and your sauces to heat more evenly. Also, like cast iron, solid copper cookware doesn’t have any sort of coating to rub off, which makes it number one in durability and food safety even after years of use. 


Ceramic bakeware is the gold standard of bakeware and is favored over other options like glass for several reasons. First and foremost, ceramic baking dishes and pans are harder and more chip-resistant than glass, meaning you’ll be able to pass one down for generations if you find something investment-worthy. Also, due to the hardness of ceramic, these pans are very resistant to thermal fracturing, which happens when a brittle material changes temperatures too quickly and breaks. This means you can pop a ceramic dish straight from the refrigerator into the oven without fear of an explosion, which is super convenient and brings some welcome peace of mind to the table along with your favorite casserole.