Every mom needs certain essential cookware to make sure her burn game is strong. Us brown mamas, especially, are known for holding onto our skillets and pans a little longer than we should. (I know I am.) For my own sake and to help out my mamas, I’ve compiled a list of essential cookware that my mom mentors have told me I need to get and you mamas can purchase as well. The pots & pans listed below should be on the top of your list when purchasing your cookware essentials. So, read on my sistah, read on. [icon name=”fa-heart” size=”18px” link=””]
Saute & Sear
Your saute pans are your everyday pans. You’re going to use these to make eggs, saute vegetables and every other daily cooking you’ll do. It will be your cookware MUP (most used pan). For that reason, it’s important that you buy a good one. Make sure it is ceramic coated and that you ONLY use plastic utensils when cooking with it. The minute it’s chipped you’ll have to worry about it’s aluminum base leaking into your food.
Multipurpose: Dutch Oven
After you purchase your saute pans, if nothing else get you a dutch oven mamas! This dish helped me #getmyhomelife in so many ways. The number one reason is that I could cook MORE food. Every family with more than 3 should have a dutch oven. This dish is used to make stews and braise meat. You can braise your meats on the stove-top and transfer directly to the oven with this versatile heavy-duty pot.
Sauce & Simmer
Sauce pans are another go-to, essential cookware item that every kitchen must have. You’re going to use these for everything from heating spaghetti sauce to boiling small amounts of noodles and everything in between. Because these pots are going to be workhorses you really want them to be good quality. I like stainless steel sauce pans, but a Calphalon, non-stick pot can also do the trick.
Other kitchen essential that you want to make sure you have is a good ceramic baking set (which shouldn’t cost you more than $40. I love Simply Calphalon for this), a slow cooker and a food processor to save time on cutting vegetable spices. What kitchen essentials do you mamas swear by?