Getting rid of funky old pots and pans is the first way to makeover your kitchen and a great first approach to your own Noble Food Makeover. Teflon and other non-stick pots and pans are risky as far as I am concerned. I don’t want the chance that something harmful can leak into my pans. My grandmother has had the same set of stainless steel pots and pans for 64 years. Cast iron is another long time purchase – we use a skillet that belonged to Lee’s grandaddy – at least 100 years old. I also have some luxury items, cast enamel. You can hunt these down at some of the discount home goods stores or spend the big bucks at Le Crueset. Either way stocking our kitchen for the long run is the best bet!
My favorite pan I would just cry if I didn’t have is a stainless steel wok with a steamer. I cook my grains – quinoa, brown rice or millet in the bottom and then fill the steamer with whatever veggie I’m making. This is the best for tight kitchen space, small stove tops and quick kitchen clean up. I also use it for fish, grain burgers, croquettes and pancakes.