From cast-iron classics to non-toxic materials, get frying tonight | Source: Caraway

Sauté Cuisine: The Best Pots and Pans to Buy in 2022

As my obsession with Julia Child’s French Cooking Volumes 1 and 2 continues to unfold, I have reached the pinnacle in my life where cookware is of the utmost importance and second-best simply, just won’t do.

The late TV chef and author Julia Child introduced Americans to all sorts of new durable cookware, including enamelled cast-iron pots from France. Perfect for long braises, they were obviously well-suited to America’s favourite stews and roasts.

The savvy chef and those in the know understand the importance of good quality cookware and the ease it can create when cooking for a large number of guests. And, while it has been proven that cast iron is “king” when it comes to cooking, we’ve rounded up the best cookware from cast-iron classics to non-toxic materials from household names like Le Creuset to Carway and everything in between, to give you the best cookware to buy today and to have for future years to come.

Caraway Cookware

Since its launch in 2019, Caraway’s four-piece ceramic set has proven enormously popular for its well-considered design. Free of non-toxic coatings and proven to be non-stick, the streamlined set includes a Dutch oven, frying pan, saucepan and sauté pan and also offers a clever storage solution in the form of magnetic modular pan racks and a canvas holder for the lids.

The Cream version of Caraway Cookware set
 The Cream version of Caraway’s set (pictured), but it also comes in Navy, Sage, Gray, a coral-y Perracotta, and a sunny Marigold | Source: Caraway

Le Creuset

A bonafide culinary status symbol, Le Creuset has been the darling of French kitchens for nearly 100 years – with its cast-iron wonders coming with the price tag to match. Like all Le Creuset products, its casserole pot is made of enamelled cast iron, comes with a lifetime warranty, and is available in a range of gorgeous colours. Famed for its brightly cast-iron kitchenware, everyone from amateur home cooks to pro chefs just can’t get enough of the French brand.

Cst Iron Roud Casserole in Costal
Cst Iron Roud Casserole in Costal 24CM 4.2L, $580.00 | Source: David Jones

Le Creuset Eco Pot & Pan Cleaner

The Le Creuset pots and pans cleaner is the perfect solution for any cast iron cookware in your kitchen. Clean and protect your cookware without damage by gently removing cooking residues and stains whilst preserving the shine of the enamel.

Le Creuset Eco Pot & Pan Cleaner
Le Creuset Eco Pot & Pan Cleaner, A$47.00 | Source: David Jones

Lodge

Hundreds of Amazon shoppers have rated the Lodge pan five stars and describe how they’ve used it for dishes like roasted chicken, Dutch pancakes, and fish. One shopper said this item has “all of the benefits of traditional cast iron without the drawbacks” because it cooked their food evenly without high heat. The Lodge Essential Pan Set combines some of the most needed cast iron pans and accessories for any kitchen. This set makes the perfect gift that will be cherished for decades.

Cast Iron 6 Piece Fry Pan Set
Cast Iron 6 Piece Fry Pan Set, A$299.00 | Source: David Jones

Ondine

With its solid-brass handles and 316Ti titanium stainless steel, an Ondine pan is a thing of refined beauty and functionality. The brand is the brainchild of Marie Ondine Guerlain, a sixth-generation member of the perfume and cosmetics dynasty, so what do you expect?

Ondine’s cookware collections are designed not only to use on a practical level in the kitchen, but to also treasure and pass on to future generations, or give as the ultimate wedding gift. No matter who the lucky recipient of such an exquisite collection is, this will be the only cookware you’ll ever need.

Ondine Cusine Platine Casserole Pan
Ondine Cusine Platine Casserole Pan, A$799.00 | Source: Odine Cusine

The Cooks

Exclusive to Myer, The Cooks Collective Cast Iron range is traditional cookware for today’s modern-day kitchen. Offering quality and affordability, The Cooks Cast Iron collection is built for life, is easy to clean and most importantly is affordable. Cook with ease, from frying and grilling to cooking quiches and frittatas, the slightly porous matte coated enamelled cooking surface provides the perfect finish.

The Cooks Cast Iron Skillet 26cm Red
The Cooks Cast Iron Skillet 26cm Red, A$39.00 | Source: Myer

If you’re stuck for ideas on what to make for dinner, you will enjoy our coverage of Michelin-trained Chef, Thomas Straker and his TikTok food adventures.

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