I find that cooking now is very different from the cooking I used to do when I lived in an apartment and was attending college. In fact, it seems like the longer I cook, the variety in the cookware and tools I use increases. Back then, I just used some pots and pans my mother gave me when I moved out of the house. They were nothing spectacular and it was obvious they had been in the family for a while. If I needed new cookware, I purchased affordable individual pieces (mostly from the “great for college students” line stores carry). The next phase of my cookware collection began when I got married. At that point my cookware received an upgrade and we purchased a collection of non-stick cookware that would meet our needs. Over the last 10 years of our marriage, I’ve replaced some pots and pans and am always on the lookout for new cookware that will not only help me cook great food, but that also makes cooking easier.
When Walmart asked if we wanted to try out some of the Rachael Ray cookware, I decided to give them a try and see how they fared. The team sent me a variety of Rachael Ray cookware:
You can find all of the items I received on Walmart.com and they’ll soon be in-store too, along with many other Rachael Ray cookware items. I haven’t had a chance to use the ramekin set yet, but am really looking forward to trying them out since they can be used in the oven, microwave, freezer, or refrigerator. Just think of the possibilities of pre-assembling individual size meals in a ramekin, freezing them, and then cooking them in the oven! They’re also really cute and I can see them working out great for serving right in the ramekin.
I did, however, use the garbage bowl, skillets, and lazy spoon the other night while cooking dinner. Now, to be honest, the idea of a garbage bowl initially seemed silly to me. After all, I’ve had no problems cleaning up all these years while cooking. But, after using it the other night, I have to say it is quite convenient to have a large bowl siting next to the cutting board to throw the scraps and garbage into without having to stop and go back and forth from the garbage can. So, this is a new tool that will now be added to my cooking routine.
The skillets are non-stick and have worked out well so far. I like that they come in such a variety of colors; it’s nice to be able to add a splash of color to mix in with the stainless cookware I currently have. The lazy spoon is designed so that you can hook it onto your pot or pan, which is much better than just resting the spoon on the edge of the pan (what I usually do). I say it’s better because all too often, my spoon slides off and causes a mess – not to mention it’s a potential hazard with the hot burner. So, hooking the spoon onto your pot or pan helps avoid that little issue without the need to dirty a spoon rest.
I’m looking forward to adding these pieces to my current collection of cookware and really looking forward to trying out the ramekins. If you have any suggestions on a recipe that will work great for the ramekins, let me know!
Do you have a favorite piece of cookware or favorite brand? Have you used any of the Rachael Ray cookware before?
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I received samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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