Buy It For Life Tips

A guide to durable products.

Buy It For Life Cookware

Probably the most important part of your kitchen. If you don't have quality cookware, you're dealing with hotspots in your pans, or a coating that will flake off. You definitely want to avoid non-stick pans like Teflon because the coating will flake and you definitely don't want that in your food. A good cast iron pan is inexpensive, non-stick once seasoned properly, and will last more than a lifetime. If you're lucky enough to find a used cast-iron pan, buy it if you can. They have a smooth machined inside that helps it be even more non-stick. However, cast iron has its limitations. You can't cook acidic dishes, like tomato sauces, so look for stainless steel pots and pans.

Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set

Designed to buy-it-for-life, these pans are attractive and well built. They have a brushed finish and no coating to melt off. These pans have professional triple-ply construction - the center is pure aluminum bonded to a stainless steel interior and a brushed stainless exterior.  They're the best materials ...

KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixer

This professional stand mixer is a must for the wannabe home chef. It's 575 watt 10 speed motor is perfect for managing stiff doughs and the 6 quart bowl can easily handle large volumes.  The Professional 600™Series can fit optional attachments such as pasta maker, ice cream maker, and meat ...

Le Creuset Round French Oven

Le Creuset is well known for it's world class enamelled cast iron. It's robust design and superior heat distibution abilities can handle all types of cooking techniques whether it be slow-cooking or searing meat. It's performace is reliable to many types of heat ...

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet

Abuse this pan! Sear the perfect steak, fry an egg, roast a chicken, sautee some vegetables. This pan will handle anything. Lodge cast iron is the premiere name in cast iron. This pan comes with a removable silicone handle.

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Dutch Oven with Dual Handles

Few things are more buy-it-for-life than cast iron, even cast iron that's lost its seasoning can be restored, simply strip it down and re-season. Your grandmother probably has a cast iron pot she still uses. These pots are versatile and can be used as a crock pot, saving you ...

Old Fashioned Cast Iron Waffle Iron

Cast iron is one of the best buy-it-for-life products. You can treat it rough, drop it, scortch it in the heat, abuse it and the most you'll have to do to it is reseason it. These waffle irons don't have electric dials or hinges that wear out, just ...